91-year-old Grand Canyon bridge named an engineering landmark

The Arizona Republic | February 23, 2019

A 91-year-old bridge connecting the northern and southern rims of the Grand Canyon was recognized Saturday afternoon as a National Historic Engineering Landmark. The American Society of Civil Engineers celebrated the Kaibab Trail Suspension Bridge's designation with Grand Canyon National Park leaders and Grand Canyon Historical Society members at a physical landmark commemorating the achievement. The bridge, also called the Black Bridge, is one of two suspension bridges over the Colorado River in the span of 340 miles. It lies between the Navajo Bridge to the east and the Hoover Dam to the west.

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Facilities engineering evolved from "plant engineering" in the early 1990s as U.S. workplaces became more complex. Practitioners preferred this term because it more accurately reflected the multidisciplinary demands for specialized conditions in a wider variety of indoor environments, not merely manufacturing plants.

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Facilities engineering evolved from "plant engineering" in the early 1990s as U.S. workplaces became more complex. Practitioners preferred this term because it more accurately reflected the multidisciplinary demands for specialized conditions in a wider variety of indoor environments, not merely manufacturing plants.

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BRH Garver | January 21, 2022

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Autodesk Construction Cloud Global Focus Expands with Workflows that Support ISO 19650

Autodesk | June 03, 2021

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Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. | August 05, 2021

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