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Water Infrastructure: Information on Selected Midsize and Large Cities with Declining Populations

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Figure 1: Location of U.S. Cities with 2010 Populations of 50,000 and Greater That Experienced a Decline in Population from 1980 to 2010

Many midsize and large cities throughout the United States, including the Midwest and Northeast, have lost a substantial percentage of their population. These cities face the challenge of a corresponding decline in utility revenues from a loss of ratepayers, which makes it difficult to address their water infrastructure needs. Overall, water and wastewater utilities across the United States face substantial costs to maintain, upgrade, or replace aging and deteriorating infrastructure—approximately $655 billion for water and wastewater utilities over the next 20 years according to EPA’s most recent estimates.

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ACEC Engineering Business Index – 3rd Quarter 2016

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
EBI Trendline

Firm leaders are optimistic that the engineering market will improve over the coming year. Market expectations for one year from today rose a hefty 6.2 points to 63.3, the largest quarter-over-quarter increase since the EBI’s inception. “Things are very good for our transportation infrastructure firm and we expect it to continue as awareness increases that we need to address it,” said one respondent. A member in Colorado said, “Market conditions improved in our area in the last three years and remain very strong.” One area of concern continues to be softness in the energy-producing states. “Wyoming’s economy is significantly down due to coal, oil, and natural gas sales declines,” said a respondent. “Nearly all infrastructure funding derives from state taxes on those industries, thus our outlook is less optimistic.”

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People Near Transit: Improving Accessibility and Rapid Transit Coverage in Large Cities

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Washington DC Transit Shed

This study examines a building block of overall transit accessibility: how close rapid transit is to the residents of a city. Residents of large cities need to have rapid transit options located close to where they live so they can access opportunities without using a car. Measuring the number of residents in a city or metropolitan area who are covered by rapid transit is an important barometer for the efficacy and equity of a region’s transportation infrastructure. To account for differences in city size, PNT has been calculated as “percent of population living near rapid transit.”

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A Roadmap for Financing Sustainable Infrastructure

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Photo credit: Flickr/IIP Photo Archive

Investing in sustainable infrastructure is key to tackling the three central challenges facing the global community: reigniting growth, delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, and reducing climate risk in line with the Paris Agreement…The Global Commission has identified a number of priority actions to rapidly shift investments toward sustainable infrastructure. A number of their previous recommendations are also relevant to this agenda.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Capture Planning Paves the Way to Winning

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Tampa Airport People Mover

Capture planning, which may go by different names at different engineering firms, initially gained popularity in the public sector in the 1990s. Over the past 20 years, it has emerged as a best practice for both public and private sector business development. Essentially, it’s the process of proactively identifying or creating client and project opportunities, assessing the business environment and implementing strategies to win or “capture” business opportunities. Capture planning takes on various guises, but it’s all about leading to success.

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2016 Report Card for Tennessee’s Infrastructure

Monday, October 10th, 2016
2016 Report Card for Tennessee

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE) TENNESSEE CHAPTER Executive Summary Tennessee, the “Volunteer State,” the “Country Music Capital of the World,” boasts the official slogan, “Tennessee – America at Its Best.” Already, Tennessee has been named “Best place to move to.” What would it take for Tennessee to be known as the “Home of America’s […]

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Navigating Risk in the Transportation Sector

Friday, October 7th, 2016
Fig. 1 | Megatrend rank order

Transportation keeps the global economy moving. Any operational disruptions have wider consequences for society, making the management of the associated risks a priority that should transcend industry boundaries

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Cyberdefense: Engineering Firms Must Protect Own Networks, and Those that Ensure Public Safety

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
ACEC - Cyberdefense

It’s no secret that digital technology is radically transforming society. Yet, it’s also introducing unforeseen and remarkable risks. Over the last decade, hacking and cybercrime have evolved from an inconvenient nuisance to a persistent and ominous threat. Hardly a day goes by without news of a major breach somewhere in the world, often to the tune of millions of dollars or involving highly sensitive data and intellectual property. What’s more, the control of energy systems, transportation networks and a growing swath of other types of infrastructure are increasingly at risk for cyberattacks and cyberterrorism.

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80 x 50 in San Francisco

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Deep Carbon Reduction Can Be Achieved

Over the course of a year, Siemens collaborated closely with the San Francisco Department of Environment (SFE) and nine other agencies to conduct an analysis of the City’s infrastructure, defined as its entire built environment and transport system. The team used the CyPT model to test technology pathways for achieving San Francisco’s “80×50” target (reducing CO₂eq emissions 80% by 2050 against a 1990 baseline) within the context of the local 0-50-100-Roots framework, as well as the State of California’s policy leadership.

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2017 Strategic 100: North American Infrastructure Report

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

After years of underinvestment, infrastructure is having a moment in the policy discussion. Across North America, policy-makers are moving toward using public sector infrastructure investment as a strategy for promoting economic growth, while private infrastructure developers are seeking projects that yield healthy investment returns – returns that are harder to find over the long-term while low growth rates remain the dominant macro-narrative. This focus on infrastructure investment’s potential benefits is laudable, reflecting the advice of top economists and the emerging limits of other policy tools. Such investment, if well-targeted and well-executed, can be a path to achieve near-term economic policy objectives while dramatically improving the foundation for long-term economic prosperity.

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