The USS Sioux City will be filling in for the cruiser USS Philippine Sea at this week's Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival. The cruiser was reassigned in response to Hurricane Dorian.
Maintenance efficiency will be the focus of a six-week pilot program scheduled for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash. Boston Consulting Group will participate in the bid to speed procedures and address a backlog of work.
The Navy has shown that an autonomous boat can be deployed to sweep for mines and determine their type before destroying them. The successful demonstration is considered a major advance that keeps personnel out of harm's way while creating the potential for human operators to guide many such craft.
This year's National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28 will feature the theme of "Connecting to Nature through Service." In the Army Corps of Engineers' Nashville District, volunteers will clean up the shoreline of Dale Hollow Lake.
Pennsylvania's South Williamsport Borough has agreed to work with DuBoistown and the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority on ways to meet federal stormwater regulations. The three entities will focus on finding ways to share costs for engineering and construction.
Planting trees, which helps prevent erosion and flooding, is a practice that all Nigerians should cultivate, said Nnamdi Arum, director of climate change at Enugu State Ministry of Environment. "People living in flood and erosion-prone areas should develop the habit of planting and replacing of trees when they are cut down in their environment," Arum said.
Rising seas are taking a heavy toll in West Africa, where a third of the population lives near the coast. The problem is compounded by the use of easily-eroded coastal sand in building, with regional losses mounting to an estimated $3.8 billion a year.
University engineering departments are working with government agencies to produce better tornado warnings that reduce the number of false alarms and increase the warning time beyond the current 15 to 20 minutes. The latest effort will send dozens of researchers into the field to study a number of factors common to the supercell storms that breed twisters, with teams employing unmanned aerial vehicles, LIDAR and other technologies as well as manned airborne and ground-based observation platforms.
The US engineering workforce is projected to grow by 140,000 by 2026 from the 1.7 million reported in 2016, but what kinds of jobs will be filled and by whom? An ASME infographic looks at how the engineering profession will be shaping up in the US and globally.
Dutch environmental consulting group Deltares will review a $1.3 billion plan to add flood protections along a section of lower Manhattan's east side waterfront. The latest proposal would cover the East River Park with several feet of fill and exclude use of the park for about three years.