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August 2018 Newsletter

What’s New

The 3rd annual Professional Engineers Day will be celebrated this year on August 1, 2018. PE Day seeks to raise awareness and appreciation for the vital contributions of professional engineers, and serves as a very visible opportunity to educate the public about the importance of Professional Engineers.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding NYC licensure requirements for construction contractor operations
  • Evaluation of lighting needs and conditions for a property located in Suffolk County, NY
  • Design of structural modifications for an existing Westchester County, NY residential structure

$7.9B project to overhaul LaGuardia underway

On July 10th Engineering News-Record reported that “the $7.9-billion, 10-year overhaul of New York City’s LaGuardia Airport—outdated, crowded and derided by passengers, pilots and politicians—is monumental enough, with a crowd of contractors using unique project delivery approaches to replace its three busiest terminals and upgrade complex infrastructure on a tight site hemmed in by water and highways. Amid that tally of risk factors, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) as a watchdog over one of his signature projects, LaGuardia strives to maintain full operations by accommodating 100,000 passengers on peak days while erecting new structures and razing old ones”.

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., as President of the Lower Hudson Valley Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), is helping to plan an event scheduled for September 12th in White Plains, NY which will review and discuss some of the details and challenges associated with this project. Please contact our office if you have an interest in attending this event, or are otherwise interested in ASCE.

Safety in bridge construction: some say it’s as simple as ABC

On July 18th Construction Dive reported that “when a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed and killed six people at Florida International University in Miami in March, investigators including the National Safety Transportation Board and the Florida Department of Transportation began scrutinizing the project’s construction process…The investigation is ongoing, and so far there’s been no conclusion yet that the method used — known as accelerated bridge construction, or ABC — is inherently flawed or even fit to blame in this particular instance…So, while there are still many unknowns surrounding the FIU bridge failure, one question can be answered, and that is why the ABC method is being chosen in increasing numbers by bridge design teams, state transportation departments and infrastructure contractors”.

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., as Outgoing Chair of the National Society of Professional Engineers PE’s in Construction Interest Group, has spent the past year helping to facilitate discussions between Professional Engineers across the country on important matters such as safety and innovation in the construction industry. Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property managers, real estate developers, builders, attorneys, contractors, insurance professionals, adjusters, and other related parties regarding construction site safety issues. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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