The American Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers The mission of the American Society of Civil Engineers is to provide essential value to our members & partners, advance civil engineering and serve the public good.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and maintains an office in Washington, DC.

ASCE is dedicated to the advancement of the individual civil engineer and the advancement of the science and profession of civil engineering through education.

Mission: ASCE's mission is to provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good. ASCE's Vision - Civil engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life.

Our 2019 National Concrete Canoe champion is University of Florida! Congratulations to all participants! View the full r...
06/09/2019

Our 2019 National Concrete Canoe champion is University of Florida! Congratulations to all participants! View the full results: https://bit.ly/2K4j5AB.

If citizens could issue parking violations, would it make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists?
06/07/2019
A Plan for Safer Streets: Let More People Issue Parking Tickets

If citizens could issue parking violations, would it make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists?

Washington, D.C., considers training a group of residents to give tickets for some parking violations. Would it make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists?

ASCE members elected Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, as the Society’s 2020 president-elect. Read th...
06/05/2019

ASCE members elected Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, as the Society’s 2020 president-elect.
Read the full list of elected officers on ASCE News: https://bit.ly/2Zc72Vd.

Civil engineers are behind-the-scenes superheroes, and our superpower is resilience planning.
06/05/2019
3 Ways Civil Engineers Can Save the World Through Resilience Planning

Civil engineers are behind-the-scenes superheroes, and our superpower is resilience planning.

Disasters are unpredictable, but civil engineers are the unsung heroes protecting the built world through resilience planning. Here are three trends influencing this global movement.

Few things are as awe-inspiring as a skyscraper (or 30!)
06/04/2019
The 30 Tallest Buildings in the World

Few things are as awe-inspiring as a skyscraper (or 30!)

Few things say that a city or a country has arrived more than a gleaming, awe-inspiring skyscraper.

Elon Musk's The Boring Company will enter into exclusive contract negotiations to design, construct and operate its firs...
06/03/2019
Las Vegas Is Getting a Loop from Elon Musk

Elon Musk's The Boring Company will enter into exclusive contract negotiations to design, construct and operate its first commercial project: an underground transit line for the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Boring Company hopes its first commercial project will emerge under the bright lights of Sin City.

What does the future look like? We have a few ideas. Find out more about ASCE’s Future World Vision: https://bit.ly/2v...
05/31/2019

What does the future look like? We have a few ideas. Find out more about ASCE’s Future World Vision: https://bit.ly/2vX4sGk.

Using alternative project delivery models and a blend of design/bid/build aspects, a new bridge replaced a well-loved, c...
05/30/2019
Turn for the Better | ASCE

Using alternative project delivery models and a blend of design/bid/build aspects, a new bridge replaced a well-loved, critical link to Victoria, British Columbia. Read more about the project in “Civil Engineering” magazine: https://bit.ly/2M6yn9P.

The Johnson Street Bridge has served as a critical link to the city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, for many years. A single-leaf bascule bridge that is functional and visually appealing replaced the previous structure, which comprised twin Strauss bascule bridges. The project delivery includ...

As Paris undergoes a transportation transformation, what will happen to the obsolete infrastructure? Check out some of t...
05/29/2019
New Ideas for Paris's Outdated Infrastructure

As Paris undergoes a transportation transformation, what will happen to the obsolete infrastructure? Check out some of the proposed redesigns: https://bit.ly/2HKcnfy.

"Reinvent Paris II" invited designers to come up with uses for a list of subterranean and marginal sites. The modest choices could provide a useful template for other cities.

To improve pedestrian safety, New York is considering legislation to prohibit the use of portable, electronic devices wh...
05/28/2019
New York considers bill banning digital device use in crosswalks

To improve pedestrian safety, New York is considering legislation to prohibit the use of portable, electronic devices while crossing a roadway.

The legislation is considered a safety measure to prevent distracted walking and would have a sliding scale of fines for repeat offenders. 

One of the world’s biggest consumers of coal will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 yea...
05/27/2019
Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy

One of the world’s biggest consumers of coal will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change. https://lat.ms/2HAqY07

Germany, the world’s fourth biggest consumer of coal, aims to shut down all 84 of its coal-burning plants that produce 40% of the country’s electricity within the next 19 years in order to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said Saturd...

One of the best-known regional train systems in the world is getting better.
05/24/2019
Japan's New Bullet Train Can Hit 224 MPH

One of the best-known regional train systems in the world is getting better.

Sure, the train won't be taking passengers for at least another decade. But lord, is it fast.

From aging infrastructure to evolving regulations, modern water utilities face growing challenges. Read about the custom...
05/22/2019
Three Sources, One Quality Product | ASCE

From aging infrastructure to evolving regulations, modern water utilities face growing challenges. Read about the customized solution that offered one Florida facility the only sustainable option to deal with three separate sources of groundwater: https://bit.ly/2HsgTiD.

To keep pace with increasingly stringent regulations and growing demand, Lee County Utilities in southwest Florida recently constructed a new, larger drinking water facility that treats three separate, and very different, groundwater sources. The 14 mgd Green Meadows Water Treatment Plant near Ft. M...

What are the 5 things you should know before starting a new engineering job? ASCE members share their best tips for prof...
05/21/2019

What are the 5 things you should know before starting a new engineering job? ASCE members share their best tips for professionals, both new and experienced. https://bit.ly/2HuCXJt

Can this new desalination method sustainably transform the water industry?
05/21/2019
We Might Finally Be Able to Safely Drink Salt Water

Can this new desalination method sustainably transform the water industry?

Scientists think they've solved the pressing problem of desalination, which could radically improve water sustainability.

If successful, this electric road prototype could mean smaller batteries and longer ranges for electric vehicles.
05/20/2019
This electric road charges your car while you drive

If successful, this electric road prototype could mean smaller batteries and longer ranges for electric vehicles.

A Swedish city will soon begin construction on the first prototype. If it’s successful, it could mean smaller batteries and longer range for EVs.

In London, these algae-covered biosolar panels produce fresh oxygen at a rate 100 times faster than trees AND act as a s...
05/17/2019
These “biosolar panels” suck CO2 from the air to grow edible algae

In London, these algae-covered biosolar panels produce fresh oxygen at a rate 100 times faster than trees AND act as a sustainable source of protein.

In London, scientists are testing the “BioSolar Leaf,” which uses carbon-hungry organisms to help clean the air better than trees can–all while providing an excellent source of protein.

Time and money are two of the most valuable things in life. A lack of investment in our nation’s infrastructure is cos...
05/16/2019

Time and money are two of the most valuable things in life. A lack of investment in our nation’s infrastructure is costing you both. https://bit.ly/2FNPUQj

According to a new study, HVAC systems may be capable of fighting climate change instead of contributing to it.
05/15/2019
What if every air conditioner was stopping climate change as it kept you cool?

According to a new study, HVAC systems may be capable of fighting climate change instead of contributing to it.

Air conditioning is a huge source of climate emissions–which is only expected to grow as the planet heats up. But scientists now think air conditioners could remove carbon from the air instead of putting it in.

Never before has the future looked so exciting – and civil engineers are at the heart of it all. ASCE’s Future World...
05/14/2019

Never before has the future looked so exciting – and civil engineers are at the heart of it all.

ASCE’s Future World Vision takes a bold approach to the way we anticipate, reimagine, and prepare for the challenges of the future. Learn more at https://www.futureworldvision.org/.

Singapore hopes to build floating platforms for urban development, but how will they address the engineering challenges ...
05/14/2019
Singapore Wants to Build New Suburbs on Giant Floating Rafts

Singapore hopes to build floating platforms for urban development, but how will they address the engineering challenges that stand in the way?

The trick would be to design a system that could support apartment buildings and minimize seasick-inducing swaying

Today marks the start of the 7th annual Infrastructure Week, and we’re united around one message: America’s future w...
05/13/2019

Today marks the start of the 7th annual Infrastructure Week, and we’re united around one message: America’s future will be shaped by the infrastructure choices we make today. Read more from ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith: https://bit.ly/2VSq84X.

When applied to wood, this material forms an airtight barrier that keeps oxygen from reaching the wood's surface, which ...
05/10/2019
Flame-retardant coating for wood is made from ... wood

When applied to wood, this material forms an airtight barrier that keeps oxygen from reaching the wood's surface, which significantly lowers the likelihood of combustion.

​Wood is an established and versatile construction material, used to build everything from high-rises and airports to apartment buildings. It also, however, is not immune to catching fire. A new coating could help keep that from happening, and it's actually made from wood.

Ready to go green for your next project? Consider starting with one of these materials.
05/08/2019
18 Green Building Innovations to Consider for Your Jobsite

Ready to go green for your next project? Consider starting with one of these materials.

More often than not, construction companies are being urged to look to the future and consider changes to help environmental protection and sustainability.

With a design inspired by genes and DNA, construction on Shenzhen's eye-catching, linked towers is set to begin this yea...
05/07/2019
Steven Holl Architects reveals visuals of DNA-shaped towers in China

With a design inspired by genes and DNA, construction on Shenzhen's eye-catching, linked towers is set to begin this year.

Steven Holl Architects has designed a pair of glass towers linked by plant-filled bridges, which will become the headquarters for iCarbonX in Shenzhen, China.

“There’s something really satisfying about being a person who can fix things. I don’t want girls to be robbed of t...
05/03/2019
A Camp Shows Girls They Belong in Carpentry and Construction

“There’s something really satisfying about being a person who can fix things. I don’t want girls to be robbed of that feeling.”

Male-dominated trades like construction, plumbing, and welding can offer job security and decent pay. A camp aims to show girls these careers are for them, too.

The Fore River Bridge replacement project not only replaced a structurally deficient bridge, but also improved other tra...
05/02/2019
Uplifted | ASCE

The Fore River Bridge replacement project not only replaced a structurally deficient bridge, but also improved other transportation challenges in the surrounding area. Read more about the project and its cost-saving innovations in “Civil Engineering” magazine: https://bit.ly/2GJIgFT.

The new Fore River Bridge, near Boston, leaves more room vertically and horizontally for passing ships, and its lift towers employ several cost-saving innovations.

ASCE officer elections are officially open! ASCE members, make your voice heard and vote now through June 1: https://bit...
05/01/2019

ASCE officer elections are officially open! ASCE members, make your voice heard and vote now through June 1: https://bit.ly/2GQ9J8B.

04/26/2019
Grenfell Tower Fire - The Consequences for Safety

The catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower in London in 2017 prompted two major investigations and an international discussion surrounding fire and structural safety. During this special presentation from Structures Congress 2019, speakers describe what happened and, to the extent allowed by legal circumstances, why it happened.

After 6 years of construction, China’s ambitious horizontal skyscraper is now structurally complete.
04/26/2019
China's amazing horizontal skyscraper nears completion

After 6 years of construction, China’s ambitious horizontal skyscraper is now structurally complete.

Raffles City Chongqing is nearing completion in China. Representing a genuinely impressive engineering achievement, the "horizontal skyscraper" consists of eight towers and a huge connecting skybridge. The project is now structurally complete and is expected to open in the second half of 2019.

EDIT: Due to technical difficulties, livestreaming was unavailable. Watch the full video recording of the presentation h...
04/24/2019

EDIT: Due to technical difficulties, livestreaming was unavailable. Watch the full video recording of the presentation here: https://bit.ly/2GJBS19.

Don’t miss a special presentation from Structures Congress 2019! Join us on Facebook Live April 25 for a livestream discussing the Grenfell Tower Fire’s international impact on safety standards and practices.

After seepage issues forced the utility to limit the storage capacity of the century-old Antero Dam, Denver Water launch...
04/24/2019
Storage for One More Century | ASCE

After seepage issues forced the utility to limit the storage capacity of the century-old Antero Dam, Denver Water launched a four-phase dam and spillway rehabilitation project that gave the dam another 100 years of life. Read more from “Civil Engineering” magazine: https://bit.ly/2VRQxMV.

Since its completion more than a century ago by a previous owner, Denver Water's Antero Dam has experienced seepage problems, forcing the utility to limit the storage capacity of the associated reservoir. After the completion of a carefully planned four-phase dam and spillway rehabilitation project,...

04/23/2019
Reimagining Our Roads

To build healthier, more resilient communities, engineers must take to the streets – literally.

In this edition of ASCE Interchange, Jeremy Chrzan, multimodal design practice lead at Toole Design, describes the importance of reimagining our streets to accommodate growing cities. Watch the full video: https://bit.ly/2ICHZWx.

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