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September – October 2017 TRENDS

Parul Dubey on October 16, 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.


A great deal of news and information about the hurricanes that hit the United States in 2017 has been published in Informed Infrastructure and across countless other media outlets. The following is a very brief summary of a few of those stories:

Zekelman Industries, a steel pipe and tube manufacturer, is supporting the American Red Cross efforts for relief for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. The company will match donations by its employees, suppliers and customers up to $250,000. Visit this website to donate: www.crowdrise.com/o/en/team/zekelman-industries-hurricane-harvey-relief-support.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma’s destructive path through the Caribbean, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting storm-recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands with a fully staffed mobile air-traffic-control tower at Cyril E. King International Airport in St. Thomas. The existing tower was badly damaged by the storm, and controllers were managing air traffic from a tent on the airfield for several days before the mobile tower arrived.






FAA’s Hurricane Harvey Update


FHWA Sends Texas $25M in Emergency Funds


New Airbus Aerial Technology Impacts Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts


Georgia Experiences Severe Flooding, High Winds and Extreme Wind Gusts



The water infrastructure in the United States is more than 100 years old, so an upgrade is long overdue. The American Water Works Association estimates that replacing the obsolete water infrastructure in the country would cost at least $1 trillion.

The accompanying infographic to illustrate this problem was created by Eastern Kentucky University’s Online Safety degree program.


Majority of Americans Willing to Pay More to Rebuild and Grow Transportation Infrastructure

A new HNTB survey finds higher taxes and tolls have powerful support when revenues are guaranteed for infrastructure. Public-private partnerships are seen as part of the solution.

Updated Edition Available of ASCE’s Guide to Documenting Heavy Civil Projects

Reinforce standard practice and basic principles needed to prepare quality design and construction documents for a successful infrastructure project with the new, second edition of Principles of Applied Civil Engineering Design: Producing Drawings, Specifications, and Cost Estimates for Heavy Civil Projects. Author Ying-Kit Choi, Ph.D., P.E., draws on more than 30 years of engineering and design experience to help readers grasp the interrelationships among contract documents, site characterization, design and construction documents, and construction cost estimates. Visit the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) website to obtain a copy: asce.org.


Trump Drops Plan to Form Infrastructure Advisory Council

President Trump will not move forward with plans to form a 15-member Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure, various news agencies reported, citing comments by a White House official.

Trump had announced in a July 19, 2017, executive order that he would create the advisory group, saying the council would study the scope and effectiveness of federal infrastructure funding as well as the support and delivery of infrastructure projects. Its focus was to include transportation projects and extend to other sectors including renewable energy, electricity transmission, broadband and pipelines.

However, Bloomberg, which first reported news of its cancellation, also noted that Trump had not yet formally appointed anyone to serve on it.

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.



Video: Watch the Rise of 56 Leonard with EarthCam’s Time-Lapse

Building Skyscrapers on Chicago’s Swampy Soil

SI-Modular: Sustainable Building System with Timber I-Beams

Amtrak Taps Developer for $1 Billion-Plus Redevelopment of Union Station

Long-Awaited Downtown Superior Development Gains Momentum


Route 68 “Clarion Curve” Project Earns ASHE Mid-Allegheny Award

U.S. Roadway Traffic Continues Rising to New Record Highs, Adding Pressure on Infrastructure

USDOT Re-Solicits for Most 2017 FAST Act Grant Funds, Combines with 2018 Round

I-4 Ultimate P3 Improvement Project Earns National Envision Platinum Award from Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Acrow Provides Temporary Detour Structure for Use During Bridge Replacement in Iowa



PerkFilter System Receives NJCAT Verification and NJDEP Certification for Stormwater Treatment

Video: Oroville Dam Spillway Repair

Big Data, Sludge and Privatisation: Outlook for Water Until 2022

Dewberry Will Design Flood Protection Systems for the Brooklyn Army and Bush Terminals

Water Pumps Market in U.S. to Cross $9.4 Billion by 2026

Tools and Technology

• FARO Releases Revolutionary FARO Zone 3D for Public Safety Professionals

Structural Integrity Chooses TerraGo Magic to Build Customized Field Data Collection App

High-Accuracy, On-Demand Positioning-as-a-Service Now Available with Trimble Catalyst

Autodesk Update: What’s New in InfraWorks (2018.1)

GWI’s New Market Intelligence Tool WaterData Enhances Water Sector Strategy and Planning


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