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The International Group was developed to create a forum within the Metropolitan area for showcasing and learning about international projects, their designers, design and construction methods, international design codes and standards, and ways that we can interact within the international marketplace. One way this is accomplished is through free technical lectures that we offer throughout the year to ASCE members and to the general public. Prominent civil engineering projects across the globe have been discussed at previous seminars organized by the International Group.

The International Group invites all Met Section members with an interest in international civil engineering works of all disciplines to join in the group's efforts, to help develop its lecture and seminar series, and to aid in offering hospitality and assistance to Met Section visitors. The group has also prepared a pocket-size booklet titled A Guide to Civil Engineering Projects In and around New York City that describes many of the world's foremost civil engineering projects—bridges, tunnels, highways, skyscrapers and buildings, airports, water supply, and environmental systems—that are located in New York City and its environs.

Lima Light Rail Lecture Print E-mail
On Monday, March 24, 2014, the International Group held its second special talk for its 2013-2014 program at the Mechanics Institute, which is located in the heart of Manhattan at 20 West 44th Street just off Fifth Avenue. The Mechanics Institute was a co-sponsor of the talk and has been a loyal supporter of the International Group's activities for the past few years.
Kingdom Tower Lecture Print E-mail
Kingdom Tower On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the International Group hosted a two-hour lecture on the Kingdom Tower given by the lead structural and geotechnical engineers, Robert Sinn, P.E., S.E. of Thornton Tomasetti and Alan Poeppel, P.E. of Langan Engineering, respectively. With over 120 people in the audience, the library at the Mechanics Institute on 44th Street was filled. The engineers focused on the technical aspects of the project located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This building is expected to be the next world's tallest building.


Seismic Isolation Examples From International Projects Print E-mail
On April 17, 2012, Mr. Atila Zekioglu, Principal and the Americas Region Buildings Practice Leader in Arup and Dr. Huseyin Darama, Senior Structural Engineer in Arup, shared their first-hand experience in seismic isolation design in a presentation on "Seismic Isolation Examples from International Projects". Their presentation focused on two unique projects: Istanbul SG Airport Terminal Building in Turkey and Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taiwan.
Expansion of the Panama Canal Print E-mail
Panama Canal When ownership of the Panama Canal was transferred from the United States to Panama in 1999, Panamanians inherited a lot of national pride, but assumed the responsibility of maintaining a canal that was expected to reach its capacity between 2009 and 2012. Expanding the canal to serve for another hundred years would have entailed a massive civil engineering project carrying initial estimates of more than $20 billion in costs (exceeding the country's Gross Domestic Product).
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