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ASCE Innovation Contest

The ASCE Innovation Contest was developed as a part of The ASCE Grand Challenge, and is a springboard for forward-looking infrastructure ideas. The contest is an avenue to transform our nation’s infrastructure and brings together your best ideas, projects, and theories for how to build a better future.

In 2016, the contest drew entries from across the globe, and submissions were judged by a panel of 22 experts spanning the industry. There were 15 winners, with four proposals honored for special awards. These entries included: “Rise of the Drones: How Unmanned Surveying Can Help Make Our Coasts Resilient” (Greatest Impact on Achieving the Grand Challenge); “Big Picture Resilience via Ocean Forests” (Best New Concept); “Advanced Drone Technology to Handle Disaster in Underground Construction and Mining Sites” (Best Student Innovation, tie); and “Capitalizing on the Internet of Things to Promote Water Conservation” (Best Student Innovation, tie).

The 2017 contest has 5 topics:

  • Innovative Business Models and Technologies
  • The Internet of Things
  • Sustainable (Green) Engineering
  • Resilience
  • Next-Generation Transportation

The deadline for the 2017 ASCE Innovation Contest has closed. We will be updating this page with information for the 2018 soon!

Please contact innovationcontest@asce.org with any questions, or use this form to get updates.

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  • Spread the word and get your peers, colleagues, and supervisors involved.
  • The ASCE Grand Challenge Outreach Toolkit provides the resources you need to spread the word about why this matters, and how others can become involved.
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You are committed to supporting the ASCE Grand Challenge and the goal to reduce life cycle cost of infrastructure 50% by 2025. Now it’s time to share your story and projects that utilize Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Resilience, Performance Based Standards, and Innovation as pillars for success.

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