Civil + Structural Engineering News

CH2M pilots multi-state, mileage-based user fees effort to support I-95 Corridor Coalition

The I-95 Corridor Coalition is set to test the design, implementation and acceptance of user-based alternative revenue mechanisms for funding transportation. CH2M is performing the overall project management, planning and technical work for the project, which will look at mileage-based user fees as one of the alternatives.

NIST funds 12 community resilience projects

Using biological materials as flame retardants, defining the characteristics of soil liquefaction during earthquakes and collecting disaster data with aerial drones are among the 12 disaster resilience research projects awarded just over $6 million by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

New EPA tool helps communities access more than $10 billion in water infrastructure financing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching the Water Finance Clearinghouse, a web‐based portal to help communities make informed financing decisions for their drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs.

Jacobs to acquire CH2M

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and CH2M HILL Companies Ltd. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Jacobs will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value (EV) of approximately $3.27 billion, including approximately $416 million of CH2M net debt.

Engineering solutions to tourism on coastlines

Advances in transportation technology over the last 10years or so have transformed tourism into a huge industry. In fact, some local economies rely heavily on tourism. However, in some cases, the negative effects of tourism on the environment outweigh its economic benefits. To learn more, checkout this infographic created by Ohio University’s Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering program.

EPA creates compliance assistance tools for construction stormwater program

As part of EPA’s compliance assistance for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) construction stormwater program, EPA created a “Do I Need A Permit?” flow chart to help construction operators determine if and from whom they need to get NPDES permit coverage for their construction activities.

ACI convention includes FRP Concrete Symposium

More than 2,000 engineers, architects, contractors, educators, manufacturers, and material representatives from around the world are expected to convene at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 15-19, 2017, to collaborate on concrete codes, specifications and standards.

Trees can make or break city weather

Even a single urban tree can help moderate wind speeds and keep pedestrians comfortable as they walk down the street, according to a new University of British Columbia study that also found losing a single tree can increase wind pressure on nearby buildings and drive up heating costs.

Intel awards Morgan State University grant to support student success in STEM

Morgan State University announced the award of a three-year, $750,000 grant from Intel Corporation to support the University’s continued efforts to educate students in the engineering disciplines and prepare graduates to make immediate contributions to science-, technology-, engineering- and math- (STEM-) related fields.

I-4 Ultimate P3 Improvement Project earns Envision Platinum Award

The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project, a roadway reconstruction project in Central Florida and one of the most complex and extensive infrastructure projects in the United States, received the Envision Platinum award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Destruction of small wetlands directly linked to Great Lakes algal blooms

Researchers at Waterloo’s Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering found that small wetlands have a more significant role to play than larger ones in preventing excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer from reaching waterbodies such as the Great Lakes.

The Harman Group breaks ground on mixed-use Hoboken building

On July 6th, The Harman Group, a firm specializing in structural engineering, parking planning and design and construction engineering, celebrated the groundbreaking of the residential tower portion of 700 Jackson Street, a 14-story mixed-use building, located in Hoboken, N.J.

PA P3 board approves projects

Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) board approved two projects – one that will establish a wetland mitigation bank to offset environmental impacts from construction or development projects, and another to pursue transit oriented development.

WSP and TTI partner to advance transportation research

WSP USA and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly collaborate on creating a stronger connection between research and deployment of transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) as well as connected and automated vehicle solutions. 

FRA releases Hudson Tunnel Project review

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement review (DEIS) for the Hudson Tunnel Project

CH2M to grow asset management services for U.S. Army worldwide

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District selected the joint venture team of CH2M and Burns & McDonnell as one of six firms to share an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to support BUILDER Sustainment Management System (SMS) facility condition assessment services globally.

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