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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Is this the future?

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
ITS - US GAO

It sounds a bit futuristic – transportation systems that direct people and resources based on artificial intelligence. Is that really a possibility? Actually, it’s happening now – in real time! When smart transportation technology first became part of the ever-changing transportation landscape, it was used primarily for traffic management. Now, smart transportation technology is used for much more, and when it incorporates artificial intelligence, the capabilities are astounding.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Ranking Sustainability: What U.S. Cities Can Learn From European Peers

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
2016 Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index

What about North American cities? The index found they have a lot to learn from their international peers. Vancouver was the continent’s leader at 23rd in the overall ratings, while U.S. cities failed to enter the top quartile. The closest contender was New York City at 26th place…Infrastructure differences help explain why European cities outpaced U.S. and Canadian counterparts. Many European urban centers were settled before the automobile age and, as a result, are densely settled and supported by well-established public transportation systems. However, many American cities outside the Northeast grew with automobiles in mind. “Carcentric designs can lead to urban sprawl and a large carbon footprint, with enormous costs,” Dalkmann says. “Those are fundamental challenges for U.S. cities in terms of sustainability.”

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Nurturing Innovation for a Low-Carbon Future

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Nurturing Innovation for a Low-Carbon Future

Renewable energy innovation is starting to really change gears. In the last couple of years, most of the new power generation capacity added has been renewable.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — 2017 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Engineering, Inc - May/June 2017

The 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala— known by ACEC members as the Academy Awards of the engineering industry—showcased 162 projects from across the country and around the world…A panel of more than 30 judges from across the nation representing a wide spectrum of built environment disciplines selected 36 projects for top awards—including 16 finalists for the Grand Conceptor Award, presented for the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement.

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A Cyberattack on the U.S. Power Grid

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations: Cyberattack

The U.S. power grid has long been considered a logical target for a major cyberattack. Besides the intrinsic importance of the power grid to a functioning U.S. society, all sixteen sectors of the U.S. economy deemed to make up the nation’s critical infrastructure rely on electricity. Disabling or otherwise interfering with the power grid in a significant way could thus seriously harm the United States.

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Observations and Recommendations on Connected Vehicle Security

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
Observations and Recommendations on Connected Vehicle Security

CLOUD SECURITY ALLIANCE Introduction The introduction of Connected Vehicles (CVs) has been discussed for many years. Pilot implementations currently underway are evaluating CV operations in realistic municipal environments. CVs are beginning to operate in complex environments composed of both legacy and modernized traffic infrastructure. Security systems, tools and guidance are needed to aid in protecting […]

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Unpacked: Why does the U.S. need energy innovation?

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Unpacked: Why does the U.S. need energy innovation?

Brookings Senior Fellow Mark Muro and Devashree Saha discuss the declining number of patents and ventures capital funds going to clean technology in the United States. They also explain why investing in energy innovation is important for the U.S. economy and fighting climate change.

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Three Revolutions in Urban Transportation

Monday, May 29th, 2017
Three Revolutions in Urban Transportation

The world is on the cusp of three revolutions in transportation: vehicle electrification, automation, and widespread shared mobility (sharing of vehicle trips). Separately or together, these revolutions will fundamentally change urban transportation around the world over the next three decades.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Anthony B. Bouchard, PE, North America Unit President, CDM Smith

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

“We’re seeing, over the course of my career, the last 30-plus years, a significant improvement in the public’s understanding of the state of our infrastructure. Does it accelerate that understanding when we have some significant, real and perceived, failures of systems? I think it does. It’s unfortunate that that has to occur to help educate, but when that does happen we’re offered a unique opportunity to expand on the work that’s done…My opinion is continued education and communication on the importance and value of infrastructure is critically important, and we can do that by engaging more people in the infrastructure discussion.”

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Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the Internal-Combustion Vehicle and Oil Industries

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Figure 2. Consumer Choices: cost-per-mile analysis9

We are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history. By 2030, within 10 years of regulatory approval of autonomous vehicles (AVs), 95% of U.S. passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand autonomous electric vehicles owned by fleets, not individuals, in a new business model we call “transport-as-a-service” (TaaS). The TaaS disruption will have enormous implications across the transportation and oil industries, decimating entire portions of their value chains, causing oil demand and prices to plummet, and destroying trillions of dollars in investor value — but also creating trillions of dollars in new business opportunities, consumer surplus and GDP growth.

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