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Posts Tagged ‘Engineering’

Guest on The Infra Blog: Norma Jean Mattei, 2017 President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Norma Jean Mattei on The Infra Blog

“I think one of the problems is we have gotten into the habit of just waiting until things break, and when you have many sectors at a “D,” it just takes one major event to shut something down and have something fail. And then we throw a lot of money at it. But that’s not a wise way of handling things, because when you’re dealing with a disaster, you’re throwing four times the money at what is now broken, instead of maintaining something in a condition that’s at least average condition.”

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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: Boca Grande Causeway Swing Bridge project in Placida, Florida

Monday, March 13th, 2017
ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards 2017

Spanning the picturesque Boca Grande pass, the swing bridge is the only structural link connecting Charlotte County to the barrier islands. Despite a rigorous maintenance program, the swing span’s operational reliability had become more difficult to maintain. Along with narrow travel lanes unsuited for 21st Century traffic, the low-lying bridge and its substructure was at risk of collapse from vessel impacts, and wave loading from coastal storm events.

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Engineers Week: Women in Engineering

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Engineers Week: Women in Engineering

As part of Engineers Week 2017, MoDOT celebrates women in engineering. Here, a wide variety of women engineers offer their perspectives on the engineering profession.

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Kids React to “Dream Big” – IMAX® Engineering Experience

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Kids React to “Dream Big” – IMAX® Engineering Experience

From the world’s tallest buildings and underwater robots to a solar car race and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring human stories and powerful giant-screen visuals, Dream Big also reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Charlene Wheeless, Principal Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Bechtel Corporation

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Charlene Wheeless, Bechtel Corporation

Bechtel is very supportive, obviously, of the need to improve our infrastructure and we’re really pleased that there’s ongoing dialogue about the need to update our infrastructure and to take action. So that’s very exciting for us as a company, but also for us as citizens.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Karen Horting, CAE, Executive Director and CEO, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Karen Horting, Executive Director and CEO, Society of Women Engineers

Karen Horting, CAE, is the executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers, a position she has held since Dec. 31, 2013. With more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and fund development, Horting was most recently the SWE deputy executive director. In this capacity, she was responsible for all fund-development […]

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Dream Big: Engineering Our World—Coming to an IMAX Near You

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
Dream Big: Engineering Our World—Coming to an IMAX Near You

Dream Big is bringing awe-inspiring feats of engineering to the big, big screen this February. The film aims to burst stereotypes and portray engineering as an “exciting, creative, heroic realm.” According to the film’s web site, “It is not only a journey through engineering’s greatest wonders, but equally a tale of human grit, aspiration, compassion and the triumph of human ingenuity over life’s greatest challenges.”

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Letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
David A. Raymond - Letter to Donald Trump

We are eager to support your agenda to invest in the nation’s critical infrastructure, reform our tax code and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens. Our members are knowledgeable in these areas, as they are directly engaged in construction projects that propel America’s economy and enhance its quality of life.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Setting the Standard: the 4-Year-Old Envision Rating System is Becoming a Best Practices Model Industry Wide for Sustainable Infrastructure

Monday, December 12th, 2016
VHB used Envision as the framework for this 1-mile section of Greenough Boulevard along the bank of the Charles River from Cambridge to Watertown in Massachusetts. By narrowing the roadway (right), the reclaimed parkland reduces stormwater runoff and includes a tree-lined path that can be used by pedestrians and bicyclists.

Sustainable infrastructure was the focus of Envision, introduced in 2012 as a new rating system to promote best practices in planning, designing, building and maintaining public roads, bridges, tunnels, water systems and other civic entities…The Envision rating system addresses a full range of environmental, social and economic impacts of sustainability in project design, construction and operation. Labeled “credits,” these impacts are classified under five categories: quality of life, leadership, resource allocation, natural world, and climate and risk.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: John Kissinger, President and CEO, GRAEF-USA, Inc.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
John Kissinger on The Infra Blog

“I think as engineers sometimes things just seem very logical—this would seem very logical to take care of this infrastructure that there was such a large investment in to begin with—but there are a lot of emotional and political reasons why that doesn’t happen, and they tend to get discounted. I think the people who are interested in improving infrastructure need to understand that, and try to respond to that rather than dismiss it as illogical or something along those lines.”

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