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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Guest on The Infra Blog: Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia, SC

Across this country, 85% of our citizens now live in cities and metropolitan economies. 89% of the jobs are in the cities and in metropolitan economies. 91% of America’s nearly $20 trillion GDP is created in cities and metropolitan economies. We are driving the economic growth of this country. And our message is that by partnering with mayors, by looking at the creative solutions that are being deployed all across this country, seeing the innovative ideas, seeing the massive investment in infrastructure, but also embracing the idea of inclusion and ways in which we can all move forward together, is the way to go…We’re always coming around the table. That’s the strength, I believe, of being a mayor and having to always listen to every opinion, not gerrymandered ideas with narrow constituencies. We’re going to continue to do that.

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Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Our Digital Infrastructure

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Server - Broadband growth in the USA

Many people take the physical aspects of the internet for granted. Some would believe it’s purely non-physical, like some sort of digital magic. While this may appear to be true, the internet is a physical entity that snakes its way through our walls and in vast cable networks beneath streets, railways, and oceans. As technology advances, we need to acknowledge the physical limitations of our current digital infrastructure and consider the steps necessary to continue meeting the demands we place on the internet. Here are some major trends within our digital infrastructure as well as a look at what the future will bring.

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The State of Public & Private Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Thursday, January 18th, 2018
Survey: Are you looking to buy a plug-in vehicle in the next 12 months?

This report looks at the current state of the plug-in vehicle charging landscape within the context of the broader transition from internal combustion vehicles to plug-in vehicles. EVSE deployments and sales largely track with the sales of plug-in vehicles, so we will briefly touch on the broader transition to plug-in battery electric vehicles and how the transition is progressing around the world to set the stage for the EVSE discussion.

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Forces of Change: The Future of Mobility

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Figure 3. The future mobility ecosystem

DELOITTE INSIGHTS The entire way people and goods travel from point A to point B is changing, driven by a series of converging technological and social trends: the rapid growth of carsharing and ridesharing; the increasing viability of electric and alternative powertrains; new, lightweight materials; and the growth of connected and, ultimately, autonomous vehicles. The […]

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Delaware: Planning for Autonomous Vehicle Impacts

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Video from Delaware DOT outlines the different levels of autonomy in vehicles, and the changes that Delaware will have to make in order to accommodate AVs in the near future.

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2017: The Year in Infrastructure

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
2017: The Year in Infrastructure

2017 was, by many accounts, a turbulent year. Infrastructure was no exception.

Whether due to new political paradigms, unprecedented natural disasters or new funding opportunities, American infrastructure faced a wide range of challenges throughout the year. Here, we recount some of the key infra topics that shaped discussion–and action–in 2017.

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A World Without Road Signs

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Some cities in Europe are undergoing a fascinating transformation: they’re getting rid of all of their road signs. That’s thanks to a design concept called “shared space,” where urban planners drastically lessen the presence of traffic lights, signs, and barriers, encouraging all forms of transportation to share the road.  There’s evidence that drivers often totally ignore road signs, so the heightened risk forces commuters to remain on high alert as they pass through an intersection, in theory leading to safer travel. But by stripping cities of their traditional traffic control systems, they leave disabled residents in the dark — and that’s sparked a powerful debate of how to balance ease of movement with all residents’ needs.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Withstanding the Immense Power of Wind

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
Engineering, Inc. - November/ December 2017

Engineering wind-resilient structures and spaces is a complicated endeavor that relies on both human ingenuity and science. Projects must also mesh with other environmental factors, including falling snow and ice, snow loads and solar conditions. Consulting firms tap detailed climatological data, local wind data and more to grasp how wind affects a structure in a particular spot. But that’s only a start.

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ASCE: Sustainability and Resilience in Our Engineered World

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

ASCE brought sustainability and resilience experts from around the world to the 2017 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure in New York City to discuss how civil engineers can play a vital role in shaping the future of our world.

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Energy and Environment: The Nuclear Waste Problem

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Wendover Productions explores the pros and cons of nuclear energy, which emits just a fraction of the carbon of other conventional energy sources, but brings the risk of contamination wherever it goes. -Video from Wendover Productions on YouTube

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