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LakeSim Helps Merge Urban Design with Scientific Analysis for Chicago Lakeside Development

October 10, 2014 - in Land Development, Modeling, Planning, Projects

A hundred years ago, one out of every five people lived in urban areas. By 2050, that number will balloon to over four out of five. This rapid urbanization presents significant problems to the world. Even a modest annual population growth of three or five…

Aging Chicago Waterways Need Rebuilding, Too

September 28, 2014 - in Water

Warnings about our crumbling infrastructure tend to focus on highways and bridges, railroads and subway systems. And there's no question that these surface…

Illinois Governor Marks the Milestone for High-Speed Rail Between Chicago and St. Louis

September 24, 2014 - in Construction, Projects, Rail, Transportation

Governor Pat Quinn today marked a significant milestone in the construction of major high-speed rail track work between Chicago and St. Louis. The Governor…

Chicago Transit Authority Receives $35 Million in Federal Funding for Red Line Work

August 6, 2014 - in Construction, Financial, Transit

The Chicago Transit Authority has received a nice down payment on what it hopes will be a big and recurring stream of federal funds to help rebuild the aging Red and Purple L lines. A total of $120 million in fiscal 2014 money had been set aside for core capacity…

Turning Sensor Data into Decisions in Chicago

June 22, 2014 - in Analysis, Sensors

Last year, in an ornate downtown Chicago ballroom, the seeds were planted for a new multidisciplinary research network with an ambitious purpose: to understand and improve cities. By mixing together experts in computer science, public health, education, architecture,…

MEMS Industry Group Members Showcase MEMS & Sensors at 2014 Sensors Expo & Conference

June 1, 2014 - in Announcement, Sensors

More than 30 members and industry partners of MEMS Industry Group(R) (MIG), the trade association advancing micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors across global markets, will exhibit June 25-26 at the 2014 Sensors Expo & Conference in Rosemont,…

Illinois Infrastructure has Improved — But it’s Nothing to Celebrate

April 23, 2014 - in Analysis, Maintenance

For many, it is difficult to see much improvement in Illinois' infrastructure over the past few years. We don't calculate our daily average time stuck in traffic — what matters to us is that it takes too long to get home at the end of the day to see our…

Chicago Mayor Promotes New Infrastructure Thinking

April 10, 2014 - in Construction

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will use a keynote address Thursday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to promote the idea of courting private investors to bankroll infrastructure projects in return for a share of the profits. The mayor's two-year-old…

NTSB: Sensors Too Far Back In O’Hare Train Crash

April 8, 2014 - in Sensors, Transportation

A sensor for an automatic braking system was too close to the end of the track to prevent a crash at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, according to a preliminary federal report released Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board's one-page analysis…

Chicago’s SmartData Project Aims to Spark Predictive Analytics Movement

April 7, 2014 - in Smart Cities

As the third largest city in the U.S. at 2.7 million residents, Chicago is known for many things. It has its trademarked windy weather, deep-dish pizzas and that iconic piece of Americana known as Wrigley Field, a ballpark that turns 100 this year. Yet today,…