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From the Editor: It’s Time To Get Back to School (And That’s a Good Thing)

September 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

This time of year always brings mixed emotions. I’m definitely a summer person and have a difficult time realizing summer is about to end. But it’s also the start of another school year, which is still an exciting time of year for me. I’m almost…

From the Editor: A Travelog from a Summer EV Road Trip

August 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

This issue of Informed Infrastructure is focused on Sustainable Engineering. As I write this column, there’s news about the U.S. Senate…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Get the Whole Job Done Right the First Time

August 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Modeling and design software has made our design life really simple these days. The ability to add or modify loads and reconfigure framing provides…

Executive Corner: A New Age of A/E Entrepreneurship Is Here

August 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

With industry headlines everywhere addressing severe talent shortages, rampant consolidation, record backlogs, digital transformation, inflation and private-equity involvement, one intriguing development has quietly gone under the radar. During the last…

Thoughts From Engineers: Urban Heat Islands Grab the Latest Climate Headlines

August 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Extremely high temperatures searing U.S. and European cities in recent weeks invariably focuses the world’s attention on the “urban heat islands” that cities by and large represent. With rising temperatures of late, cities are literal hotbeds for…

Transportation Troubleshooting: Cascadia Innovation Corridor Partnership: Balancing Growth and Livability through Ground Transportation

August 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

As a resident of Olympia, Wash., I live in one of the most attractive, economically vigorous and culturally rich regions of the United States: the Cascadia Corridor. While not as fast-growing as the Texas Triangle or as large as SoCal, our Pacific Northwest…

Infrastructure Outlook: Digital Delivery Will Drive Efficient Projects and Sustainable Infrastructure

August 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

By earmarking an unprecedented $1.2 trillion for infrastructure improvements, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law—formerly known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)—provides a generational opportunity for America to regain its top-level…

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 Concrete.” ACI 318-19 code sets the minimum criteria for materials, design and detailing of structural concrete…

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 certain stations, our road trip will have zero emissions and no fuel costs. Some things are taken for granted…