When you think of a landscape as just one part of an overall network of land use, it becomes easier to see how to make best use of it. A study in the latest issue of ASCE's Journal of Urban Planning and Development shows you how to optimize landscapes using a network approach. Read the paper free for a limited time, courtesy of ASCE Library.
Many civil engineers have little formal project management training, sometimes creating a struggle to manage problem projects and related contractual issues. Learn to identify and resolve such problems in a free eLearning webinar for ASCE members set for Tuesday, July 10, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Get more details and register today.
Portland, Ore., is planning to install 200 sensors to collect data on bicycle, other pedestrian and car traffic in the city as part of a smart city initiative. "Our intent is to define the smart city in [a] way that serves our city's values while at the same time serving as a national model," says Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority at a meeting Wednesday said it will expedite construction and streamline procurement processes to reduce costs. The MTA anticipates needing $43 billion over 15 years to improve bus and subway systems.
A joint venture between Tutor Perini and Frontier-Kemper Constructors won a $410 million design-build contract for tunnels that are part of the Purple Line extension in Los Angeles. Tunneling is expected to begin in August, and the extension should be completed in 2026.
The concrete core of a 995-foot tower was topped out this week in New York City. Located near Hudson Yards, One Manhattan West is part of a six-building project that will include a public plaza, and work is expected to be completed in 2020.
New York City is in the middle of the "largest and most complex water tunnel repair" in the city's history, and it includes the construction of a 2.5-mile bypass tunnel underneath the Hudson River. The $1 billion project is designed to reduce leakage in the drinking water system, and work is expected to be completed in 2023.
The Architecture Billings Index increased for the eighth straight month, a sign that construction activity will continue even in the face of labor shortages and the rising cost of building materials. Architects for the institutional building sector say this has been the strongest for billing growth in several years.
The startup UpCodes created a software plug-in that runs a check of a building information model to discover construction code violations. The company says an average of 27 violations are discovered with each project.
Construction has started on a $441 million replacement of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, which is part of a larger redevelopment along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. The bridge's above-deck arches won't have external bolted connections.
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