I was thinking along the lines of major pothole repair in northern Chester County here in PA after all this snow and frigid temperatures…but this would be a great shot in the arm to the economy! ~Matt
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The program would include funding from $150 billion in revenue raised through “pro-growth business tax reform”, said the White House. The initial announcement said this would include “closing unfair tax loopholes, lowering tax rates, and making the system more fair,” though it included few specific details.
Infrastructure in the United States has deteriorated in recent years, and the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country’s roads, ports, bridges and other infrastructure an overall grade of D+ last year in its annual rating program. The Associated Press found last year that 65,605 bridges in the federal National Bridge Inventory were classified as “structurally deficient.”
The Obama administration called for a $77 billion transportation program last year as part of its 2013 budget proposal and has proposed other measures in the past, but the efforts have stalled in Congress.
As I have been enjoying the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi on TV I began to consider the unique engineering and construction of infrastructure necessary to pull off such an amazing feat. The infrastructure must not only be able to satisfy the expectations of the 2014 Winter Olympics, but it must be able to satisfy future needs for post-Olympic plans and activities. The costs entailed in developing effective and efficient transportation systems, in building quality housing for Olympic athletes and coaches, in designing surrounding facilities to accommodate and satisfy the thousands and thousands of tourists and spectators, and creating state of the art and sustainable sporting venues are enormous. After doing a little bit of digging around I came across the following infographic below that was produced by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. It is entitled, “Engineering the Sochi Winter Olympics.” Enjoy!
What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?
According to the MLK.gov website:
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
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Does your firm encourage its employees to participate in this National Day of Service? Do they encourage employees to use the day to serve the community on their own? Does your firm participate as an entire organization? Please let our extensive readership know what you or your firm is doing to honor the MLK National Day of Service.
Last week I posed a question on LinkedIn asking members of the Civil Engineering Central group if they felt that their firm was ahead of the curve, on the curve, or behind the curve when it comes to the software and technology that is being utilized at their firm? If you are a member of the Civil Engineering Central group on LinkedIn you can follow this link to the question and cast your vote:
Alternatively, you can vote right here on our blog:
You may find that you fall on different parts of the curve depending on the actual piece of technology or software. Accounting software, scheduling software, project management software, surveying equipment, 3D CAD software, cloud based programs and 3D printing technologies are just some of technologies and software that come to mind when running a consulting civil engineering firm.
What do you feel are the most critical pieces of software and/or technology that are essential in remaining competitive in the civil engineering profession?
Last year the London Underground celebrated its 150th Anniversary. The idea of an underground rail system for commuters was initially dubbed as ” an insult to common sense.” Defying the odds, it has been pure human engineering innovation, and vision with the commitment of stretching available technology to the limit that has made the London Underground one of the great civil engineering wonders of the world.
The London Underground has managed to survive recessions, financial neglect and world wars, constantly reinventing itself over time. In 2012 London hosted the Olympic Games and this transport system performed flawlessly, successfully shuttling tourists, athletes, as well as the everyday commuting Londoners across the city and region. Today, the London Underground continues to expand with one of the largest and most ambitious projects in Europe known as Crossrail.
In celebration of the 150th Anniversary, the Institute of Civil Engineers has released a short film, ‘Engineering the London Underground’. The film highlights the history of the Underground, noting the significant role that civil engineers play in its continued development and growth. Take a look:
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