A new report from 24/7 Wall St. ranks each state's infrastructure from best to worst using criteria such as roads, bridges, dams and highway spending. Kristina Swallow, American Society of Civil Engineers president, says the nation's poor infrastructure is detrimental to the American economy, quality of life and even safety.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ruled that construction on the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline must stop until the project's ongoing permitting issues are resolved. The ruling comes after the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals vacated permits granted by the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Pearland, Texas, and Brazoria County have partnered to design and build frontage roads as part of an upgrade of Texas State Highway 288. The project is estimated to cost $9.9 million, and construction will start in 2019.
The Alabama State Port Authority is in the midst of or on the cusp of a number of projects that could increase its economic contribution to the state, which currently stands at $22.4 billion. Projects include the third phase of the port's container terminal expansion and a $60 million automobile terminal.
ExxonMobil has committed to ship up to 450 million cubic feet of natural gas per day on the proposed joint Kinder Morgan-EagleClaw Permian Highway Pipeline. The $2 billion, 430-mile pipeline will have a capacity of 2 billion cubic feet per day and is expected to enter service in late 2020.
Anne Ellis, a former AECOM vice president, says surprises always occur during a project, and every member of the team must anticipate those from the beginning. While technology is an important tool that can improve construction, it should not be implemented for the sake of it, she says.
Autonomous vehicles will affect the engineering approach to roadway design, says Michael Babusci of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic. Babusci recommends state departments of transportation be prepared for the changes autonomous vehicles will bring to research, training and safety.
The American Society of Civil Engineers named the Allegan riverfront redevelopment project as the 2017 Quality of Life Project of the Year for Michigan. The final phase of the effort, the Perrigo Riverfront Plaza, has started and will include a picnic area, splash pad and a large fire pit.
Seemingly endless debates can sometimes be solved by
grabbing a marker and whiteboard, writes Art Petty. He describes one situation where "the work of drawing and striving to comprehend the visual representation of the strategy brought everyone in the room together and achieved a form of parallel processing and talking."
Excessive emphasis on reducing costs and increasing efficiency will come at the expense of your employees, says Randy Wall, P.E., M.ASCE, who advises firms on how to create success-focused cultures. Make your firm more profitable. Read Wall's advice in the latest edition of ASCE Member Voices.
Want to stage an event that will excite kids about a civil engineering career? An ASCE eLearning webinar, "Pre-College Outreach Best Practices: Event Planning," will offer all you need to know, including how to tap resources such as the movie Dream Big: Engineering Our World. The free exclusive for Society members takes place Thursday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Register today.