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New Wittpenn Bridge Demonstrates the Criticality of Inspection

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

An estimated 178 million trips are taken across the nation’s more than 617,000 bridges, but approximately 7.5 percent of the nation’s bridges are considered structurally deficient, and 42 percent of all bridges are at least 50 years old. Considering recent…

Getting Geotechnical: The Making, Shaking and Remaking of San Francisco’s Treasure Island

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Treasure Island is a 400-acre artificial island in San Francisco Bay. San Francisco Bay’s Treasure Island—a flat, 400-acre, rather headstone-shaped…

Natural Wonders: Safety, Accessibility and Aesthetics Shape Pedestrian Suspension Bridges

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

By Sean O’Keefe There’s something wonderful about a walk in the woods: the nearness of nature, the wind rustling through trees, the magical light…

Data Centers: Provide Unique Circumstances and Challenges for Stormwater Detention

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

By Carol Brzozowski This article is based on a webcam interview recorded by Todd Danielson, the editorial director of Informed Infrastructure. You can view a video of the full interview at the top of this page or by visiting bit.ly/3FxF3o4 E-commerce…

Emerging Cyber-Solutions Are Updating Urban Infrastructure

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

By Gordon Feller Cities are working hard to adopt state-of-the-art technologies. Several forces are driving them to embrace emerging innovations: agencies are working on interconnected problems; increasingly diverse communities are pushing governments to meet…

The Very Model of Modern Major Terminal: Kansas City Replaces Three Outdated Terminals with a Cutting-Edge Jewel

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Credit: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)   Kansas City International Airport (MCI) has its origin in the “Great Flood of 1951,” which more or less destroyed the facilities of Mid-Continent Airlines and Trans World Airlines (TWA) at Fairfax Airport…

You Can’t Build a Healthy Economy on Crumbling Infrastructure

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

On Feb. 10, 2022, Informed Infrastructure Editorial Director Todd Danielson interviewed Maria Lehman, president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and director of U.S. Infrastructure for GHD US. ASCE has 150,000 members in 177…

Propelling Wind Power Surveying with Drones

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

With 5G-connected drones and edge computing, dozens of towers can be inspected simultaneously. By Donavon Graves There are more than 52,000 utility-scale wind turbines across the nation that require ongoing maintenance, and total wind power capacity is expected…

Erosion Control Primer: Stay in Harmony with Nature

January 28, 2022 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

(Credit: Dropshots) The natural environment exists in a state of slow, but steady, change, and the same forces that shape the earth inevitably impact any infrastructure built on it. In earth science, erosion results from surface processes that move soil, rock…