New York City, which has a massive unfiltered water system, plans to invest $1 billion to protect it. It's one of only five US cities whose water supply is mostly unfiltered, and without the investment it could be forced to spend $10 billion to construct a filtration plant plus $100 million a year to operate it.
President Donald Trump could outline his administration's infrastructure plan during his State of the Union address Jan. 30. Details are still scarce, but Reuters explains how the $200 billion in federal money could be allocated among "American Spirit" and rural projects, loan programs and cost-sharing infrastructure work with states.
The sale of robots in North America was up 14% in the first nine months of 2017, but automation additions to manufacturing are not the only trend. Robots such as Adam, which autonomously travels through the warehouse and accurately selects products from the shelves, are getting smarter and offering more mobility.
The Trump administration will soon issue a set of infrastructure principles that are expected to be the basis of a bill in Congress. Federal infrastructure funding is an economic driver, and ASCE urges the president to recognize that with a spending request that significantly closes the $2 trillion investment gap. Read ASCE's perspective on a Trump plan.
PPG Industries, a manufacturer of vehicle coatings, is designing a paint for autonomous vehicles that will make it easier for sensors to detect dark-colored cars. The coating will permit near-infrared light from lasers to move through a dark car's exterior layer of paint, then bounce back from a reflective undercoating for more visibility to sensors.
A potential federal government shutdown continues to move closer as Senate Democrats rallied against the GOP proposal to create a short-term extension in the House. Key issues of government spending and immigration are creating the inability to come to an agreement, among other contentious points.
Haag Engineering, a forensic and engineering consulting firm, recently completed an independent accuracy study to validate the precision of UAV-based roofing measurement workflows. These processes use intelligence algorithms to automatically extract roof geometry and measurements from unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery. The results were then compared to manual measurements.
At the Transportation Research Board's recent annual meeting, many heads of state transportation organizations expressed skepticism at the Trump administration's push to leverage private and state funding. Some states, such as Tennessee, don't even have public-private partnership legislation on the books, and others face opposition to raising the gas tax.
John Porcari, the interim executive director of the Gateway Program Development Corp., said any federal funding for the Gateway project likely will mentioned when the Trump administration submits its budget to Congress, probably in February. The Obama administration had given the nod to some federal money for the project, but Federal Transit Administration officials recently said no such agreement existed.
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