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1986 ASCE President Bay dies at 94

Robert D. “Bob” Bay, former principal of Black and Veatch and ASCE president in 1986, has died. He was 94.

Change agents

ASCE PLOT POINTS SEASON 4 EPISODE 11 Wanting to help save the world is an admirable goal. Figuring out just how you can plug that mission into your career path is the first step. Marjorie Bedessem is a senior engineer for Tri Hydro and the vice-president of ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute. And she's excellent case study in navigating different career tracks to maximize her...

Chronic drought could cause water shortages in the Colorado River basin, Reclamation warns

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation warns that 40 million people may face water shortages from chronic drought in the West.

AEC industry shows signs of slow but steady recovery

As of late August, early third-quarter economic data and consumer confidence indexes were heading in the right direction as the architecture, engineering, and construction market segment began to pull out of a relatively short but substantial recession, according to AEC industry economists. After COVID-19 shutdowns and stay-at-home orders in many areas of the country in the second quarter of 2020, the deep trough in...

October 2020 letters

Member viewpoints on magazine articles.

Expert in hydraulics computing technology for more than 50 years dies

Augustine J. “Jay” Fredrich, a highly accomplished hydraulics engineer, professor, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers computer modeler, has died. He was 81. Fredrich, P.E., D.WRE(Ret.), F.ASCE, was first employed by the Little Rock (Arkansas) District of the Corps of Engineers as a hydraulic engineer. When a computer program he wrote came to the attention of the Corps’ Hydrologic Engineering Center in Sacramento, California, the...

Water resources expert and former EWRI president dies at 57

Jeffrey B. Bradley, a hydraulic engineer whose career began with work following the eruption of Mount St. Helens, has died. A past president of ASCE's Environmental and Water Resources Institute and founding president of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, Bradley was 57. Bradley, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, followed in his father’s footsteps into a long and illustrious career in hydraulic engineering. Coupling his...

COVID-19 Community Calls 22: Keeping the Water Flowing

Every day in April, ASCE Plot Points is calling a different civil engineer from around the world to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their life, their community, their work and the civil engineering profession. Thirty days. Thirty phone calls. Community Call 22 goes to David Totman, past-president of ASCE’s Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute. He's the vice president of asset management for Innovyze,...

U.S. EPA, Environmental Groups Spar Over Temporary Compliance Policy

FACED WITH THE PROSPECT that regulated entities might have trouble complying with certain regulatory requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released temporary guidance in late March stating how it intended to handle noncompliance during this time, noting that, among other things, it would not seek civil penalties for most routine violations. Environmental groups immediately criticized the move, contending that it...

Policy Briefing: Coronavirus Relief Bill Provides Billions for Infrastructure

LOOKING TO BOOST the sagging fortunes of three U.S. infrastructure sectors hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress and the Trump administration provided billions in new federal funding for transit, passenger rail, and airports as part of legislation finalized in late March to offer economic relief in the wake of the pandemic. Signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27, the $2-trillion...