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10 Tips on Innovation from ASCE’s Innovation Contest Winners

Drone technology played a key role in two of the four proposals that earned overall awards in the ASCE Innovation Contest.

To satisfy the growing demands of evolving societies, civil engineering must innovate. Yet “innovation” defies a clear definition. How do innovations come about? How can they be inspired? From the winners of ASCE’s first Innovation Contest, here...Read More >>

Author: Staff

Posted: August 4, 2016, 3:47 pm

ASCE Innovators and Disney Imagineers Inspire Each Other

The ASCE Innovation Contest winners in the Internet of Things category enjoyed a sunny day at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Rule No. 1 about business trips to Disney: Never tell the kids. Jason Magalen, P.E., M.ASCE, learned the hard way last week in the midst of his visit to Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, CA,...Read More >>

Author: Ben Walpole

Posted: July 22, 2016, 4:50 pm

ASCE Board Sets Strategic Direction; Approves Policies, Budget

The ASCE Board of Direction has endorsed updated strategies to improve the state of America’s infrastructure, transform the profession so that civil infrastructure is more sustainable, and reduce the life-cycle cost of infrastructure by 50...Read More >>

Author: Griffin Brumbaugh

Posted: July 22, 2016, 2:15 pm

ASCE’s Innovation Contest Energizes Great Ideas, Old and New

At the New Jersey Institute of Technology, winners in ASCE's Innovation Contest resilience category showed their ideas to leaders from Mott MacDonald and ASCE staff.

Pat Natale’s words hit close to home, even more than he knew. “Innovation is really great, but sometimes it sits on the shelf,” Natale, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, told the crowd assembled for the ASCE Innovation Contest...Read More >>

Author: Ben Walpole

Posted: July 15, 2016, 3:11 pm


Event for ASCE Innovation Contest Winners Puts Them Right in Their Element

The winners in the ASCE Innovation Contest Innovative Business Models category visited the BEAST at Rutgers University.

It shouldn’t be surprising, as it was hardly coincidence. Still, it was remarkable to see how in lockstep the winners of the ASCE Innovation Contest were with each other and with their hosts, Pennoni Associates,...Read More >>

Author: Ben Walpole

Posted: June 30, 2016, 7:41 pm

ASCE Partners With Group Aiming to ‘Actuate’ Innovative Infrastructure Applications

ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith and Smart City Works co-founder Gregory Sauter.

ASCE has formed an alliance that will collaborate on ways to bring innovative technologies and civil engineering projects to market. The agreement with Smart City Works seeks to reduce the life-cycle costs of infrastructure, develop...Read More >>

Author: Ben Walpole

Posted: June 24, 2016, 3:15 pm

Army Corps Leader: How P3s Can Benefit Your Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering P3 to improve the Illinois Waterway.

Edward Belk Jr. calls it “a giant math problem.” Belk, P.E., is the chief of operations and regulatory division for the civil works directorate of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, facing billions of dollars...Read More >>

Author: Ben Walpole

Posted: April 1, 2016, 5:14 pm

ASCE Innovation Contest Selects 15 Winners With Greatest Potential

Drone technology played a key role in two of the four proposals that earned overall awards in the ASCE Innovation Contest.

The first ASCE Innovation Contest drew entries from around the world, with practitioners, project managers, educators, researchers, and students attracted to the challenge of developing and submitting their most creative and innovative ideas for reshaping...Read More >>

Author: Ben Walpole

Posted: March 11, 2016, 8:15 pm

A Challenge for the Profession

Civil engineers plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain the built environment, while serving as stewards and advocates to protect and enhance the natural environment. But the work of civil engineers, and the foundation for our...Read More >>

Author: Thomas Smith III

Posted: December 4, 2015, 5:35 pm