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Oversite: Reaching into the Future

January 31, 2016 - in Column

  An important part of our mission at Informed Infrastructure is to act as a resource on current practice as well as what readers can expect in the future. We do this in every issue with our “Future Forward” profile, which provides a window into applied…

Infrastructure Outlook: Radar Tomography Provides an Underground Point Cloud

January 31, 2016 - in Column

By Andrew D. Lund, GISP Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) was first patented in 1904 by Dr. Christian Hülsmeyer, a German scientist. It wasn’t until the…

Repurposing Buildings and Urban Infrastructure for a Smarter City

January 28, 2016 - in Column

The smart city has many emerging definitions and the concept is touted to be the one, that will shape cities of future. All ‘smart city’ definitions…

Infrastructure Outlook: Smart Cities–Guided by People, Powered by Information

November 21, 2015 - in Column, Smart Cities

A key characteristic of a smart city is the ability to make effective connections among its citizens, assets and services. The smart city does this by using technology to support and improve the interaction among people and government. In doing so, a city…

Executive Corner: Emerging Risk Trends and Best- Practices Management for A/E Firms

November 21, 2015 - in Column

Understanding professional liability and managing risk is an important aspect of all A/E business plans. For this installment of “Executive Corner,” Russ Ryan, principal at Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners (e-mail: rryan@rog-partners.com), interviews Michael…

Structural Solutions: Add True Value to Command Fees You Deserve

November 21, 2015 - in Column

Many years ago, I left the security of the engineering firm I worked for right out of school and ventured out on my own. If you had asked me when I was hired after graduate school, I thought I would retire at that company. But that wasn’t the case, as I…

Environmental Considerations: A Proactive Approach to Site Revegetation

November 21, 2015 - in Column

On construction projects worldwide, post-construction site stabilization often is an afterthought. With constant increases in water-quality laws and regulations—and the effect of stormwater pollution on the environment—it’s becoming more important to…

Managing the Model: You Live in the Future, Why Don’t You Work There?

November 21, 2015 - in Column

At the end of summer 2015, I was at a family reunion in central Illinois. As I stood chatting with relatives in my uncle’s backyard, my brother-in-law walked up, took a golf-ball-sized speaker out of his pocket and said, “play some music.” I had never…

Oversite: Visualizing the Difference

November 21, 2015 - in Column

The ongoing effort to better inform our infrastructure starts with a model that can be readily analyzed with automated rules-based reporting and algorithm-driven analytics. The model can incorporate simulation to check such things as traffic flow or energy…

Infrastructure Innovations: Virtual Reality as a Tool for Modern Business

September 30, 2015 - in Column

For a long time, the concept of virtual reality (VR) was relegated to science fiction and entertainment such as Star Trek or The Matrix. Although a holodeck still is out of reach, the technology used for VR—the immersive technology that enables people to…