January 2006 Table of Contents

2006 public works funding forecast

Developing and monitoring budgets is not the favorite task of most public works professionals. Having the money to operate and develop the infrastructure, though, makes budgeting a necessary evil. For most cities, counties, and states, that evil is a little less onerous for 2006. Read more

Coming soon to a garage near you: new emissions standards Coming soon to a garage near you: new emissions standards

Are you prepared for the next generation of emission standards? Are you prepared to transition to a new diesel fuel? Are you prepared to incorporate new diesel engine technology into your already mixed fleet of diesel engines? Read more

How to hire a construction management firm Ideas & Opinions How to hire a construction management firm

Most consulting firms today offer “construction management services.” However, the interpretation of construction management and the services it entails greatly varies. According to the Construction Management Association of America, “construction management is a professional service that applies effective management techniques to the planning, design, and construction of a project from inception to completion for the purpose of controlling time, cost, and quality.” Read more

Cracking the water code using bioinformatics Cracking the water code using bioinformatics

When it comes to tackling public health threats, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That's the thinking behind the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to award two grants—totaling $9 million—to further bioinformatics studies at two university research centers. Read more

Bridging the gap Products Solving Problems Bridging the gap

The Pleasantville toll plaza near Atlantic City, N.J., spans 13 lanes of traffic, including four high-speed Express EZ-Pass lanes. With the toll plaza administration and parking area on one side of the expressway, it was unsafe for toll workers to cross without traffic-disrupting lane closures. Read more

Underground utility location made easy Products Solving Problems Underground utility location made easy

Buried infrastructure (such as gas, phone, cable, electric, water, and sewer) is critical to all public works departments; it's a form of buried treasure. And, like buried treasure, underground pipe and cable can be hard to find. Read more

Making corrugated steel pipe culverts last Products Solving Problems Making corrugated steel pipe culverts last

The demanding role expected of drainage culverts is to ensure the control of free-flowing water, guarding against flooding and soil displacement. Culverts complement the creeks and channels that intersect roads and highways, rural driveways, runways, and paths, enabling safe and easy auto crossing. Read more

Sustainable park development Sustainable park development

A beyond-LEED approach to capital program management Read more

‘Green’ building gets the gold

High-rise uses water wisely Read more

Shotcrete done right Shotcrete done right

The concrete dam that created Dix Reservoir in Barre, Vt., was constructed in 1950. Over decades of service, erosion and deterioration became increasingly apparent on the dam's spillway and training walls. Water began seeping through fine cracks and other damaged areas. In 1978, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers first conducted a condition survey of the training walls and spillway, they discovered a loss of concrete section and exposed reinforcing steel. Read more

Battling the enemy

Corrosion at wastewater treatment facilities gets little attention from upper-echelon managers and policymakers but is all too familiar to those who actually operate and maintain the plants. Until this year, the 20-volume ASM Handbook did not even specifically address corrosion in wastewater plants. Unfortunately, it takes a series of unfortunate episodes to bring the problem to public awareness. Read more

Road breaks new ground Road breaks new ground

Construction crews along Georgia's Interstate 285 have done more than reconstruct the roadway's shoulders—they have made history. Read more

Upgrading to Class A anaerobic digestion

More utilities are looking at producing Class A biosolids from municipal wastewater sludges as a way to reduce their regulatory requirements and improve their program's image with the public. The question is, what is the best way to convert an existing Class B biosolids digestion system into a Class A program? Read more

Industry leader garners award News & Views: People Industry leader garners award
City receives water protection award News & Views: Community City receives water protection award
Association presents design-build awards News & Views: Design & Construction Association presents design-build awards
Pervious concrete symposium announced News & Views: Associations Pervious concrete symposium announced
Editorial Carry that weight

Despite our best efforts, government can't solve every problem. We run our cities as well as we can with what we have and hope for the best. And sure, we don't mind if the feds or the state gives us some money, but we don't really expect it, nor do we even necessarily think it's fair that they do. Each city has to carry most of its own weight. Read more

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