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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Innovations in Airport Design

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Innovations in Airport Design - Quarry Lake

Since early 2016, a new 3,600-ton capacity geothermal system has been providing cooling for the entire terminal building at the Nashville International Airport, significantly reducing the facility’s use of both electricity and water. The nearly $10.4 million project finished three months ahead of schedule and under budget.

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Signs of Digital Distress: Mapping Broadband Availability and Subscription America

Monday, September 18th, 2017
Brookings Institution: Broadband Access in America

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM Executive Summary The internet is now a fundamental component of the American economy, creating new ways to educate, employ, bring services to, and entertain every person. Broadband, especially wireline broadband in American homes, is the essential infrastructure for unlocking the internet’s economic benefits. However, broadband infrastructure is far from ubiquitous, […]

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Of Mega-Cities and Metro Cards: Urban Security is Digital Security

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Urban Security is Digital Security

According to the United Nations, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a percentage expected to reach 66 percent by 2050…This “mega-cities” trend is in part due to digital transformations which are changing economies, cultures and communities at light speed. Unprecedented connectivity, mobility and access to information are fundamentally changing how individuals, organizations and communities view their own safety, security and quality of life…From the protection of critical infrastructure to information in cyberspace, and point-of-sale purchases to international financial transactions, Thales is helping communities and organizations everywhere meet the challenges of a complex digital age.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Brigham McCown, Chairman and Founder, Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii)

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Brigham McCown on The Infra Blog

In the past you had to be physically here to damage something, but in today’s connected world there are people who want to do us harm, and that harm in the 21st century doesn’t necessarily come via an army or a ship or a tank, it comes through electronic warfare, through cyber warfare. Europe has been experiencing that with ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and elsewhere called asymmetric or hybrid warfare, and it’s something that we ought to be talking about in the same sentence that we mention “Smart Grid” or any other type of smart technology.

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Renewables on the Rise

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Renewables on the Rise

The last decade has proven that clean energy technology can power American homes, businesses and industry – and leaves America poised to dramatically accelerate its shift away from fossil fuels. With renewable energy prices falling and new energy-saving technologies coming on line every day, America should work to obtain 100 percent of our energy from clean, renewable sources.

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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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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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