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Shaping the Future of Construction: A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Figure 1: Industry Transformation Framework

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
The Engineering & Construction (E&C) industry strongly affects the economy, the environment and society as a whole. It touches the daily lives of everyone, as quality of life is heavily influenced by the built environment surrounding people. The construction industry serves almost all other industries, as all economic value creation occurs within or by means of buildings or other “constructed assets”. As an industry, moreover, it accounts for 6% of global GDP. It is also the largest global consumer of raw materials, and constructed objects account for 25-40% of the world’s total carbon emissions.

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ASCE: Our Nation’s Infrastructure Bill is Overdue and It’s Costing You

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
ASCE: Our Nation’s Infrastructure Bill is Overdue and It’s Costing You

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ “Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future” economic study finds that our nation’s inadequate infrastructure is costing your family $3,400 a year. Watch the video to learn more about how underinvesting in infrastructure comes at a high cost.

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Interactive Infographic: Commutes Around the Country

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Mark Evans - ACS Commuter Data Visualizations

This interactive infographic from Mark Evans superimposes mesmerizing animated dots over the familiar maps of our nation’s cities, showing just how far commuters go to get to work.

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The Interstate Highway System turns 60: Challenges to Its Ability to Continue to Save Lives, Time and Money

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Percent Urban Interstates Congested

TRIP
In this report, TRIP looks at the history and benefits of the Interstate Highway System, its current use and condition, and the future needs of the nation’s most critical transportation system. Sources of data for the report include the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — 2016 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Engineering, Inc.: Engineering Excellence Awards

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)
The 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala—known as the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry—showcased 151 ACEC Member Firm achievements from the United States and throughout the world…A panel of 29 judges, representing a wide spectrum of built environment disciplines, selected 24 projects for top awards—16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the Grand Conceptor Award, for the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement.

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New Energy Outlook 2016

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Figure 1: Global installed capacity in 2012 and 2040 and projected capacity additions

BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE
Cheaper coal and cheaper gas will not derail the transformation and decarbonisation of the world’s power systems. By 2040, zero-emission energy sources will make up 60% of installed capacity. Wind and solar will account for 64% of the 8.6TW of new power generating capacity added worldwide over the next 25 years, and for almost 60% of the $11.4 trillion invested.

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The Economic Impacts of Railroads

Friday, June 17th, 2016
Freight Rail

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS
This report, the second in the Association of American Railroads’ State of the Industry series, for the first time ever, shares data that begin to quantify the freight railroad sector’s economic and fiscal impact. The findings underscore the fact that freight railroads trigger a powerful economic ripple effect across a myriad of U.S. industries.

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AASHTO: Bike Month 2016 Recap

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
AASHTO: Bike Month 2016 Recap

Established in 1956, National Bike Month which is celebrated every May in the United States, gives individuals and organizations the opportunity to highlight the many ways bicycling benefits people and communities. In this Transportation TV retrospective we look back at National Bike Month 2016. Our video begins in the nation’s capital and take you on a tour of several states to show you the importance of bicycling to departments of transportation –aimed at building multimodal transportation systems. Biking gives citizens greater travel and recreation options and it leads to healthier more livable communities.

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Ranking Member DeFazio speaks on House floor on investment in transportation

Monday, June 13th, 2016
Ranking Member DeFazio speaks on House floor on investment in transportation

Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) addresses the house floor on issues of transportation infrastructure. “So now I’ve taken to calling us 4th world,” said DeFazio. “We used to be the world’s leader in infrastructure and now we’re vaulting over everybody, including places like Zimbabwe, to the back of the pack.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Howard Neukrug, Senior Fellow, US Water Alliance

Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Howard Neukrug, Senior Fellow, US Water Alliance, on The Infra Blog

Howard Neukrug is a Senior Fellow at the US Water Alliance. In this capacity he provides strategic guidance on key Alliance initiatives, serves as an official spokesperson for the organization, and leads the development of publications and initiatives to advance a sustainable water future for all.

“We need to get ahead of this in terms of infrastructure—whether it’s water or telecom, streets, bridges, highways, airports—and move forward. What’s more important to the future of our country and our children than the infrastructure that we leave them? The fact that the infrastructure that has been left to us was remarkable and strong, and has served us well as a nation and helped us in our growth. And at some point this investment is going to have to be increased into the future…We’re going to have to find more money, and when we find the money it will never be enough to do everything that we want to do.”

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