ACPA has formally endorsed the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE’s) Grand Challenge initiative. 

In a letter to ASCE, ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt commended ASCE Executive Director Thomas Smith and the ASCE for developing and implementing the Grand Challenge, which is aimed at reducing infrastructure life-cycle costs by 50 percent by 2025, while also fostering optimization of the nation’s infrastructure.  Click here to see the letter.

The initiative asks civil engineers from all backgrounds and at every career stage to implement performance-based standards, resilience, innovation, and life cycle cost analysis in all projects.   The program also encourages engineers to rethink and re-invent project delivery, share successes and lessons learned with others, and embrace their own unique leadership role in helping to transform the construction industry.  

As part of the Grand Challenge, ASCE is sponsoring an innovation contest. The 2017 contest has 5 topics, including innovative business models and technologies; the Internet of things, sustainable (green) engineering, resilience, and next-generation transportation.

ACPA is encouraging engineers to take the Grand Challenge and to enter the innovation contest.  Click here to read more and get involved. Click here for additional information about the innovation contest.