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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…

Final Thoughts: Millennials Are ‘Engineering: The Next Generation’

August 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Many members of my generation think we Baby Boomers are the greatest generation. After all, we protested against wars, fought for civil rights, and invented…

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

August 14, 2017 - in Articles, Column, Profile

This page profiles innovative and impactful applied research in civil and structural engineering. With a background as a builder and developer in construction…

Change Leader: Overcoming Budget Constraints at State DOTs

August 14, 2017 - in Articles, Column, Profile

J.D. D’Arville (top) is the GIS/LRS data management administrator for the Alabama Department of Transportation (DOT), and John Russell (bottom), a licensed surveyor, is the surveying and mapping administrator for the Alabama DOT. Change D’Arville and Russell…

Executive Corner: Is the Future of Your Firm in the Hands of Millennials?

August 8, 2017 - in Articles, Column

One of the largest ownership transition issues A/E firm owners currently face is the same one they faced years ago: finding a way to influence younger employees and warm them to the idea of equity ownership. Luckily, there’s now much more robust qualitative…

Structural Solutions: Nuggets of Wisdom for Engineers Young and Old, Part 2: Communication Is Key

August 7, 2017 - in Articles, Column

In my previous column, I mentioned the Direct Connect session for students that happens each year at the NASCC conference. My company has attended the session for several years now; not for recruiting necessarily, but to share our small-firm perspective. In…

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

June 14, 2017 - in Articles, Column, Profile

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, Profile

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 in the United States are experts in digital construction who use Pix4D’s drone mapping technology…

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, “What the heck?!?!” Relax, and take a deep breath; it’s not as bad as it may seem at first glance.…

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…