Water and Wastewater Utility Engineering

News from the Field

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

July 1, 2021

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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

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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

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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 …