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Global Infrastructure Outlook

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
Fig. 1. Regional share of global infrastructure investment, 2007-2040

Across the globe, a well-functioning, modern infrastructure is Central to economic development and to quality of life. From the Roads and railways needed to transport people and goods, to the Power plants and communications networks that underpin Economic and household activity, to the basic human need for Clean water and sanitation, infrastructure matters to people And business everywhere.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Higher and Higher: Member Firms Push the Limits to Design Effective and Attractive High-Rise Structures

Monday, July 31st, 2017
Seoul, South Korea: Supertall Skyscraper

In a creative blend of old and new, the fabled Steinway Hall on New York’s West 57th Street will soon begin a new career, its atrium serving as the elegant main entry for a supertall high-rise now under construction on the adjacent site. Featuring progressively greater setbacks on its northern face for a feathered rather than stepped profile, the new 1,428- foot tower’s glass curtain walls will offer unparalleled views of Central Park to the north and the Manhattan skyline to the south. Hearking back to the quality and detail of historic New York towers, the shear walls on the east and west are being clad with a custom-cast terra cotta, bronze filigree and glass façade.

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Blueprint 2025: Visionary Leadership Building Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Blueprint 2025: Visionary Leadership Building Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Infrastructure is our vision for the future, creating growth and opportunities for our children and grandchildren. This idea of vision, where we are going and why, is crucial; the leadership to get there and to bring everyone together to build a great project (and all projects, like all children, are great) is what we celebrate with the Leadership Forum.

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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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Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM): The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage

Monday, June 26th, 2017
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM): The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage

Infrastructure impacts every aspect of our country. We rely on infrastructure to move people and goods, connect urban and rural areas, provide reliable energy and clean water, and drive economic growth. Infrastructure is essential to our way of life. Infrastructure is also the backbone of America’s economy. To have the strongest, most resilient economy in the world, America must have the best infrastructure in the world.

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The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage

Monday, June 26th, 2017
AEM - The Infrastructure Advantage

America’s competitors around the world understand this. They are making unprecedented infrastructure investments and working hard to overtake the United States. Meanwhile, America is underinvesting, and is on the verge of squandering the Infrastructure Advantage we inherited from the investments made by our grandparents and great-grandparents.

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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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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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The Transition Takes Hold: Why the Clean Energy Transition Now Appears Irreversible

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
NEW CAPACITY FROM RENEWABLES AND FOSSIL FUELS

In the U.S., the renewable energy sector has become a major job creator: since 2009, the solar industry created one out of every 80 new jobs, and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician. While President Donald Trump may have promised to bring back coal jobs, he will no doubt find resistance—in both Congress and statehouses—should his efforts come at the expense of clean energy jobs.

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