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The Construction of the Roman Aqueducts

Following the assassination of Julius Ceasar, subsequent Roman emperors spearheaded the construction of many technological feats. These feats allowed Rome to expand its empire and improve the quality of life for all Romans. The Aqueducts were most responsible for the latter in that they made available a much needed commodity …

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Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project in Seattle

On our recently featured compilation of the top 10 most impressive engineering projects, the Boston Big Dig project made it at number four, well ahead of The Millau Viaduct and The Channel Tunnel. What impressed us most about this Boston wonder was the audacious approach to solving a congestion issue. …

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Minneapolis bridge victims seek punitive damages

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Victims of the deadly 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse took legal steps Monday to seek punitive damages against an engineering firm that evaluated the bridge’s structural integrity before it fell. Attorneys representing 34 victims and surviving family members filed documents asking a judge to allow them to …

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Spotlight Project: The Hoover Dam Bypass

I have always been a fan of the Hoover Dam, evident of this is my documented spiritual moment experience during my last visit. I am now glad to report that the Dam will soon boast an equally impressive epilogue to its already impressive history. The nearly completed Hoover Dam Bypass …

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Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair, and Painting

By Caren Dorfman, of Alco Products Co Starting April 22, 2010 the EPA’s new law aimed at lead safe work practices was put into effect. The owner of a home improvement or remodeling company will have to take a class and pass a test in order to be lead certified. …

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BP disaster – Deepwater Horizon survivor Mike Williams

Occasionally, 60 minutes provides well-researched, in-depth analysis of prevailing topics. It was therefore expected that 60 minutes would eventually dive into the oily mess created by BP et al. The CBS expose paints a picture of presumably what happened through the eyes of one survivor. Mike Williams was the Chief …

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Questions to ask potential employers during job interviews

Several weeks ago, I had a chance to interview a couple of candidates for a civil engineering position. The candidates were well qualified within their own merits, each exhibiting unique skills and attributes. One thing I found to be interesting was the varying type of questions asked by the interviewees …

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How to interact with Generation Y at work

Back  – 1. Provide Guidance  2. Set Expectations 3. Give constant feedback Based on some of the responses we received from a recent survey of Gen Y’s,  most of the respondents indicated that they constantly desire to know how they are doing; if they are performing the task fast enough …

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