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Structural Solutions: The State of the Engineer Address

September 30, 2015 - in Column

Adversities and challenges, particularly when they don’t end well, provide the opportunity to reflect on decisions and figure out what happened. Governments have “state of the union” addresses that explain perceived difficulties in the market as well…

Strike a Balance: Moving from Smart Grids to Smart Operations

September 30, 2015 - in Column

As computing technology became more mainstream, smaller and more connected in the early years of the 21st century, the opportunity for a smart grid became…

Managing the Model: Five Major Benefits of Using Modeling for Construction Projects

September 30, 2015 - in Column

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software has changed the way many companies work—there are extreme benefits to using BIM for construction projects…

Oversite: New Tools Measure and Model What Can’t Be Seen

September 30, 2015 - in Column

In every infrastructure project, whether renewal or new construction, there’s a need to gather a lot of site-specific information prior to embarking on preliminary design. The rigor and detail put into this process often can have high stakes for how successfully…

Ordnance Survey Ireland Creates an Authoritative National Spatial Data Infrastructure

September 25, 2015 - in Feature, Featured

Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), Ireland’s national mapping agency, has developed a standardized, authoritative digital referencing framework that enables consistent referencing and integration of national data related to location. This visionary framework,…

Autodesk Unveils Latest Releases of Civil Engineering Products

September 9, 2015 - in Event Coverage, Feature, Featured

Autodesk hosted a briefing for their mid-year product releases, detailing new InfraWorks  360 and Civil 3D features, productivity enhancements, and performance. Eric Chappell, community evangelist for InfraWorks 360 spoke about some of the new features released.…

Bridging the Gap Between Inspections and Decisions

August 27, 2015 - in Bridges, Feature, Featured

Bridge safety hasn’t always been top of mind for legislators in the United States. The impetus for creating standards and collecting information on how structurally sound the bridges in this country was the collapse of the Silver Bridge in 1967, which spanned…

Structural Engineers Readily Adopt BIM

August 19, 2015 - in Column

Structural engineers from large organizations, multinationals and SMBs feel that BIM is not just an option but a requirement. Unlike architects, designers, contractors and fabricators, structural engineers are likely to use structural BIM modeling services…

EPA Guidance Provides New Options for Meeting TMDL Goals

August 17, 2015 - in Column, Maintenance, Stormwater, Water

The goal of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program is arguably simple - to develop watershed level conservation plans designed to restore impaired waters and attain applicable water quality standards – but its development and implementation has not…

July – August 2015 Infrastructure SHOWCASE

August 11, 2015 - in Showcase

The Charter of the New Urbanism (CNU) promotes mixed-use, walkable neighborhood development for healthier people, places and economies. Each year, CNU holds its Charter Awards to recognize outstanding placemaking that positively affects people’s lives. Jurors…