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McClure Engineering Company to merge with JFSCO Engineering

McClure Engineering Company (MEC) of Clive, Iowa, signed a definitive agreement to merge with JFSCO Engineering of Red Oak, Iowa, offering MEC the opportunity to add rail design and terminal transloading facility design work to its services, expand its survey scanning and aviation expertise, and add resources into the southwest Iowa marketplace.

WEF announces Chris French as director of stormwater programs

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced that Chris French has joined the organization as its new director of stormwater programs. French will use his more than 15 years of water sector experience to expand this core competency area for WEF. He will guide the efforts of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a recently launched center of excellence that provides national leadership for sustainable stormwater management.

Four agencies join with NIST to co-sponsor new Community Resilience Panel

Four federal agencies have joined with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to sponsor a new independent panel devoted to reducing barriers to community resilience — the capacity to prepare for anticipated hazards, adapt to changing conditions, and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions.

Leeds wins funding to develop robot infrastructure fixers

The University of Leeds is leading a pioneering national infrastructure research project to develop small robots to identify problems with utility pipes, street lights and roads and fix them with minimal environmental impact and disruption to the public.

New MIT system uses shockwaves to desalinate water

A team at MIT has come up with an innovative approach to treat salty, brackish or contaminated water that, unlike most traditional desalination systems, does not separate ions or water molecules with filters, which can become clogged, or boiling, which consumes great amounts of energy.

VDOT program will accelerate pavement testing

The Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) “accelerated pavement testing” program at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) employs a “heavy vehicle simulator” as its technological centerpiece.

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