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Finding Your Footing in an Uncertain Future

Chris Luebkeman is an Arup Fellow, based in their San Francisco office, with the rather daunting title of director for global foresight, research and innovation. Is he a fortune teller? Can he predict the future? Not exactly. But he has his finger on the pulse of change, embraces the challenges, and stresses that we must all find our new role in these new times. Recently, he delivered...

Rising to the Sea-Level Challenge

Climate change is one of six key trends driving ASCE’s Future World Vision scenario-planning model. Already, right now, in the present world vision, climate change –  specifically sea-level rise – is driving demand for flooding solutions in Southeast Florida. Civil engineers in the region, along with local governments and cooperative efforts like the Southeast Regional Climate Change Compact, the Resilient Utilities Coalition and the Florida...

Reprogram How You Think About Infrastructure

Mikhail Chester was at a crossroads of sorts. He’d done plenty of good work in the sustainable engineering space – life-cycle assessment, climate change adaptation, resilience and the like – and won ASCE’s Huber prize in 2017 for these efforts. But there was something missing, some kind of unifying, synthesizing approach to tie it all together. “A few years ago I stepped back and asked myself,...

ASCE Announces 2019 Innovation Contest Honorees

Civil engineering is not a profession that lacks for great ideas. The 2019 ASCE Innovation Contest makes that much clear. “The entries and winners have jumped another level higher in quality this year,” said Marc Hoit, Ph.D., F.SEI, F.ASCE, Innovation Contest chair and vice chancellor for information technology at North Carolina State University. “This year's winners are the best yet and should attract investors.” ASCE’s Industry Leaders...

The Infrastructure Win-Win Right Down the Street From You

ASCE News Future Forward highlights civil engineering projects, practices, ideas, and technologies that are future-focused and forward-looking. Given the current infrastructure crisis in the United States, where need outpaces funding by a wide margin, the so-called win-win project is critical. These are the projects that solve two problems at once, and one such win-win opportunity may be as close as your local city park. “Parks can be...

Let’s Choose to #BuildForTomorrow

Infrastructure isn’t partisan, it’s personal. May 13-20, 2019, marks the seventh annual Infrastructure Week. We’re united around one message: America’s future will be shaped by the infrastructure choices we make today. As a founder and member of the Steering Committee, we’re joined by more than 400 affiliated organizations nationwide to encourage policymakers to invest in the future of infrastructure. We’ve seen a renewed focus on infrastructure...

Ask Anthony: Why Should I Get Involved in Advocacy as a Civil Engineer?

Before I dive into an answer to this question, let’s take it one step at a time for those civil engineering professionals who aren’t clear on what advocacy means. From a basic level, we find the Dictionary.com definition of advocacy being the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; active espousal. Wikipedia gives a more complete definition, related to politics: Advocacy is an activity by an individual or group which aims to...

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...

Innovative Chicago Building Earns 2019 OCEA Honors

And the winner is … The 150 North Riverside project in Chicago earned the 2019 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, announced Thursday night at ASCE’s 20th annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala. The OCEA award, established in 1960, recognizes the project that best illustrates superior civil engineering skills and represents a significant contribution to civil engineering progress and society. "It's amazing to be recognized by all...