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September 6, 2017 - in Letters

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Sponsored: MicroStation CONNECT Edition – The Foundation of Efficient Civil Engineering Design Workflows

September 6, 2017 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Most of us must work with various file formats, integrate multiple disciplines, and improve project workflow efficiency. With all the different applications…

Future Forward Interview: Can Cross-Laminated Timber Replace Concrete and Steel?

August 31, 2017 - in Articles, Interview

Casey Malmquist is CEO and president of SmartLam Technologies Group, the first commercial manufacturers of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the United…

Change Leader Interview: Overcoming Budget Constraints at State DOTs

August 31, 2017 - in Articles, Interview

J.D. D’Arville is the GIS/LRS Data Management Administrator for the Alabama Department of Transportation (DOT), and John Russell is the surveying and mapping administrator for the Alabama DOT. V1: Can you briefly describe your professional background? D’Arville:…

From the Editor: There’s No Replacement for ‘Learning by Doing’

August 30, 2017 - in Articles, Column

I recently visited a job site of a friend of mine who is a construction manager. I met with him to discuss the use of emerging drone and reality-capture technologies, but I ended up tagging along as he crisscrossed the site, solving one problem after another.…

Vibration Control in Hospital Construction

August 23, 2017 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

A renovation of White Plains Hospital, a 123-year-old healthcare facility north of Manhattan, featured the construction of the new, steel-framed, six-story Center for Cancer Care. Long-span high-performing composite slabs were designed to support heavy booms…

Code Update: ACI 318: High-Strength Reinforcing Bars

August 23, 2017 - in Articles, Column

AMY M.R. TRYGESTAD, P.E., F.ACI (above) The motivation for developing high-strength reinforcing bar (HSRB) is driven from the construction community. Design practitioners are looking for improved, efficient and sustainable design solutions, while contractors…

Engineered Solutions: Barren Arkansas Roadside Springs to Life After Soil Amendments

August 23, 2017 - in Articles, Feature, Featured, Magazine

After completing an open cut slope for a recent highway project, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) encountered a difficult mitigation challenge: a soil bed totally unsuitable for organic growth. The highly acidic soil, composed…

What Is the P3 Model? Can It Save Infrastructure?

August 17, 2017 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Todd Danielson, the editorial director of Informed Infrastructure, spoke with several private-sector infrastructure executives to learn more about the public-private partnership (P3/PPP) model, how it works and if it can be part of the solution to the massive…

Drones Are Transforming Infrastructure Design

August 17, 2017 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

By Hugh McFall It’s increasingly common to hear the steady hum of a drone flying on a construction site. They’re being used to share progress updates, manage earthworks, perform cut-and-fills and much more. But there’s also an emerging use case for drones…