Matthew Bowers, P.E. M.ASCE of SC Solutions was honored by the Innovation Contest judges in ASCE’s 2017 Grand Challenge initiative for a paper submission in the Internet of Things category.

From a diverse group of ideas, the judges selected three overall-award recipients and recognized further winners in five categories.

ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council debuted the Innovation Contest in 2016 as part of the Society’s Grand Challenge. This initiative is a commitment to significantly reduce infrastructure life cycle costs by 50% by 2025 and to optimize the performance of infrastructure for society.  The contest asks civil engineers from all backgrounds and at every career stage to implement performance-based standards, resilience, innovation, and life cycle cost analysis in all projects.

Along with co-author Daniel Robles, P.E. with the Integrated Engineering Blockchain Consortium, the team received the Best Value Award in the Internet of Things category for their paper titled: “The Revolutionary Blockchain: An Opportunity for Engineering Stewardship”.  The paper outlines a framework to preserve engineering value through use of a digital currency.  Implications are vast for engineers, owners, and the society at large.  Applications extend to innovative approaches for structural health monitoring, asset valuation, system optimization, and procurement strategies.

The other categories recognized were Green Engineering, Innovative Business Models and Technologies, Next-Generation Transportation, and Resiliency.

The article listing all the winners of the 2017 ASCE Innovation Contest can be viewed on the ASCE website:

http://news.asce.org/innovation-contest-winners-showcase-forward-thinking-ideas/