Denney Pate, an engineer at FIGG, the firm that designed the pedestrian bridge that collapsed Thursday in Florida, left a message about cracking in the bridge with the Florida Department of Transportation, but he stressed he did not think it was a safety concern. A National Transportation Safety Board investigator said Friday "a crack in the bridge doesn't necessarily mean it's unsafe," adding "(we) have yet to determine what the failure mechanism is."
With infrastructure investment fresh on the minds of Congress following President Donald Trump's proposal, last week's 2018 Legislative Fly-In was an opportune time for Society members to press the case with lawmakers. A total of 210 ASCE members from across the nation visited about 270 congressional offices. Follow the activities as shared in social media, and reinforce the Fly-In with a quick online message to your members of Congress.
Your awe-inspiring, high-quality photo showcasing a bridge for its flawless design and great engineering can win a cash prize in ASCE's 2018 Bridges Photo Contest. This year's theme is Bridges Inspire. Two winners in seven categories will win cash prizes, for a total of 14 awards, plus all submissions qualify for inclusion in ASCE's Bridges 2019 calendar. Enter the 2018 Bridges Photo Contest.
Construction is starting on tolled express lanes on Interstate 95 in Florida between Deerfield Beach and Delray Beach. This story is a Q&A about the project.
Gateway project officials called the project the "most urgent project in America" Friday in Manhattan, citing a bridge malfunction that day that delayed New Jersey rail traffic. Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, said he talked Thursday with President Donald Trump, who has expressed opposition to the project.
When you consider the possibility of having machines design buildings and monitor the jobsite more closely than ever before, it rapidly becomes clear the positive impact that AI can have on the industry and that it will no doubt have a place in its future. This 6-page research brief offers insights into understanding AI and how it will transform construction. Read more.
Liberty University in Virginia is planning to build a 125,000-square-foot arena, but no cost estimates were announced during a quarterly meeting. The arena will accommodate between 4,000 and 4,500 people and is expected to be completed in 2020.
Serious Labs has developed a virtual reality aerial operator training machine. The system utilizes the company's scissor-lift and boom-lift modules and has 18 training sessions on slab and rough-terrain scissor lifts.
The construction industry has not embraced automation like other industries such as manufacturing, but a new wave of startups could revolutionize the industry. The startups are developing robot, drone and software technology, and the innovation comes at a time when the industry is struggling with a labor storage.
Construction companies in Columbus, Ind., are working together to recruit high school students into the construction industry, and they recently held an open house. The effort seeks to inform students that there is "a lot more to construction than swinging a hammer."
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