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  • An easy way to write a winter ops plan

    Public works departments need to create comprehensive plans covering every aspect of winter operations, a burdensome task when constrained by limited resources. The Ontario Good Roads Association and Salt Institute have developed a FREE online tool for preparing a fully integrated maintenance plan...

     
  • Combined sewer overflow project wins engineering award

    A steep hill in Covington, Ky. down which 6 million gallons of rain poured onto a highway turns from liability into a highly effective stormwater pollution prevention solution.

     
  • DBO water contracts increasingly popular

    At least three West Coast cities are using design-build-operate (DBO) to deliver critical water and sewer upgrades. The methodology is also popular with engineering awards judges.

     
  • Water systems plagued by age, supply shortages

    The American Water Works Association's FREE state-of-the-industry analysis shows the water and wastewater sectors have shifted focus from economic recovery back to the same old problem: financing improvements to aging systems.

     
  • 5 principles for ‘post-industrial’ public works

    A City College of New York architecture professor says architects, engineers, urban planners, and public officials need to think at the systems level to most effectively revamp the nation's outdated infrastructure.

     
  • Are you spending more (or less) on consultants?

    We're gathering information for our annual analysis of how public works departments use engineering, design, planning, and other service firms.

     
  • Now THAT is resilient!

    Superstorm Sandy wreaked infrastructure havoc all along the East Coast in October 2012 but didn’t dent the credit ratings of New York State transportation agencies, says Standard & Poor's.

     
  • Report: PVC fails less than any other pipeline material

    A second Utah State University study of PVC pipe performance in water and wastewater systems affirms the material’s 100-year lifespan. Previous research by the university’s Buried Structures Laboratory showed the pipe fails less often than ductile iron, cast iron, steel, concrete, and asbestos...

     
  • Service dogs need access too!

    For the past 12 years I have traveled from one end of this country to the other with my service dog. The most difficult task for us was finding places for Maddie to relieve herself.

     
  • Esri launches small-government department platform

    The Engineering Department of Tazewell, Va., is the first to take advantage of a GIS licensing program for communities with populations of 100,000 or less.

     
  • Manhole maker expands materials selection

    Infrastructure access solutions provider EJ acquires custom molder of thermoset composite materials.

     
  • 3 great National Public Works Week ideas

    The 54th annual celebration of the public works profession began on Sunday.

     
  • High & dry: water supply in an era of drought

    Organized by the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association, the Whole Water Conference is open to anyone interested in resource planning, integrating recycled water, storm water, desalination, and groundwater management. Speakers include Marsi Steirer of San Diego Public...

     
  • DOT uses pervious concrete for parking lot expansion

    Supporting mobility and minimizing environmental impacts, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is installing pervious pavement systems at two park and ride lots in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.

     
  • Fortune 500 CEOs say water affects where they locate facilities

    A recent survey reveals that 60% of business leaders believe water-related issues will negatively impact their businesses in the next five years, but most don’t have contingency plans.

     
  • Meet this year's Top 10 Public Works Leaders

    California leads the American Public Works Association's annual list of exceptional managers with four winners. Two are from Florida; the rest from Illinois, Iowa, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Anyone you know?

     
  • Rent a hybrid refuse truck

    Parker Hannifin Corporation has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Big Truck Rental to offer a Parker RunWise Advanced Series Hybrid Drive System on refuse trucks available for rent prior to purchasing a truck.

     
  • SSSBA to host free webinar on short span steel bridge design

    In cooperation with the American Galvanizers Association (AGA), the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA) will host a free one-hour webinar on the innovative design of short span steel bridges (under 140 feet) on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

     
  • Free tool for writing construction equipment RFPs

    Caterpillar’s updated procurement website gives agencies a simple way to ask and compare product features, pricing, capabilities, and financing options for multiple equipment brands.

     
  • Esri releases Heartbleed virus advisory

    The OpenSSL Vulnerability CVE-2014-0160 (Heartbleed) has been big news in the past week. Since learning about the vulnerability, Esri staff have been performing maintenance to validate, secure, and patch Esri servers and infrastructure to close this vulnerability and ensure Esri customers are...

     
 
 
 

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