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ASCE Report Estimates Failure to Act on Infrastructure Costs Families $3,400 a Year

May 11, 2016 - in Financial, Planning

America’s infrastructure investment gap is hitting families where it hurts most – the wallet. ASCE’s Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future 2016 report, released May 10, estimates that continued underinvestment…

Congestion Costs Trucking Industry Nearly $50 Billion

April 22, 2016 - in Corporate, Transportation

Arlington, Va. – Traffic congestion on the U.S. National Highway System (NHS) added over $49.6 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry…

Rising Sea Levels: A Cause of Concern for the Coastline

February 19, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Planning

For years, scientists have warned against the dangers of planetary pollution, the continuance of global warming and other valid concerns that plague our…

Considering Precast Concrete

January 4, 2016 - in Construction, Corporate

While the initial price may be more, precast concrete costs less because of the time it saves on the job site. Pouring concrete in place is cheaper in theory. Looking at just the price of materials and labor, a poured-in-place product wins every time. But…

‘Remaking the Bridge,’ 25 Years and $6.5 billion Later

October 26, 2015 - in Bridges, Corporate, Design/Engineering

Replacing the eastern span of the Bay Bridge — a vital link between the East Bay and San Francisco — was originally projected to cost $250 million. By the time the span was completed, the project came in at $6.5 billion. How that happened is the topic…

Ninety Percent of U.S. Homes Are Under Insulated

September 30, 2015 - in Buildings, Corporate, Energy, Maintenance

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 30, 2015—Based on new research, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) estimates that roughly 90 percent of existing U.S. homes[1] are under insulated[2], wasting energy, money and decreasing comfort for homeowners.…

Photovoltaic Becoming Mainstream as Cheapest Source of Electricity Generation

September 18, 2015 - in Corporate, Renewables

Munich/Hamburg, Sept. 18, 2015—The 31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2015) closed its doors on Friday, 18 September. The global PV community met in Hamburg, to discuss the latest developments and innovations in Photovoltaics.…

HP Leaps Into 3D with their Blended Reality Vision for both 3D Printing and Immersive Computing

HP revealed new products today that aim to humanize and blend 2D with the 3D. They call the vision Blended Reality, and are reimagining 3D printing and 3D computing with both a new printer and a new computer. The 3D printer offering addresses speed, cost…

Aging Japanese Landmarks Pose Headaches Due to Seismic Retrofitting

When internationally renowned architect Kenzo Tange (1913-2005) designed the uniquely shaped Kagawa Prefectural Gym here, it was during a time well before the adoption of modern quake resistance standards. Today, seismic retrofitting work for the building…

New Book Unsprawl Explores the Expense of Surburbanization

May 22, 2013 - in Corporate, Planning

Unwinding the unsustainable ways in which we’ve built our communities over the last half-century is the most pressing challenge confronting planning, design and development today. Utilizing a dozen case studies from throughout North America, Unsprawl examines…