Topic: Resilience

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Fully Updated ASCE 7-16 Now Available

This week, ASCE publishes its signature standard, ASCE/SEI 7-16, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures. It is the first update to the essential resource in nearly seven years. “ASCE 7 continues to be the very best resource for information about loads that occur in structures,” said Donald Dusenberry, P.E., SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE, past-chair for the ASCE 7-16 Committee. “It has been updated...

A Pioneer of Design for Welding, Blodgett Dies at 99

Distinguished Member Omer W. Blodgett, whose books on design for welding are considered to form the foundation of the entire field, died Jan. 11 at 99. Blodgett, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, was a design consultant and mechanical engineer at Lincoln Electric Co., in Cleveland, for more than 60 years. He was known internationally as an expert in the design of welded connections and was influential in development...

Protecting Our Nation’s Power Grid

Now more than ever, our power infrastructure is at risk. Significant power outages have risen from 76 in 2007 to 307 in 2011 largely due to aging and underfunded infrastructure equipment and systems. ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure in 2013 gave the United States a D+ in energy due to the nation’s reliance on an aging electrical grid and pipeline distribution system, some of...

10 Tips on Innovation from ASCE’s Innovation Contest Winners

To satisfy the growing demands of evolving societies, civil engineering must innovate. Yet "innovation" defies a clear definition. How do innovations come about? How can they be inspired? From the winners of ASCE’s first Innovation Contest, here are 10 insights: “Innovation doesn’t always have to make sense. It may not make complete sense at first, the idea that you have in your mind, but it can lead to...

Leader on Resilience Elected a 2016 Distinguished Member

Resilience has become a buzzword in civil engineering circles, but for Gary Y.K. Chock, the concept is nothing new. Across a 35-year career, it has been part of what he considers good, fundamental common engineering sense. “I’m really averse to the idea that we have to wait until people pay with economic losses or even their lives prior to there being a motivating factor to...

1999 Earthquake Set Pehlivan on Quest for Resiliency

Their high-rise building started shaking around 3 a.m. “We woke up, and I remember my mom pulling us out of the apartment,” said Menzer Pehlivan. “And I’m 13 years old, so I’m like, ‘What is going on?’” Pehlivan and her family were living in Ankara, Turkey, when a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook the country on Aug. 19, 1999. They were about 200 miles from the Izmit epicenter,...

Civil Engineers Have A Key Role to Play in Adaptation to Climate Change

What was once considered an issue of the far distant future, climate change, has been clearly stated by the Third National Climate Assessment as now meeting us in the present. People from corn producers in Iowa, to coastal planners in Florida, to city dwellers in New York City, to Native Peoples on tribal lands are experiencing extreme changes to the climate around them. Summers are longer...