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Future Forward: Use a PERMIT System to Promote Safety on the Job Site

June 14, 2017 - in Articles, Column

This page profiles innovative and impactful applied research in civil and structural engineering. Patrick Tarrant is the founder and CEO of Crane Management, a consulting agency for construction companies in New York City. A well-known industry professional…

Change Leader: Technology Is Changing Construction More Than Ever Before

June 14, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Consultant Viet T.P. Pham of MT Højgaard in Denmark and Regional VDC Manager Blake Potts of Rogers-O’Brien Construction…

Code Update: How Changes to AISC 360-16 Affect HSS Connection Design

June 13, 2017 - in Articles, Column

If you’re reading this column, you probably downloaded the new specification (www.aisc.org/publications/steel-standards), looked at Chapter K and wondered,…

Civil Spotlight: T.Y. Lin’s Heller Receives Special Award from Arizona DOT

June 12, 2017 - in Articles, Column

This column in Informed Infrastructure aims to highlight a particular civil engineer or civil engineering project that received deserving credit for improving the profession. Joseph (Joe) Heller, P.E., a T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) design engineer, received…

Final Thoughts: Bridges: Overcoming Gaps Literally and Metaphorically

June 12, 2017 - in Articles, Column

The main theme of this issue of Informed Infrastructure is “bridges,” which allow people to cross rivers that used to be barriers. They provide a way to span a gap or valley rather than travel long distances around them. Bridges allow different modes of…

From the Editor: Variety and the Growth of Community

June 8, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Infrastructure Week (May 15-19; infrastructureweek.org) was recently held in Washington, D.C., and several other cities across the United States. Infrastructure Week was founded and is led by a bipartisan Steering Committee that includes leading business groups,…

Executive Corner: It’s Critical to Understand Why a Project Is Valuable

June 1, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Effective architecture and engineering (A/E) firm leadership starts with the understanding that we’re in the business of delivering projects, and these projects are managed and delivered by people. To effectively run the business, leaders need clear and…

Structural Solutions: Nuggets of Wisdom for Engineers Young and Old, Part 1

May 29, 2017 - in Articles, Column

If you haven’t been to the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) NASCC Steel Conference, you really need to go. It’s not just about the PDHs; there’s an awful lot to learn.

From the Editor: Infrastructure Report Card Again Near Failing

April 19, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Like for many students across the country, my kids’ school semester ended earlier this year. They each worked hard, doing their homework, studying for quizzes and tests, and preparing for finals. Also, like most kids, they would rather be spending their…

Infrastructure Outlook: User Beware: Energy Code Not Always a Helpful ‘How To’

April 17, 2017 - in Column

The cornerstone of sustainable design is simple: don’t waste energy, water or gas. Do the most with the least. In fact, this is the mantra for all businesses that compete in capital markets where continually stretching dollars is a must. Energy conservation…