BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Civil engineers were honored and celebrated on Saturday. Louisiana is home to many marvels of civil engineering, built over the last 100 years.
Attendees gathered to honor the most impressive engineers and their projects from bridged to spillways to the Superdome. Awards were handed out in 15 different categories.
Louisiana's landscape provides a number of unique challenges when it comes to building infrastructure.
Bob Jacobsen, president of the Association Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) said, “When you drive on the interstate to head down to New Orleans, you drive across about 6 or 7 miles of fill that was pumped all the way from the Mississippi River,” said Jacobsen. “This is as you drive through what's known as the Maurepas Swamp, and it's that kind of technology that we engineers have developed. And we're using it today to move sand to help restore the coast too.”
The awards celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ASCE.