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Corps of Engineers releases report on coastal storm and flood risk in the North Atlantic region

Brooklyn, N.Y. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released to the public a report detailing the results of a two-year study to address coastal storm and flood risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure in the North Atlantic region of the United States affected by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. Congress authorized this report in January 2013 in the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2).

Researcher developing a self-centering beam to better withstand earthquakes

Blacksburg, Va. — For the last two years, Matt Eatherton, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, has used a National Science Foundation grant to develop a structural building component called a self-centering beam (SCB). This self-centering beam would serve several purposes: protect lives, limit or eliminate structural repair costs, and reduce business downtime due to earthquakes.

AASHTO completes series of reports tracking commuter trends and behavior

Washington, D.C. — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has released the final installment in a series of 16 “Commuting in America” briefs that examine a significant and evolving segment of the nation’s traveling public. The final brief points to slowing growth in commuting due to the aging of the American worker and declines in the number of younger people entering the workforce.

Airport fish ladder wins engineering award

Middleton, Wis. — Mead & Hunt and ESA Vigil-Agrimis accepted the Engineering Excellence Award for the Roseburg Airport Fish Ladder Project from American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon. The award-winning project helped solve a safety issue while addressing environmental concerns for a local airport, the Roseburg Regional Airport. Mead & Hunt and ESA Vigil-Agrimis lead the project team that included Land Mark Surveying, Pinnacle Western and Wildish Construction Co.

Interior Department greenlights $2 billion Southwest transmission line

Albuquerque, N.M. — The U.S. Interior Department approved the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a major infrastructure project for the American West. The $2 billion project will help enable future development of wind and solar energy from New Mexico and Arizona, providing renewable power to the growing desert Southwest region.

ISI announces new staff members

Washington, D.C. — The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) added two new staff members. Vice President for Public Education Denise Nelson, P.E., LEED AP, ENV SP, is responsible for training and education for both public and private sector organizations, marketing, and overall coordination of messaging and promotions. Administrative Professional India Bell, who is previously from Howard University’s IT Department in Washington, D.C., is responsible for computer technology and software development in support of growth of ISI.

WRRF releases Model Communication Plans to foster acceptance of potable reuse

Alexandria, Va. — Potable reuse involves the use of proven and reliable technology to purify recycled water so that it can safely supplement the drinking water supplies of communities. It is especially valuable to communities in water-scarce regions. Experience among water agencies and municipalities has shown, however, that public acceptance of direct potable reuse is one of the primary challenges facing this source of water supply.

Historical hydraulic fracturing trends

Reston, Va. — Two new U.S. Geological Survey publications highlight historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data from 1947 to 2010. Hydraulic fracturing is presently the primary stimulation technique for oil and gas production in unconventional resource reservoirs. Comprehensive, published, and publicly available information regarding the extent, location, and character of hydraulic fracturing in the United States is scarce.

Louis Berger board approves succession plan

Morristown, N.J. — Louis Berger, a global professional services corporation, announced that the company's board of directors approved a leadership succession plan that will allow for the transition of the chief executive officer position at the end of the company's fiscal year. Effective July 1, 2015, Louis Berger president and CEO Nicholas J. Masucci, will be elevated to the role of Louis Berger chairman while transitioning the responsibility of CEO to D. James Stamatis, the company's current International operating company president.

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