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As California Wildfires Rage, ASCE Members Rally to Help

As California continues to contend with the deadliest wildfires in the state’s history, Doug Taylor is rallying ASCE members to help. Taylor, P.E., M.ASCE, the ASCE Region 9 disaster preparedness chair, has worked year-round to get more ASCE members in the state trained as Safety Assessment Evaluators. “We’ve tried to get more and more people certified so they can respond when disasters like this happen,” Taylor...

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.

Childhood Earthquake Inspired ASCE New Face to Make a Seismic Difference

It was just after midnight. Guillermo Díaz-Fañas, 14, awoke to a buzzing in his ears. He sat up and looked around. Surely, this was some kind of dream. The walls appeared to bend; everything was shaking. His immediate thought was of protecting his 12-year-old brother. “All I could think was, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do?’” Díaz-Fañas remembered. “I sheltered him with my...

ASCE Branches Train and Deploy California Wildfire Damage Evaluators

Sudi Shoja, P.E., F.ASCE, principal  for Engineering Solutions Services, serves as the disaster preparedness chair for the ASCE Orange County Branch. Unfortunately, it's a role that has been called upon with great frequency this year. Shoja has helped lead an impressive effort of collaboration and generosity in Southern California as the region deals with relentless wildfires. She shares her story here. "Fires in Northern California and...

A Trip Around ASCE’s 2017 in 17 Tweets

From putting civil engineering on IMAX screens around the world to sending home a report card grading America's infrastructure, ASCE had a big year. This week, ASCE News is taking a look back at 2017, highlighting the members and moments that made the year memorable. We begin with a look through the lens of social media. Here is the story of ASCE's 2017 told in 17...

Mexico’s resilience can teach U.S. engineers lessons

An ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division team traveled to Mexico in November, gathering information about the region's recent earthquakes to help engineers better understand how to make infrastructure more resilient. This is what they learned.

Tales of Loss and Resilience From Jojutla Morelos

An ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division team traveled to Mexico this month, gathering information about the region's recent earthquakes to help engineers better understand how to make infrastructure more resilient. Craig Davis, Ph.D., G.E., P.E., M.ASCE, Water System Resilience Program Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Allison Pyrch, G.E., P.E., M.ASCE, an associate geotechnical engineer for Hart Crowser Inc. in Vancouver,...

‘Father of Rescue Engineering’ Tabbed as Distinguished Member

David J. Hammond, P.E., S.E., Dist.M.ASCE, a structural engineer considered to be the “Father of Rescue Engineering,” has been named to the 2017 class of ASCE Distinguished Members for his leadership in creating the first teams of structural specialists for the Federal Emergency Management System’s Urban Search and Rescue System, for developing FEMA’s multiweek training program for structural specialists, and for serving as the...