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Transportation Troubleshooting: The ‘Four C’s’ of High-Speed Rail Build Support for the Long-Term Vision

April 8, 2024 - in Articles, Column

Enhancing passenger rail service can improve the lives of millions of Americans by cutting the time they spend commuting, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and enabling new growth patterns such as transit-oriented development, where…

Getting Geotechnical: Calming the Storm with ESCS

April 8, 2024 - in Articles, Column

Storm intensity and the loss of pervious surfaces pose significant challenges for infrastructure design. When stormwater is unable to drain properly,…

Thoughts From Engineers: Designing for the Next Storm

April 5, 2024 - in Articles, Column

Civil engineers use a range of hydrologic methodologies and software—from the widely used Rational Method to U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s HEC-HMS…

Engineering The Future: The Future Starts Now

March 29, 2024 - in Articles, Column

Maria Lehman will be writing a regular column for Informed Infrastructure, starting with this April 2024 issue. Shortly after becoming ASCE president, she was interviewed for an April 2022 cover feature: bit.ly/3IkrT1a. “Engineering” and “passion”…

From the Editor: Looking Into the 2023 Rearview Mirror

February 1, 2024 - in Articles, Column

We experienced some major events in 2023—some exceptionally good and others rather distressing. This review is a somewhat personal look at some of the positive developments and accomplishments, especially in the world of infrastructure and events that…

Executive Corner: Five Takeaways on 2023 A/E M&A Activity

February 1, 2024 - in Articles, Column

Despite an overall slump in M&A deal volume globally, the A/E industry wrapped up 2023 with yet another busy year of elevated activity. Shrugging off recession worries and higher interest rates, confident strategic and financial buyers showed no signs…

Transportation Troubleshooting: Let’s Look at Vision Zero for a New Road Safety Mindset

February 1, 2024 - in Articles, Column

I remember when automobile drivers and passengers could legally choose not to wear seat belts. Since the mid-1980s, legislators have taken away that choice in every state except for New Hampshire. But the result—thousands of lives saved and serious…

Thoughts From Engineers: Peeling Back the Pavement to Manage Stormwater in Great Lakes Communities

January 31, 2024 - in Articles, Column

Urban spaces have evolved through the decades to reflect the needs of the people who live there. Through time, we buried wetlands to build roads and paved stream corridors and other natural spaces to drive water efficiently to the nearest exit. We built…

Decarbonizing Infrastructure: Why Data, Collaboration and PAS 2080 Are Critical to Success

January 31, 2024 - in Articles, Column

In the UK, construction activity accounts for around 50m tonnes of CO2 emissions, with cement and steel used for infrastructure being significant contributors. For the UK to meet its statutory climate targets, a whole lifecycle approach must be adopted to…

How AI and Cloud Technology Are Driving Digital Disruption in Capital Infrastructure

December 7, 2023 - in Articles, Column

There are countless reasons why a capital construction project may run into difficulties, but more often than not it’s down to lack of foresight or poor application of time and resources.