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AASHTO: State DOTs Using Drones to Improve Safety, Collect Data Faster and Cut Costs

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
AASHTO: State DOTs Using Drones to Improve Safety, Collect Data Faster and Cut Costs

A growing number of state departments of transportation are leveraging innovative drone technology to creatively improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and save money. This Transportation TV Special Report explores the many ways in which state DOTs are using drones. According to a March 2016 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 33 state departments of transportation have or are exploring, researching, testing or using unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, to inspect bridges and assist with clearing vehicle crashes, among other innovative applications. AASHTO has also prepared an on-line fact sheet that highlights the many benefits of UAVs.

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The State of Our Schools

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
The Nation Underinvests in Public School Facilities

21ST CENTURY SCHOOL FUND
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON SCHOOL FACILITIES
THE CENTER FOR GREEN SCHOOLS
School facilities represent the second largest sector of public infrastructure spending, after highways, and yet we have no comprehensive national data source on K–12 public school infrastructure. Even at the state level, school facilities information is often scant. The dearth of official data and standards for our nation’s public school infrastructure has left communities and states working largely on their own to plan for and provide high-quality facilities…These realities inspired our three organizations to assemble the best available state-by-state data and propose a standards-based framework by which we can benchmark the nation’s investment.

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Key Wind Energy Accomplishments

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Achieving 35% wind energy by 2050

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Program is committed to helping the nation secure cost-competitive sources of renewable energy through the development and deployment of innovative wind power technologies. By investing in improvements to wind plant design, technology development, and operation as well as developing tools to identify the highest quality wind resources, the Wind Program serves as a leader in making wind energy technologies more competitive with traditional sources of energy and a larger part of our nation’s renewable energy portfolio.

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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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AEM: American Infrastructure Needs Your Help

Monday, March 28th, 2016
AEM: American Infrastructure Needs Your Help

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) brings you the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge — a three-phased, crowd-sourced competition to award a total of $150,000 in prizes for innovative ideas to overhaul the crumbling infrastructure that Americans rely upon to move people, materials, products, services and information.

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What’s Happening Now at ASCE

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
What’s Happening Now at ASCE

Here’s a recap of what’s happening now at ASCE. From a summit on sustainability, to the New Faces of Civil Engineering, to career advice from an expert and more. Watch and learn the latest Society news.

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ARTBA Special Report: The Presidential Candidates on Transportation

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Hillary Clinton

AMERICAN ROAD & TRANSPORTATION BUILDERS ASSOCIATION (ARTBA)
As the 2016 presidential campaign season continues, ARTBA is carefully monitoring the candidates’ positions on transportation policy. Nearly all the remaining candidates have made at least one substantive public statement on transportation, or have included it in policy documents posted by their respective campaigns.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Congressman Fred Upton Spearheads ‘All of the Above’ Energy Policy

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Engineering Inc. March/April 2016 Cover: Congressman Fred Upton

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)

UPTON: We are always looking to advance our work every chance we get, and the FAST Act presented an opportunity to get a number of important provisions into law. Grid security and strengthening our energy infrastructure remain an important component of our energy portfolio moving forward. The FAST Act contained several provisions to ensure that our energy infrastructure, including the electric grid, is more resilient to 21st-century risks, such as physical attacks, cyberattacks and extreme weather.

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2016 Transportation Awards: Now Open for Nominations

Monday, March 7th, 2016
2016 Transportation Awards: Now Open for Nominations

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is once again accepting nominations for the 2016 America’s Transportation Awards. The annual awards program – sponsored by AASHTO, the AAA motor club and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – recognizes the best projects that state DOTs completed in the prior year, through a series of regional and national competitions.

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Students Design the City of the Future

Friday, March 4th, 2016
Students Design the City of the Future

Future City is a cross-curricular program that lets students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades do the things engineers do: identify problems, brainstorm ideas, design solutions, test and retest, build and then share the results. Future City is a program of DiscoverE.

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