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March – April 2017 TRENDS

Todd Danielson on April 12, 2017 - in Articles, Featured, Trends

In this section, Informed Infrastructure compiles infographics from trusted sources that reveal insight on infrastructure spending. We also compile some of the top infrastructure stories that shouldn’t be missed. For ongoing news coverage, turn to Informed Infrastructure online (www.informedinfrastructure.com), our Twitter feed (@IInfrastructure) and our weekly e-newsletter.

Every four years, ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of U.S. infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card, assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) produces a report card as a way to determine the quality of U.S. infrastructure. The 2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card was released March 9, 2017, and the news isn’t good. As in 2013, the nation’s average grade remains a D+.

ASCE grades 16 infrastructure categories. The 2017 grades range from a B for Rail to a D- for Transit, illustrating the clear impact of investment—or lack thereof—on the grades. Three categories—Parks, Solid Waste and Transit—received a declining grade this year, while seven—Hazardous Waste, Inland Waterways, Levees, Ports, Rail, Schools and Wastewater—saw slight improvements. Six categories’ grades remain unchanged from 2013: Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Drinking Water, Energy and Roads.

Members of the ASCE Committee on America’s Infrastructure, made up of 28 civil engineers from across the country with decades of expertise in all categories, volunteer their time to work with ASCE Infrastructure Initiatives staff to prepare the report card. The committee assesses relevant data and reports, consults with technical and industry experts, and assigns grades.

According to ASCE, raising the infrastructure grades will require a wide range of solutions, beginning with investment. ASCE estimates the nation’s infrastructure needs a total of $2 trillion across the 16 categories through 2025. The report card estimates that a failure to do so by 2025 would cause a $3.9 trillion hit to the gross domestic product (GDP), $7 trillion in lost business sales and 2.5 million lost jobs.

Additional information regarding the report card, category grades and state report cards and information, as well as infographics, videos and other resources, can be found at www.infrastructurereportcard.org or via the Save America’s Infrastructure app in the Google Play and App Stores.

The following are the top stories from the last few months (in terms of traffic) on the Informed Infrastructure Website. This also reflects key coverage areas that are regularly refreshed online and via our weekly e-newsletter.  Simply search key words on Informed Infrastructure online to find the full story.


Skanska Constructs New Building for Offices and Retail in Stockholm, Sweden, for SEK 1.2 billion

Nashville International Airport Begins Billion-Dollar Renovation with Atkins-Designed Parking Garage

Finnish Broadcasting Company: Why Helsinki Doesn’t Extend Upwards?

New Trimble Technology Lab Gift to UMass Amherst Expands Training and Research for Building Design and Fabrication

Zaha Hadid Architects Releases Images of Tower with the World’s Tallest Atrium


Dewberry Selected to Create Strategic Transportation Plans for New Intermodal Train Hub

New I-40 Pavement Sensors Helping ADOT Identify and Address Ice Before it Forms

Minnesota DOT Pursues Statewide Inventory of Barrier End Treatments with Continental Mapping

CH2M to Serve on Program and Construction Management Team for High-Capacity Transit Projects in Phoenix

Oregon Distracted Driving Task Force Releases Report with Recommendations


CH2M Appointed to Deliver Tuas Water Reclamation Plant in Singapore

Veolia Nuclear Solutions To Deploy Contaminated Water Treatment Systems At Four Magnox Sites
in the U.K.

Loudoun Water Chooses Trimble Unity to Extend SAP Solutions and Esri GIS into the Field

Meeting Today’s Water Treatment Needs With Better Mixing Technology

Synlite Water Technology Announces Flagship Product Synlite, a Chemical Reagent set to Revolutionize the Global Water Treatment Market

Tools and Technology

BOXX Introduces the World’s Fastest Computer Workstation

Business Leaders World-Wide Agree and Commit to Disruptive Technologies Driving Sustainability

GRAITEC Achieves Autodesk Gold Reseller Status

Topcon Announces Enhanced Integration of GT Series Total Stations with Autodesk

New Life Safety Network for Norway’s New Airport Terminal

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