As part of a partnership between IBM and Fluor, IBM's supercomputer Watson will provide doctorlike risk analyses and help automate delegation of materials and labor for multibillion-dollar construction projects. "Think of it as a living and breathing system," says Sai Yadati, a partner at IBM Global Business Services.
For the first half of 2018, fleet driver turnover averaged 96%, the highest level in five years, according to the American Trucking Associations. To improve this, fleets are actively working to provide bonuses, expanded benefits and use of mobile freight apps, in addition to refining interview processes.
John Boozman, R-Ark., says the passage of the America's Water Infrastructure Act represents an important step toward improving the nation's water infrastructure and modernizing our aging water systems. The bipartisan bill, which has been endorsed by the American Society of Civil Engineers, helps underserved areas by widening access to certain financing options and taking away high application fees that make it tougher for smaller communities to get the funding they need.
"My hope as president is to leave the Society even better than it is today," said Robin Kemper, P.E., LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE, upon her induction Sunday as ASCE's 2019 president at the Society's annual business meeting during the ASCE 2018 Convention in Denver. Get to know Kemper in a biographical video shown at the event.
"Are we going to kick the door open and actually boldly pursue change?" asked 2018 ASCE President Kristina Swallow in her rousing call to civil engineers, young and old, to deliver new ideas and solutions amid an ever-changing world. Closing today, the ASCE Convention's events are inspiring attendees to go forth to save the world through civil engineering. Read about the convention.
Hurricane Michael ripped through several states after making landfall in Florida, leading to outages of power, water and telecommunications resources, while also causing flash flooding in Virginia. Emergency management authorities in Crisp County, Ga., focused on getting power restored and called on the services of the sheriff's office, the Forestry Commission, the Department of Natural Resources and inmates to repair storm damage.
Ford is testing its Intersection Priority Management system, which uses vehicle-to-vehicle communications to allow cars to navigate intersections without the need for stoplights. The system broadcasts each car's speed, location and direction of travel while suggesting the optimal speed for each car to navigate an upcoming intersection safely.
UAVOS' ApusDuo prototype joins a small list of high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft designed to fill the gap between satellites and drones, providing communications links and surveillance from lofty cruising altitudes up to about 65,000 feet. The unmanned aircraft has two long, thin, flexible, parallel wings covered with solar cells for power that can keep it airborne for as long as a year.
While traditional tactics such as training and the use of personal protection equipment will always be a part of safety programs, new technologies are entering the mix. These tools can take worker protection to next level. Read more.
Sika has opened a concrete admixtures production facility in Dubai Industrial Park that will be a key distribution and sales hub for the Gulf Cooperation Council region. The new facility will be able to produce 240,000 metric tons of material per year.
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