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In August, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) published its first U.S. Cities SDG Index based on the UN SDGs to some very good media coverage ; the report and the supporting data can be downloaded here . The report discusses some of the challenges in developing the index and some of these will be discussed at the session on   How US Cities are Approaching the UN SDG's at the ASCE ICSI conference in October .   Progress on the UN SDGs is measured by the UN at the country level and that database can be accessed here .    However, much if not most of the progress in meeting the SDGs must happen in cities - laboratories ...
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​ Personally me as an ASCE member engineer called Houston area and got am busy. I have a flooding / marine environment - offshore oil - ship etc. / hurricanes include Sandy - Katharina - Ike etc. back grounded. I wish to stay out of ones running to deal with such. Things that I learned were 1. Computer(s) in basements low in building can be big losses. 2. Salt water into Insulation is a big cost to get returned to service. 3. WD40 put onto dewatered machinery as fast as possible controls loss. 4. Get word out is very important. Send to email list ! 5. Management being decisive is very helpful. Your views appreciated.
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The Engineering a Better World report is all about achieving the UN SDGs and the important role that engineers must play. The full report can be downloaded here .  The EaBW web site also includes a blog where some of the world’s leading engineers and thinkers share their views on the role engineering will play in achieving the UN SDG
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Smart Technologies have fascinated people for a long time, be it the smartphones, smartwatches and the health tracking devices that are in trend. These technologies are rigorously evolving to reshape the conduct of everything around them making life unthinkable without them. However, apart from these smart gadgets, what we usually discount is the infrastructure that is becoming smart these days. One such avenue of Smart Infrastructure is Smart Transportation which has made great strides due to the advent of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Traffic Engineering.   Why and How? In the past decade technology has altered the functioning ...
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Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian science which capitalizes on the concept of prosperity. It links person’s health and happiness directly with layouts and construction of a building. Promoters of Vastu Shastra propagate that it is most authentic and proven advice science. They say that nature consists of 5 basic elements such as the energy of planets, air, water, fire, and earth. Each carries its own set of dynamics and with Vastu one’s home and business can be synchronized. As per promoters of Shastra, it creates a tremendous impact over all facts of life, i.e., health, life, education, thinking, prosperity, marriage and peace of mind. In fact “Vastu ...
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PRECONCEPTIONS One stereotype often attached with Civil Engineers is that in private industries they often end up in Blue collar jobs involving intense manual work. A perception is quite prevalent in the society even among many young undergraduates that Civil Engineering is all about Construction Industry where they have to deal with semi-skilled/un-skilled labors, masons, working under the sun/ harsh climate amidst bricks, cement and other construction materials. Well its true!! FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY BUT NOT FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING. Having such presumptions results in poor even wrong career choices and also act as deterrent for students while deciding ...
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AAAS Diplomacy for Science and Science for Sustainable Development http://www.sciencediplomacy.org/editorial/2016/diplomacy-for-science-and-science-for-sustainable-development AAES WFEO Task Group http://www.aaes.org/wfeo-task-group ASCE Code of Ethics http://www.asce.org/code-of-ethics/ ASCE Collaborate http://collaborate.asce.org/home ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2017 http://www.icsiconference.org/ ASCE Policy 418 The Role of the Civil Engineer in Sustainable Development http://www.asce.org/issues-and-advocacy/public-policy/policy-statement-418---the-role-of-the-civil-engineer-in-sustainable-development/ ...
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HOW ENGINEERS CAN ADVANCE THE United Nations SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS Date: Tuesday December, 13, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m. EST Register for Webinar This webinar hosted by the ASCE Committee on Sustainability will begin with an overview of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals followed by how the engineering community can contribute to achievement of the goals. The focus will be on the goals relevant to civil engineering practice and civil engineering education. Presented by: Dr. William E. Kelly, P.E., F.ASCE Please feel free to check out recordings of our past webinars , available 24/
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The United Nations (UN) 2015-20130 Sustainable Development Goals were approved in September 2015 and are effective beginning January 1, 2016. There are 17 goals and 169 targets and they replace 8 Millennium Development goals with 18 targets. The new goals will guide UN sustainable development activities over the next 15 years. The UN has been a major driver of sustainable development beginning with the 1987 Brundtland Report (pdf document), followed by numerous summits, agreements, and the Millennium Development Goals. The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) provided input to the UN goal setting process through ...
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Keyes' Summary of the active MPCES Standards Committee (SC): Mike Clar was Chair for the MPCES 2nd ballot, and 3rd ballot ended in May 2010, and the 4th ballot in summer 2011.  The Develop Design Guidebook Subcommittee worked on the Resolution Report (RR) to the 3rd ballot and the 4th Draft of the Guidelines.  Eidson (new Chair) completed the 5th ballot on section 5 and the appendices of the Guidelines and the vote on RR of the 6th ballot was 22 May 2014.  Keyes (again chair) updated such and got the 7th Ballot completed as of 20 April 2015.  MPCES Guidelines went to ASCE Publisher for Copy Editing before acceptance for EWRI SDC and ASCE CSC approval to ...
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It's A New Year!

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It's a New Year, at least for ASCE and the Institute. Like many businesses, the new fiscal year for both the Society and the Institute started on October 1st. That means that several changes have occurred. One of the biggest changes for our Institute is the transformation of the Operations ExCom into the Member Services ExCom. Sheila Carpenter Van-Djik has taken over leadership of that ExCom, and there is a lot of energy in that ExCom. Dr. Jeanne VanBriesen, from Carnegie-Mellon, is leading our efforts to stand up a New Professionals Council, and she has several younger professionals who are helping in that effort. The Governing Board was pleased to be ...
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50th Anniversary

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The 50th Anniversary ASCE-EWRI's Watershed Management Conference will be held August 5th-7th in Wanatchee, Washington. The conference brings together engineers and experts representing a variety of other disciplines to discuss watershed and water resource management issues in the water rich Pacific Northwest. Anyone interested is encouraged to submit abstracts on the EWRI conference website by close of business October 1st
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Today is the deadline to submit your abstract and be a presenter at EWRI 2015 in Austin Texas. That doesn't mean it's too late to submit; it just means that time is running out for you to showcase a recent project or accomplishment in the area of Enviromental or Water Resources Practice. I was working on my abstract just now and thought it would be good to remind everyone that we don't mind last minute submittals. I'll even let you in on a couple of secrets I've learned from participating previous EWRI Congresses. First, the site will be accepting abstracts all night. We do this to be fair to our colleagues in Hawaii so they also have the entire day to complete ...
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The EWRI Congress is a terrific forum for anyone engaged in Environmental and Water Resources work to present their recent work and get feedback from others in the profession. Whether you choose a podium presentation or participate in a poster session the atmosphere is informal and discussion is always encouraged. The subject matter need not be a groundbreaking new formula or invention, rather the best presentations are often simply new ways of looking at old problems or old methods applied to new problems. I think every EWRI member has something they are working on that is worth sharing at the Congress in the technical program. The only restriction you ...
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Waters of the U.S. Rule: What Does it Mean for Civil Engineering? Join ASCE for a presentation by key staff from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Definition of Waters of the United States Proposed Rule under the Clean Water Act. Officials from the agencies will provide a background of the proposed rule, types of water covered and excluded by the rule and answer questions on the potential impacts to the civil engineering community. August 19, 2014 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT Register for the WOTUS Proposed Rule briefing call Following the presentation, we invite ...
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ASCE is now asking members to support Missouri Constitutional Amendment 7 which would primarily fund road construction by assessing a state-wide sales tax on highway users and non-users alike. The sales tax is clearly unfair to those who do not use the roads - or own cars for that matter. The tax is regressive - and, as conservatives are ordinarily quick to point out, will serve as a 'job killer'. I would like to see the results of polling on this issue. I trust that the consciences of Missouri Civil Engineers will not allow them to support Constitutional Amendment 7
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Dear ASCE-EWRI Members: We hope you have had a chance to explore EWRI’s new website EWRI COLLABORATE and find it to be a useful tool to share knowledge and collaborate with your fellow water resources and environmental professionals. EWRI COLLABORATE provides a platform for discussion called an Open Forum, as well as blogs, links to upcoming events, links to relevant news stories, and access for EWRI members to a library of resources such as presentations and other products. EWRI COLLABORATE provides linkage to multiple social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, and Linked In. Linked In profile information can be imported into your ...
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Water and Wastewater

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I believe it is wonderful that ASCE has now created this forum for exchanges of information and ideas among its members. For several years now, as a retired Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, I have contributed what I hoped were useful educational materials to the American Chemical Society member's blog. Entitled 'water and wastewater slide shows' , this often whimsical material has been freely distributed to all those interested in the technology - and history - of what was once known as 'sanitary engineering' . It is my hope that some of my CE colleagues may also find these materials useful and, possibly, even worthy of correction. ...
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