CE News has joined Twitter!
CE News magazine has just become your source for civil engineering news, articles, and events on Twitter! Follow to get the most recent industry news, magazine articles fresh off the press, and relevant news from other sources to keep you up to date and ahead of the times.

Plus, editors Shanon Fauerbach, P.E., and Bob Drake have created their own accounts as well! Follow and to get their take on what’s in the news, and tips on interesting articles for engineers.

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BIM could be better: Ask for links
“BIM is great at capturing and coordinating the geometry of a building, but design and construction professionals need more than just information about the geometry of the building. They need ready access to mission-critical project information such as RFIs, submittals, design decisions agreed by e-mail, and action items that relate to specific locations within the BIM. Today, robust links do not exist to tie non-graphical information to a specific location within the model.” This excerpt comes from an article written by Ian Howell and Bob Batcheler on Read “BIM could be better: Ask for links,” under Feature Articles on to discover how BIM users could link project information, e-mail, or photos to a location or element in a BIM, and why that’s important.

Web exclusives from
What is an engineered wetland? How does it work? What’s the difference between a surface water wetland and an engineered wetland? All of these questions and more are answered in an article by Scott Wallace, P.E., called “Engineered wetland design for onsite bioremediation of hydrocarbon-contaminated groundwater and wastewater.” This article will be posted with the September issue on

Posted alongside the August issue of CE News online are two web exclusive articles. The first, titled “The death spiral of testing and inspection in construction,” is a commentary from Jaye Richardson, materials operations manager, AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc. He discusses how recent financial strains on the economy have affected the construction industry, which is leading to a new trend: the inclusion of pricing in Requests for Proposals and Requests for Qualifications, which may lead to the commoditization of materials testing and inspection materials.

The second web exclusive article hones in on a water treatment plant in Tequesta, Fla. After discovering a significant amount of saltwater intrusion occurring in the surficial aquifer from which the Tequesta water treatment plant was extracting its water supply, officials developed a plan to draw water from a much deeper aquifer. However, water from the new aquifer had a much higher salt content, which meant it would need to be desalinized before it would be ready for consumer use. Find out how the village of Tequesta solved this problem by reading “Reverse osmosis system provides Florida community clean water,” on

Superstructure solution
In its heyday, the Milton-Madison Bridge was a good fit for the Model A Fords and tobacco wagons that crossed its path. However, 80 years and millions of vehicle crossings later, the steel truss cantilever bridge is deteriorated and obsolete. When it finally came time to fix the bridge, the project teams were faced with two options: Build a new bridge at a new location, or replace the superstructure. Find out what obstacles the team ran into when replacing the bridge, and how they overcame them at

Redesigned Best Firms To Work For Summit website goes live
Wondering what to expect from the 2010 Best Firms To Work For Summit? Find out at View the full agenda, featuring sessions about how to: keep employees engaged, unleash bright people’s potential, improve your firm, and optimize collaboration among age groups; Find information about the hotel, and how to register for the summit; Plus, read articles about last year’s winning firms. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Now is the time to get ahead of the competition. Get going!

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