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May 2014 » Columns » FROM THE PUBLISHER
Mark C. Zweig

I’m glad you have the May issue of Civil + Structural Engineer and think you’ll find some great content this month. For example, check out our profile on Ewa Bauer, P.E. Not only is Bauer the first woman appointed as district engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge in the history of the bridge, but she also has moved continents to make her dream of being an engineer a reality. We love stories like this. 

I have always been an advocate of market- and client-focused engineering firms, and Kleinfelder is doing it. As clients increasingly look for consultants with a deep knowledge of their organization, the pop quiz is no longer just for the classroom. A Kleinfelder engineer learned that one way to pass these tests is to develop a client-intimate organization that separates the firm from the rest of the crowd. Being client focused is essential in today’s competitive environment.

We’re doing what we said we would: jamming our pages with articles on the great people, projects, and organizations that are making the world a better place through civil and structural engineering.

We have a number of articles highlighting projects and technologies within each of the primary civil and structural engineering market sectors — Commercial/Industrial/Government, Education/Health Care/Religious, Energy/Mining, Environmental, Residential/Land Development, Transportation, and Water. Articles in May include:

• HNTB’s $474 million master plan for renovation and seismic retrofit of the University of California’s 1923 Memorial Stadium and surrounding campus resulted in a LEED Gold structure with a new concourse that rests on discrete “fault rupture blocks” where the fault crosses, reinforced with concrete shear walls mounted on monolithic flat slab foundations.

• A CH2M HILL/URS Corporation partnership (CWI) is directing clean-up of contaminated sites and radioactive wastes at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory. To coordinate a large design and construction team working across multiple disciplines, CWI, IMAGINiT, and Autodesk designed a new system to manage the project to take advantage of BIM technologies.

• With many civil structures such as bridges in urgent need of strengthening, rehabilitation, or replacement, structural health monitoring (SHM) has seen renewed focus. Advances in communications, data transmission, and computer processing, have enabled SHM solutions that can acquire vast volumes of data and transfer it via high-speed fiber-optic or wireless connections to a central database.

• Imaging sonar is proving useful for underwater detection and identification tasks in low- or zero-visibility conditions, such as those often associated with bridge piers. In a project in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Teledyne Blueview recently used its technology under adverse conditions to inspect scour surrounding bridge piers.

• Water network monitoring uses data analytics and statistical modelling to help utilities gain valuable operational knowledge. Through “smart networks,” utilities can identify problems, quantify them, locate them, prioritize actions, assess the work required, dispatch maintenance crews if needed, and more.

Last but not least, we take a look at metal buildings. They have a history of good performance and are considered a good material to use for construction in earthquake-prone regions. Through research and calculations, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association has demonstrated these positive attributes of metal buildings during the last several years.

Lots of good stuff! Enjoy, and as always, we welcome your feedback. Drop me a line at any time!

Mark C. Zweig

mzweig@zweigwhite.com


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