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10/15/2018

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.

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10/15/2018

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.

10/15/2018

"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.

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10/15/2018

"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.

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10/15/2018

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.

10/15/2018

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.

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10/15/2018

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.

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New Atlas
10/15/2018

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.

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rt3thinktank.com
10/15/2018

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.

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10/15/2018

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.