Russell Builds a Bridge: What Do Civil Engineers Do, Anyway?

9781523879229: Russell Builds a Bridge: What Do Civil Engineers Do, Anyway?

Detailed pictures and brief descriptions about what civil engineers do for bridge construction. What is a Construction Management Team, what is a Professional Engineer, and what services do they provide for infrastructure improvements. Utility relocation; Maintenance of Traffic; Erosion Control; Testing Embankment, Concrete, Piles, and Bolts; Temporary and Permanent Retaining Walls; Piles; Concrete with Reinforcing Steel; Beams; and Bridge Deck.

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I am from a farm in small town Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University in Aerospace Engineering, and gradually migrated into the Civil Engineering field. I spent 18 years working for civil engineering firms, designing and providing construction engineering for large and small roadways, mostly in the Chicago area. Projects in Iowa, Michigan, Georgia, and New York supported my contention that civil engineering is similar in all parts of the country. I started at the bottom, as a draftsman, inspector, and/or rodman and gradually worked my way up to Project Manager, for design, or Resident Engineer, for construction. For Continuing Education, a small sample of extension courses I took includes Pavement Design and Recycling, Northwestern University Traffic Institute, Detention Basin Design, Pervious Concrete and Bituminous Pavement, Documentation of Contract Quantities, Surveying Basics, Wetlands and 404 Permitting, and Value Engineering. I published an article in ASCE, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management titled "Designing Plans for Constructability". I spent the next 19 years self-employed, providing civil engineering for small to medium commercial and residential development projects, subdivisions, infrastructure extensions, small and medium sized roads, and similar projects. These services included design, surveying, and construction engineering. The final 4 years were spent as an inspector and assistant resident engineer or documentation engineer for several major roadway and bridge reconstruction projects.

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