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What is RSS?

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What is RSS? RSS, Really Simple Syndication, is a technology that allows web users, like you, to keep track of your favorite websites. Before RSS feeds, you would ‘bookmark’ websites in your browser and manually return to them on a regular basis to see what had been added. By subscribing to an RSS feed, you can receive updates from your favorite web sites whenever new content is published. Read more about What is RSS?

New Design Guidelines for Precast Concrete Parking Garages

Catrina Walter marks cracks on the back of a slender spandrel beam following completion of one of several tests.

When driving to any urban city, a typical concern is where to park your car when you get there. Fortunately, many options abound in the form of precast concrete parking garages. Built solely for the purpose of automobile parking, these multi-level structures present many factors that must be considered by the engineer responsible for their design, such as safety, efficiency, and the economic aspect during construction. To keep up with the rapid growth of urban areas, engineers must also seek ways to improve the design process through simplification so that parking garages can be built with greater speed and efficiency, but with consistent accuracy and quality. Read more about New Design Guidelines for Precast Concrete Parking Garages

Use of Precast Bent Systems in High Seismic Regions

Exploded view of the bent system.

Lee Marsh, PhD, PE, a senior project manager in BergerABAM’s Federal Way office, recently coauthored a webinar presentation on a “Precast Bent System for Use in High Seismic Regions.” Joining him in this presentation were John Stanton, PhD, PE, a professor of structural engineering and mechanics from the University of Washington (UW), and Bijan Khaleghi, PhD, PE, SE, the bridge design engineer at the Washington State Department of Transportation. The presentation was funded by Federal Highway Administration’s Highways for LIFE Technology (HfL) Partnership Programs. Read more about Use of Precast Bent Systems in High Seismic Regions

The Holy Grail of Public Involvement

In our line of work, we know our clients’ planning, design, and construction projects affect the lives and livelihoods of people in the communities we serve. We have developed a set of outreach tools that do a pretty good job of informing most people about projects, and creating opportunities for questions and feedback. But we also know we sometimes are unable to reach segments of the community that should be aware and involved. Read more about The Holy Grail of Public Involvement

Deadline Passes for New Floodplain Regulations in the Puget Sound Region

Devastating floods in Lewis County, Washington, closed Interstate 5 while inundating homes, businesses, and farms.

As of 22 September, jurisdictions in the Puget Sound region of Washington will now be required to consider the impacts to endangered species habitat when the jurisdictions review applications for floodplain development. These changes stem from a 2003 lawsuit filed by the National Wildlife Foundation charging that the implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) violates the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by encouraging development practices in the 100-year floodplain that have the potential to negatively impact endangered fish populations. Read more about Deadline Passes for New Floodplain Regulations in the Puget Sound Region

A Jewel in the Community: Elwha River Bridge

The recipient of numerous awards for engineering excellence, the Elwha River Bridge in Port Angeles, Washington, is one of BergerABAM’s most proud achievements. In 2010, it received the American Public Works Association Project of the Year Award and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Director’s Award, and was named one of the year’s top 10 nationwide projects by Roads & Bridges Magazine. Read more about A Jewel in the Community: Elwha River Bridge


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