Electric power is far from the constant in may appear to be. Three big trends include the transition from coal to natural gas, allowing for two-way power flows and the ability to please customers through the use of digital technology.
A transparent window coating developed by mechanical engineers at MIT could reduce reliance on air conditioning, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and slash cooling costs. The coating reflects up to 70% of the sun's heat.
Developers say the 28-story, 750,000-square-foot Millennial Tower in the RiverSouth neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, is still being pursued despite the delayed timeline. The $150 million project, first proposed in 2016 and approved by the Downtown Commission in January, will include 189 residences, a 135-room hotel, 130,000 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of retail space, a conference and event center, an outdoor pool and a fitness center.
A consortium led by Denmark's Aarhus School of Architecture has developed a robotic manufacturing method that could slash the cost of concrete formwork production by 50%, decrease concrete use by up to 70% and significantly speed up the production time of conventional formwork. The team used an electrically driven abrasive wire spinning around a carbon-fiber frame to create the first topology-optimized structural design in ultra-high-performance concrete.
In August 2016, a Gap distribution center caught fire, resulting in $100 million worth of lost inventory and equipment, but the company used innovation to help right the ship. The company worked with a systems integrator to set up operations at a Gallatin, Tenn., facility that now uses mini-load and shuttle technology, piece-picking robotics and a warehouse execution system.
The federal electronic logging device mandate could create raw data with hidden patterns that could be used to change the way supply chains, freight and transportation industries are run, writes Ben Ames. Ames likens the potential transformation to data-based decisions to the experience of Major League Baseball documented in the book,"Moneyball."
FedEx Freight is using 20-foot-long flat trucks with lift-gate support for e-commerce orders of heavy goods through a last-mile delivery pilot in Dallas and Fort Worth. The company is using in-house drivers and its branded trucks for the test.
With the $228 million restoration of the Cincinnati Museum Center's historical Union Terminal complete, the center will re-open Saturday. While the restoration has been hailed as a potential model for other metro areas, officials faced a number of challenges along the way, including how to strategically place eight 12,000-pound steel beams.
The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Pennsylvania infrastructure a C- in its latest report card, including a D+ for bridges, a D+ for roads, a D for public transit, a C for dams, a C for levees, a C+ for ports and a D for stormwater. "The grades ... reflect the current state of our infrastructure and are not reflections of the agencies in our state that are tasked with maintaining our infrastructure, often with limited budgets," Bob Dengler, president of the ASCE Pittsburgh section, says.
The American Logistics Aid Network is responding to areas threatened by fire in California. The nonprofit organization works to coordinate relief needs through supply chain professionals including for storage, equipment and logistics.