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  • Trench collapse leads to $424K OSHA fine

    One minute he was working in the 8-foot trench in Richmond, Texas; the next, he was being buried in it. His co-workers came to his rescue, digging him out with their bare hands.

     
  • Who knew parking was so competitive?

    We’re not referring to finding a parking space. We’re talking about a new accreditation program for public parking structures that already has five recipients.

     
  • FHWA Launches New Tunnel Inspection Program

    They're the most expensive project a DOT can build, but highway tunnel construction is increasing. To enhance the structures' safety, FHWA's released the first set of inspection standards.

     
  • The best $75 you'll ever spend

    That's the fee for entering our fifth annual Polished Concrete Awards. Even if your project doesn't win one of the 10 categories, your company's work is highlighted in perpetuity on the first website that appears when anyone Googles "concrete surfaces." That type of publicity is priceless.

     
  • Video Game Makes Fixing Infrastructure Child's Play

    A 22-year-old Finnish engineer developed INFRA after watching a television show on the state of U.S. infrastructure.

     
  • How American is Your American Pickup?

    The answer might surprise you.

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 
 

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