Civil + Structural Engineering News

Stanford engineers’ tool helps parched regions plan how to replenish aquifers

Two Stanford environmental engineers have developed a computational planning tool called AquaCharge that helps urban water utilities look at their local circumstances and understand how they could combine water supply strategies into an integrated, efficient and cost-effective system that replenishes aquifers.

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.

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.

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.

RPS Klotz Associates environmental study wins 2017 ACEC Texas honors

RPS Klotz Associates garnered a Silver Medal in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2017 Texas Engineering Excellence Awards for its environmental report as part of the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District’s Storm Surge Suppression Study.

ISI recognizes Bluebelt Expansion on Staten Island’s South Shore

The New York City Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Design and Construction (DDC) announced that the ongoing $48 million expansion of the Staten Island Bluebelt in the South Shore’s Woodrow area received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision Silver Award.

USACE revises and renews nationwide permits

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) revised and renewed nationwide permits (NWPs) necessary for work in streams, wetlands and other waters of the United States under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The new NWPs will take effect March 19, 2017, and replace the existing permits, which expire on March 18, 2017.

Unique precast pipe structure helps community park with increased stormwater runoff

Unsettled with the increasing stormwater flowing through the Hanover Township Community Park, in Bethlehem, Pa., the Hanover Township Public Works Department teamed with Oldcastle Precast to devise a unique stormwater solution, using special reinforced concrete pipes, to reconstruct the exiting stormwater structure.

Minnesota DNR seeks to join lawsuit over project to divert Red River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking a federal judge to allow the agency to join a lawsuit seeking to delay action on a flood diversion project on the Red River. The project as proposed would redirect flows through the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area via a dam and diversion channel system.

STV celebrates opening of environmentally sustainable bus facility

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) recently unveiled its new, state-of-the-art, vehicle maintenance, storage and operations facility, designed by STV. STV provided a broad range of architectural and engineering design services for the new facility, which incorporates a number of sustainable design and environmentally friendly features.

Report: Washington, D.C. could enhance livability, save billions with smart surface technologies

A new report authored by Capital E, “Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington, D.C.,” documents how the District could save $5 billion with smart surface strategies such as cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV and porous pavements while enhancing health and livability and cutting summer peak temperature.

AEC TECH NEWS: Natural Resources Wales taps CH2M’s Flood Modeller Pro for its new flood forecasting system

Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Government’s principal adviser on issues relating to the environment and its natural resources, selected CH2M’s Flood Modeller Pro software as the core hydrodynamic modelling solution within its new flood forecasting system.

AEC TECH NEWS: Senet and Trimble deliver a scalable network of wireless IoT sensors for water monitoring applications

Senet, the first and only North American provider of public, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for long range-based (LoRa-based) Internet of Things (IoT) applications, announced that Trimble is leveraging its wireless technology to enable water utilities to remotely measure and monitor water, wastewater and groundwater systems.

Environmental impact bond to fund initial DC Water green infrastructure project

The DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) issued the nation’s first environmental impact bond (EIB) to fund the initial green infrastructure project in its DC Clean Rivers Project, a $2.6 billion program to control stormwater runoff and improve the District’s water quality.

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