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ACEC Webinar: Impact of Climate Change on Civil Infrastructure

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 1:30pm ET in order to discuss the impacts of climate change on engineering services and civil infrastructure…The potentially severe impacts on civil infrastructure from climate change require updating infrastructure policy to integrate climate resilience planning into current decision-making. For the engineering profession, this means new service opportunities.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Keith Roe, Incoming President, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Keith Roe, ASME

K. Keith Roe, PE, has been selected as the president-nominee of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for the 2016-2017 term of office. Roe, a fellow of ASME, has been an active member of the Society for more than 40 years.

I think one of the biggest challenges in this area is getting people to understand what the issues are…It’s an important thing and it really is so important to our economy. We need to do a better job, all of us, at getting the message across. People need to understand that those roads, those bridges, the highways, the electrical infrastructure, the oil and gas infrastructure, our ports and harbors, these are all vital to our world commerce.

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Outstanding Engineering: Phase 1 of Florida’s SunRail Commuter Rail System

Monday, March 28th, 2016
HNTB: Florida SunRail

Since its opening in May 2014, SunRail has proved a practical alternative to I-4, the region’s main thoroughfare. The initial 31 miles of Phase 1 of the SunRail Commuter Rail System serve passengers at 12 different stations across eight different cities in Central Florida, from DeBary in the north to Sand Lake Road in the south. On average, 3,700 Central Floridians ride the train per day.

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Outstanding Engineering: Virginia’s I-95 Express Lanes

Monday, March 21st, 2016
Outstanding Engineering: Virginia's I-95 Express Lanes

The 14-mile I-95 Express Lanes project is the nation’s first retrofit of an existing reversible two-lane HOV system into a high-occupancy toll (HOT) roadway. The project team designed operational improvements to the existing six-mile HOV segment from Dumfries to the Prince William Parkway, along with an additional eight-mile extension into Stafford County.

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Outstanding Engineering: Capacity Improvements on Alaska’s Glenn Highway

Monday, March 14th, 2016
Alaska's Glenn Highway Capacity Improvements

With increased traffic expected to exceed the highway’s design capacity in the coming years, the project team was tasked with designing new lanes that will be used for both regular and high-occupancy vehicle traffic, reducing the grade on a steep approach to the northbound Eagle River Bridge, designing new bridges over the Eagle River, and creating new frontage roads.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dennis Slater, President and Secretary, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Dennis Slater, President and Secretary, AEM

Dennis Slater is President and Secretary of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). He oversees operation of all Association programs, which focus on core service areas of market information and equipment statistics, public policy representation, product safety and technical support, and trade shows.

“…Equipment manufacturers build the machines that make America. They build the machines that harvest crops and feed America and feed the world. Originally this was something that we just explained to our members, and we decided it’s not good enough. You have to also ask your members, you have to explain to their employees so they get involved in this and understand that their jobs depend on policies that support their jobs…This year, especially, we’ve gone out there now to the candidates that are running to say “what’s your manufacturing platform? What are your solutions for infrastructure?”’

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Outstanding Engineering: Connecticut’s CTfastrak BRT System

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
H02 - Michael Baker Intl - CTfastrak - CT DOT

CTfastrak is the region’s first dedicated mass transit system in more than 50 years. Carrying more than 16,500 riders each weekday, the system centers around an exclusive 9.4-mile guideway dedicated to the BRT system that links central Connecticut communities. It reduces traffic congestion and shortens commute times for commuters in Hartford, West Hartford, Newington and New Britain, CT.

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Tuesday, March 8th: ACEC Webinar on AASHTO Audit Guide

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) will offer Key Changes to the AASHTO Audit Guide: What It Means for Your Firm, a webinar led by members of the ACEC task force who reviewed and provided industry input on the modifications. This session, to be held 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, will provide essential insights into how the changes will impact firms that work for State DOT clients.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Michael Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
Michael Melaniphy on The Infra Blog

Michael P. Melaniphy is president and chief executive officer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and president of the American Public Transportation Foundation. Melaniphy’s entire career has been in public transportation, with more than 30 years of both public and private sector leadership experience.

“As a kid growing up you had a binary choice: you were either a bus kid or you were a car kid. You were one of the two. And you look at today’s environment and it’s a multi-modal environment. We have evolved as a society to understand that now it’s about mobility choices…So as we look at what are the best utilizations of our scarce resources in a community, people are looking at the full assortment of choices, and as we look at the unbelievable growth that’s going to come in the population set of this nation we’ve found that paving our way to a solution is not the best choice.”

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ARTBA: Over 58,495 Structurally Deficient Bridges in the U.S. Are in Need of Repair

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
ARTBA logo

According to ARTBA, “There are nearly 204 million daily crossings on 58,495 U.S. structurally deficient bridges in need of repair.” The term structurally deficient refers to any bridge wherein “one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in ‘poor’ or worse condition.” The most-trafficked bridge on the list, in Los Angeles, CA, carries nearly 300,000 passengers each day.

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