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Guest on The Infra Blog: Johan Henriksson, Executive Vice President, Skanska Infrastructure Development

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Johan Henriksson was recently appointed Executive Vice President of Skanska Infrastructure Development…In May 2015, Skanska and its LaGuardia Gateway Partners team were selected as the preferred bidder to work with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to redevelop LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal Building. The company is also working on the I-4 Ultimate Project in Orlando, which is currently the largest transportation project underway in Florida, and theElizabeth River Tunnels project underneath the Elizabeth River in Virginia.

“The PPP Structure I think is a very good solution for many projects…it’s about, I think, daring to look outside the box here and trying to look at new potential solutions to solve old problems, and not always using the same old tools that have always been used, the public financing.”

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ASCE: Engineering Resilient Cities

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
ASCE: Engineering Resilient Cities

In “Engineering a Resilient Community,” watch experts discuss what it means to be resilient, why it’s important and how sustainability and resiliency are interconnected.

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Introducing the Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research (CIITR)

Monday, October 5th, 2015
Introducing the Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research (CIITR)

Dr. Rafael Aldrete, Division Head of the Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research Program, explains the mission of his program and a few of the projects they are actively involved in. For more information, visit their website at

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Guest on The Infra Blog: David Raymond, President & CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
David Raymond, President & CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America’s engineering industry. David A. Raymond has been President of ACEC for the past 16 years, joining the Council in March 1999.

“Americans are very resilient people; they put up with a lot, their country is becoming more of a third-world country, and it’s very unfortunate and I hate to say, the only time Americans are really going to wake up to this is when stuff absolutely disappears…So we need leaders who can point to the areas where we need to make much greater progress and we don’t have those leaders. We need a public that is much better educated about infrastructure and other areas, and we don’t have that.”

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Reducing International Aviation and Maritime Emissions

Monday, September 28th, 2015
Figure 1: CO2 emission trends from international aviation, 2005 to 2050

The negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) cover the vast majority of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but two significant sources of rapidly growing emissions need to be addressed primarily outside the UNFCCC: international aviation and international shipping. Due to their trans-boundary character, international cooperation is urgently needed to stem that growth and to seize opportunities for cost-effective emissions reduction.

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Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
| globally averaged combined land and ocean surface temperature anomaly, globally averaged sea level change, globaly averaged greenhouse gas concentrations, globaly anthropogenic co2 emissions

GREENPEACEIntroductionThe good news first: the Energy [R]evolution is already happening! Since the first edition was published in 2005, costs for wind power and solar photovoltaics (Pv) have dropped dramatically and markets have grown substantially. Between 2005 and the end of 2014 over 496,000 MW of new solar and wind power plants have been installed – […]

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Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World’s Cities

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Figure 1 The net present value (NPV) of the urban mitigation scenario in the transport, buildings and waste sectors between 2015 and 2050

Cities are engines of economic growth and social change. About 85% of global GDP in 2015 was generated in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of the global population will live in urban areas. Compact, connected and efficient cities can generate stronger growth and job creation, alleviate poverty and reduce investment costs, as well as improve quality of life through lower air pollution and traffic congestion. Better, more resilient models of urban development are particularly critical for rapidly urbanizing cities in the developing world.

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Next Generation Air Transport: Improved Risk Analysis Could Bring Success

Friday, September 11th, 2015
Figure 1: Flight Profile in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Environment Envisioned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Aviation industry stakeholders GAO interviewed described various factors that may affect the interoperability of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)—a complex, long-term initiative to modernize the U.S. air-traffic management (ATM) system—with other countries’ ATM modernization efforts. Interoperability allows different ATM systems and procedures to accept and use each other’s information and services for technical or operational purposes…GAO recommends that FAA conduct a comprehensive assessment of risks to NextGen’s global interoperability and identify how this information will be used to mitigate risks and prioritize resources. In responding to a draft of the report, FAA agreed with the recommendations and discussed some of its ongoing risk assessment activities.

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Port Congestion: Causes, Consequences & Challenges

Friday, August 14th, 2015
Annual Container Trade at U.S. Ports (Actual TEUs), 1998-2014 & Projected Trade under Different Growth Scenarios, 2015-2030

Global trade is of increasing relevance to the U.S. economy. With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade agreements in advanced negotiation, it seems certain that the U.S. role in global trade will expand in the years to come and international trade will become even more engrained in the U.S. economy. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the dollar value of world merchandise trade was almost $19 trillion in 2014, $4 trillion of which (over 21%) was accounted for by the U.S.

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Cities Safer by Design

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Citys Safer by Design

Many of the world’s cities can become safer, healthier places by changing the design of their streets and communities. Where public streets have been designed to serve primarily or even exclusively private motor vehicle traffic, they can be made immensely safer for all users if they are designed to effectively serve pedestrians, public transport users, bicyclists, and other public activity.

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