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San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge wins Excellence in Structural Engineering honor

Sacramento, Calif. — Caltrans announced that the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge received an Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC). This honor is awarded to projects that demonstrate outstanding achievement in creative design, technical innovation, best practices and demonstrated contributions to the public and profession of structural engineering.

KS Associates takes 3D scanner underground to help abate CSOs

Elyria, Ohio — Civil engineering and surveying firm KS Associates, Inc. completed surveying and 3D laser scanning services for a complex Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) project. The NWI Edgewater Park Gate Project is part of the district’s ongoing investment in infrastructure improvements aimed at improving the quality of Northeast Ohio waterways.

Eagle Mountain Dam Project wins ASDSO Rehab Award

Fort Worth, Texas — A project to upgrade the Eagle Mountain Spillway Dam in Fort Worth, Texas, received the 2014 National Rehabilitation Project of the Year Award from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). The annual ASDSO award recognizes a unique remedial design that advances the state-of-the-art in the field of dam safety and exemplifies the professional engineering and construction standards that dam safety requires. The Eagle Mountain Spillway Dam project was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff on behalf of the Tarrant Regional Water District.

Video tells story of first bridge built using eSPAN140

Washington, D.C. — In a video released by the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance, participants in all phases of design and construction of the Jesup South Bridge in Buchanan County, Iowa, tell the story in their own words. The Jesup South Bridge was a demonstration project — the first bridge built using an eSPAN140 design.

Web-based scoping tool eases pavement design

Lanham, Md. — According to the Asphalt Pavement Alliance, PaveXpress, a free Web-based pavement design scoping tool for roadway and parking lot pavements, creates technically sound pavement structural designs for flexible and rigid pavements based on widely accepted industry standards from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

House committee leaders introduce bipartisan passenger rail legislation

Washington, D.C. — U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders introduced bipartisan legislation that they said improves the infrastructure, reduces costs, leverages private sector resources, creates greater accountability and transparency, and accelerates project delivery for Amtrak and the nation’s passenger rail transportation system.

NCI Building Systems conference offers new findings in engineering design issues

Houston – NCI Building Systems will host a one-day conference in Houston to unveil the latest in engineering best practices. The annual event, taking place Oct. 17, 2014, at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel, will offer presentations from leading researchers and experts in a range of construction design disciplines, also satisfying 7.0 hours of continuing education credit for engineers.

ASCE seeks public comment on stormwater guidelines

Reston, Va. — ASCE will conduct a public comment period on Standard Guidelines for the Design, Installation, and Operation of Urban Stormwater Systems. The public comment period will be held from Sept. 15, 2014 through Nov. 1, 2014.

Harry Pepper to rehab Florida dike

Norwalk, Conn. — EMCOR Group, Inc. subsidiary Harry Pepper & Associates, Inc. was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for rehabilitation and structural replacement work on the Herbert Hoover Dike in Clewiston, Fla. Harry Pepper will be responsible for demolition and removal of two of the existing Herbert Hoover Dike culverts and construction of new water control structures.

ARTBA announces 2014 Division Award winners

Washington, D.C. — The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) recognized transportation design and construction industry leaders on September 8 with division awards during the association’s National Convention, held in southern California.

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