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.
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.
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.
A former Solvay Coke & Gas site in Milwaukee will be turned into a $285 million mixed-use site that will house Komatsu Mining's headquarters and a manufacturing facility. By 2022, the 47-acre site will feature a museum, 410,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 170,000 square feet of office space.
After a ruling from 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, the National Nuclear Security Administration issued a termination notice to guarantors and contractors working on the billion-dollar Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, or MOX project, in South Carolina. "Materials and equipment will be inventoried and all design documents will be carefully catalogued to preserve the nuclear pedigree of this investment for any possible reuse," the notice states.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is preparing for a $100 million-plus project to improve an aging rail bridge, an effort that effectively will allow for expansion of a transit station. The agency has opened bidding for the project's design and construction, which could last until 2026.
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