TWiCE - This Week in Civil Engineering

TWiCE - This Week in Civil Engineering

TWiCE 13: This Week in Civil Engineering – Alternative Materials Could Reduce Carbon Footprint

December 03, 2020

Welcome to This Week in Civil Engineering (TWiCE), the first weekly audio and video podcast covering weekly news stories and events related to civil engineering and its sub-disciplines. In this week's episode, we provide you with the latest news in the Civil Engineering industry including covering how manufacturers are tackling concrete’s carbon footprint problems by reformulating cement with similar-behaving materials that inherently generate less carbon dioxide than the ones used in traditional manufacturing methods.
Breaking News in Civil Engineering:

Alternative materials could shrink concrete’s giant carbon footprint
From: Mitch Jacoby |
Charleston weighs wall as seas rise and storms strengthen
From: Michelle Liu |

National News in Civil Engineering:

A public-private partnership 2020: U.S. mayors talk city resiliency
 From: Russell Hixson |
Utah Department of Transportation Considering Gondola, Cog Railroad To Reduce Little Cottonwood Canyon Traffic
From: Jed Boal |

International News in Civil Engineering:

Deck Scraper – Highways England backs new road repair method
From: Unknown |
Can engineers take the lead on shaping a sustainable future?
From: Seth Schultz |

Infrastructure Stories:

Amtrak 2021 Infrastructure Plan Hinges on $4.9B Funding Request
From: Tom Ichniowski |
Keeping KeyArena's Landmark Lid Overhead at Climate Pledge Arena Redevelopment Is A 22,000-Ton Balancing Act
From: Nadine M. Post |
Federal Highway Administration Proposes Changes in Design Standards for Highway Repairs, Resurfacing
From: Tom Ichniowski |

Career Inspiration of the Week:
Many engineers are introverts. People tend to think that introverted people are quiet or that they like to be alone. But in reality, the way their brain works is a little different than the extroverts. A book called Quiet by Susan Cain can help introverts to express their emotions, their designs, and gives guidance about how to talk to the clients. Usually it is thought that introverts like to sit in the office and do not want to share their experiences, but their roles as engineers goes beyond that. This book will help engineers to better understand how to approach their career and their conversations with people to keep them engaged in their profession.
Quote of the Week:

"As you enter into the profession of engineering, you are making a pact for lifelong learning, and the necessity to be continuously enhancing and developing your own skills." Christian Knutson, PE, Pg MP, PMP, Co-Host of The Civil Engineering Podcast

About the Host:
Luis Duque, EIT, A.M. ASCE, SEIis currently working as a Bridge Engineer at Foothills Bridge Co. Foothills provides engineered solutions for the erection, retrofitting, and dismantling of bridges. He also hosts a podcast, the Engineering our Future Podcast, where he shares his experience as a young engineer in the industry to help other young professionals and students succeed in their careers. During his graduate studies, he worked on a project entitled "Evaluation of UAV as a Bridge Inspection Tool". His research was conducted to promote and develop new and innovative techniques to inspect bridges to decrease costs and risks involved with current inspection practices. Luis is currently involved with ASCE, SEI, EWB, and SHPE in a variety of volunteering opportunities as well being a mentor for a South Dakota State University capstone team for the past 2 years.

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