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Letters from Smart Engineering 2021 Issue

May 14, 2021 - in Articles, Letters

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Future Forward Full Interview: Lobbying for the Future of Engineering

May 14, 2021 - in Articles, Interview

Linda Bauer Darr is president and CEO of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). V1 Media: Please briefly summarize the ACEC, what…

How to Manage Routine Maintenance Work on a Busy Construction Site

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

With multiple contractors and disciplines working separately yet simultaneously, a construction site can be a hectic place. It can be difficult for a…

Dubai: Mapping the Smart Path to Happiness

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

The city of Dubai takes its smartness and its happiness very seriously. In fact, happiness is the stated end goal of all the ambitious and clever initiatives the city launched since the start of its Smart Dubai program in 2013. The all-encompassing strategy…

Automation Is Coming to Your CMT Lab

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

In the field, technicians sample fresh concrete and cast cylinders to cure in the testing lab.   Specimens tagged by hand. Results written on clipboards. Data entered, line by painstaking line. Materials testing has always been overly manual. Then COVID-19…

Digital Twins: Cutting Through the Hype From Concept to Operations

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

A digital twin of a pump room and its operations dashboard. (KCI Technologies, Inc.)   The Future, Now In a brand-new highrise office building in the heart of Chicago, a facility-maintenance manager gets a notice on her cellphone that a pump is operating…

Future Forward: Lobbying for the Future of Engineering

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Profile

Linda Bauer Darr is president and CEO of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The ACEC represents approximately 5,500 firms, associations and organizations in the civil engineering and infrastructure space. It works to market its…

Code Update: Updates to ACI 301-20: Specifications for Concrete Construction

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Column

In October 2020, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) published ACI 301-20: “Specifications for Concrete Construction,” which expanded and revised many of the requirements in previous versions of the standard. A notable change was the specification’s…

Executive Corner: Back in the Saddle for the AEC Industry

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Column

It’s hard to believe we’ve crossed the one-year milestone of the global coronavirus pandemic. Populations have endured and adapted to the day-to-day changes in societal norms, business practices and lifestyle patterns. As we start to see the light…

From the Editor: Smart Engineering Urgently Needed to Improve Our Infrastructure

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently published its “report card” for America’s infrastructure. I read through the summary, and this is what I learned: We received an overall grade of C-. That’s an improvement from D+ in 2017,…