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From the Editor: Infrastructure (and Humans) Under Siege

November 6, 2017 - in Articles, Column

On Aug. 24, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, as a Category 4 hurricane. For the next five days, the storm dumped a historic amount of rain on the second-largest state in the union before heading back out to the Gulf of Mexico. On…

Infrastructure Outlook: Why Isn’t Infrastructure Relevant?

October 25, 2017 - in Articles, Column

America has a life-threatening infrastructure problem.

Future Forward: Think Long Term for Maximum Value

October 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column, Profile

Dr. John Brown Miller is a global expert on public infrastructure with an eye on efficiency and value. He has a 35-year focus on bringing practical business,…

Change Leader: Simplify Legal Structures to Get Things Done

October 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column, Profile

Philip K. Howard, chair of not-for-profit Common Good, is a lawyer who is actively involved in shaping public policy. In addition to writing several books during his career, he recently wrote a report, “Two Years, Not Ten Years: Redesigning Infrastructure…

Code Update: Steel Bridge Design Specifications Revised in New AASHTO Edition

October 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Interim revisions to AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (7th Edition) were published in 2016 with a few minor revisions to the steel bridge design sections of the specifications. The 8th edition of AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications is expected…

Executive Corner: Mitigating Taxes While Achieving Strategic Ownership Goals

October 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column

In my experience, the top three reasons why A/E firms implement employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are taxes, taxes and taxes. However, although mitigating taxes is an important element, a good ownership plan should be driven by a firm’s strategic plan…

Final Thoughts: Bridge Work: From Wooden Covers to Recycled Steel

October 7, 2017 - in Articles, Column

As I was previewing this issue of Informed Infrastructure, I came across a brief summary of an article about the engineering of tall wood buildings. Although I’m not quite old enough to have designed any covered bridges, I have some experience with wooden-bridge…

Structural Solutions: Nuggets of Wisdom for Engineers Young and Old, Part 3: The Final Chapter

October 2, 2017 - in Articles, Column

My previous two columns covered two main pieces of advice I like to share with students at the Direct Connect session at the NASCC conference: careful use of computer software, and mastering verbal and written communication. In this issue, I’ll finish my…

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.…

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…