Fort Atkinson, Wis., officials now know how much pollution the city can allow to flow into the Bark and Rock rivers under state regulations. MSA Professional Services of Madison was hired by the city two years ago to provide the third-party stormwater assessment.
While the construction industry tends to be slow in modernizing its back-office systems, technology can help companies overcome many management challenges, Jason Krankota writes. For example, data gathered in the field can aid construction professionals in areas such as risk management and job-cost accounting, he writes.
The University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., has created a rooftop garden on its urban campus to reduces flooding through rainwater absorption while also growing food. A study at the school's Urban Agriculture program is working to determine which plants do best in these environments.
Delft University of Technology researchers have developed software that quickly calculates the energy potential of urban buildings, helping to determine whether their roofs are ideal for solar power generation. The software can calculate the energy yield of photovoltaic systems in any location, according to the researchers.