Projects

Articles on engineering projects, which discuss the scope and provide interesting insights into the construction and subsequent implementation of this projects.

The Burma Railway – (The Death Railway)

The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway or the the Thailand–Burma Railway is a 415 kilometres (258 mi) railway between Bangkok, Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan during World War II, to support its forces in the Burma campaign.  One of …

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Project Spotlight: Gotthard Base Tunnel, Switzerland

The Gotthard Base Tunnel is an active project beneath the Swiss Alps, expected to open in 2016.  The completed Gotthard project will consist of two single-track with a route length of 35.4 miles plus 94.3 miles of tunnels shafts and passages, easily making it the world’s longest rail tunnel.  The …

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Project Spotlight: The Channel Tunnel

The Channel Tunnel is a 31.4 mi undersea rail tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent near Dover in the United Kingdom with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais near Calais in northern France. The tunnel goes beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover. At its lowest point, the Channel Tunel is 246 ft deep. …

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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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An engineer’s guide to managing project changes

Upfront project scope definition is critical. However, it is unrealistic to expect that once a project is defined, the project will not change in scope, cost, or schedule. Change is inevitable. So, change has to be embraced and properly managed. Agreeing to how changes will be handled is an important part of scope definition and contract negotiations.

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Outsourcing That’s In

CivilEngineeringCentral.com contributor Bryan Jay Burke discusses the issue of "Outsourcing" of engineering. He views outsourcing/subcontracting as a viable option for meeting staffing needs. It is something that every firm should have in its toolbox to face the economy

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The intended eradication of the Marsh Arabs using engineering

In these same Marshes so well romanticized by Maxwell, Saddam would unleash an engineering project aimed at eradicating the Marsh Arabs. After the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam devoted huge resources to draining water from these marshes to make them uninhabitable as punishment for the residents who supported the uprising against his regime after that war.

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