Tag: Geotechnical

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Balancing security and care

In creating this modern mental health center, the design team had to balance maximum security and patient care while also facing challenging site conditions and program requirements.

Sidebar: Civil support

The design and construction of the new Nixon Forensic Center represented big changes for the site of the new psychiatric hospital—both in terms of the modern facilities that were planned and the changes that were necessary to prepare the physical site for those facilities. Most dramatically, the site featured a 60 ft drop in elevation from its high end on the northeastern edge of...

Delivering a masterpiece

New York's new Kosciuzsko Bridge links Brooklyn and Queens, reshaping the skyline of the boroughs it connects.

COVID-19 Community Calls 27: Checking on the Great PNW

Every day in April, ASCE Plot Points is calling a different civil engineer from around the world to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their life, their community, their work and the civil engineering profession. Thirty days. Thirty phone calls. Community Call 27 goes to Seattle, one of the first areas in the United States to grapple with a coronavirus outbreak. Geotechincal engineer Romulos Ragudos...

Pandemic Throws Civil Engineering Work into Uncertainty

ASCE’s Civil Engineering magazine published the feature article “Best Places for Civil Engineers 2020,” which appears in the April issue, before the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequently declared pandemic in the United States. Since then, the health and safety of civil engineers and their families; the conditions at engineering firm offices, public agencies, and jobsites; and the overall market for civil works...

Ansari Garners Stevens Award

ASCE has honored Sarfaraz A. Ansari with the 2020 J.C. Stevens Award for the paper “Discussion of ‘Using an Improved Jet-Erosion Test to Study the Influence of Soil Parameters on the Erosion of a Silty Soil’ by Van-Nghia Nguyen, Jean-Robert Courivaud, Patrick Pinettes, Hanane Souli and Jean-Marie Fleureau,” published in the November 2018 issue of Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. Ansari is currently a professor at...

Obstacle Courses, Soil and Impromptu Piano Concerts – All Part of the ‘Full Circle’

It was during the ASCE 2018 Convention. Robin Kemper, earlier that day inducted as the Society president, invited friends and colleagues up to her hotel suite to celebrate the occasion. Sometime before midnight, there amid the skyscrapers of downtown Denver, someone convinced Joanna Smith to play the piano. And with that, a gathering of civil engineers became a party. Pretty soon Smith was playing Beatles classics, mixing...

IIT’s Choudhury Named ASCE Fellow

Deepankar Choudhury, Ph.D., F.ASCE, an Institute Chair Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, in Mumbai, India, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Choudhury’s major research areas are geotechnical earthquake engineering, computational geomechanics, foundation engineering and soil dynamics. His video lectures through NPTEL, Government of India, on “Soil Dynamics” and “Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering” and his...

Jeanjean of BP America Now an ASCE Fellow

Philippe Jeanjean, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a geotechnical engineer with over 26 years of industry experience, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Jeanjean is currently the technical authority, that is, head of Geotechnics, for the Exploration and Production Upstream Segment of BP America Inc., a major oil and gas operator. He leads a team of geotechnical engineers from his base in...

Bedenis Named ASCE Fellow

Timothy H. Bedenis, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, vice president and business group leader for SME’s Geotechnical Services division and a principal of a 300+ person consulting firm in the Midwest, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Bedenis has provided value-based geotechnical engineering and design services to various public and private clients for over 35 years. He has also provided mentoring and...