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Bridging the Gap Between Inspections and Decisions

August 27, 2015 - in Bridges, Feature, Featured

Bridge safety hasn’t always been top of mind for legislators in the United States. The impetus for creating standards and collecting information on how structurally sound the bridges in this country was the collapse of the Silver Bridge in 1967, which spanned…

Structural Engineers Readily Adopt BIM

August 19, 2015 - in Column

Structural engineers from large organizations, multinationals and SMBs feel that BIM is not just an option but a requirement. Unlike architects, designers,…

EPA Guidance Provides New Options for Meeting TMDL Goals

August 17, 2015 - in Column, Maintenance, Stormwater, Water

The goal of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program is arguably simple - to develop watershed level conservation plans designed to restore impaired…

July – August 2015 Infrastructure SHOWCASE

August 11, 2015 - in Showcase

The Charter of the New Urbanism (CNU) promotes mixed-use, walkable neighborhood development for healthier people, places and economies. Each year, CNU holds its Charter Awards to recognize outstanding placemaking that positively affects people’s lives. Jurors…

Self-Propelled Bridges: Offsite Superstructure Construction Reduces Interruption

August 11, 2015 - in Bridges, Feature, Featured

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is in the midst of a major project to rebuild the I-94 North-South freeway, one of the state’s most frequently used roadways. The freeway is being widened to eight lanes from the Wisconsin/Illinois border…

Drought Raises the Urgency of Stormwater Retention Solutions

August 11, 2015 - in Feature, Featured, Stormwater

Offsetting Impervious Surface Helps Recharge for the Next Emergency The state of emergency in California due to the drought continues to compound as there is little change in rain and snow patterns in the forecast. The issue is bigger than drying streams and…

Connected Traffic—Learning from Smartphones to Develop Smart Cities

August 6, 2015 - in Design/Engineering, Feature, Featured

Compared to other industries, transportation technology is like the car that stalls when the light turns green. Traffic is whizzing by on both sides, but we’re just sitting still, watching the future move forward without us. It’s not too late, however,…

Intelligent Models for Roadways—A New Way to Work

August 6, 2015 - in Feature, Featured

When COWI Norway began planning and designing a major new portion of the E16 highway project for the Norwegian Public Road Administration (NPRA), it chose to employ a building information modeling (BIM) process for all preliminary design, including roads,…

Optioneering Helps MidCoast Water Transform Gloucester Water Network into a Reliable, Efficient System

August 3, 2015 - in Feature, Featured, Water

MidCoast Water delivers water and sewerage services to 40,000 households in the Manning, Great Lakes, and Gloucester communities of New South Wales in Australia. It also supplies 8 billion liters of water a year to Karuah in the south, Crowdy Head in the north,…

Infrastructure Outlook: What’s New in Reality Capture?

August 2, 2015 - in Column

New reality-capture technologies are gaining ground as firms realize that the flexibility offered by new tools can improve designs, reduce clashes and eliminate expensive site rework. Construction companies now use reality capture to monitor building projects…