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Crescent shape marks new airport terminal in New Orleans

The new Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport terminal features a crescent-shaped geometry designed to withstand hurricanes.

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.

ASCE Plot Points Season 1 Episode 2: Recovery, Rebuild, Resilience

It's been 15 months since Hurricane Harvey pelted Southeastern Texas with historic levels of rain. The resilience efforts continue, led by civil engineers like Carol Haddock. Haddock, the director of public works in Houston, gives us an update on the progress made in her hometown since Harvey . In this week's Changing the World segment, University of Central Florida student Zachary Loeb talks about how his love...

ASCE Governor Helps Take the Lead in Florence Assessment, Recovery

Upholding the public’s safety, health, and welfare is an everyday charge of civil engineers. So when a storm event strikes, it’s only natural that they are among those on the front lines to help with resilience and recovery efforts. John Fleming, P.E., M.ASCE, an ASCE Region 4 governor in South Carolina, is among those civil engineering superheroes lending a hand this week in the aftermath...

Advice From Civil Engineers to Peers in Florence’s Path

With Hurricane Florence making landfall on the U.S. East Coast this weekend, images of 2017’s autumn come to mind, when storms similarly wreaked havoc in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere. ASCE News contacted ASCE members in those areas still recovering from last year’s hurricanes and asked them to offer advice or any lessons learned for civil engineers now in the path of Florence. As Houston-area...

‘Picking up the pieces and building something new’ – Hurricane Harvey a year later

A year ago, the world watched as Hurricane Harvey battered southeastern Texas with historic levels of rainfall. The ensuing flooding changed lives there forever.

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...

ASCE Leader Works to Get Her Hometown Through the Flood

Texas Section Second Year Director-at-Large Kate Osborn, EIT, A.M.ASCE, has been working on little to no rest all week. The ASCE Southeast Texas Branch President-Elect and project engineer for Schaumburg & Polk Inc. has long been committed to helping her hometown of China, TX. She’s a city councilwoman there and a founding member of the China Community Action Group. So when Hurricane Harvey rains arrived there...

Branch President Helps Others After His Apartment Complex Floods

Andrew Wells, EIT, M.ASCE, president of ASCE’s Southeast Texas Branch, and an engineer for Collins Engineering in Port Arthur, TX, had hoped the worst of Hurricane Harvey was over Tuesday morning in his hometown, about 100 miles east of Houston. Then the rains came back. “I think something about the flooding is that it caught everyone by surprise. In southeast Texas we saw the flooding...

Texas ASCE Members Relay Reports on Harvey Damage, Relief Efforts

ASCE members in Texas are sharing their experiences as the region contends with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The Texas A&M ASCE Student Chapter is one of many groups who have already organized relief efforts. The students are collecting supplies to send to hurricane victims. ASCE Fellow Stan Caldwell, P.E., SECB, F.AEI, F.SEI, lives in Plano, TX, 250 miles northwest of Houston, where – oddly enough...