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Needing Every Last Drop: Western States Are Recycling Wastewater in a Variety of Ways

November 30, 2023 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

A rendering shows the interior view of the membrane treatment area at the Advanced Water Purification Facility being developed in El Paso, Texas. As water scarcity continues to be a concern—particularly in the western United States and as growing populations…

Effects of the EPA WOTUS SCOTUS Decision on Engineering

October 11, 2023 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction over “adjacent wetlands” to those having a continuous surface…

Off Rope! Drones for Bridge Inspection Increase Safety, Decrease Costs

October 11, 2023 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

It requires a few things for a bridge engineer to become a rope-access technician and climb up and down the most-difficult and complicated bridges: •…

AI Brings a New Era of Sustainability to Structural Engineering

October 11, 2023 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Construction workers put together a truss frame designed through AI. Every year brings new technological innovation to the engineering sector. For example, the industry now is in an age in which 3D-printed structural parts and generative-design artificial…

World Logistics Center: Engineering Heavyweights Collaborate to Ease California’s Warehouse Space Demands

October 11, 2023 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Artist’s renderings show the World Logistics Center, which is set to break ground in Moreno Valley, Calif., later in 2023. (Stantec/Highland Fairview) The quest for warehouse space is more challenging than ever. Vacancy rates are at an all-time low in metropolitan…

Ready to Roll: How 1,000 Pounds of Spinning Metal Overcame Onramp Runoff

October 11, 2023 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

To complete a Missouri ditch-liner project, Realm Construction poured 400-450 linear feet of concrete a day and finished the project more than one week ahead of schedule. Near the Kansas City International Airport lies a well-traveled but problematic onramp…

Decrease Concrete’s Carbon: A Big Step in Leaving a Smaller Footprint

September 7, 2023 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Portland-limestone cement provides designers the opportunity to reduce a project’s carbon footprint by up to 10 percent. Concrete is the second-most-used material (after water), which shouldn’t be surprising considering it’s the foundation of nearly…

Safe Passage Across the Sea: Sensors Prevent Overloaded Vehicles Access to Philippines’ Iconic New Bridge

September 7, 2023 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

For the tallest and longest bridge in the Philippines, sensors provide for bridge protection based on accurate measurement of vehicle axle loads. (Kistler Group) The Philippines, a southeast Asian island state officially comprising 7,641 islands and home to…

Sustainable Stormwater Solutions: Embracing Low-Impact Development (LID) for Enhanced Stormwater Quantity and Quality Control

September 7, 2023 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

In 2017, heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey flooded the greater Houston area, prompting local officials to reassess their stormwater-management systems. In recent years, climate change has affected Earth’s weather patterns, which have turned unpredictable…

Creating Certainty: Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Aggregates Improve Seismic Design

September 7, 2023 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Lightweight aggregate helps address seismic concerns on a highway project. (Acrosa Lightweight) The ground a structure is built on plays an important role in what’s possible for that project—soil’s stability and relative depth to the bedrock can determine…