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By Brian Cole, CEng, Andy Pottinger, CEng, Ian Fiebelkorn, CEng, and Matthew Vaughan Shaw, CEng
Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel to resemble a group of islands at sea topped by a shallow dome that appears to float above. BuroHappold Engineering first created water-resistant basements and foundations, then designed tidal pools at the plaza level to ensure that the architect's vision for connecting the museum to the water was realized. Building information modeling helped the engineers design the eight-layer dome so that light would dapple the plaza and galleries below in precisely the right way.
By Robert L. Reid
From plug-in cars to trucks that roll along an "electric road," the world of surface transportation is becoming increasingly electrified. Surges in both consumer interest and proposals to ban fossil fuel vehicles mean that electric vehicles are on the move. Engineers planning for the future must consider challenges ranging from the state of the nation's power grid to the best site conditions for locating electric-vehicle charging stations.
by Tara Hoke
Soon after he starts a new job at his new location, an engineer's new employer tells him a colleague had given him a warning about the engineer. Did the member's remarks to the interviewing employer violate the ASCE Code of Ethics?
A Question of Ethics
by T.R. Witcher
If engineers built the infrastructure that enabled America's 19th-century industrial expansion, then Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is the place that built the engineers. Until the 1700s, there were no formally trained engineers in the United States--just architects and craftsmen. Engineers from Europe had been brought to the States at the beginning of the canal-building era, but well into the early decades of the 19th century, there was still little formal training available here. Stephen Van Rensselaer III and Amos Eaton believed in the need for a new model of rigorous scientific education for a young nation poised to grow.
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