things - logistics, operations. Our members are focused on the content, because they are the content experts. I wouldn’t know whether looking at a big truck hauling dirt or a dredging machine that’s out in the river would be exciting to an engineer or not.”
But even for the experts, the challenge will be to look beyond the canal, as relevant and captivating as that will be for attendees, and focus on the “global aspects” that ASCE has been working to incorporate into the Civil Engineering Conference over the last four years. “Our specialty conferences do an excellent job with dealing with their specialty and drilling down into the 101-type of content,” Rushing said. “So we don’t need to compete or do the same thing. What we really need to look at is what affects a civil engineer across all disciplines and across the world.”
Editor’s Note: To coincide with next year’s 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is bringing its 2014 Civil Engineering Conference to Panama City. Over the next year, Convene will present Engineering ASCE 2014, a series of articles about planning the conference - beginning this month, with an introduction to ASCE, the Panama Canal, and the challenges and opportunities involved in bringing the two together.