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Clean Water Crisis: Solar Power Microgrids and Water Desalination Address Global Concerns

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Indirect desalination uses electricity generated by solar cells to power a membrane process. Collectively, humans are using Earth’s natural resources at a greater rate than it takes for nature to replenish them. This contention has been widely observed and…

Grand Paris Requires Grand Surveying

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Advanced surveying solutions for tunneling and monitoring help speed construction of the largest regional transportation expansion in Europe. One of the…

Sensitively Restoring Historic Structures to Meet Today’s Engineering Standards

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Built in 1901 and located on the original Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton, Ohio, Barn No. 17 has been completely disassembled and rebuilt a little…

Getting Around Riyadh: A New Transit System Takes Shape

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

A new metro line in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will span 109 miles and include 85 stations and six rail lines. (Métro_de_Riyad_©_Avant_Première) The 100-mile-plus metro line will help ease congestion in the fast-growing capital of Saudi Arabia. Beginning in…

Erosion-Control Success Stories: Position Your Business to Best Serve Client Needs

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

A HydroGrass Technologies worker applies GeoEarth erosion control with TerraMax equipment. (Hydrograss Technologies) California’s wildfire season is looming. Hurricane season begins June 1. Climate-change concerns are leading to strengthening infrastructure.…

How to Manage Routine Maintenance Work on a Busy Construction Site

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

With multiple contractors and disciplines working separately yet simultaneously, a construction site can be a hectic place. It can be difficult for a construction manager to keep up with everything that’s happening, including budget, schedule adherence,…

Dubai: Mapping the Smart Path to Happiness

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

The city of Dubai takes its smartness and its happiness very seriously. In fact, happiness is the stated end goal of all the ambitious and clever initiatives the city launched since the start of its Smart Dubai program in 2013. The all-encompassing strategy…

Automation Is Coming to Your CMT Lab

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

In the field, technicians sample fresh concrete and cast cylinders to cure in the testing lab.   Specimens tagged by hand. Results written on clipboards. Data entered, line by painstaking line. Materials testing has always been overly manual. Then COVID-19…

Digital Twins: Cutting Through the Hype From Concept to Operations

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

A digital twin of a pump room and its operations dashboard. (KCI Technologies, Inc.)   The Future, Now In a brand-new highrise office building in the heart of Chicago, a facility-maintenance manager gets a notice on her cellphone that a pump is operating…

Video Interviews: 2021 IECA Award Winners

The International Erosion Control  Association (IECA) announced winners or a variety of awards during the virtual IECA Annual Conference and Expo held in February 2021. The IECA awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in the erosion and sediment…