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Proposed ‘contagion’ model predicts roadway flooding in urban areas

Researchers at Texas A&M are repurposing a model that predicts the spread of viruses to forecast urban flood patterns in real time.

Engineers help New York buildings prepare for hurricane season

In the years since Hurricane Sandy brought flooding to New York, the city has been working to prepare its buildings for the next natural disaster.

Foundation releases comprehensive US flood model, warns of greater risks

Flood models developed by an independent research group show millions more properties in danger of flood than FEMA flood maps suggest.

Inclined elevator improves access to historical monument

An inclined elevator is being built to improve access to a monument commemorating the Mayflower landing in Massachusetts.

House passes $10-billion Water Resources Development Act, focus turns to Senate

The Water Resources Development Act would fulfill a longstanding goal of many infrastructure advocates.

Bring Your Own Cardboard

"Engineering With Heart" is a series of articles by Michael Paddock for ASCE News. Paddock, P.E., M.ASCE, a 30-year member of ASCE, is a licensed civil engineer and surveyor. His professional career was spent managing teams of over 100 engineers designing infrastructure projects over $1 billion, and he was the youngest-ever recipient of Wisconsin’s “Engineer of the Year” award. After a near-death cancer experience, he...

Future World Vision Floating City Excites With Possibilities at ASCE 2019 Convention

What if? Why not? Four short words; one entirely new mindset. It’s the essence of ASCE’s Future World Vision project, simultaneously open to and questioning of the civil engineering possibilities that will shape the way infrastructure works and society lives decades into the future. “We’ve got to have more people thinking this way,” said Lenor Bromberg, P.E., F.ASCE, deputy director of community development for the City of...

Govindaraju Named Distinguished Member

Rao S. Govindaraju, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., D.WRE, F.EWRI, Dist.M.ASCE, an eminent scholar in the field of hydrology and internationally recognized for his work in statistical hydrology, has been honored with inclusion by ASCE in its 2019 class of Distinguished Members for his far-reaching contributions in developing advanced statistical methods to address complex hydrologic problems associated with flooding, drought, and extreme climatic events, and for...

Widespread Floods Test Resilience of Midwest

The Midwest has been battered by the aftermath of last week's “bomb cyclone” snowstorms. The resulting combination of fast-melting snow and additional rains has led to significant flooding across several states. Unfortunately, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and other affected states may not see the unprecedented flooding levels recede until May, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast. In Nebraska alone, 74 cities have declared states...

Harvey Hits Home for Houston Flood Specialist

It’s always somewhere else until it’s not. And even a flood expert like Gary Struzick, P.E., M.ASCE, isn’t immune. “I thought for years, watching all these disasters across the country in different areas, I’m thinking, ‘Why don’t these people get out of the way? They know it’s coming,’” Struzick said. “And now it’s happened to me.” Struzick’s Buffalo Bayou neighborhood flooded Sunday after Hurricane Harvey dumped 20...