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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced the release of its Infrastructure Game Changers report.

The report is an online tool, available on the dedicated #GameChangers website, that identifies the cutting-edge trends expected to influence future projects in the transportation, water, freight and energy infrastructure categories.

GameChangers Home Page
American Society of Civil Engineers

The Infrastructure Game Changers report shares projects across the U.S. that are considered innovative in the way they are planned, built or funded.

According to ASCE, “pioneering communities across the country are taking steps to modernize their infrastructure. By making the investment, these communities are positioning themselves for economic growth and preparing for tomorrow's challenges now.”

Harnessing Innovative Thinking

The report site is divided by infrastructure category—transportation, water, freight and energy—to highlight a variety of forward-looking projects throughout the United States. An additional section, “On the Horizon,” shows concepts that are deemed promising but are not yet fully in practice.

A few sample entries by category and geography follow:

Transportation

  • Bundling Bridge Projects to Save Money and Build Faster (Harrisburg, PA)
  • New Tools to See Your Bridges (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • Jointless Construction (Defiance, OH)

Energy

  • Testing an Area View (San Diego, CA)
  • Renewable-focused Energy Park (Holland, MI)
  • Managing Construction Electronically (Detroit, MI)

Water

  • Invisible Improvements Under City Streets (Washington, DC)
  • Robotic and Geospatial Screening Identifies Hot Spots (Blacksburg, VA)
  • Plan for the Future, Not the Past (New Orleans, LA)

Freight

  • Public-Private Partnerships Strengthen Inland Waterways (Middle Mississippi River)
  • Deeper Ports and Better Routes to Them (Miami, FL)
  • Good for Ships, Good for Commuters (Bayonne, NJ)

On the Horizon

  • Standards for Adaptive and Resilient Infrastructure
  • Self-Healing Asphalt
  • 3D Printing for Construction

Investing in the Future

Growth is part of the plan for #GameChangers. Site visitors are invited to submit additional projects for consideration. After review, administrators may include them with the selection of ground-breaking projects.

Bay bridge under construction
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ASCE surveyed engineers and public officials across the country to identify #GameChangers in the major infrastructure sectors; site visitors are invited to submit additional projects that they consider innovative.

“There are a lot of innovative ideas coming to fruition that can modernize our nation’s infrastructure,” said Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., PE, president of ASCE.

“However, these #GameChangers will only become the norm if we seize the opportunity and invest," he added, "not just be satisfied with maintaining the status quo.”

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), who attended the Capitol Hill launch event for the report, said, "Technology is certainly changing the way we approach solving a lot of our problems, but it doesn't have to stop there."  

He added, "Innovation and thinking outside the box are imperative if we are to serve the taxpayers with the greatest efficiency possible. These represent more tools in the toolbox."

Behind the Scenes

Infrastructure Game Changers was developed by ASCE's Committee on America's Infrastructure—seasoned engineers with expertise across the major infrastructure sectors, and the same group who develops ASCE's Report Card for America's Infrastructure. It was done in close collaboration with ASCE’s Institutes, as well as industry associations and the local/state government agencies who work on these projects.

ASCE represents more than 146,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 174 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society, providing technical and professional conferences and continuing education, the publishing civil engineering content, and developing codes and standards that protect the public.

   

Tagged categories: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Bridges; Energy efficiency; Infrastructure; Market trends; North America; Program/Project Management; Roads/Highways; Transportation; Wastewater Plants

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