Civil + Structural Engineering News
Structural engineers’ role in improving the sustainability of our nation’s infrastructure
Project and business management
What goes around, comes around
Structural design performance
The 2009 International Building Code An overview of the structural  changes—Part 1
Performance-based design A concrete shear core lateral system case study
Not so shocking’ results Success with impressed cathodic protection for a National  Historic Landmark
Bridges to somewhere
Alternative reality
Geoprofessional guidance

Geoprofessional guidance

As explained in my last column (January 2009), too many owners, architects, civil engineers, and structural engineers fail to treat geoprofessionals—geotechnical, geoenvironmental, and construction-materials engineering and testing (CoMET) firms—with the professional courtesy and respect they merit. As a result, for the last four decades, problems stemming from engineered construction beneath the surface of the earth remain the most common source of construction disputes.

Survive and thrive in a slow economy: Eight ideas to help your firm remain healthy during lean times and emerge stronger when business recovers
Affordable foundations: Continuous flight auger method offsets the rising costs of drilled piles and shafts
Green treatment: Onsite wastewater system helps a corporate center achieve  LEED certification
Catching the vision: 3D/4D simulations provide the project team and the public a clear picture of construction sequencing
Inaugural conference for the business of civil engineering: CE News live’ in L.A.
Rehabilitating the invisible infrastructure: Engineering technologies advance inspection, management, and repair of underground pipelines

Rehabilitating the invisible infrastructure: Engineering technologies advance inspection, management, and repair of underground pipelines

Since the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2005 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure, the needs of the nation’s transportation and utility systems have been on the minds of civil engineers, legislators, government officials, the public, and leaders within public agencies nationwide. The recently released 2009 Report Card indicates that conditions have not improved. This is evident visually, as roads and bridges deteriorate or become unable to meet capacity. But our "invisible" infrastructure—mainly the underground network of pipelines—also needs major rehabilitation. This out-of-sight, out-of-mind part of our world is vital for human health and welfare.

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