Water and Wastewater Utility Engineering

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August 27, 2021



Categories: Press Release,

Post-Disaster Funding for Emergency Repairs Procured for Yellow Pine, Idaho Boise, Idaho, August 2021 – The Yellow Pine Water Users Association’s (YPWUA) public drinking water system (PWS) encountered severe damage and disruption to service area residents and businesses after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that took place in March of 2020. Serious damage related to the …

July 1, 2021


How to remedy five management flaws and create resilient teams

Categories: Sustainability,

Jennifer L. Donahue, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, is the founder of JL Donahue Engineering — a globally recognized seismic analysis and engineering firm. With her 25 years in the U.S. Navy, she is well qualified to offer advice for how engineers can use lessons learned from earthquake engineering design and military training to create resilient teams …

June 1, 2021


How wet is your wetland?

Categories: Water Protection,

In April 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army published the Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the Federal Register that finalized a revised definition of which waters are considered “jurisdictional waters” in the United States. (Read “Final Rule Continues Efforts to Rescind Federal Protection for Certain Streams, Wetlands,” Civil Engineering, …

April 10, 2021


From promotional use to business development: How drone technology has evolved within KAST Construction

Categories: Future Visions,

KAST Construction, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, first began using drone technology for the same reason so many of our customers do: for promotional use. When redesigning their website in 2019, KAST sought out aerial images captured by drones to display panoramic views of their sites. Impressed by the comprehensive analysis this provided, upper …

April 5, 2021


How I aced the P.E. exam

Categories: Sustainability,

With the next round of P.E. and S.E. exams approaching, it’s nearly crunch time for those seeking professional licensure this spring. But even if you’re not a test-taker this April, it may be something you’ve considered for a while or have looked forward to at some point in your career. Fortunately, ASCE offers live exam …

March 31, 2021


Now is (finally) the time to future-proof our infrastructure

Categories: Sustainability,

Constantine Samaras, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, is the director of the Center for Engineering and Resilience for Climate Adaptation at Carnegie Mellon University, an adjunct senior researcher at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation, and past chair of ASCE’s Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate. Mikhail Chester, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, is the director of the Metis Center for …