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January – February 2018 TRENDS

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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
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its new “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends” report, showing that average fuel economy of new vehicles increased 0.1 miles per gallon from model-year 2015 to model-year 2016. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, an extra mile per gallon would have saved drivers $13 billion in 2017.

In addition, the “Manufacturer Performance Report” showed that automakers stayed in compliance with greenhouse gas emissions standards, despite the small increase in average miles per gallon, by spending some of the credits they’d accumulated through over-compliance in prior years: the industry spent 11 percent of available credits to comply with model-year 2016 greenhouse gas standards.

 


Esri’s ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension allows utility networks to be completely cross-platform capable.

GIS software company Esri established further inroads into the infrastructure market, releasing advanced network capabilities for utilities as part of its ArcGIS platform. The ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension, which delivers the new utility network, lets users create, manage and share complete data about networks from source to demand, such as residential meters for electric, water, wastewater, gas, district heating and telecommunications companies.

Workers now can edit and trace the path of a network from a smart device while in the field and share information securely and more easily with those who need it. Previously, each utility subnetwork (e.g., transmission lines, substations, low-voltage networks, etc.) had its own separate GIS database.


 

Did you know that Americans took 10.2 billion trips on public transportation in 2016, and that transit ridership increased 26 percent during the last 20 years?

These facts come from the National Transit Database (NTD), a trove of statistics and information about public transportation in the United States. Established by Congress in 1974, the NTD is the nation’s primary source of publicly available data on transit systems across the country. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) manages the NTD and uses the data to allocate federal funds. In addition to FTA, a variety of groups and individuals use the database, including state and local governments, researchers and students, the media, and industry associations.

The accompanying National Transit Map graphic highlights some key statistics. For more information and current data, visit the FTA website at www.transit.dot.gov/ntd.


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.

 

Buildings

Researchers Develop Earthquake-Resistant Concrete

CINTEC North America Announces Restoration of the Historic Simpson Tower in Toronto

Ancient Construction Serves as Model for Today’s Earthquake-Safe Buildings

Siemens Establishes Americas Digital Service Center to Help Transform Building Technologies Industry

Steel Industry Releases Guide to LEED v4 Certification

 

Transportation

$8M in Funding Available for Transportation Alternatives Program Involving Walking, Biking

Ready To Build: Susquehanna River Bridge

Seven Students Take Top Honors in Annual Video Contest on America’s Transportation Infrastructure

A Digital Twin to Make Amsterdam’s 3D-Printed Steel Bridge Smarter and Safer

The New Trend that’s Lighting Up Awards Season in Transportation

 

Water

CH2M-Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Partnership Delivers Triple Bottom Line Sustainability Benefits

Cost-Effective, Chemical-Free Biological Sewage Treatment for Marine Applications

US$9.5 Billion City Water Projects Open for Investment

State Water Utility Takes Aim at Water Infrastructure Education

Canadian Contaminated Site Counts on New Storm Water System

 

Tools and Technology

Siemens Establishes Americas Digital Service Center to Help Transform Building Technologies Industry

Augmented Reality Transport Intelligence Visualisation Demonstrated in Queensland

SKUR Launches Assisted Model Alignment and Integrated Workflow to Turn Design Deviation Insights into Actions

Bentley Systems and Topcon Collaborate for Constructioneering Academy Initiative

Baum Introduces PowerBaum, Industry’s Fastest Power Analysis and Modeling Solution


Airports Council International (ACI) released the latest edition of the “World Airport Traffic Forecasts (WATF) 2016-2040,” which presents aggregate airport traffic projections at global, regional and country levels based on internationally comparable airport traffic data. Absolute figures and compounded annual growth rates are presented through short-, medium- and long-term time horizons. Global traffic surpassed the 7 billion passenger mark in 2015 and is expected to double by 2029 based on a projected growth rate of 5.2 percent per annum.

“Because infrastructure projects are costly and often disruptive, a data-driven understanding of future demand—such as the expected number of aircraft movements, passenger traffic throughput and air cargo volumes—gives airport planners and investors the necessary information for effective decision making,” said Angela Gittens, director general of ACI World.

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