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Engineered Solutions: The Case for 3D Geotechnical Analysis

December 19, 2019 - in Articles, News

By Dr. Murray Fredlund, strategic advisor, Geotechnical, Bentley Systems Sponsored by: There are ongoing discussions in the geotechnical community about the need to perform 3D analysis. The questions raised relate to the results achieved when performing a…

Distributed Water Management Marks A New Way Forward

December 17, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  For more than 100 years, the United States has relied on an ever-growing massive network of centralized water-treatment facilities. This is the…

A Cool-Looking Chiller: New Core Infrastructure at UMass Amherst Is Sustainable, Educational and Beautiful

December 17, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

The northwest corner of the chiller plant shows rhythmical façade patterns in channel glass and metal panels above ground level. Oxford’s “dreaming…

Infrastructure Outlook: Analytics Must Drive Next-Generation Infrastructure

December 17, 2019 - in Articles, Column

There’s no question that America’s infrastructure is antiquated and in vital need of modernization. If we want our infrastructure to be more efficient, cost-effective and secure, however, we must prioritize mathematical and analytical insights that enable…

Code Update: EC-017: The Evaluation Criteria for Field-Applied Fire-Protective Coatings

December 17, 2019 - in Articles, Column

During seven months from 2006 to 2007, three firefighters—in three separate fire-related incidents—died from injuries sustained after falling through the floor on which they were walking. Each tragedy had one thing in common: the floors were constructed…

How Steel Deck Is Shaking Up Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design

December 17, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  All too often, we get stuck in the mindset that the way we currently do things is the way we must continue to do them. An example that hits close to home is the way steel deck is underutilized by designers in the low- and mid-rise construction market.…

Thoughts From Engineers: Spinning Gold: Desalination Steps in to Alleviate World’s Water Crisis

December 17, 2019 - in Articles, Column

A scenario reminiscent of Garret Hardin’s “Tragedy of the Commons” plays out quietly around the globe. Proof that swelling populations in bone-dry regions of the world can no longer survive on existing reserves of freshwater, technology (and money) step…

Executive Corner: What Is Your Ownership Strategy?

December 16, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Does your firm have an ownership strategy that clearly defines how you will be able to exit your firm? Are you relying on selling your firm to a third party or the next generation of leaders? According to the Census Bureau (and assuming age 67 for retirement),…

From the Editor: Is the ‘Scary Season’ Over or Just Beginning?

December 9, 2019 - in Articles, Column

I started thinking about my column for this issue when I received an email from Todd Danielson, the editorial director, with the subject line reading: “Next scary column deadline.” Obviously, it was due near Halloween. A year ago, I wrote about the various…

Engineered Solutions: Sustainability in Practice

December 9, 2019 - in Articles, Featured, Showcase

Sponsored by:   What the United States Can Learn From the Dutch In many countries worldwide, infrastructure is a critical topic, and the United States is no exception. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) scrutinizes U.S. infrastructure every…