Tag: Natural Disasters

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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.

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.

President’s Note: Global Crises and Civil Engineering

OVER CENTURIES, natural disasters have brought people together. When Hurricane Michael battered the Gulf Coast in 2018, first responders and local organizations across the United States rallied in support of those affected. When wildfires recently raged through Australia, more than 3,700 firefighters from around the world rushed to help battle the flames. It’s in these moments that humanity comes together as one. But when...

Global Partnership Positions ASCE to Lead Climate Change Mitigation Effort

ASCE has announced a new partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy as part of the recently launched International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure. The collaboration, announced this week at the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP 25, aims to advance practical solutions to adapt infrastructure to a changing climate, close the resilience investment gap and break down barriers to action across the...

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...

What’s in My Backyard? – CECorps Connects Engineers, Communities

Take a look in your backyard (figuratively). You might be surprised what you find (literally). Underserved communities across the United States are in need of civil engineering solutions. That’s where the Community Engineering Corps comes in, and, with its new “What’s in My Backyard?” campaign, lays out how to help, step by step. CECorps – an alliance between ASCE, the American Water Works Association and Engineers Without...

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...

Earthquake Resilience a Point of Pride in Anchorage

Daniel Nichols’ garage is still standing. Granted, it smells strongly of salmon now. But it’s still standing. The magnitude-7.0 earthquake that shook Anchorage, AK, Nov. 30, did significant damage, make no mistake. One highway ramp interchange was nearly totally destroyed, among plenty of property damage. That it wasn’t much worse, though, is a point of pride for Alaskan civil engineers. “Considering how strong it was, how...

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 Leader Reports From California Wildfire Aftermath

Doug Taylor, P.E., M.ASCE, Region 9 disaster preparedness chair, has been rallying ASCE members to help assess and tag structures in Paradise, CA, site of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history. Taylor provided ASCE News with the following update on the group's work: We just completed Day 5, and it's been a fascinating and wearying experience. Roughly 30 volunteers started on Thursday morning (11...