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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…

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…

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.…

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 rock and roll. But we also produced this next generation of people. I am a Baby Boomer, and our generation…

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,…

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…