Civil + Structural Engineering News

U.S. structural steel industry to celebrate SteelDay on Sept. 15

Hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and its members and partners, the structural steel industry’s ninth annual SteelDay on Sept. 15 offers the opportunity for AEC professionals, students and others to gain insight into the work, experience and accomplishments of the U.S. structural steel industry

Simpson Strong-Tie donates to Clemson University Institute to support wood products building

Simpson Strong-Tie donated $50,000 to Clemson University’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute. The Institute brings together foresters, architects, engineers and other building industry professionals to design advances in wood-based products.

Earthquake software refines ODOT bridge inspection process

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is now implementing the use of ShakeCast, a program created by the U.S. Geological Survey. The ShakeCast program will enable the nearly 300 trained ODOT employees to quickly determine which bridges to inspect first after an earthquake.

Samsung Americas headquarters wins national steel design award

The Samsung Americas Headquarters (Device Solutions) in San Jose, Calif., earned national recognition in the 2017 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2).

NIST funds 12 community resilience projects

Using biological materials as flame retardants, defining the characteristics of soil liquefaction during earthquakes and collecting disaster data with aerial drones are among the 12 disaster resilience research projects awarded just over $6 million by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Jacobs to acquire CH2M

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and CH2M HILL Companies Ltd. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Jacobs will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value (EV) of approximately $3.27 billion, including approximately $416 million of CH2M net debt.

ACI convention includes FRP Concrete Symposium

More than 2,000 engineers, architects, contractors, educators, manufacturers, and material representatives from around the world are expected to convene at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 15-19, 2017, to collaborate on concrete codes, specifications and standards.

Trees can make or break city weather

Even a single urban tree can help moderate wind speeds and keep pedestrians comfortable as they walk down the street, according to a new University of British Columbia study that also found losing a single tree can increase wind pressure on nearby buildings and drive up heating costs.

Intel awards Morgan State University grant to support student success in STEM

Morgan State University announced the award of a three-year, $750,000 grant from Intel Corporation to support the University’s continued efforts to educate students in the engineering disciplines and prepare graduates to make immediate contributions to science-, technology-, engineering- and math- (STEM-) related fields.

AISI and CFSEI co-sponsor 25th Short Course on CFS Structures

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI), in cooperation with the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, are co-sponsoring the 25th Short Course on Cold-Formed Steel Structures in St. Louis in October.

I-4 Ultimate P3 Improvement Project earns Envision Platinum Award

The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project, a roadway reconstruction project in Central Florida and one of the most complex and extensive infrastructure projects in the United States, received the Envision Platinum award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions begins construction of Living Community Project for The University of Oklahoma

Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, a developer and operator of infrastructure projects for the college and university market within the U.S., along with Provident Resources Group, announced that construction has begun on the first phase of a dynamic mixed-use project for the University of Oklahoma.

The Harman Group breaks ground on mixed-use Hoboken building

On July 6th, The Harman Group, a firm specializing in structural engineering, parking planning and design and construction engineering, celebrated the groundbreaking of the residential tower portion of 700 Jackson Street, a 14-story mixed-use building, located in Hoboken, N.J.

ACI assumes sole operation of Adhesive Anchor Installer certification program

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) accepted sole operation of the Adhesive Anchor Installer certification program after working jointly with the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) as a formal cosponsor for more than five years.

PA P3 board approves projects

Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) board approved two projects – one that will establish a wetland mitigation bank to offset environmental impacts from construction or development projects, and another to pursue transit oriented development.

H2M architects + engineers receives preservation award

For their commitment to environmental responsibility and its leadership in the Long Island Business community on issues related to responsible design and construction the firm of H2M architects + engineers received the 2017 Theodore Roosevelt Preservation Award from Old Westbury College Foundation, Inc.

FRA releases Hudson Tunnel Project review

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement review (DEIS) for the Hudson Tunnel Project

CH2M to grow asset management services for U.S. Army worldwide

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District selected the joint venture team of CH2M and Burns & McDonnell as one of six firms to share an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to support BUILDER Sustainment Management System (SMS) facility condition assessment services globally.

Five Western states receive top honors in America’s Transportation Awards

State department of transportation projects that restored essential highways following devastating landslides and improved safety for motorists and wildlife are among the winners in the western regional America’s Transportation Awards competition.

Survey finds U.S. mayors taking action on climate protection, and planning for more

Cities across the country are showing leadership in promoting renewable electricity, low-carbon transportation, and energy efficiency, according to preliminary results of a survey jointly conducted by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).

USGS collaborates with FEMA on national earthquake loss estimate

Earthquakes are estimated to cost the nation $6.1 billion annually in building stock losses, according to an updated report published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science on earthquake hazards was a critical component to this analysis.

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