Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES) is one of the oldest Civil Engineering publications in the US. The BSCES practice journal has published over 100 issues since 1914.

BSCES Civil Engineering Practice Journal is a practice-orientated journal of BSCES, has been transformed from its familiar orange covered journal that was sent to BSCES members and subscribers worldwide into an online journal.

Looking to make Civil Engineering Practice a more effective tool for BSCES member professional development, the journal editorial board has broadened the journal’s scope and contents. Look to this journal landing page for the peer-review articles the journal has been known for throughout its long history as well as topical articles, presentation slides from recent BSCES programs and even videos of premier BSCES- sponsored lectures. Learn more about us

BSCES Civil Engineering Practice Journal Needs Your Help: Call for Papers: Spring/ Summer 2021

Social distancing? Stuck at home? Go clean out the garage or better yet, write an article for the reborn BSCES Civil Engineering Practice Journal. The Journal, in production for nearly 100 years, will restart publication this year as an online-only publication. I need your help to make it a reality.

The Journal’s editorial board invites submission of articles describing interesting and innovative projects and practices, research papers, reviews, reports, and other manuscripts within the scope of BSCES. Journal editors are all well-published scholars and engineering industry professionals, available to assist you in communicating your findings.

President of Boston Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE Section (2020-2021)

Dr. Bruce Jacobs, PE

Bruce Jacobs, PE, PhD, is currently employed as senior project manager at Gradient. He has more than 30 years of engineering experience, addressing groundwater, surface water, water supply, and stormwater management projects.  He founded and ran the environmental software company EI LLC and had previously worked for HydroAnalysis, Inc. and Camp Dresser & McKee International.  He is currently President of the Boston Society of Civil Engineering and has served as chair of the BSCES Environmental Water Resources Institute.  Bruce has three adult children and is most commonly known in the community as Cathy Jacobs’ husband.

 
 

Message from the President:

Welcome to the latest incarnation of the BSCES Civil Engineering Practice Journal!

According to the BSCES web page, the “BSCES Civil Engineering Practice Journal published 98 volumes of peer reviewed technical articles almost continuously since 1914”.  I beg to differ, but that does not tell the full tale.   Seventy-one volumes of the original version of the journal were published up through 1985 under the title “Journal of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers.”  The journal contents were evenly split between technical articles and a description of the activities of committees and members.  Frequently these technical articles were extended tracts on presentations that had been previously offered at BSCES events. 

At the tail end of Volume 71, published in 1985, a note relates that future issues would appear under the title Civil Engineering Practice:  Journal of the BSCES ASCE.  Thus, was born the second incarnation of the BSCES journal (aka CEP) with the orange cover that many of us are well familiar with.  It was intended to have a national readership and to “capture the spirt and substance of contemporary Civil Engineering.”  Further, the focus was to be on “techniques now being applied successfully in the analysis, justification, design, construction, operation and maintenance of Civil Engineering works.”  Volume 1 of CEP appeared in 1986 and the final volume of the printed journal, volume 27, appeared in 2011.

While many of the techniques described over the years are no longer in common use, the entire span of articles provides an uncommon view to the state and development of engineering practice over the years.  In light of the incomparable historical value of the published content, we have initiated the process of scanning and uploading the full set of published issues.  The set of journals that will be initially available are those for which multiple archived paper copies were available.  The hope is that the process of scanning journal will not end there and that eventually the full set will be accessible online.

The quality of articles and the range of covered topics is nothing short of astonishing.  I assisted in collecting the journals to be scanned and in processing the resulting issues, which provided me many opportunities to glance at the published content.  The list of articles below are just a handful of those that I found of particular interest from a stack from 1956 to 1959 that happen to be sitting on my desk.  The authors read like a who’s who list of brilliant engineers and reveal the concerns and practices of the period:

Transportation for Greater Metropolitan Areas – Colonel S.H. Bingham, 1956

Competitive Water Uses:  Sanitary Engineering Aspects – Richard Hazen, 1957

Analog and Digital Computers in Civil Engineering – Saul Namyet, 1957

Disposal of Atomic Power Plant Wastes – Conrad Straub, 1957

A Forward Look in Transportation – Ernest Herzog, 1957

Hydraulic Model Study of Protective Works for Fleet Berths in Narragansett Bay – Peter Eagleson, 1959

Now for the third incarnation of the BSCES Journal!  The end of the printed journal was a consequence of high production costs and the perceived diminishing interest of many engineers in documenting their projects and practices in print in today’s cost-conscious business environment.  We are very fortunate to have had the foresight of former journal editor, Ali Touran, to drive the effort to restart the journal in a digital format.  We also applaud and are grateful to our new Editor in Chief, Dr. Gautham Das, Vice-President, Albadas Inc and the volunteer editorial board, who have taken on the task of rebirth of the Civil Engineering Practice Journal.  I encourage all BSCES members to read and contribute to this great resource, which is emblematic of the rich history of BSCES and its continued vitality into the future.

 

President of Boston Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE Section (2020-2021)

 Dr. Bruce Jacobs, PE

Bruce Jacobs, PE, PhD, is currently employed as an adjunct faculty member at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. He has more than 30 years of engineering experience, addressing groundwater, surface water, water supply, and stormwater management projects.  He founded and ran the environmental software company EI LLC and had previously worked for HydroAnalysis, Inc. and Camp Dresser & McKee International.  He is currently President of the Boston Society of Civil Engineering and has served as chair of the BSCES Environmental Water Resources Institute.  Bruce has three adult children and is most commonly known in the community as Cathy Jacobs’ husband.

Message from the President:

Welcome to the latest incarnation of the BSCES Civil Engineering Practice Journal!

According to the BSCES web page, the “BSCES Civil Engineering Practice Journal published 98 volumes of peer reviewed technical articles almost continuously since 1914”.  I beg to differ, but that does not tell the full tale.   Seventy-one volumes of the original version of the journal were published up through 1985 under the title “Journal of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers.”  The journal contents were evenly split between technical articles and a description of the activities of committees and members.  Frequently these technical articles were extended tracts on presentations that had been previously offered at BSCES events. 

At the tail end of Volume 71, published in 1985, a note relates that future issues would appear under the title Civil Engineering Practice:  Journal of the BSCES ASCE.  Thus, was born the second incarnation of the BSCES journal (aka CEP) with the orange cover that many of us are well familiar with.  It was intended to have a national readership and to “capture the spirt and substance of contemporary Civil Engineering.”  Further, the focus was to be on “techniques now being applied successfully in the analysis, justification, design, construction, operation and maintenance of Civil Engineering works.”  Volume 1 of CEP appeared in 1986 and the final volume of the printed journal, volume 27, appeared in 2011.

While many of the techniques described over the years are no longer in common use, the entire span of articles provides an uncommon view to the state and development of engineering practice over the years.  In light of the incomparable historical value of the published content, we have initiated the process of scanning and uploading the full set of published issues.  The set of journals that will be initially available are those for which multiple archived paper copies were available.  The hope is that the process of scanning journal will not end there and that eventually the full set will be accessible online.

The quality of articles and the range of covered topics is nothing short of astonishing.  I assisted in collecting the journals to be scanned and in processing the resulting issues, which provided me many opportunities to glance at the published content.  The list of articles below are just a handful of those that I found of particular interest from a stack from 1956 to 1959 that happen to be sitting on my desk.  The authors read like a who’s who list of brilliant engineers and reveal the concerns and practices of the period:

Transportation for Greater Metropolitan Areas – Colonel S.H. Bingham, 1956

Competitive Water Uses:  Sanitary Engineering Aspects – Richard Hazen, 1957

Analog and Digital Computers in Civil Engineering – Saul Namyet, 1957

Disposal of Atomic Power Plant Wastes – Conrad Straub, 1957

A Forward Look in Transportation – Ernest Herzog, 1957

Hydraulic Model Study of Protective Works for Fleet Berths in Narragansett Bay – Peter Eagleson, 1959

Now for the third incarnation of the BSCES Journal!  The end of the printed journal was a consequence of high production costs and the perceived diminishing interest of many engineers in documenting their projects and practices in print in today’s cost-conscious business environment.  We are very fortunate to have had the foresight of former journal editor, Ali Touran, to drive the effort to restart the journal in a digital format.  We also applaud and are grateful to our new Editor in Chief, Dr. Gautham Das, Vice-President, Albadas Inc and the volunteer editorial board, who have taken on the task of rebirth of the Civil Engineering Practice Journal.  I encourage all BSCES members to read and contribute to this great resource, which is emblematic of the rich history of BSCES and its continued vitality into the future.

 

Recent Issues

Volume 26
Issue 1
December 31, 2011