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  • Damage-free analysis of 2,500 miles of pavement

    When no as-built construction plans or pavement condition information could be found, high-speed ground penetrating radar (GPR) was used to assess how asphalt and concrete county roads would handle heavy oil and gas drilling equipment.

     
  • Marathon a day keeps waterborne diseases at bay

    The 33-year-old co-founder of Activewater ran one marathon each day for 100 consecutive days to raise money for a clean water-and-sewer project. Talk about a sense of mission!

     
  • Need a new bridge? Fire up a 3D printer

    Plans are under way to build the world's first 3D printed pedestrian bridge. Hey, if it works for clothes and cars, why not infrastructure?

     
  • Six states raise gas tax to fund road, bridge projects

    To plug the gap between available funding and infrastructure needs, these six states have begun charging drivers anywhere from 0.35 cents to 7 cents more for a gallon of gas. (One state, though, lowered its gas tax.)

     
  • Washington, D.C., suburb seeks civil engineer

    Here’s your chance to preserve the past while innovating the future as a Civil Engineer III (sanitary sewers). That’s the motto of Alexandria, Va., a historic community (settled in 1695) that’s now home to 140,000 people.

     
  • Residents and roundabouts: a love-hate relationship

    What IS it with American drivers and traffic circles?! European motorists have no problem with the concept, but every U.S. project inevitably faces resistance.

     
  • 27 states sue EPA over Clean Water Act 'expansion'

    For decades, local and federal regulators have argued over what constitutes a 'water of the U.S.,' even asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in. With its latest ruling, states say EPA's overstepped its bounds and are taking action.

     
  • Seven super-cool public parking facilities

    These award-winning programs show what happens when the need to stash vehicles while people are shopping, eating, and play is considered an asset instead of a liability.

     
  • Everything you wanted to know about pumps (but were afraid to ask)

    Wastewater Treatment Plant Pumps: Guidelines for Selection, Application, and Operation is written for engineers, designers, trainers, maintenance staff, and plant operators.

     
  • 10 water system webinars between now and end of 2015

    American Water Works Association (AWWA) sessions cover all aspects of collection and treatment, risk assessment and management, public outreach, and regulatory changes. Members get a price break, but even without they’re an excellent deal.

     
  • Calling all water pipeline pioneers and practitioners!

    The American Society of Civil Engineers' annual pipeline technical conference covers water and wastewater pipeline material, trenchless construction, and design standards. Registration fees will increase Aug. 4.

     
  • OSHA Issues Temporary Enforcement of Confined Spaces Standard

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a 60-day temporary enforcement policy of its Confined Spaces in Construction standard, effective Aug. 3.

     
  • Joint venture to tackle $1B bridge replacement

    Also known as the Potomac River Bridge, the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge's two lanes are only 11 feet wide each with no shoulder. To alleviate congestion and enhance safety, the Maryland Transportation Authority is replacing the continuous truss structure.

     
  • Public utility busts actor Tom Selleck for stealing water

    The Calleguas Municipal Water District in drought-stricken California paid a private investigator $20,000 to prove the "Magnum, P.I." and "Blue Bloods" television star has been watering his 60-acre ranch by (illegally) tapping into a local fire hydrant.

     
  • The greatest engineering feat you've never heard of

    Before Columbus discovered the New World, South American engineers built a 4,000-mile mountainous roadway without a single arch. Portions of the Capac Ñan network, which runs from Columbia to Chile, are still used.

     
  • An overnight engineering success after 84 years

    Fred Ogden says his team's new model for predicting groundwater movement is more reliable and less complex than Lorenzo Richards' famous 1931 equation.

     
  • Body found In remote pump station

    Here's why you might want to think about doing maintenance check-ups more than twice a year.

     
  • Maybe they should've flushed 'em down the toilet instead

    Canadians release unwanted goldfish in local waterways, where the invasive species has no natural predators and the former pets grow to gigantic proportions.

     
  • Surf's up! (4 miles inland)

    Austin's NLand Surf Park will be housed in a man-made lagoon, where waves replenished by rainwater will crest at 1, 4, and 6 feet. The entire project's expected to take eight months to complete.

     
  • $1.6 billion: EPA's largest-ever Clean Water Act loan

    To protect the Sacramento River and San Francisco Bay Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, a California wastewater treatment plant will be upgraded to remove virtually all ammonia. The $2 billion is expected to take eight years.

     
 
 
 
 

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