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Could Sensors Help Green Roofs Grow?

November 28, 2013 - in Energy, Maintenance, Projects, Sensors

Just as wireless sensor networks increasingly are helping building owners and tenants keep track on energy efficiency and water conservation inside, they are also at the center of several new research projects that aims to build a better understanding of their…

Online Mapping Program Helps Assess Abandoned House Situation in Camden

November 25, 2013 - in Maintenance, Security

While abandoned property contributes to blight and crime in Camden, no one has ever measured its vastness. That may change in the coming months because…

Drop in Infrastructure Spending Spurs Highway Constructors to Diversify

November 25, 2013 - in Maintenance, Transportation

A steep drop in public infrastructure spending is squeezing the nation’s highway contractors, pushing some out of the business and into other fields…

Lancashire Takes High Tech Horizons Approach to Asset Management with Yotta

November 22, 2013 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Transportation

The UK's Lancashire County Council is improving its road network asset management with a new web-based managed service from Yotta. The Horizons Visualised Asset Management System enables the council to make cost-effective treatment decisions using the best…

Land Subsidence Poses Risk to Water Infrastructure in California’s San Joaquin Valley

November 19, 2013 - in Maintenance, Projects, Water

Extensive groundwater pumping from San Joaquin Valley aquifers is increasing the rate of land subsidence, or sinking. This large-scale and rapid subsidence has the potential to cause serious damage to the water delivery infrastructure that brings water from…

Coldwater Looks to Cooperate on a Joint GIS

November 16, 2013 - in Maintenance

The cities of Coldwater and Bronson and the villages of Quincy and Union City will join with the Branch County Road Commission and 911 Communications to try for part of $15 million in state grant money to fund a joint geographic information system (GIS). A…

Drones Inspect One of the Longest Bridges in Germany

November 14, 2013 - in Bridges, Corporate, Maintenance, Transportation

Drones can go places convectional devices can’t. It is deployed when an inspection or operation is too dangerous for humans to carry out. What we are talking about is the Aibot X6 developed by Aibotix in Kassel. The hexacopter was developed to meet the highest…

3D Laser Mapping Launches V-Mapper a New Mobile Mapping System

November 12, 2013 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Transportation

The company behind the world’s most accurate mobile mapping system StreetMapper, has launched a brand new addition to their portfolio of mobile mapping solutions. Developed by 3D Laser Mapping, in partnership with IGI, V-Mapper is a dynamic, vehicle mounted,…

GSA Seeks Sustainable Technologies to Test

November 11, 2013 - in Facility Management, Maintenance

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it issued a Request for Information online to gather input on innovative, transformational green building technologies in support of its Green Proving Ground program. The program is seeking information…

Sewer Sensors Sniff Out Signs of Bombs and Drugs

November 3, 2013 - in Maintenance, Water

A sewer system full of chemical sensors could sniff out their homemade labs as part of a €4.5 million European Union-funded research programme called Emphasis. The idea is that once a sewer sensor finds telltale traces of home-brewed explosives, it sounds…