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Change Leader: Simplify Legal Structures to Get Things Done

October 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column, Profile

Philip K. Howard, chair of not-for-profit Common Good, is a lawyer who is actively involved in shaping public policy. In addition to writing several books during his career, he recently wrote a report, “Two Years, Not Ten Years: Redesigning Infrastructure…

September – October 2017 TRENDS

October 16, 2017 - in Articles, Featured, Trends

In this section, Informed Infrastructure compiles infographics from trusted sources that reveal insight on infrastructure spending. We also compile some…

Code Update: Steel Bridge Design Specifications Revised in New AASHTO Edition

October 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Interim revisions to AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (7th Edition) were published in 2016 with a few minor revisions to the steel bridge design…

From the Field: M-8.1 Earthquake Strikes Mexico

October 16, 2017 - in Articles, Featured, Showcase

Preliminary Structural Damage Assessed On Sept. 7, 2017, approximately 87 kilometers southwest of Pijijiapan, Mexico, an 8.1-magnitude offshore earthquake struck at a depth of 70 kilometers. At time of this writing, more than 90 deaths have been confirmed,…

Executive Corner: Mitigating Taxes While Achieving Strategic Ownership Goals

October 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column

In my experience, the top three reasons why A/E firms implement employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are taxes, taxes and taxes. However, although mitigating taxes is an important element, a good ownership plan should be driven by a firm’s strategic plan…

Specification Section: Retaining Walls and Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE)

Retaining walls, MSE and soil-retention products continue to evolve, as does the software that designs these systems and simulates their performance. The following resource aims to serve those who design and model such structures as well as specify the materials…

Hydroseeding Takes Root at the Panama Canal

October 7, 2017 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

In a country that receives more than 100 inches of rain per year, on slopes as steep as 45 degrees, controlling soil erosion is crucial. In 2006, when the $5.7 billion Panama Canal expansion project kicked off, headlines were awash with news about the engineering…

Final Thoughts: Millennials Are ‘Engineering: The Next Generation’

August 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Many members of my generation think we Baby Boomers are the greatest generation. After all, we protested against wars, fought for civil rights, and invented rock and roll. But we also produced this next generation of people. I am a Baby Boomer, and our generation…

SunTrust Park: Project Collaboration Helps Meet Opening Day Deadline for Atlanta Braves

August 7, 2017 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  Contractor:  American Builders 2017 Architect: Populous Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore Fabricator: Hirschfeld Industries Modeler/Detailer: BDS VirCon The Atlanta Braves called Turner Field home for nearly 20 years, but time had taken its…

Joe Harrison: GT STRUDL, Product Innovations, Key Customers, Important Use Cases

July 15, 2017 - in Featured, Interview, Video

Informed Infrastructure interviewed Hexagon's Joe Harrison, Product Owner of GT STRUDL, at the HxGN Live event held June 13-16, 2017, in Las Vegas. He discusses the creation and growth of GT STRUDL, key product strengths and use cases, new components and what…