Water and Wastewater Utility Engineering

News from the Field

Our field is always changing. Read about the latest developments and innovations here.

April 10, 2021

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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

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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

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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 …

March 3, 2021

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Engineers, planners ‘re-envision’ the post-pandemic design of cities

Categories: Sustainability,

What will the post-pandemic world look like for engineers and city planners? That was an underlying theme behind a series of five webinars held last year by the Los Angeles Headquarters Association, a business-membership organization that promotes economic growth in Los Angeles County. Starting in late July and finishing in mid-November, the Los Angeles Recovery …

March 2, 2021

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Driving the infrastructure investment conversation toward solutions

Categories: Future Visions,

Darren Olson is in it for the long haul. So when he attended his first ASCE Legislative Fly-In in 2010, it wasn’t a destination or a peak but rather only the beginning of his advocacy journey. Olson has since helped lead three iterations of the Illinois Infrastructure Report Card, work that was cited in the …

February 3, 2021

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New material excels at removing copper from water

Categories: Water Protection,

A newly created material designed to adsorb copper quickly and efficiently offers a potential approach for improving the removal of that element from wastewater, including toxic acid mine drainage. Comprising commonly available chemicals, the material could lead to more cost-effective approaches for removing copper and possibly other metals from contaminated water sources. Known as zinc …