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Collaboration in Product Development Results in Better Designs

June 1, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Good design is slow. Effective collaboration also takes time. According to Sara Pevaroff Schuh, the founding principal of Philadelphia-based SALT Design Studio, “Quality fights to be a full partner at the table with quick.” She’s right. It may seem like…

Bridging the Divide: How Lidar Data Help Mitigate Landslides Near Yellowstone

June 1, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

The Double Draw Landslide in May 2011 closed U.S. 26 for about a month after leaving an estimated 200,000 tons of debris on the highway. More landslides…

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Growing Trend Toward 3D Digital Deliverables for Bridges and Structures

June 1, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

In the United States, a project-delivery revolution that’s been building for years is unfolding. As software continues to “eat the world,” Model…

The CEO Series Continues: Excerpts from an Interview with Esri President Jack Dangermond: The Convergence of AEC and GIS

May 25, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured, Interview

In November 2019, Informed Infrastructure Editorial Director Todd Danielson interviewed Esri President Jack Dangermond at the Autodesk University (AU) Conference in Las Vegas.  The full interview video can be viewed at bit.ly/2VTPr4q, but…

Ten Years After the Haiti Earthquake: How Building Disaster-Resilient Structures Can Lift a Nation

April 27, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Image: Port-au-Prince, Haiti, suffered massive destruction from an earthquake in 2010. By Kit Miyamoto, Ph.D., S.E., and Lucienne Cross In 20 years of responding to earthquakes as a structural engineer, I have never seen destruction such as I witnessed in…

Deliberate Clashing in Urban Infill Projects

April 22, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

A partial 3D axonometric section shows the representation of an existing railyard with a structural platform built around it as well as the potential massing of a building above. All geometry was created within either AutoCAD or Revit and then imported into…

It’s the Thought That Counts: Simple Tools (Like Hand Sketches) Can Help Create Better Designs

April 20, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Publisher’s Note: I met structural engineer Clark Baurer when I served as a juror for the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois’ (SEAOI) Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Competition—his elegant and innovative structural renovation of…

Cracks in the Road: Resolving Unintentional Maintenance Impacts on a Residential Development

March 9, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

All residential development projects encounter problems and complications. Some are expected, but most are not. The Summerlake subdivision in Wintergarden, Fla., required maintenance and mitigation due to unexpected construction delays that allowed cracks…

Reflecting History in the Present and Future: Redeveloping and Preserving the Old Sacramento Waterfront District

March 9, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  Ever since the planting of Sacramento at the confluence of two mighty rivers, she has had to fight for existence with an energy and constancy which have developed her nerve and muscle and proved her vitality beyond that of any city of modern times.”…

Subway Station Modernization: Design-Build Team Upgrades Six NYC-Area Transit Stations

February 26, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  In two projects, New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and a design-build team of Urbahn Architects, HAKS (now Atane Consulting) and Citnalta-Forte Construction completed renovations to six subway stations as part of MTA’s…