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    UPCOMING WEBCAST: Galvanized Steel Myths, Misconceptions & Trending Uses

    Everyone knows hot-dip galvanized (HDG) steel provides corrosion protection, but when properly specified, HDG also is used for its other advantageous engineering and architectural properties. Recent studies and applications have dispelled common misconceptions, updated engineering properties and expanded its use as an aesthetically pleasing coating.

    This webcast will explore the real story regarding HDG Fasteners on the Bay Bridge, recent studies and data relating to HDG slip factor and slip critical connections, and HDG steel’s use in Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS) applications.

     

    Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    Time: 10:00 am PT/12:00 pm CT/1:00 pm ET

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    The False Equivalency When Using Pipe Stiffness to Compare Flexible Sewer Pipe (Print PDH from the October 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Buried flexible sewer pipes come in a variety of materials. The most common in the United States are corrugated metal (CMP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), centrifugally cast glass-fiber-reinforced polymer mortar (CCFRPM or fiberglass), solid wall polyethylene (PE), steel reinforced polyethylene (SRPE), corrugated PE and polypropylene (PP) pipe. Design engineers often seek simple ways to compare between all of these different materials. It is easy to categorize the various materials by use of simple acronyms such as CMP, HDPE, PVC, etc.

    For hydraulics, the Manning’s (n) value is utilized. For joint tightness, referencing the requirements of ASTM D3212’s 10.8 psi water tightness is the most common. In pressure applications, there are pressure ratings. It is more difficult, however, to find a simplistic way to quantitatively compare structural performance or pipe strength. One of the most common ways to attempt to compare structural performance is the use of pipe stiffness.

     

    As seen in the Octobet 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    The Case for Leveraging the Model to Digitize Heavy Civil Construction (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired September 29, 2020

    Join Rich Humphrey and Corey Johnson as they examine the current reality of project delivery in the civil construction industry and why civil construction projects still lag building and industrial projects in the use of BIM in project planning and delivery.

    They will present a technology breakthrough that enables civil design models to be used to create construction models that will transform the way civil project teams plan and deliver projects. Model and location-based scheduling, estimating, work planning and field tracking will enable civil construction teams to win more projects, optimize resources, minimize re-work, reduce risk, and drive increased productivity and efficiencies by leveraging construction models into everyday workflows.

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    Designing Manufactured Treatment Devices (MTDs) with Maintenance in Mind (Print PDH from the August 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Manufactured Treatment Devices (MTDs) are similar to non-proprietary stormwater BMPs in that they must be maintained so they perform as intended. However, the majority of effort and focus is placed upon the initial design and construction of stormwater treatment facilities, with little thought as to how these systems will be maintained long-term. The property owner, in all cases, is left responsible for the consequences of decisions made by others during the design and construction phases, nearly all of whom have moved on to new projects after the construction phase of the project is terminated.

    This is changing, as civil engineers are now placing more importance on the long-term maintenance costs associated with MTDs. To serve the best interest of their clients, not only does the specifying engineer have the responsibility to select and design the stormwater BMP that meets the site’s structural and regulatory requirements, they also have a responsibility to consider long-term cost of ownership as well as initial capital costs.

     

    As seen in the August 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Solving Infrastructure Challenges through GIS and Civil BIM (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired September 17th, 2020

    AEC firms are tasked with the engineering, construction and management of our critical infrastructure.  They have historically been challenged to bring CAD, BIM and GIS together to improve the waterways, roadways, and infrastructure we require to live our lives.  These data, applications and professional expertise have been siloed, limiting the productivity, accuracy and collaboration of project teams.

    Radical transformation of the working environment is changing the way AEC firms deliver work to their clients and to their community. Work processes are becoming more digital with growing demands for productivity and a distributed workforce. AEC firms that are able to adopt digital workflows to plan, design, build and operate will thrive.  Others will fail!

    With the ArcGIS platform AEC firms are able to easily obtain, share, and analyze data, saving time and resources.  ArcGIS improves coordination and efficiency, brings AEC projects to life through geographic context, and enables teams to engage and collaborate.

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    Adapting to the New Normal: Remote Collaboration Trends Mid-Size Design Teams Should Watch (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired August 27, 2020

    Recent events have accelerated an existing, growing trend in the AEC industry toward remote design collaboration. As projects only grow more geographically distributed and complex, it is vital that design project leaders keep their teams connected to information and each other – especially those on small and mid-size teams needing to remain as efficient as possible in an increasingly competitive landscape.

    Join our webcast to learn how mid-size design teams are adapting to the new normal of remote design collaboration, to deliver projects faster, and with less risk and rework.

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    Harness the Power of GIS in Civil 3D, InfraWorks, Revit & Beyond! (Archived Webcast)

     

    Originally Aired July 28, 2020

    Ever wonder what you can really use GIS for? Looking to increase your understanding of GIS integrations? Learn what GIS is, where you can get it for free and paid, how you can create a map and share/access it inside of InfraWorks, Civil 3D, Revit and more.

    In this webcast you will learn to use Civil 3D to import utility GIS data and convert it to a Civil 3D Pipe Network. Find out what GIS platform works best for you. Most importantly, you will stop hand drawing existing utilities & start harnessing the power of GIS data and bring it into your workflows.

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    Prepackaged Pump Stations Provide Optimal Solutions for Wastewater, Stormwater and Industrial Applications (Print PDH from the June 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Pump stations (also known as lift stations) are an important and ever-growing part of the U.S. infrastructure. All drainage, whether wastewater, stormwater or industrial, takes advantage of gravity for the longest distance feasible by the given topography. In most cases, the gravity opportunity runs out before the required destination. At this point, the media needs to be collected and lifted via pumps and a force main to its final destination or to a new location where gravity can again take over. The number of pump stations is increasing across the country because of a reduction of septic systems, expanding mandates to manage stormwater, and an increasing need to develop in flat, low-lying areas.

    As seen in the June 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Digital Twins Help Utilities Optimize Water Infrastructure Management (Print PDH from the May 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    As a water utility, you are facing a range of problems in your efforts to provide reliable, resilient and affordable water systems. Some of the most common concerns are rising electricity prices; aging assets and infrastructure; increasing water scarcity and loss; growing urban populations and shrinking rural ones; and extreme weather events resulting from global climate change, including hurricanes, floods and droughts. Fortunately, there are similarly wide-ranging solutions to many of these problems, from public-private partnerships to conservation awareness to smart water technologies. Increasingly, utilities are adding digitalization to this list.

    As seen in the May 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Civil 3D and InfraWorks Workflows (Archived Webcast)

    Join Ron Couillard, Sr. Technical Specialist at U.S. CAD, to dive into best practices and back and forth workflows for Civil 3D and InfraWorks.

    Attendees will come away with:

    – An overview about the new InfraWorks environment with the ribbon

    – How to bring preliminary design data from InfraWorks into Civil 3D

    – How to create and change design data in Civil 3D and push back out to InfraWorks

    – Knowledge of new features to increase design efficiencies and productivity

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    Why 3D? (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired March 5, 2020

    Should you design and analyze in 3D?

    For today’s infrastructure demands, geotechnical considerations are coming to the forefront. As infrastructure assets are crucially linked to subsurface environments, they are vulnerable. Learn why 3D analysis is not only important but crucial.

    Engineers involved in safe design traditional analyze in 2D. As trends and technology advance, users now have access to new accepted methods in 3D analysis which are emerging as a more robust and more accurate form of solving stability challenges, allowing a more rigorous calculation for the true factor of safety or probability.

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    The Environmental Benefits of High Performance Turf Reinforcement Mats (Print PDH from the February 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    When selecting erosion control solutions, High Performance Turf Reinforcement Mats (HPTRMs) offer environmental benefits that other erosion control technologies—such as rock riprap and concrete—can’t offer. During design, it’s important to consider factors such as hydraulic performance, durability, economics and environmental impacts. Sustainability and resiliency are becoming more important in project design, with emphasis being placed on the environmental impact created by materials. Erosion control solutions should be designed to provide a low environmental impact to achieve long-term performance and overall project success.

    This article presents the environmental benefits of using HPTRMs as an erosion control solution.

    As seen in the February 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Predicting Performance in Articulating Concrete Blocks: Block Geometry (Print PDH from the December 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    When left uncontrolled, water has created the deepest of canyons and destroyed countless properties. Sediment transport in streams and rivers is inevitable, but erosion must be controlled in critical areas for safety and economic reasons. Stream restoration and stabilization may require the use of armoring countermeasures to provide lateral or vertical stability to a stream. Articulated concrete block (ACB) revetment systems provide permanent erosion protection against the hydraulic forces of moving water. They are used when vegetation, soil remediation or other forms of hard armoring are unstable or unsuitable for a given hydraulic event or where the consequence of failure is not acceptable.

    As seen in the December 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Helical Piles: Best-by-Test Foundation Solution for Traffic Signs, Bollards, Emergency Call Boxes and Airport Taxiway Lights (Print PDH from the December 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Although it’s difficult to find official estimates for the number of traffic signs in the United States, given the near-ubiquity of signs (e.g., Stop, Speed Limit, Yield, Do Not Enter, One-Way Road, Railroad Crossing, Wrong Way, No U-Turn and many others), it seems safe to put the number in the hundreds of millions. And that doesn’t count “non-sign” regulatory objects such as call boxes, bollards and airport taxiway lights.

    As seen in the December 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Project Management Insights from the Project Engineer’s Perspective (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired December 11, 2019

     

    A thoughtful conversation between Sabrina A. Wing, P.E., of Power Engineers Collaborative LLC, and Christine Brack, PMP of ChrismarGroup, on how they achieve better workflows and productivity in project management.

    As construction projects increase in scope, complexity and cost, it is critical to ensure your team can efficiently collaborate on design work and effectively manage large volumes of project information. Learn from two industry experts on how to improve your ability to manage the ever-increasing complexity of construction projects.

    Join this webcast to hear Informed Infrastructure speak with a panel of practicing design project leaders about their journeys in going digital and the benefits they realized.

    Key topics include:

    • Overcoming potential roadblocks to leveraging digital workflows
    • Bridging collaboration gaps on complex, distributed project teams
    • Addressing issues related to information management and data liability
    • Meeting higher bars of success in an increasingly competitive landscape

     

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    Shorten workflows by 50% in Residential Site Development (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired November 13, 2019

    As a site designer you are always working against the clock, whether you’re trying to win a bid or trying to keep your current project on schedule/budget.

    You need the ability to layout neighborhoods quickly without tedious manual work so you can look at more design options to deliver the most optimized financially feasible solution to your clients.

    OpenSite Designer introduces speed and automation to residential parceling with the use of parametric design, smart objects, and optimization.

    Join Senior Product Manager David Settlemyer to learn how you can reduce the time it takes to layout a neighborhood by 50%.

     

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    Introduction to Designing and Sizing Hydrodynamic Separators (Print PDH from the October 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    For decades, hydrodynamic separators (HDS) have been used as a primary treatment device for stormwater. While these systems have been in use for many years, sizing and designing an HDS system can be challenging and confusing. Performance targets, sizing methodologies, confusing performance calculations from manufacturers, online vs. offline placement, and other factors must be considered for proper design and functionality of an HDS system.

     

    As seen in the October 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    The CEO Series: Greg Bentley on the Evolution of Engineering Software (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired September 25, 2019

    In April 2019, Informed Infrastructure Editorial Director Todd Danielson went to Bentley Systems’ corporate headquarters in Exton, Pa. to interview its CEO, Greg Bentley.
    The free-ranging conversation covered many topics, such as digital twins, reality modeling, construction workflows, open-source technology, the addition of the time element to engineering models, mixed-reality technologies, and the general technology trends in design and construction.

     

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    Practical Digital Workflows for Addressing Key City Initiatives (Print PDH from the August 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    With urbanization and the continuous threat to infrastructure from climate-related forces, it is time for cities to seek solutions to help minimize the chronic stress on current infrastructure as well as mitigate, respond to and recover from acute shocks from these recurring events. As cities continue to advance “smart” initiatives, city leaders continue to challenge city departments to digitally advance in support of those initiatives. But there still are information silos inhibiting collaboration and information sharing, which slows initiatives and creates an uneven pace of digital advancement across city departments. The digital city is data-centric using a city-wide digital twin to improve infrastructure and deliver services. All data owners/users benefit from an open and connected environment. Bentley Systems offers a comprehensive set of solutions to help cities manage the data associated with and generated by their infrastructure assets.

    As seen in the August 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    The Appropriate Use of Engineered Earth Solutions (Print PDH from the August 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Multiple technologies are available for stabilizing and protecting steepened slopes, banks, and levees. Engineered Earth Solutions are innovative technologies that use geosynthetic materials and natural vegetation to reinforce earthen structures, providing increased geotechnical stability and reduced erosion. It is important to understand the different design requirements and geometric limitations of these technologies in order to optimize the solution for your project. What is the most efficient solution for the project? How steep of a slope can be built or protected with these systems? How does normal water level in a channel affect the overall design? Can the in-situ soil be re-used on the project?

     

    As seen in the August 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Long-Span Composite Floors: Engineered Options for Multi-Story Project Design (Digital PDH from August 2019 of Informed Infrastructure)

    Today’s variety of long-span composite floor systems requires the specifying engineer to understand their differences and how to optimize the unique advantages of the particular chosen system.

    Three fundamental system configurations represent the range of long-span composite floor options on the market today. The designs of all three systems are based on the principle of composite action and the integration of steel and concrete structural elements. By understanding and leveraging the structural distinctions of these systems, the engineer can take full advantage of the specified system.

    PDH August, 2019

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    Precast Structural Alternatives for a Green Solution (Print PDH from the June 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Concrete plays an integral role in urban development, from the fabrication of underground sewer lines to the construction of bridges and interstate highways. However, this development increases impervious surfaces that, in turn, generate more stormwater runoff, which often carries pollutants produced by the activities that occur on the impervious surfaces. These pollutants can include trash and debris, sediment, nutrients, dissolved metals, and petroleum hydrocarbons. Increased stormwater runoff also can erode and degrade the urban streams that ultimately receive the flow and may cause flooding issues for existing development downstream. The quality and quantity of stormwater runoff can threaten wildlife, natural systems and aesthetics. Fortunately, concrete also is part of the solution to these problems.

    As seen in the June 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Introduction to CJ Series Steel Joists in Floor Systems (Print PDH from the June 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Composite and noncomposite steel joists are utilized to support concrete floor systems. This article highlights the use of Steel Joist Institute (SJI) CJ-Series composite joists. SJI CJ-Series composite steel joists utilize shear studs welded through the steel deck to the underlying top chord angles of the steel joists (see Figures 1 and 2). Steel joist top chords typically are fabricated utilizing hot-rolled or cold-formed steel angles. A typical 1-inch horizontal gap between the top chord angles requires that the shear studs be welded to the top chord horizontal legs on either side of this gap.

    After the concrete is placed on the steel deck and allowed to cure, the concrete slab acts as a compression chord element for the steel joist. Installed welded shear studs transfer the horizontal shear between the concrete slab and steel joist.

    As seen in the June 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Introducing OpenSite Designer, Create Optimized Site Designs in Days – Not Weeks! (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired April 16, 2019

    Say hello to OpenSite Designer. Bentley System’s new comprehensive site design application that is changing the game for the Site Design Industry.  Join Senior Product Manager David Settlemyer, P.E., as he reveals the benefits of OpenSite Designer and how its new innovative technology will advance the project delivery of site development projects of all types, large or small.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can rapidly develop site designs, mitigate risk, lower construction costs, and meet all your project requirements.

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    Practical Design Considerations That Can Extend The Service Life Of Metal Buried Bridge And Culvert Structures (Print PDH from the April 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Buried bridges can be described as a buried structure with a clear span of 20 feet or greater that supports an embankment and engages the passive support of the backfill material surrounding it. There are many different types of buried bridges used in highway construction. Some solutions are constructed from concrete; others utilize steel or aluminum in their designs. Buried culvert pipes utilize the same passive soil support and share many similar issues that impact the service lives of these structures.

    Buried structures frequently offer advantages over traditional slab bridges. Pavement design and maintenance are simplified with buried structures, as the same pavement design used in the roadway profile can typically be utilized over the buried structures. Buried pipes and bridges often provide accelerated design and construction schedules as compared to conventional bridges. Because buried structures help dissipate surface live loads, they frequently can utilize full inverts or shallow foundations and eliminate the need for piling or other deep foundations commonly used in conventional bridge construction. All of these advantages often lead to lower installed costs as well.

    As seen in the April 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    NEW Tools for Comprehensive Erosion Control and Revegetation Specifications (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired March 14, 2019

    A major issue facing the construction industry is out-of-date and generalized specifications that allow for inferior or unsuitable erosion control products on their projects. Specifying appropriate erosion control solutions is essential for project success, sustainable vegetation, and notice of termination.

    With numerous erosion control solutions available, it is pertinent that site conditions are considered when defining appropriate erosion control measures. The presented specification tool incorporates new industry technologies and will be demonstrated to select and specify appropriate erosion control measures. Utilizing this specification builder will ensure the products specified are customized by the designer to meet unique project needs.

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    Engineering a Permanent Road Foundation (Print PDH from the February 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Unbound aggregate materials are the largest transportation infrastructure asset for most state and local Departments of Transportation (DOTs). This asset is used in road bases and subbases as well as for surfacing of unpaved roads. Unbound aggregate layers also are the most vulnerable transportation infrastructure, as these layers are subject to premature failure due to deterioration, contamination and adverse hydraulic conditions.

    These “out of sight, out of mind,” underappreciated and often under-engineered layers are the subject of this PDH article. The loss of support of unbound aggregate results in full-depth reconstruction, a total loss of the aggregate assets, and road downtime with traffic congestion and construction-related traffic accidents.

    Readers will be shown improved best-management design practices and how to preserve unbound aggregate assets to enhance the performance of these layers. Use of the correct aggregate and a separation/stabilization geotextile can construct a Permanent Road Foundation (PRF) so full-depth reclamation and total reconstruction may be avoided. The quality of aggregate enabled by the selection of the proper geotextile will maximize the cost effectiveness of these now-permanent road layers.

    As seen in the February 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Advances in Model-Centric Earthwork and Quantities with OpenRoads Designer (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired December 18, 2018

    In this wecast, we will discuss and demonstrate the latest tools to model, measure, and report on earthwork and quantities in OpenRoads Designer. You will see how to create and analyze a 3D earthwork model and report on the results.

    We will look at several methods of capturing and reporting quantities, including component quantities, element quantities, end area volume, and by named boundary.  This session will cover the practical tools and techniques you need to maximize productivity!

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    Design Considerations for Wildlife Crossings (Print PDH from the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    The term “wildlife crossing” describes a variety of structures that are designed or retrofitted to provide safe passage for wildlife above or below a highway. Although wildlife crossing structures are not standardized designs, they can be categorized as two major types: overpasses and underpasses. Structures often are built in combination with fencing to increase their effectiveness.

    Each crossing is designed to serve the target species for a specific location or accommodate the majority of species in an area. When wildlife crossing structures are designed for motorist safety, the target species typically are large ungulates such as moose, elk or deer. Other wildlife crossings are designed for species with high conservation concern, such as salamanders, desert tortoises, flying squirrels or kit foxes.

    As seen in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Guidance for Designing External Stormwater Diversion Structures (Print PDH from the Sep/Oct 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Months of design, pages of specifications, and tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars may go into the design of a single bioswale, filtration basin or other stormwater treatment system. So why do engineers spend so little time thinking about the flow-control devices that make them work? This article focuses on the design of external stormwater diversion structures—an integral component of a complete stormwater management system.

    As seen in the Sep/Oct 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Designing, Modeling, & Labeling ADA Compliant Ramps With Civil Cells (Print PDH from the September/October 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Designing ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps for installation in new or rehabilitated roadway intersections is a common task for civil engineers and other designers. Common, but not routine; adapting the ADA guidelines to particular situations can be tedious, and it’s very possible to make mistakes that lead to change orders and rework. In fact, non-compliant ramps are so common that redesigning ramps for reconstruction also is a common task for designers.

    As seen in the September/October 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Seismic Behavior of Helical Piles in Dense Sands( Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired July 19, 2018

    Helical piles are being used in seismic regions of the U.S. and other countries, yet there remains much confusion regarding the state of practice and building codes for this pile type. Nonetheless, it is anticipated that piles with comparatively small cross-sections and high anchoring capacity, such as helical piles, could be beneficial for seismic resistance due to their slenderness, higher damping ratios, ductility, and resistance to tip uplift. Results from the premier full-scale seismic shake table testing program on helical piles in sands will be discussed.

     

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    How to Design a Culvert Reline Project (Print PDH from the May/June 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Culvert replacements are a common reality for all owners of drainage infrastructure and a routine part of maintenance and expansion projects on federal lands, roadways and railroads; state department of transportation (DOT) roadways; and at the local level with county, township and municipality owned transportation corridors. Fortunately, culvert rehabilitation via relining has gained momentum as a viable alternative to culvert replacement when dealing with aging drainage infrastructure. Whether an owner of a culvert wants to take a traditional design and delivery approach or conduct the work themselves, the construction methods of many reline options can be performed by parties whose normal work activities don’t include reline construction. In addition, most methods can be performed by in-house maintenance teams or entities who do more traditional open cut drainage work.

    As seen in the May/June 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Addressing Project Complexity (Print PDH from the May/June 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Project complexity and cost often grow in tandem. Both can be mitigated by the early selection and detailed engineering of the structural steel building system. This course, developed as an easy-to-read article, will give you a working knowledge of structural steel building systems and the ways to drive down the various costs of complexity, regardless of scale.

    As seen in the May/June 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Improving Firm Profitability Through Business Intelligence (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired May 31, 2018. This webcast has expired

    “Business intelligence” might seem like a buzzword or outlandish concept, but the truth of the matter is that it’s here to stay. You already have the option of knowing exactly how your firm is doing and consistently making the right decisions to dramatically increase profits.

    You just have to use the right tools.

    Join Shafat Qazi, CEO & founder of BQE Software, to understand how business intelligence opens up a whole new world of possibilities for engineering firms and how to harness its power. You’ll discover practical applications of cutting-edge technology that will both boost short-term profits and position your firm as a front-runner in the years to come.

    Plus, Qazi will introduce you to BQE Software’s award-winning innovation, BQE Core. You’ll see how principals, partners, CFOs, and project managers are using platforms like Core to streamline their daily tasks, gain a distinct competitive advantage, and grow their companies like never before.

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    Evaluation of Media-Based Stormwater Filtration Systems (Print PDH from the March/April 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    There are an increasing number of commercial and structural media-based filtration systems available to engineers and regulators to meet the need for effective and space-efficient stormwater treatment. As part of the due-diligence process, these individuals must understand and evaluate the design, functionality and ongoing operational requirements of the systems. This paper addresses fundamental media filtration evaluation criteria that, when taken together, provide a framework for comparing and contrasting different stormwater filtration systems. Consideration of these criteria is recommended prior to specifying or approving a system.

    As seen in the March/April 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Engineered Earth Armoring Solutions: An Alternative to Rock Riprap (Print PDH from the January/February 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Engineers are tasked to provide solutions for infrastructure challenges in the most efficient manner possible. One must balance standard practice with innovation to constantly improve effectiveness and efficiency. Rock riprap is an accepted traditional solution for erosion control and slope stabilization, but there are other alternatives.

    Engineered Earth Armoring Solutions™ (EEAS) are environmentally friendly and economical erosion control solutions designed to provide significant hydraulic performance improvements over rock riprap. An EEAS consists of a High Performance Turf Reinforcement Mat (HPTRM) in combination with Engineered Earth Anchors™ (earth anchors), and is designed to meet a project’s hydraulic, geotechnical, design life, environmental and economical needs.

    As seen in the January/February 2018 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

     

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    Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Post-Construction BMP Strategies (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired January 31, 2018. This webcast has expired

    Join us for this webcast as we address best practices for integrating green infrastructure into stormwater designs and Post-Construction BMP strategies.  Bill Wood, PE, and John Helfrich, PE, ENV, SP, Associate Civil Engineers for SmithGroupJJR, will present a case study on green infrastructure at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus: Restoring Hydrology through Campus Redevelopment.  Chad W. Brensinger, PE, LEED SP, Project Manager at Charles E. Shoemaker, Inc., will present a case study on an automobile dealership development in Willow Grove, PA.  The presentation will cover stormwater best management practices used at the dealership to provide several levels of water quality and flow reduction to minimize local stormwater runoff issues, localized flooding and stream bank erosion.

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    What Your Fabricator Wishes You Knew About HSS (Print PDH from the November/December 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Some engineers may be scared off from designing with Hollow Structural Sections (HSS) because they think—or have been led to believe—that HSS construction is too expensive. In actuality, HSS members can be very price-competitive with wide flange construction if the engineer keeps in mind certain things during design. The following information will give designers the knowledge to specify efficient HSS designs.

    As seen in the November/December 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Connecting Design and Construction for Architecture, Structure and MEP (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired January 11, 2018. This webcast has expired

    BIM initially gained traction with design professionals; to iterate more fluidly, analyze options more objectively, and produce better documentation. Today, an increasing number of MEP and structural contractors and fabricators are using BIM to improve detailing, fabrication, installation and handover activities. The research by Dodge Data & Analytics presented in this webcast focuses on:

    • How BIM is being effectively used to connect design professionals with fabricators and contractors.
    • The business benefits being generated by using BIM to integrate the complete design-to-delivery workflow for structural and MEP as an efficient, collaborative digital effort.

     

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    Profiles in Steel: Understanding your options for better building design and construction(Print PDH from the July/August 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Architects and structural engineers today have access to an unprecedented range of steel building system options. Within your reach are system solutions that are tried-and-true as well as innovative and new. While certain systems may not be very familiar to you, they are all well proven in the building design and construction marketplace.

    The following will give you a working knowledge of today’s range of steel building systems, the market trends that are driving them, and the prevailing design and engineering criteria used for systems comparison and selection.

    As seen in the July/August 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Introduction to Designing Corrugated Metal Pipe (CMP) Stormwater Detention Systems
    (Print PDH from the May/June 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

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    The two essential functions of a stormwater management system are to control the 1) quality and 2) quantity of runoff leaving a site. There are various ways to do this; a common method is with an aboveground system in the form of a detention pond, but these take up usable land space. This is not a major issue in rural areas, but in urban environments, land space is expensive, and a loss of land space results in lost revenue.

    As a result, engineers and developers often turn to underground solutions, which take many forms. One of the most common is an underground detention system made from corrugated metal pipe (CMP). These systems are employed on a site to reduce the quantity of stormwater runoff leaving a site by temporarily storing the runoff that exceeds a site’s allowable discharge rate and releasing it slowly through time.

    Designing CMP detention systems is a complex task. This article is not intended to be a complete design guide; it is intended to address three questions engineers often have regarding designing CMP detention systems.

    As seen in the May/June 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

     

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    Understanding the Impact of Pipe Stiffness on Long-Term Deflections
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    Pipe stiffness in the pipe industry is a standard test that is performed on actual pipe samples to determine their ring stiffness. Many product specifications in the pipe industry require a minimum target pipe stiffness be achieved as a requirement for that standard.

    As seen in the March/April 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

     

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    Designing Dam Embankments with Articulating Concrete Block Systems (Print PDH from the January/February 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

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    Dams are called “installations containing dangerous forces” in International Humanitarian Law; there is potential for great destruction to people, property and the environment in the event of a dam failure. The forces that make dams dangerous also provide essential benefits such as drinking water, flood control, power production, irrigation and recreation. Holding a balance between destructive forces and essential benefits lies, to some degree, in protecting the dam from soil erosion when an overtopping event occurs.

    As seen in the January/February 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Helical Design: Code Compliance and Effects of Seismic Activity (Archived Webcast)

    Originally Aired March 1, 2017. This webcast has expired

    Helical piles and anchors have been used in construction applications for more than 175 years. The first recorded use of helical piles was in 1836 by Alexander Mitchell in England. The helical pile industry has seen substantial growth in the last 20 years as most practicing engineers have recognized the strength, versatility, and many applications of the system.
    The popularity of helical piles has grown so much, the International Code Council (ICC) established acceptance criteria AC358 for helical piles in 2007. ICC inducted helical piles into the International Building Code in 2009. However, helical piles were barely mentioned in undergraduate and graduate civil engineering studies.
    The presentation will cover the design, applications, and building code requirements of helical piles.

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    Recommendations for Bioretention Media Qualification (Print PDH from the November/December 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

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    Engineered bioretention media is optimized to filter and/or infiltrate stormwater runoff through a plant-soil-microbe complex. A successful bioretention installation involves oversight—not just onsite, but having a framework in place for transferring raw materials to a blended, commercially installed product. Read this “instruction manual” on how to successfully implement a bioretention media strategy. Then take the accompanying quiz to receive continuing education credit.

    As seen in the November/December 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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