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Transportation Troubleshooting: Cooperation Key to Developing a More Diverse Workforce

July 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) represents an unprecedented opportunity to renovate and build a 21st-century integrated transportation system, addressing equity, energy, water, internet access and other infrastructure needs.…

Code Update: Change to ACI 318-19 Sets Lower Shear Capacities for Many Concrete Structures

July 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

In January 2020, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) published the second printing of ACI 318-19: “Building Code Requirements for Structural…

From the Editor: Will Politics Erode Infrastructure Standards?

July 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

My wife and I are planning a road trip from the Midwest to the East Coast. Since we now own an electric vehicle that comes with free charging at…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Getting Started on the Right Foot(ing)

July 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

As a young engineer, starting on a project always seemed daunting. I’d receive plans and elevations (or a 3D model) from the architect or MEP engineers that typically didn’t have much detailed information. I may have been to a couple preliminary meetings…

Executive Corner: Focus On Three Key Areas to Prepare for the Future

July 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

As A&E firms are planning the remainder of 2022 and beyond, it’s critical to be informed on today’s industry trends. As growing pipelines and increased revenue projections increase across the industry, firms are focusing on their people, their technology…

Thoughts From Engineers: The Supreme Court Kicks the Climate ‘Ball’ Back to Congress

July 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Many predicted in the days leading up to the release of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision in West Virginia v. EPA that something “big” was about to happen. In any other decade, I think the decision would’ve been characterized…

From the Editor: Message to Graduates (and All Engineers): Go Out and Do Good

May 27, 2022 - in Articles, Column

I was pleased to attend the annual meeting of the Indiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which included a competition among college students who presented their senior design projects to an audience and a panel of judges. The senior civil…

Executive Corner: An Inside Look at the Landmark ESOP Valuation Case

May 27, 2022 - in Articles, Column

For over a decade, the Department of Labor (DOL) has carried out a controversial and aggressive enforcement effort targeting valuation issues in employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). The DOL did not lose a major ESOP case on a valuation issue until…

Thoughts From Engineers: When Cities in the Midwest Run Dry

May 27, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The states surrounding the Great Lakes have always been a bit smug about the bounty of freshwater on their doorstep. These states have been equally vigilant about keeping this resource close and have drafted laws to protect this enormous concentration…

Transportation Troubleshooting: Meet Paula Hammond: 40 Years of Engineering Experience to Share

May 27, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Paula Hammond will write a recurring column for Informed Infrastructure, beginning with the August 2022 issue. This introductory column is based on an interview by Todd Danielson, the editorial director of Informed Infrastructure. You can view a…