American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
The recipient of the 2016 Ellipse Award is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for their Report Card on America’s Infrastructure.
The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the oldest national engineering society.
ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment.
Every four years, America’s civil engineers provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s major infrastructure categories in ASCE’s Report Card on America’s Infrastructure (Report Card).
Using a simple A to F school report card format, the Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, both assigning grades and making recommendations for how to raise the grades. An Advisory Council of ASCE members assigns the grades according to the following eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. Since 1998, the grades have been near failing, averaging only Ds, due to delayed maintenance and underinvestment across most categories.
Conversations on infrastructure were placed at the forefront of national debates this year, highlighting the critical impact that our infrastructure systems have on the health, safety, and quality of life enjoyed by all Americans thanks to ASCE’s 2013 Report Card.