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ASCE Texas Section Centennial History Book Release

Tuesday, December 3, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Annemarie Gasser
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December 3, 2013

Contact: Annemarie Gasser, Communications Manager, ASCE Texas Section
Office: (512) 472-8905; 

For The First Time, The Story Of Texas Is Told Through Civil Engineering Accomplishments.

Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Celebrate Centennial Year With a 208 Page Full-Color Record of Photos and Facts on Civil Engineering

Austin, Texas— Engineering A Better Texas: ASCE and 100 Years of Civil Engineering in the Lone Star State by Betsy Tyson is available on Amazon and This Texas story begins with the Spanish conquistadors, men trained to survey and map this wild, new territory and design settlements. The idea for the Texas Section of ASCE began in Corpus Christi at a 1913 Good Roads meeting. The dream was realized in Dallas during the Texas State Fair. Each decade brought a different set of challenges and the fascinating men and women who were up to taking on those challenges. It’s all told in this beautifully designed hardcover book that contains over 200 striking images including some never-before-seen from the Texas Section Archives.
This book records 100 years of fascinating history and photos about Texas engineering, such as:

  • The Bullwinkle Offshore oil platform was fabricated and towed in one single piece, eliminating the need for divers to weld on site.
  • The San Jacinto Monument, 20 miles southeast of downtown Houston, is the tallest shaft monument in the world.
  • The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge between Pharr, Texas and Reynosa in Tumaulipas, Mexico is the longest bridge connecting two countries at 3.2 miles.

"This wide-ranging history of the Texas Section is a fitting way to celebrate its centennial. Engineering a Better Texas is a fascinating book that serves as a proud record of outstanding accomplishments of Texas civil engineers and Texas civil engineering." Henry Petroski, author of popular civil engineering books such as The Evolution of Useful Things.

About the Author:
Betsy Tyson has written books and stories about the history of offshore drilling, helicopter flight, and the practice of medicine in Texas. The Austin resident researches and curates museum exhibits for the Texas Medical Association’s History of Medicine Gallery. She also teaches film history and appreciation for the Lifetime Learning Institute.

The Texas Section of ASCE is one of the largest and most active sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers with more than 9,000 members. Dedicated to promoting, encouraging and recognizing civil engineering excellence and professional growth in TX, the Texas Section is headquartered in Austin and comprises 15 Branches throughout Texas and student chapters at the state’s leading universities. For more information about the Texas Section of ASCE, please visit: ###

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