TWiCE - This Week in Civil Engineering

TWiCE - This Week in Civil Engineering

TWiCE 15: This Week in Civil Engineering – Artificial Intelligence Detects Flooded Spots

December 17, 2020

In this week's episode, we provide you with the latest news in the Civil Engineering industry including covering how the researchers at Old Dominion University are working to develop a system that can — on its own, through artificial intelligence — detect spots that have flooded and send alerts to drivers notifying them of problems on their route. We also talk about how Olmsted County (Minnesota), Cenergy, and People's Energy Cooperative has partnered to turn a contaminated site into new energy, and much more interesting stories.
Breaking News in Civil Engineering:

Real-time flooding alerts for drivers? Old Dominion University researchers are using artificial intelligence to make it happen
From: Katherine Hafner|
Solar array seeks to turn the contaminated site into new energy
From: Post Bulletin Staff Reports |

National News in Civil Engineering:

Engineers Launch SE (Structural Engineering) 2050 Commitment to Reduce Embodied Carbon in Structures
From:  Nadine M. Post|
Fairmont State engineering technology students draft state infrastructure report card
From: Emily McNamara|

International News in Civil Engineering:

Crossrail | Farringdon becomes first Central London station to complete construction
From: Rob Horgan |
How Technology Is Supercharging Airport Safety Measures for 2020 and Beyond
From: Matt Alderton|

Infrastructure Stories:

California Commission Approves $2 Billion Dollar in Infrastructure Projects
From: Eleanor Lamb|
Biden eyes infrastructure package to help economic, climate goals
From: Rebecca Beitsch|

Career Inspiration of the Week:
To become a better engineer, find a passion outside of engineering. Some people may like traveling, teaching, getting involved in a community, or coaching kids in sports. Whatever it may be, it will help you to become a more balanced individual and will help you to see the different sides of challenges rather than diving straight into numbers.
Quote of the Week:

"Teamwork is teamwork. It doesn’t matter if you’re bouncing a basketball or if you’re an Executive at a company. You need to engage your people to want to be part of a team and to want to excel in their careers." ~ John M. Keller PE, PMP 

About the Host:
Geoff Smith, PE, LEED AP joined Silman in 2004. As an Associate co-managing a studio, he oversees renovations, adaptive reuse, and new construction projects for building types including sports facilities, single- and multi-family private residences, K-12 and higher education facilities, museums, and places of worship.

Notable projects that Geoff has been involved with include the multi-phase implementation of the Brooklyn Museum’s master plan, the redevelopment of Kearny Point in Kearny, NJ, the major renovation of the Edward Durell Stone building on Columbus Circle to create a dynamic new home for the Museum of Arts and Design, the renovation of Cheel Arena at Clarkson University, and the renovation of Appleton Arena at St. Lawrence University. His work also includes the award-winning renovation and restoration of the Yale University Art Gallery’s Swartout and Street Halls, completed in 1928 and 1864, respectively.

Since 2010, Geoff has served as Commissioner for the Bayonne Historic Preservation Committee in Bayonne, NJ. He is also an active member of BIMForum.

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