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  • PCA Resilience Leadership Awards Winners - Concrete Construction

    The PCA has announced the winners of the 2016 Resilience Leadership Awards.

     
  • City Looks at New Way to Fix Sidewalks

    The City of San Antonio, Texas is hoping that using precast concrete for their sidewalks will improve the lifespan of the city's pedestrian walkways.

     
  • Safety vs. Cost: the Engineer's Tightrope

    "Do we design (for) something that would happen every 100 years or every 50 years?" asks the director of the University of Southern California's Viterbi Construction Engineering and Management program.

     
  • City Spending $400M to Improve Flood Prevention

    Michigan wants to win $200 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. This excellent article includes video of a National Weather Service hydrologist modeling how Grand Rapids would use the money.

     
  • A Winning Concrete Pavement Combination

    Precast concrete has been used to repair roads since 2001. In Chicago, precast and ultra high performance concrete were used together to reduce construction time and increase durability for a pedestrian bridge.

     
  • FREE: Improving Service in the Digital Age

    This free International City/County Management Association download uses the actual experience of cities and counties to share best practices in developing and deploying 311 systems.

     
  • State DOT Chooses Maintenance Over New Construction

    Caltrans is fighting traffic congestion with "induced travel." Adding roadway capacity only encourages more people to drive, so the agency's investing instead in multi-modal transportation options.

     
  • Multiple Sewer Overflows Draw Criticism

    This reporter is irritated that Dallas Water Utilities didn't explain earlier how five, 100,000-gallon overflows affected drinking water. But as our article earlier this year notes, it can be difficult to know when to pull the trigger on public notification.

     
  • Construction on City's Unique 'Land Bridges' Begins

    The George Kaiser Family Foundation is spending $350 million on a park along the Arkansas River in downtown Tulsa, Okla. Ultimately, motorists will drive through tunnels topped with lush plantings.

     
  • State Gets $28 Million for High-Speed Rail

    Not to be confused with the 760 mph Hyperloop, maglev trains are almost (but not quite) as fast. Maryland just received seed money for a possible corridor between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

     
  • Modelling Public Transport in the Era of Intelligent Transport Systems

    A new textbook explains for the first time how the effect of Intelligent Transport Systems technologies on passenger behavior in public transport can be modelled

     
  • Check Out This Engineer's 'Virtual Watershed' (with video)

    Now you, too, can build an interactive tool to teach the public about stormwater. Civil engineering professor Shane Rogers provides instructions (but not the funding).

     
  • Seeking Innovative Public Concrete Projects!

    We're looking for candidates for our third annual Triad Award. If your public agency has delivered a project that should be recognized for innovative design and construction, let us know by Friday. (Here are 2014's and 2015's winners.)

     
  • FREE Help for Private Property Inflow, Infiltration

    This five-page Water Environment Federation overview outlines key considerations for municipal utilities that want to establish a framework for private property I/I (PPII) mitigation activities.

     
  • Equipment Fleets Luncheon & Forum

    Presented by Concrete Construction magazine, the Equipment Fleets Luncheon and Forum will debut at this year’s World of Concrete.

     
  • IECA Webinar: Facility Runoff Control Plans for MS4s

    Is your municipality struggling to comply with Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System program requirements? The webinar, held on Dec. 16, will explain how to conduct "hot spot" assessments to identify pollutant runoff risk. Each participant receives a certificate.

     
  • Partnership Will Map Urban Air Quality

    A company that designs and deploys environmental sensor networks is working with Google Earth Outreach to enhance understanding of pollution trends.

     
  • Drunk Water Operator Leaves Town High and Dry

    You think your water infrastructure is in trouble?! This town's pump doesn't run unless someone shows up to start it.

     
  • Using LEED Guidelines to Lower Water Consumption

    Building and public health codes sometimes get in the way of obtaining the water credits necessary to achieve a platinum rating. A drought-stricken city is collaborating with the county health department, systems designer, and public advocates to overcome these challenges and build a net zero water...

     
  • Four Municipal Planning Projects Awarded

    Two cities and two metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) will receive support from a San Diego-based planning, design, and engineering firm that serves the Southwest.

     
 
 
 

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