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Researchers study ‘smart’ rocks use for detecting bridge damage

Rolla, Mo. — It’s hard to gauge how structurally sound a bridge is when its foundation is buried in a riverbed deep below the water’s surface. New “smart” rocks that are being developed by researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology will give engineers an accurate, easy and cost-effective tool to monitor a bridge’s foundation, in real time.

Eighteen public works professionals earn APWA CPII credential

Kansas City, Mo. — Eighteen public works professionals recently earned the American Public Works Association (APWA) credential as a Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII). Since its inception, the APWA certification in public infrastructure inspection program has credentialed a total of 250 U.S. and Canadian professionals with the CPII certification.

Nominations underway for Tnemec’s 2014 Tank of the Year contest

Kansas City, Mo. — Entries are now being accepted for Tnemec’s 2014 Tank of the Year competition. “This will be the ninth consecutive year we will recognize the aesthetic, creative and innovative uses of Tnemec coatings on water tanks,” said Doug Hansen, Director of Sales, Water Tank Market. “The deadline for submitting new construction or renovation projects is October 1st and all tank styles are eligible as long as they are completed by that deadline.”

12 DOT Secretaries send open letter to Congress

Washington, D.C. — As Congress considers legislation to avoid a shortfall of the Highway Trust Fund, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and 11 of his predecessors offered an open letter to Congress, urging them to address the nation’s long-term transportation needs. In addition to Secretary Foxx, Secretaries Ray LaHood, Mary Peters, Norman Mineta, Rodney Slater, Frederico Peña, Samuel Skinner, Andrew Card, James Burnley, Elizabeth Dole, William Coleman and Alan Boyd all signed the letter. Their message: Congress’ work doesn’t end with the bill under consideration. Transportation in America still needs a much larger, longer-term investment.

Dallas project and TxDOT’s Zapalac honored at ARTBA P3 Conference

Washington, D.C. — A 30-year veteran of transportation project delivery and a $1.2 billion highway project in North Central Texas were recognized as models of excellence in innovative transportation financing during a special July 17 luncheon at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) 26th Annual Public Private Partnership (P3) Conference in the Nation’s Capital.

Zurich advises on solar panel fire and structural load risks

Schaumburg, Ill. — As businesses across the world increasingly are turning to green technology for lowering energy costs and reducing their own carbon footprints, Zurich is working to help risk managers understand the fire and unexpected structural load risks associated with photovoltaic (PV) solar panel systems and how they can protect themselves from those risks. Key information related to the risks and challenges and recommended solutions was recently released in a Zurich RiskTopics white paper on photovoltaic systems.

Wastewater treatment plant enhances city’s sustainable image

Dubuque, Iowa — Sustainability is classically and creatively exemplified in the City of Dubuque’s recently completed Water and Resource Recovery Center (W&RRC) project. The project represents more than 20 years of collaborative civil engineering by the City of Dubuque, its citizens, and Strand Associates, Inc. After completion of a 20-year facilities plan, the city hired Strand to complete the design and construction of upgrades to the W&RRC.

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