Santa Monica latest city to mandate seismic retrofits for older buildings

According to Rong-Gong Lin II, Raoul Rañoa and Jon Schleuss of the LA Times, the city of Santa Monica is considering a mandated seismic retrofit program: Santa Monica’s safety rules would go beyond what Los Angeles has done by requiring not only wood-frame apartments and concrete buildings to be retrofitted, but also steel-frame structures. The ordinance … Continue reading Santa Monica latest city to mandate seismic retrofits for older buildings

Google bets on massive heat pump system in pursuit of LEED Platinum at new campus

Adele Peters, writing for Fast Company: At a construction site on Google’s new Bay View campus–a few miles from its headquarters in Mountain View, on NASA-owned land near the San Francisco Bay–cranes lift tubing high in the air and drop it into holes that descend 80 feet into the ground. It’s a step that will … Continue reading Google bets on massive heat pump system in pursuit of LEED Platinum at new campus

Impersonating a fully licensed architect, engineer or contractor is no way to go through life

Becoming licensed as an architect, engineer or contractor is the culmination of many years of hard work. Since humans often like shortcuts, I suppose it should come as no surprise that someone felt that impersonating an architect would be a lot easier than actually becoming one. As you might expect, hilarity did not ensue. Consumerist’s … Continue reading Impersonating a fully licensed architect, engineer or contractor is no way to go through life

Tracking the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire through its plumbing and sewage infrastructure

Annalee Newitz wrote an awesome piece for Ars Technica on a subject that most people would probably not care much about: Ancient Rome’s plumbing and sewage system: The ancient Roman plumbing system was a legendary achievement in civil engineering, bringing fresh water to urbanites from hundreds of kilometers away. Wealthy Romans had hot and cold … Continue reading Tracking the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire through its plumbing and sewage infrastructure

25 of the most embarrassing design and construction failures

Only by analyzing the failures of our past can we learn how to prepare for a better future. This is one of the core principles behind forensic science, and candidly, it is what personally drives me forward every day. InterestingEngineering.com compiled a list of “25 Extremely Embarrassing Architectural Failures,” although I would like to clarify … Continue reading 25 of the most embarrassing design and construction failures

An “engineer” by any other name would smell as sweet

Apologies to Mr. Shakespeare, but it seems that right now across the internet, a lot of attention is being paid to how the word “engineer” is defined. Merriam Webster, a fairly respected dictionary, offers three definitions of the word, engineer:

  1. “a designer or builder of engines”
  2. “a person who is trained in or follows as a profession a branch of engineering”
  3. “a person who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance.”

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Bjarke Ingels Group removes obstacles to design innovation with new in-house capabilities 

Construction Dive’s Kim Slowey reports that stachitect Bjarke Ingels’ firm, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has made quite the strategic move: BIG is nothing if not innovative, so there’s no doubt the architecture firm will be able to amp up its edgy creations with the addition of an in-house engineering unit. BIG said the new division … Continue reading Bjarke Ingels Group removes obstacles to design innovation with new in-house capabilities 

A Digital Magazine for the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry

After tearing down AEC Quality .com to the bare studs and rebuilding the site by hand, I am proud to announce the beginning of a new chapter. Beginning July 1st, each month we will explore the trends impacting quality and risk management in the built environment. With an impressive panel of guest columnists, this free digital magazine … Continue reading A Digital Magazine for the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry