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    Supertall in Seoul

    Jul - 2018

    By Edward J. Roberts, P.E., M.ASCE, Sangho Han, P.E., LEEDAP, and Andrew C. Polimeni, P.E., M.ASCE

    The first supertall building in South Korea, the 555 m Lotte World Tower, in Seoul, features a gently curving, tapered shape and a mast, dubbed the "lantern," that consists of two separate diagrid structures that extend 50 m above the top occupied floor. Although the tapering shape presented significant challenges during design and construction of the 123-story structure, it effectively minimizes the wind loads on the tower.

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    The New Dominion

    Jul - 2018

    By Scott A. Lovell, P.E.

    The $400-million Dominion Boulevard Improvement Project, finished in 2016, is the largest locally administered project completed in the Commonwealth of Virginia to date. The project transformed Dominion Boulevard, in Chesapeake, from a two-lane road into a four-lane limited access, divided, toll highway composed of three new grade-separated interchanges and a twinspan bridge, crossing the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Innovative funding solutions, a jack-of-all-trades design team, and public involvement helped bridge the gap between concept and reality.

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    A Question of Ethics scales

    Newspaper accounts were forwarded to ASCE's Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC) reporting the criminal prosecution of a county official and two principals of a consulting engineering firm on charges that include conspiracy to defraud the United States. The project commenced with the commissioning of a study of the county's current sewerage capabilities and needs, with funding provided by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Involving a firm in which the county's drainage director had a substantial ownership interest, and fees for services never performed, the CPC had to consider whether the members' participation in this scheme violated the ASCE Code of Ethics.

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    2018-7 HL - Setting the Boundaries (thumbnail)

    Where does America begin? Jamestown? Plymouth? Philadelphia? Wherever you place it, chances are good that East Liverpool, Ohio, did not make the short list. It's a small town hugging a curve in the Ohio River, roughly 40 mi northwest of Pittsburgh. But it was here--at the Beginning Point of the U.S. Public Land Survey (Point of Beginning)--that the ruthlessly efficient grid of land subdivisions that would define development patterns for most of the country began in the mid-1780s.

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