Technical Notes

"Individuals and companies involved in construction need to know what is expected of them, and the money invested in operator certification is a good investment in accident reduction and more productive operations."
January 19, 2018

Tony Brown, Aff.M.ASCE, spent 10 years in safety with heavy construction companies and 25 years with EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Construction Directorate. Since retiring, he has continued consulting and working with…Read More >>

ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith
December 8, 2017

At the core of ASCE’s organizational goals is our continued quest to give you the value and support that you will need to excel in your civil engineering career. To make good on this pledge,…Read More >>

Several ASCE members assisted a GEER team, collecting data in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, including this part of the West Columbia Levee. PHOTO: Iman Shafii
October 24, 2017

Even as southeast Texas was still feeling the effects of Hurricane Harvey in late August, several ASCE members began making plans to gather data from the disaster that will make rebuilding more resilient. A Geotechnical…Read More >>

Snow Load WEB FEAT
August 30, 2017

The ASCE Structural Engineering Institute’s Trial Design Problems test civil engineers’ practice, while also generating valuable data that improves future codes and standards. Win-win. The latest is a snow-load trial design problem – found here…Read More >>

September 15, 2016

Design versus construction. As exciting as that might sound as a Monday Night Football–style battle of the titans, it’s not the most efficient way for civil engineers and architects to work on a project. So…Read More >>

September 2, 2016

In the face of organized opposition from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), ASCE 7-16 Chair Ron Hamburger, S.E., P.E., SECB, F.SEI, is urging ASCE members to contact their local building officials to ask…Read More >>

July 21, 2016

Do you and your colleagues accurately understand and use the code provisions that apply to your structural engineering projects? This particular exercise asks you to look at drawings to determine the minimum design live load or…Read More >>

Dallas Little Jr. is the editor of the forthcoming ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part B: Pavements.
July 11, 2016

ASCE will debut a journal next year that will fill a void in covering “the scientific and engineering issues of pavement engineering … specifically with the pavement infrastructure,” said Dallas Little Jr., editor of the…Read More >>

December 10, 2015

Apple, Google, Tesla, and Uber are racing to bring self-driving vehicles to market. According to the Gartner Group, there will be 250 million connected vehicles on the road by 2020. In this ASCE Interchange, the…Read More >>

September 1, 2015

One of ASCE’s most referenced standards is getting an update, and civil engineers are invited to contribute. ASCE 7 outlines the minimum design loads for buildings and other structures. After updates in 1999, 2002, 2005,…Read More >>