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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Riding the Wave: Larger Cargo Ships Prompt U.S. Ports to Undergo Modernization Projects

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
ACEC

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC) By Samuel Greengard When engineering and construction crews completed the massive Panama Canal modernization project in June 2016, it was a defining moment in global commerce. The $5.25 billion upgrade, which allowed new and significantly larger ships to pass through the series of new locks, represented nothing less than […]

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Streetfilms & Streetsblog: The First Ten Years

Monday, November 28th, 2016
Streetfilms & Streetsblog: The First Ten Years

This film showcases only a small portion of the work that thousands of volunteers and advocates have put in but begins its tale with the NYC Streets Renaissance, a synergy of advocacy groups that banded together in 2005 to try to rally people and tell them the public space outside could change and that there were best practices all over the world to admire.

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Innovation Outlook: Offshore Wind

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Figure S1: Possible paths for global power generation

Advances in wind power technologies continue to drive cost reduction and expansion into new markets. While onshore wind power is increasingly cost competitive against conventional power generation technologies, growing attention is being paid to technology development for off shore applications that open the door to sites with better wind resources. This combination of higher capacity factors and the availability of large-scale sites makes off shore wind an attractive alternative for utility-scale low-carbon electricity

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Ed Mortimer, Executive Director of Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Ed Mortimer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“I think it’s the first time in recent history that we’ve seen two presidential candidates talk about the infrastructure needs and willingness to address the infrastructure funding deficit…So we really feel like the public is starting to get more engaged, starting to understand that we do have infrastructure needs around the country and are willing to come to the table to have serious discussions to figure out how to solve these problems.”

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Creating the LEGO Bridge: A Civil Engineering Challenge

Friday, October 28th, 2016
Creating the LEGO Bridge: A Civil Engineering Challenge

In the summer of 2016 the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) attempted to break a Guinness World Record using LEGO bricks. In this video, ICE member and civil engineer Claire Gott takes us behind the scenes of the bridge build and follows the engineering story behind the world record break. If you enjoyed this video, please come and visit the record breaking LEGO bridge at ICE’s exhibition, Bridge Engineering.

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Global Wind Energy Outlook 2016

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Regional breakdown

The wind industry has come a long way, but still more has to be done. World wind power generation capacity reached 435 gigawatts at the end of 2015, which is only 7% of total global power generation capacity. To push this figure higher, governments should implement a range of measures and support schemes like feed in tariffs, renewable portfolio standards in combination with auctions, and production tax credits. As shares of wind continue to increase, countries must also take steps to create power systems that can integrate large amounts of variable wind energy, exploring smart grids, storage technologies and other grid management mechanisms.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Gregory Wetstone on The Infra Blog

“We’re at a point now where, with more than $44 billion last year, aggregate investment in the U.S. in renewable energy is over $370 billion…In a lot of the developed world, renewables are the biggest single infrastructure investment that’s going on. You’re actually seeing more spent on renewables than on traditional infrastructure like roads and bridges, which is a pretty big surprise.”

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — The Smart Revolution

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
ACEC - the Smart Revolution

It’s no secret: Digital technology now touches almost every aspect of business and life. Yet, as the intersection points grow and data volumes swell, there’s also a growing interest in tapping connected systems to address the challenges of urban living: traffic congestion, energy consumption, air pollution and overall livability. “It’s possible to solve many of today’s problems and deliver significant benefits through the effective use of digital technology,” says Jesse Berst, chairman of the Smart Cities Council.

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Infrastructure for Growth: the Dawn of a New Multi-Trillion Dollar Asset Class

Monday, October 24th, 2016
The Very Strong Case for Boosting Infrastructure Investment

With interest rates close to zero, or in some cases negative in real terms, and the bazooka of QE already widely deployed, policymakers are running out of monetary levers to pull. This leaves us with the potential of fiscal stimulus, one aspect of which is infrastructure spending which can boost growth using both short-term demand effects, and longer-term supply effects, with the so-called multiplier effect implying that, if done correctly, the resulting GDP boost is larger than the initial investment.

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People Near Transit: Improving Accessibility and Rapid Transit Coverage in Large Cities

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Washington DC Transit Shed

This study examines a building block of overall transit accessibility: how close rapid transit is to the residents of a city. Residents of large cities need to have rapid transit options located close to where they live so they can access opportunities without using a car. Measuring the number of residents in a city or metropolitan area who are covered by rapid transit is an important barometer for the efficacy and equity of a region’s transportation infrastructure. To account for differences in city size, PNT has been calculated as “percent of population living near rapid transit.”

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