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Cityworks Helps Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Ease Foreclosure Crisis

July 19, 2013 - in Corporate, Maintenance

The recent financial crisis impacted cities across the country in many ways, but the City of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was prepared, using Cityworks, to track and manage vacant properties created by the onslaught of foreclosures. With accurate information, staff…

Sensors Combine for a Structural Health Detection System

Nearly six years following the bridge disaster in Minneapolis, structures keep failing, including the I-5 bridge in Washington and buildings in both Philadelphia…

Convergence of Capital Planning and GIS: Smart Asset Management

July 4, 2013 - in Corporate, Maintenance

Integrating geospatial data into public works can help a city streamline its municipal operations and boost productivity by ensuring field crews and their…

Infrastructure Industry Set For A $190 Billion Injection: Who Will Profit?

July 1, 2013 - in Maintenance, Transportation

Despite how far human ingenuity has come, nothing we make or build is meant to last forever. Bridges especially are prone to substantial wear and need to be replaced every few decades. But seeing as how most bridges in America are nearing the end of their…

Xcel Battles Beatle-dead Trees with Lidar Mapping

July 1, 2013 - in Energy, Maintenance

To reduce the risk of falling trees and fire, Xcel, Colorado's largest utility, is using light detection and ranging technology, or lidar, to search for dead and dying trees near its 13,000 miles of lines. In the past decade, the mountain pine beetle has infested…

Los Angeles Faces a 60-year Backlog on Road Repairs

May 6, 2013 - in Maintenance, Transportation

The heart of the problem with poor pavement in Los Angeles is aging streets, heavy traffic, undulating terrain and the sheer size of the network. The streets in the poorest shape tend to be in hillside neighborhoods, such as the Hollywood Hills, Mount Washington,…

Bentley Releases Assetwise Ivara Performance Management Version 7.0

Bentley announced the release of its AssetWise Ivara Performance Management 7.0 software for infrastructure asset reliability improvement at the Ivara Reliability Leadership Summit 2013 this week. The new version provides additional global reach and software…

Wireless "Smart Skin" Sensors Could Provide Remote Monitoring of Infrastructure

April 23, 2013 - in Maintenance, Sensors

Major bridge failures in recent years have focused attention on the need to monitor America’s highway bridges and other infrastructure. As thousands of bridges, parking garages and other structures age, improved methods for detecting deterioration could…

Wireless “Smart Skin” Sensors Could Provide Remote Monitoring of Infrastructure

April 23, 2013 - in Maintenance, Sensors

Major bridge failures in recent years have focused attention on the need to monitor America’s highway bridges and other infrastructure. As thousands of bridges, parking garages and other structures age, improved methods for detecting deterioration could…

Fixing the World's Infrastructure Problems

April 21, 2013 - in Maintenance

We all have a stake in the infrastructure surrounding us — the roads, buildings, power lines, and telephone networks that we rely on daily. How well they're built and operated is crucial to economic growth and is a key arbiter of an economy's competitiveness…