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Interior Department announces new tools to help communities build resilience to climate change

Washington, D.C. — Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the release of two new hubs of datasets that are part of the Climate Data Initiative (CDI), a key feature of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to help local and state leaders build greater community resilience in the face of climate change. Jewell announced that hundreds of datasets from numerous federal departments and agencies have been consolidated into two thematic CDI data hubs for “Ecosystem Vulnerability” and “Water,” and are now available online to the public for free.

MDOT evaluates bridge deck epoxy injection

Hancock, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Transportation has partnered with BridgeGuard, a concrete bridge evaluation company, to analyze the effectiveness of epoxy injection into concrete bridge decks. The epoxy injection research program was initiated as an opportunity for the Michigan DOT to repair existing infrastructure in a cost effective manner. Initially, seven bridges in Michigan were identified for the program.

HMM wins Awards of Excellence for Niagara Tunnel and Port Mann/Highway 1

Iselin, N.J. — Hatch Mott MacDonald was honored with two Awards of Excellence at the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala, held October 23 in Ottawa. HMM received one CCE Award of Excellence in association with its parent company Hatch Ltd., in the category of Natural Resources, Mining, Industry & Energy. The award was given for work on the Niagara Tunnel Project in Niagara Falls, Ontario. HMM received the second award with the MMM Group as part of the H5M joint venture, in the category of Transportation. This award was for onshore works designed as part of the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project in Vancouver.

Langan adds new efficiency to transportation surveying and asset collection

Norcross, Ga. — Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, based in Elmwood Park, N.J., expanded its surveying and mapping capabilities by purchasing the Leica Pegasus mobile mapping solution. The multidisciplinary firm is already providing mobile mapping services on several major transportation projects and has had inquiries from other agencies, organizations and existing clients that are interested in exploring the benefits of the Leica Pegasus solution.

LAN to design initial phase of new rail Line to Houston’s Bayport Terminal

Houston — The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) has selected Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to design Phase 1 of a new rail line to the Bayport Terminal. The project, which involves design of approximately 6,500 linear feet of primary rail line, will extend the existing Union Pacific Rail Corridor along State Highway 146 into the facility.

New report provides sustainable solutions for nation’s aging infrastructure

Denver — The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at The Evergreen State College recently released a report, Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions: Rethinking Our Infrastructure Investment Strategies, to help industry leaders, academics, and the public rethink how communities are planned and the types of investment needed to manage, operate, and rehabilitate America’s infrastructure systems. The report, which has wide application to urban planning and the water, power, and transportation industries in particular, includes interviews from 70 of the Pacific Northwest’s key infrastructure innovators and thought leaders representing a variety of sectors.

ARCADIS selected to ‘fix and fortify’ New York City's subway system

New York — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's New York City Transit selected ARCADIS to restore the city's subway system to pre-Sandy conditions and protect it against future storms. Under the five-year, $26 million task order contract, ARCADIS will produce and implement innovative flood resiliency designs for subway stations, tunnels, bus depots, public areas, and more for North America's largest transportation network.

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