Topic: History and Preservation

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Engineer’s Vision for Concrete Canoe Now 30 Years Strong

It’s all how he envisioned it would be. ASCE student teams from across the country – from across the world – will travel to the Colorado School of Mines this weekend. They’ll come in caravans with colorful concrete canoes in tow. They’ll chant and cheer and bang drums. They’ll talk shop and trade ideas and share presentations about concrete mixes so innovative they defy logic. And they’ll take...

Concrete Canoe: By the Numbers

The 2017 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition celebrates its 30th year when teams convene on the Colorado School of Mines this weekend in Golden, CO. Take a look back on three decades of history, fierce competition, and mind-boggling records. Most All-Time Wins: • UC Berkeley (5) • University of Wisconsin–Madison (5) • University of Alabama in Huntsville (5) Number of Teams to Win National Championship: 11 Number of Official Competitions: 30 Total...

85 Years Strong, George Washington Bridge Still Adds Grace to NYC Skyline

October marks the anniversary of the George Washington Bridge, which was officially opened to the public Oct. 25, 1931. At its opening, the bridge surpassed the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit for the title of longest main span in the world. Spanning the river to link New York City and New Jersey had challenged planners and engineers for decades. In 1888, Gustav Lindenthal proposed a suspension...

Distinguished Member Embraces Civil Engineering’s Past, Keeps It Alive

The life of a road warrior is never easy. Business travelers spend many hours in airports, airplanes, and hotels when their careers require travel. Often travel turns into adventure, with delays, cancellations, and other unforeseen challenges which cause down time. Many people are looking for ways to use that down time more productively and with purpose. Paul Giroux, Dist.M.ASCE, is one of the talented few to manage...