Topic: Resilience

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Design under way on large-scale sanitation project in Egypt

A Stantec-led consortium has begun planning and design efforts to upgrade and add to the existing wastewater infrastructure in the Fayoum governorate in central Egypt—an initiative that will affect approximately 940,000 Egyptian residents. By providing sanitation to some areas for the first time, the seven-year Fayoum Wastewater Expansion program is expected to improve public health and safety and reduce a significant source of environmental...

Foundation releases comprehensive US flood model, warns of greater risks

Flood models developed by an independent research group show millions more properties in danger of flood than FEMA flood maps suggest.

4 Building Blocks for Modernizing Infrastructure

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill. Our healthcare systems, businesses and daily lives have seen drastic changes. This global health crisis has only further highlighted our need for resilient infrastructure that keeps us safe, eliminates barriers to opportunity and boosts the economy. Our nation’s roadways, water systems and national security are essential to these goals. Moving forward, civil engineers have the task...

CE Roundtable: What COVID-19 has revealed about leadership

How has the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the importance of civil engineering leadership skills?

ASCE members in Lebanon lift Beirut in aftermath of explosion

ASCE members in Lebanon have helped lead the recovery effort in the aftermath of an explosion that shook the Port of Beirut at 6:08 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the center of the densely populated capital. The destruction extended across a four-mile radius, with casualties reported at 220 dead, 6,000 injured and 300,000 left homeless. “What motivated all of us is passion for our beloved country...

New Orleans Branch Assists Those Affected by COVID-19

The ASCE New Orleans Branch organized a program this summer to match member donations to certain organizations supporting those most affected by COVID-19. The four organizations include UNO First Student Support Fund, Second Harvest Food Bank, Gayle Benson Community Assitance Fund and the Gig Workers Relief Fund. Treasurer Kyle Galloway brought the idea to the Branch Board, and they immediately supported it. "We thought it sounded like...

ASCE Members Lead COVID-19 Resilience Effort in Rhode Island

If the governor calls you at home on a Saturday night, you should probably pick up the phone. Rhode Island civil engineering leader and longtime ASCE member Steven King did just that. In fact, you could say he answered the call both literally and figuratively. King – assisted by his colleague and former ASCE Rhode Island Section president, Bill Young – led a drive this spring...

Scenario-Planning for Epic Disruptions: 3 Key Takeaways

If ever there was a year that proved the value of future scenario-planning research, 2020 is it. The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we work and live, which means the ramifications for the civil engineering industry and the way we consider infrastructure have been huge as well. In many ways, COVID-19 is exactly the kind of epic disruption that ASCE’s Future World Vision project...

ASCE Unveils New COVID-19 Impacts on Infrastructure Status Report

Infrastructure is the foundation of society. It keeps communities connected and enables them to thrive. Our roads, water systems and energy grid are critical structures that protect the public’s health and safety, especially during this coronavirus pandemic. ASCE advocates for proposing practical solutions to maintain and modernize America’s deteriorating infrastructure. Although, the global health crisis has intensified this already challenging task. Now, ASCE is urging Congress...

New ASCE Book Highlights Cutting-Edge Research Into Life-Cycle Concepts  

ASCE Reads is a regular series on ASCE News highlighting the latest titles from the ASCE Library, giving you an in-depth look at cutting-edge research and innovations in the civil engineering industry. Life-cycle analysis of infrastructure, by its very nature, requires time. “We’ve made significant progress during the past decade, but there’s a long way to go,” said Dan Frangopol, Sc.D, P.E., F.EMI, F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE, the...