Civil Engineering november 2015
engineering for every Drop
by robert L. rei D n Now in the fourth year of an unprecedented drought and facing the
threat of even drier periods in the future, Californians know that every drop of water counts.
For help in finding, saving, capturing, storing, recycling, and even generating those
precious drops, the region’s thirsty stakeholders frequently turn to their civil engineers.
by Juan a. Sobrino, ph.D., p.e., p.eng., ceng, m.aSce, anD Javier JorDan, p.e.,
p.eng. n In designing a bridge for the city of Girona, Spain, that would cross a
protected natural setting, the designers created a twist on the king-post truss that is both
lovely to behold and considerate of the environment.
by michaeL mcreynoLDS, S.e., p.e., aiDa garabetian, p.e., anD bahram akhavan, p.e.
n By connecting two of its existing pipelines, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern
California ensured continued deliveries to one of its water treatment plants despite the state’s
ongoing drought. However, the urgent need for the connection forced the district to carry
out the project in a mere 10 months, much less time than is normally required for such
a new civic iDentity iS born
by JuStin geSe, p.e., m.aSce n A transit hub and a destination in its own right,
Target Field Station, in downtown Minneapolis, is a critical link in the regional light-
rail system while also offering an amphitheater and other amenities that create an inviting
public gathering space. Designed with sustainability and economic growth in mind,
the station includes innovative features for capturing and reusing stormwater and
snowmelt while facilitating development within the facility and nearby.
on the cover:
Irrigation water trickled
through a desiccated ditch
between rice farms in Richvale,
California, last year. (AP Photo/
Jae C. Hong. See page 46.)
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