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By Marwan Nader, Ph.D., P.E., Eng., M.ASCE, Alex Sanjines, P.E., Eng., Carol Choi, P.E., Eng., James Duxbury, P.E., George Baker, P.E., Eng., Hardik Patel, P.E., S.E., Sam Shi, P.E., Tim Ingham, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., Eng., and Hayat Tazir, P.E., Eng.
The recently opened Samuel De Champlain Bridge is an iconic gateway to Montreal. Its signature structure, an asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge, features a 240 m long main span over the Saint Lawrence River. With an overall width of 60 m, the new bridge is the world's widest to have two planes of cables.
By ROBERT L. REID AND LAURIE A. SHUSTER
magazine researched and wrote this feature article before the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequently declared pandemic in the United States. Since then, the health and safety of civil engineers and their families; the circumstances at engineering firm offices, public agencies, and jobsites; and the overall market for civil works projects have all entered an unprecedented phase of uncertainty. The core data on which ASCE's
Best Places for Civil Engineers
report was created-including salaries, job openings, and costs of living in each of these cities-were valid at the time. How these factors may change once the current crisis has passed remains to be seen.
will report on these and other developments as they unfold.
By T.R. Witcher
Walking the grounds at the CES in Las Vegas--dodging the 175,000 attendees, 4,000-plus exhibitors, 6,000 or so reporters, and innumerable screens--can be an overwhelming experience. Tech nerds come to this premier technology exhibition event for the 8K televisions from Samsung and LG or the futuristic concept cars shown by Mercedes-Benz and Sony. Others come for visionary glimpses of pie-in-the-sky transportation solutions, like aerial taxis by Hyundai/Uber and Bell. But away from the flashy consumer electronics are plenty of firms and researchers working on smaller, more focused technologies that may prove to have significant impacts on civil engineers, builders, and city planners. Contributing editor T.R. Witcher reports from the show floor.
by Tara Hoke
A section officer forwards newspaper clippings to ASCE's Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC) detailing the indictment of an engineering firm executive and ASCE member on charges relating to his involvement in an alleged kickback scheme. While the overarching premise of the scheme is by no means unusual--payment of a well-placed public official in exchange for his support in steering public contracts to the engineering firm--the details are noteworthy for the complex workings by which its participants endeavored to disguise the movement of funds.
A Question of Ethics
by T.R. Witcher
The surprise attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, propelled the United States into World War II. But it also set the stage for one of the country's most ambitious national security infrastructure projects--a massive highway, built through the inhospitable wilds of Canada's northeastern British Columbia and southwestern Yukon Territory and the United States' Alaska Territory, linking the lower 48 states with what would become the state of Alaska. More than 1,685 mi long and completed in just over eight months, the Alaska-Canada Highway, as it was originally called, not only played an important role in the war, it also set the stage for the racial integration of the U.S. military.
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