Topic: History and Preservation

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Efficiency, speed the hallmarks of Genoa bridge replacement

The Morandi Bridge was a vital transportation link in Genoa, Italy. When it collapsed, officials moved quickly. Its replacement, the Genoa-Saint George Bridge, has set new standards in efficiency.

Lessons learned in the Beirut blast

Experts compared established projections with the actual damage from the blast at the Port of Beirut. How well did the predictions do?

Getting the height right: The North American Vertical Datum of 1988

The success of the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 has set the stage for its replacement.

Presidential library will be nestled into nature

The Badlands, near Medora, North Dakota, are set to be the site of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library.

Harbinger of the future: The Suez Canal (Part 2)

Egypt regains control of the Suez Canal in the final installment of a two-part series.

Harbinger of the future: The Suez Canal (Part 1)

Bridging East and West, the Suez Canal was a pinnacle of 19th-century infrastructure.

Engineering a Culture of Inclusion Part 2: Legacy of Success

Today on ASCE Plot Points marks the start of a new series called "Engineering a Culture of Inclusion," talking with civil engineers impacted by the current sociopolitical climate, who will share their experiences within and insights about the civil engineering profession, specifically as they relate to race and racism. Birdel Franklin Jackson III, P.E., M.ASCE, lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, enjoying retirment after a long and...

Achieving ASCE Landmark Status for Very Different Reasons

The two most recent additions to ASCE’s National Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks would seem to be polar opposites – one honoring a failure, the other an incredible success – yet the lessons each has taught the profession make them deserving landmarks. In December 1967, a bridge collapse so stunned the nation that it transformed the whole means of how bridges are inspected. The Silver Bridge...

To Confront a Climate Change Future, Look to the Past, Author Urges

Ten minutes in the company of Jared Diamond, or spent simply reading one of his books, and you’re bound to come away looking at the world a little bit differently than you had before. The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of “Guns, Germs, and Steel” doesn’t just take a systems approach to questions of climate change and sustainability. His approach encompasses no less than the entire history...

Celebrating the Civil Engineering Project That Transformed the Country

The Transcontinental Railroad, one of the great infrastructure triumphs in U.S. history, turns 150 years old May 10. The ASCE History and Heritage Committee is celebrating with the Golden Spike 150th Anniversary history symposia, May 5-6, in Sacramento, CA. Among the speakers is renowned civil engineering historian and ASCE Distinguished Member Raymond Paul Giroux, whose previous lectures highlighted such landmark projects as the Golden Gate Bridge,...