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11/21/2017

Louisiana is seeking an engineering and design company
for one of its two major Mississippi River sediment diversion projects and next month will launch a contractor search for the second one. The movement comes as the state prepares to open a state-of-the art physical model of the lower Mississippi to examine the effects of dredging and how the diversions will affect each other.

11/21/2017

Practices as simple as using compost, reducing soil disturbance and rotating crops could enable the world's farmland soil to absorb as much atmospheric carbon as is emitted by the global transport sector, per a study published in Nature's Scientific Reports journal. Better soil management would also "make our agricultural systems more productive and resilient to future shocks and stresses," said Louis Verchot, one of the study's authors.

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11/21/2017

The Golden Gate Bridge has transitioned to all-electronic tolling, and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District says it needs to open only five lanes of the eight-lane toll plaza to manage traffic. The agency has "found that this configuration helps moderate traffic flow through the plaza and reduces mishaps due to last-minute lane changes as vehicles approach the plaza."

11/21/2017

Some Texas residents have pushed back against the use of tolling to pay for infrastructure, but a new group, Texans for Traffic Relief, is educating the public about the benefits of tolls. The group says that Texas must improve roads due to increasing congestion and that tolls are a way to help pay for improvements.

11/21/2017

A 30-mile corridor of toll lanes on Interstates 75 and 575 in metro Atlanta will open in 2018, and the goal is to reduce commuting times in the city. The project will eventually expand to 120 miles of toll lanes, but the $834 million Northwest Corridor is the longest section built so far.

11/21/2017

A partnership among drone developer The Sky Guys, Nvidia, IBM and the University of Toronto has been awarded a $587,400 grant to develop drones to monitor toll lanes in Ontario, Canada. The system will combine lidar, artificial intelligence, and cellular, radio and satellite communications to help locate toll violators.

11/21/2017

Honeywell has developed a windshield-mounted radio frequency identification tag that can be used in toll collection, as well as parking and fuel payment systems. The tag cannot be cloned, customer data is protected, and transmissions are encrypted.

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11/21/2017

A 25-member committee in Oregon assembled recently to study tolling on Interstates 5 and 205, and supporters say tolling will help reduce congestion. The tolls would be set based on demand, but not all are behind the idea.

11/21/2017

Virtual reality technology is reducing friction and concern over project communication to help complex, high-end architectural projects succeed. VR does so by making it possible carry out "virtual property inspections," providing a definitive idea of an envisioned property before construction even commences.

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11/21/2017

Offsite construction managers will soon be able to monitor equipment activity and worker movements thanks to an integration of Triax Technologies' internet of things-enabled wearable tracking system Spot-r with Autodesk's BIM 360. The combination will provide real-time information to reduce job site risk.

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