November 2007 Table of Contents

Products: Signal, sign & traffic management November 2007

New, and noteworthy products for road signals, signs, and traffic management. Read more

Understanding satellite-positioning technology

This glossary sheds light on how unique Albuquerque's new GPS system—the first government-owned system with tri-constellation capability—is. Read more

Tinkering with the future Tinkering with the future

Back when actor John Ratzenberger was a youngster, playtime was a hands-on experience. Barring a blizzard or other weather catastrophe, he and his friends would be outside most days, playing ball or riding their bikes. Other days, he would tinker. Read more

APWA products November 2007

New, and noteworthy products that were exhibited at the 2007 American Public Works Association Convention. Read more

The Pipe connection

The city of Lincoln, Neb., is fast outgrowing its 880 miles of sanitary sewers. To remedy this situation, the Lincoln Wastewater System (LWWS) is upgrading its wastewater collection system. That's a lot of pipe. Read more

Two for one Pipeline solutions Two for one

A dual-purpose gravity sewer can take the pressure in a growing city. Read more

GPS on steroids GPS on steroids

Mesa del Sol is the first large-scale application of Albuquerque's Real Time Global Navigation Satellite System—GNSS—Network (ARTGN), the world's first government-owned, triple-constellation-capable, real-time GPS network. Read more

Meaningful measurements Meaningful measurements

When the city of Milwaukee began using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to manage its 50 buildings, operations and maintenance director Joe Jacobsen didn't know how hard it would be to convince other managers of the true measure of his department's performance. Read more

From Preventive to Proactive Building & Facility management From Preventive to Proactive

Many cities use geographic information systems (GIS) combined with asset management software to manage infrastructure, but buildings often get short shrift. But now forward-thinking facility managers, are also using technology to bring their role out of the basement and into the modern world. Read more

PUBLIC WORKS 2007 Trendsetters

Our annual list of people, places, and events that made their mark on infrastructure. From do-gooders to good-for-nothings here are the 50 Trendsetters that shaped, shocked, or otherwise rocked our world over the past year. Read more

The Bridge that Woke the Nation The Bridge that Woke the Nation

It was only 40 years old when it collapsed Aug. 1, but the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minnesota had been deemed “structurally deficient” since 1997. Experts speculate the steel arch truss bridge collapsed because of weather extremes, vulnerable design, and/or metal fatigue. Following the collapse of the bridge Americans have been forced to consider how the bridges they cross on their way to work, school, and home affect their quality of life. Read more

A great American show A great American show

Manufacturers offer new—and/or—improved versions of seven basic components. Read more

Dung and disasters

The EPA has altered the compost and fertilizer listings in the landscaping category. The measure stands to encourage local public works departments to get past previous concerns about the environmental friendliness of the practice, thereby increasing local landscaping options and, in some instances, reducing costs. Read more

Skewed Views

Eurpoean towns jettison traffic lights, signs; Florida Stadium leaves fans high and dry. Read more

News & Views: Building & Facility Management Michigan city chips in on ‘green’effort

Battle Creek is the latest municipality to implement eco-friendly practices in its infrastructure management operations Read more

News & Views: Environment Gore, U.N. panel share nobel prize
News & Views: Associations One hundred years of concrete pipe

This year, the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary by looking back on the role concrete pipe has played in the country's history. Read more

News & Views: Solid Waste Roadkill disposal runs over water quality

Employees of the California DOT (Caltrans) have been getting rid of tire-flattened raccoons, deer, and other critters by dumping the carcasses onto a Saratoga hillside. Read more

News & Views: Water California water reuse applauded
News & Views PUBLIC WORKS Briefs November 2007

Catch up on important news, views and events from across the country. Read more

News & Views: Parks & Recreation Big Cities Greener than Ever

In 2005, the 60 largest U.S. cities spent a record $4.3 billion in maintaining and growing their parks systems. However, green-space advocates maintain more funding is needed to improve urban quality of life. Read more

Editorial Clean Water Reality Check

While waiting for the EPA's regulatory and enforcement arms to get in sync (which will be a long wait), you can focus on managing public expectations regarding water use. Read more

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