Technical Notes

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 >>

August 28, 2015

What is a resilient community? A resilient community is prepared to prevent or minimize the loss or damage to life, property and the environment when faced with a natural disaster, such as a flood, hurricane…Read More >>

April 16, 2015

New Standard Measure for Structural Integrity Created by Innovative Engineering Heat, concrete, and civil engineering – hardly strangers, but not exactly the best of friends. ASCE’s 2015 Charles J. Pankow Award for Innovation winner, the…Read More >>

March 5, 2015

As part of its Employment and Training Administration’s Industry Competency Initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor is developing an engineering competency model that will join numerous other industry models in the USDOL’s effort to promote…Read More >>

February 19, 2015

ASCE is seeking members to serve on the 5 Technical Committees under the newly formed Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD). The IRD’s charge is to develop a common approach toward advancing the concepts of resilience in…Read More >>

January 13, 2015

ASCE is seeking members to serve on a committee to develop standards for blast resistance design and construction of new and existing structures. The committee that will undertake this task is being reconstituted, with the…Read More >>

October 7, 2014

During the summer, I had the privilege of being the only non-Chinese attendee at a meeting in which the Chinese Ministry of Transportation gave final approval to a first-of-its-kind national design code for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems for large-span highway bridges.

October 2, 2014

ASCE is seeking comments on the update to Standard ASCE/EWRI 39 Guidelines for Operational Hail Suppression Programs. The public comment period will be open through November 1, 2014. The intent of this standard is to…Read More >>

July 10, 2014

On May 5, 2014, the Philippines Hurricane Yolanda Structural Analysis (PHYSA) field team of 7 civil engineers began a week-long, post-disaster damage assessment of the impacted regions on Leyte and Samar islands. Below you will…Read More >>

June 26, 2014

ASCE is seeking members to serve on a committee for the development of a national consensus standard on estimating wind speeds in tornadoes and other windstorms. The intent of the standard is to develop standardized…Read More >>