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By Catherine A. Cardno, Ph.D.
Tsunamis might be infrequent and localized, but their impact on coastlines can be catastrophic. Over the past 10 years, engineers have been gearing up to better prepare structures and communities for inundation. With the inclusion of tsunami-resistant design provisions in the Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE/SEI 7-16 and the adoption of this standard into the 2018 International Building Code, as well as the design and construction of the first structures to meet these codes, their work has been rewarded.
By Major L. Jones, P.E., M.ASCE
Conducted as part of a unique public-private partnership, the recently completed $1.4-billion upgrade of a nearly 6.5 mi long section of Interstate 35W in Fort Worth helps reduce congestion along a busy transportation corridor. Part of the regional system known as the North Tarrant Express, the project adds managed toll lanes and expands and renovates existing highway infrastructure, all of which will be managed by a private entity for decades to come.
by Tara Hoke
A complaint is submitted to ASCE's Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC) concerning a paper published in an ASCE journal. The subject of the paper is the installation of sediment control structures in a tributary of a major U.S. river, structures that the paper's author--a university professor and ASCE member--alleges are responsible for increased flooding in the region. The complainant, who is an employee of the state agency responsible for the design and installation of the structures, claims that the author had fraudulently manipulated his analysis in order to reach his desired conclusion.
Did this member's actions violate the ASCE Code of Ethics?
A Question of Ethics
by T.R. Witcher
In its mid-19th-century heyday, Cincinnati was the sixth-largest city in America, a hub of the nation's canal traffic and home to one of the country's densest city districts. While the Civil War and the transition from canals to railroads cost the city its prominence, Cincinnati was--and still is--home to an array of significant architecture that belies its size. Among these structures, few have proved more important than the Ingalls Building, the world's first reinforced-concrete high-rise.
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