The American Society of Civil Engineers has taken many steps to transform engineering and champion infrastructure. In 2009, the society produced a road map for the future of the profession; just recently, it produced a report documenting the economic costs of diminished spending on infrastructure. But a transformation so sweeping is bound to have rough spots, just as some of the most ardent supporters of a revolution are destined to be disap-
pointed. Officially, ASCE policy supports engineers doing everything possible to promote safety. Making that happen in practice is apparently much more difficult, according to a recent ASCE journal article.