ASCE Innovation Contest Selects 15 Winners With Greatest Potential

March 11, 2016
Drone technology played a key role in two of the four proposals that earned overall awards in the ASCE Innovation Contest.
Drone technology played a key role in two of the four proposals that earned overall awards in the ASCE Innovation Contest.

The first ASCE Innovation Contest drew entries from around the world, with practitioners, project managers, educators, researchers, and students attracted to the challenge of developing and submitting their most creative and innovative ideas for reshaping infrastructure.

From dozens of submissions, a judges panel of 22 experts from across the civil engineering industry named 15 winners. The ASCE Industry Leaders Council developed the contest as part of the Society’s Grand Challenge, which seeks to achieve significant reductions in infrastructure life-cycle costs over the next several years.

Four proposals were honored with special awards:
 
 
Greatest Impact on Achieving the Grand Challenge – “Rise of the Drones: How Unmanned Surveying Can Help Make Our Coasts Resilient” by Jason Matthew Magalen, P.E., M.ASCE, HDR Engineering Inc., Beaverton, OR
Best New Concept – “Big Picture Resilience via Ocean Forests” by ASCE Los Angeles Section Sustainability Committee, Alhambra, CA
Best Student Innovation (tie) – “Advanced Drone Technology to Handle Disaster in Underground Construction and Mining Sites” by Purushottam Gupta, School of Electronics Engineering (SENSE) at VIT University, Chennai India
Best Student Innovation (tie) – “Capitalizing on the Internet of Things to Promote Water Conservation” by Morgan Dicarlo, S.M.ASCE, Stony Brook University, Thiells, NY

“Innovation is essential for transforming our profession and meeting the Grand Challenge,” said Bob Prieto, the Innovation Contest chief judge and CEO of Strategic Program Management LLC. “This first-ever ASCE Innovation Contest met its goal of stimulating interest and providing a platform for ideas to be brought forward. We will use this year’s experience to broaden our reach and solicit ever more impactful innovations. Together our profession can make a difference.”

Contest entries fit four categories – innovative business models and technologies, Internet of Things, green engineering, and resilience – each sponsored by top engineering-related firms. In the coming months, industry leaders from Walt Disney Imagineering, Hatch Mott MacDonald, KCI Technologies Inc., and Pennoni will host the winners for special events.

The category winners are:

Green Engineering

  • Most Innovative – “Hybrid Energy Harvesting and Battery-less Wireless Sensing and Monitoring System for the Next Generation Smart Transportation Infrastructures” by Samer Hassan Dessouky, D.Eng., P.E., M.ASCE, University of Texas at San Antonio (lead organization), Texas Transportation Institute and Southwest Research Institute (contributing organizations)
  • Most Efficient – “Confined Aggregate Concrete” by Samuel G. Bonasso, P.E., F.ASCE, Reinforced Aggregates Company, Morgantown, WV
  • Best Value – “StifPipe: A Green-Sustainable Solution for Repair and Construction of Pipelines” by Mohammad Reza Ehsani, Ph.D., P.E., P.E., F.ASCE, QuakeWrap Inc., Tucson, AZ
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    Innovative Business Models and Technologies

  • Most Innovative – “BridgeView: A Low-Cost, Non-contact, Camera-Based Infrastructure Monitor” by Jenna L. Johns, RDI Technologies, Knoxville, TN
  • Most Efficient – “Innovative Software for Optimal Long-Term, System-Level Preservation Planning of Bridges” by Mahmoud M. Rashad Halfawy, P.Eng., M.ASCE, Infrastructure Data Solutions Inc., Regina, SK, Canada
  • Best Value – “An Expanded Water Network for Economic Vitality” by Maury Gaston, A.M.ASCE, American Cast Iron Pipe, Birmingham, AL
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    Internet of Things

  • Most Innovative – “Smartline” by M. Voorma, MSc., Arcadis, Assen, Netherlands
  • Most Efficient – “Rise of the Drones: How Unmanned Surveying Can Help Make Our Coasts Resilient” by Jason Matthew Magalen, P.E., M.ASCE, HDR Engineering Inc., Beaverton, OR
  • Best Value – “Advanced Drone Technology to Handle Disaster in Underground Construction and Mining Sites” by Purushottam Gupta, School of Electronics Engineering (SENSE) at VIT University, Chennai India
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    Resilience

  • Most Efficient – “Improving the Resilience of Sheathed, Unbonded Mono-Strand Post-Tensioned Construction, D Matthew Stuart, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, Pennoni Associates Inc., Hamilton, NJ
  • Best Value – “Rise of the Drones: How Unmanned Surveying Can Help Make Our Coasts Resilient” by Jason Matthew Magalen, P.E., M.ASCE, HDR Engineering Inc., Beaverton, OR
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    ASCE News will offer more background on the winners and the innovative features of their proposals in the coming weeks.

    9 Comments
    • It would seem that there may be a role for ASCE in advancing the Innovation Awards toward commercial reality by facilitating the participation of the winners in the various crowd-funding, kick-starting, micro-capital venture funding opportunities seeking investments in just the sort of thing the winners have produced.

    • Fathalla Gheryani

      Congratulations for all winners and Honors, especially the Best Value – “StifPipe: A Green-Sustainable Solution for Repair and Construction of Pipelines” by Mohammad Reza Ehsani, Ph.D., P.E., P.E., F.ASCE, QuakeWrap Inc., Tucson, AZ.
      Congratulations Prof.Mo Ehsani

    • Are there links to these winning submissions?

      • Detailed information about the content of some of the proposals are currently restricted by a variety of non-disclosure agreements and trade secrets. We are pursuing agreements from the various submitters to release additional information. As we receive these, we will provide more detailed coverage of the winning entries in the future.

    • divyansh thakkar

      Congratulations! Purushottam Gupta, School of Electronics Engineering (SENSE) at VIT University, Chennai India for Best Student Innovation (tie) – “Advanced Drone Technology to Handle Disaster in Underground Construction and Mining site.

      Divyansh thakkar
      Rgpv student
      Bhopal.

    • Rajayogan Palanichamy

      Congratulations! Purushottam Gupta, School of Electronics Engineering (SENSE) at VIT University, Chennai India for Best Student Innovation (tie) – “Advanced Drone Technology to Handle Disaster in Underground Construction and Mining sites”

      Prof Rajayogan P
      ASCE IS SR

    • ASCE’s 2016 Innovation Contest
      I’m glad to hear that Innovation is still important to ASCE.
      Please explain what difference is between the ASCE Innovation Contest and the ASCE Charles Pankow Award for Innovation, which this year has been awarded for “Seismic Design Methodology for Precast Concrete Diaphragms” adopted in 2015 by NEHRP and ASCE/SEI 7-16, with project Principal Investigators: Robert Fleischman PhD (Univ. of Arizona), Richard Sause PhD (Lehigh Univ.), Clay Naito, PhD (Lehigh Univ.), Jose Restrepo (UC San Diego) and S.K. Ghosh, PhD,

      Regards
      David Miller, PE ASCE – Life Member
      Recipient for MMFX Technologies of the 2002 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation

      • Congratulations on being a Pankow Award recipient. As you know, the Pankow Award recognizes “an outstanding, collaborative emerging innovation in design, materials, or construction-related research and development.” It requires a reasonable level of proof sources, data and supporting evidence. The Innovation Contest is different. As part of the ASCE Grand Challenge, which seeks to achieve significant reductions in infrastructure life-cycle costs over the next several years, the Innovation Contest aims to gather innovative ideas across a broader spectrum of topics – this year in one of four areas: green engineering, the internet of things, business models and technologies, and resilience. The Innovation Contest provides a forum for a range of ideas that would not be eligible for the Pankow Award. Also, rather than recognizing a single achievement, the contest hopes to spur innovative thinking at the grass roots level of our civil engineering community using a crowd-sourcing approach, and it selects winners based on the creativity of the concept, with much less “proof” requirements. It’s safe to say that, early in their development, the Pankow Award-winning innovations would have been contenders in the Innovation Contest. Let’s hope there are future Pankow winners in this year’s crop of contest winners.

    • Ahmed Abubakar Jariwala

      Awesome Contest… Really amazed seeing so much innovative ideas in the Civil Engineering. Seeing a better future and a better world… Thank you for making such a beautiful contest.

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