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ASCE Signs Landmark Agreement on Sustainable Development

Knowledge of sustainable development should be a key requirement for engineers, according to a joint statement of intent signed today by ASCE, the British-based Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. The statement was issued as part of the Global Engineering Congress, hosted in London by ICE and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations in London. More than 2,000 engineers – including...

New Report Card Spotlights California Transportation Infrastructure Conditions

Wednesday, ASCE Region 9 issued part of its California Report Card early to promote its grades for surface transportation infrastructure. The D grade for roads, the C- grade for bridges, and the C- grade for transit, come just weeks before a November ballot proposition that would repeal a law that created funds for transportation system improvements through new fuel taxes and raised vehicle registration fees. Los Angeles...

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...

Transforming the Future of Smart Infrastructure

When London Bridge Train Station opened in 1836, its engineers surely couldn’t have envisioned that 182 years later the railway terminus not only would still be in operation but that it would be pointing the way toward the future of smart infrastructure and construction. But here we are. The station’s five-year improvement plan is a model of cutting-edge smart infrastructure. Kenichi Soga, Ph.D., M.ASCE, a Chancellor’s Professor...

Congress Poised to Tackle Infrastructure Legislation

Americans seem to understand that our nation has an infrastructure problem, and ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card and related advocacy efforts are paying off. Not only does there seem to be a greater understanding about the concerning state of our country’s aging infrastructure, but public opinion polling shows that a significant number of Americans – 87 percent in one recent poll – agree the federal...

World Travel Widens Comfort Zone, Spawns Innovative Ideas for Sharma

Neeraj Kumar Sharma’s passport is running out of pages. He’s got too many stamps. Sharma’s civil engineering career and his penchant for travelling has taken him to 25 different countries (and counting) in six years, bringing a truly global perspective to his work and life in general. “Every country, every city has its own set of challenges,” Sharma said. “Once you start traveling and seeing and...

For New Face, Civil Engineering Fulfills an Inner Need to Help Others

Casie Venable had a simple wish as a kid. She wanted to help people. She didn’t know what form that would take. She couldn’t know how her life would play out. But she did know she wanted to make a positive contribution to the lives of others. Ten years later, she’s stayed remarkably true to that instinct. Venable has made several service trips around the world and is...

Does America Need a Pyramid?

ASCE Life Member Daniel L. Dornan, P.E., M.ASCE, is a special assistant to the director of the Prince George’s County (MD) Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement, a department he helped develop and launch in 2013. Prior to joining the public sector in 2012, Dornan served as a management consultant for 36 years with several major consulting firms, including KPMG, AECOM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Booz...

CE Roundtable: What Issue Will Dominate the Civil Engineering Industry in 2018?

Welcome to the first ASCE News Civil Engineering Roundtable, a monthly collection of insights on important industry topics offered by a cross-section of prominent ASCE members. With “Best of 2017” lists officially in the rear view, it’s time to press forward with 2018. So we asked members to complete this sentence: As we begin a new year, the issue that will dominate the civil engineering industry...

Remembering ‘Father of Civil Engineering’

June celebrates the birth of Englishman John Smeaton, the first self-proclaimed civil engineer, often regarded as the “father of civil engineering.” Smeaton was born in Austhorpe, Leeds, England on June 8, 1724. After studying at Leeds Grammar School he was initially trained in law and joined his father's law firm, but left to become a maker of scientific instruments. He was elected a Fellow of the...