In the Netherlands, some flood control systems are designed to adapt to future climate change.
Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
With adaptive design, infrastructure is ready to be expanded in the future. It's working for the Dutch.
Canada’s budgeting process needs to regard vaccination programs, to name just one example, the same way it regards investments in physical infrastructure like bridges and highways.
Canada needs to reform budgeting and reporting methods to recognize the true underlying nature and value of expenditures on social infrastructure.
Floating bridges and submerged tunnels could be used to cross the Irish Sea.
Grinton, North Yorkshire, July 2019.
Bridges were often built for pedestrians and small, old cars – not heavy modern traffic and climate-linked flooding.
Fixing cracks and potholes in concrete roads like this one may be easier with help from bacteria.
Patching concrete sidewalks, roads and bridges after every season of snow and ice is expensive. A team of engineers is now testing a new approach harnessing bacteria to patch the potholes and cracks.
Miami is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to raise roads in response to rising sea levels.
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
Infrastructure systems – roads, water treatment systems, power grid – can't be built the same ways as in the past. What's a better roadmap for the future?
At 90 years old, the Tyne Bridge shows how a practical piece of infrastructure can become an integral part of a city's culture and identity.
There are more than 50,000 public bridges in Australia. (The Sea Cliff bridge is one Australia’s newer bridges, built in 2005).
Australian bridges are generally safe, but we don't have transparent information about how often they're inspected or maintained.
The Ponte Morandi bridge, Genoa, after its collapse, which has claimed dozens of lives.
Bridge engineering does not end when construction finishes and traffic starts to flow.
We'd need some major innovation to bridge the Channel without disrupting shipping.
The water tower in Flint, Michigan, where lead-contaminated water led to a health crisis in 2014.
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
Congressional inability to devise a health care plan for the US is not the only impediment to good health care. Contaminated water pipes and old bridges are also roadblocks.
What could be better?
Uladzik Kryhin via Shutterstock.com.
It's been 80 years since this beloved landmark opened to San Francisco traffic. In the interim, technology has advanced – is there a better way to span this strait?
Maintenance work on Lock and Dam 8 on the Mississippi River near Genoa, Wisconsin.
Patrick Moes, USACE/Flickr
Old and degraded infrastructure costs the United States money and puts lives at risk. A civil engineer describes some innovative ways to measure risks and prioritize repairs.
The Garden Bridge Trust
In a busy city like London, green space is a valuable commodity.
Instead of trying to maintain our usual routines in the face of huge disruptions, we should use them as a welcome opportunity to mix things up.
Some US bridges are currently living out their twilight years.
There are about 600,000 bridges in the United States, and about one in four is classified as functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. This doesn’t mean they’re in danger of imminent collapse; they…
The most recent bridge collapse in Washington was due to an oversize truck collision.
Bridge collapses are often tragic, but are also fascinating for bridge engineers as they usually provide puzzles to solve and often lead to major changes in design, construction and management. Complete…