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Aiming for Net Zero in Public Buildings: 8 Principles

May 9, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Buildings account for as much as 40 percent of all energy consumed in the United States. To increase the efficiency of buildings and address climate-change issues, government programs increasingly promote “net zero energy” (NZE) goals for public buildings.…

After the Wildfire: Soil Stabilization Key to Recovery Efforts

May 2, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Fiber-reinforced matrix products are designed to give seed a stable growth medium on particularly steep slopes. Hydromulch was used on hillsides in the…

Oregon DOT Uses Technology to Keep up with Progressive Contractors

March 21, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

ODOT inspectors use the Windows 7-compatible DT Research model DT391GS tablet equipped with a GNSS antenna and MicroSurvey FieldGenius to stake out and…

Don’t Believe in Magic: Berne, Switzerland, Demonstrates 20 Years of Public Works Coordination

March 21, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  Smart City, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Asset Lifecycle Management are today’s buzzwords to put a magic spell on many an infrastructure manager. How nice would it be to control unwieldy roads, bridges and tunnels, distribution networks…

Clearing a Hurdle for the Potomac Yard Metro Station

March 6, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Innovative financing played an important role in getting a long-anticipated Metrorail station on track for a 2021 opening. The addition of a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rail station at Potomac Yard is a central feature to successfully…

Storm on the Horizon: Sewage Overflow Is a Problem for Today, Not Tomorrow

March 4, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  Climate change often is depicted as a far-off threat; something for future generations to worry about. However, while politicians continue to debate how to solve this critical issue, the effects of global warming and changing weather patterns are already…

Cell Tower Inspection and Maintenance: UAV Reality Capture and Digital Twin Pilot Project Suggest Major Efficiency Gains

February 24, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Telstra’s complex cell-tower arrays typically are mounted at the top of 25-meter, non-climbable steel monopoles. Determining the precise number of cell towers in the world is a difficult task, complicated by the lack of coordinated international reporting…

Panel Discussion: How Can We Improve U.S. Transportation Infrastructure?

February 10, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Introduction The title question for this feature has been discussed and debated countless times by countless people and organizations in many formats. But a letter Informed Infrastructure received and published in its July/August 2018 issue sparked our own…

Fairfield Glade: Pressure Sewer System Perfect Fit for Tennessee Retirement Locale

February 4, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  In the early 1970s, a flashy promotional campaign launched Fairfield Glade, a private retirement enclave atop East Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. It was the first step of a marathon project that developers likely knew would take generations to complete,…

Constructible Models: Lead to Time and Cost Efficiencies in Building a Particleboard Plant

January 25, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

The main concrete structure can be seen in this overall model view. From its blank canvas in Grayling, Mich., a year ago, the site of ARAUCO’s new particleboard operation has transformed into a vibrant construction project. A leader in sustainable-forest…