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Oversite: What Do We Learn from Sensors?

August 1, 2016 - in Column

The engineering mind may answer the title question with details on what each specific sensor is tuned to measure, along with figures from specification sheets with limits, resolution, response time and other characteristics. The more artistic mind, say that…

Oversite: Ratcheting Up Infrastructure Advocacy

May 31, 2016 - in Column

The recent Infrastructure Week event did an excellent job of marshalling a diverse group of organizations, politicians and individuals to support improved…

Oversite: No Shortage of Challenges

April 3, 2016 - in Column

One of the more-fulfilling, although certainly sometimes frustrating, aspects of engineering is the endless array of challenges. This relates to new projects…

Oversite: Reaching into the Future

January 31, 2016 - in Column

  An important part of our mission at Informed Infrastructure is to act as a resource on current practice as well as what readers can expect in the future. We do this in every issue with our “Future Forward” profile, which provides a window into applied…

Oversite: Visualizing the Difference

November 21, 2015 - in Column

The ongoing effort to better inform our infrastructure starts with a model that can be readily analyzed with automated rules-based reporting and algorithm-driven analytics. The model can incorporate simulation to check such things as traffic flow or energy…

Oversite: Summer Tours Reveal a Nation on the Build

August 2, 2015 - in Column

Taking a nice long road trip this summer? The lower price of gas makes this annual pastime all the more pleasant, and it’s a great way to see the sites and gauge the nation’s pulse. As you travel the highways, you’ll get a firsthand feel for what’s…

Oversite: How Has Faster, Better, Cheaper Evolved for Infrastructure?

June 5, 2015 - in Column

Product designers are accustomed to the typical innovation pressures of building things faster, better and cheaper. The computing industry, in particular, has been on a blistering pace of innovation, but it also has been blessed with the annual constant of…

Oversite: Getting in Touch with What’s Next

April 1, 2015 - in Column

Journalists often are criticized for going after the sensational story. We report on the man that bites the dog, but the converse is too common to get any coverage. When it comes to technology reporting, for example, reporters fawn over Apple’s latest gizmo,…