Topeka, Kan., officials have learned about new federal tools the city can use to fund construction of a downstream Kansas River weir and a new Polk-Quincy Viaduct. The 56-year-old viaduct, which no longer complies with federal design safety standards, would take $300 million to replace, Mayor Michelle De La Isla said.
Federal and state transportation officials are working to transition from 2D paper plans to 3D digital models as bid deliverables and binding reference documents for road and bridge projects. "The market is exploding," says Connor Christian, transportation BIM program manager with HDR.
Seven more startups focused on tech to address urban problems will receive funding and assistance from New York's URBAN-X accelerator. Four of the startups are targeting the public sector and offering solutions such as software to manage electric-vehicle charging stations, landing and charging stations for drones, automated assessments of sewer infrastructure and new materials to make buildings more energy-efficient.
Substituting carbon-intensive materials with engineered wood products can reduce building emissions and costs, according to researchers from MIT and Motu Economic & Public Policy Research. Carbon dioxide intensity from lumber production is about 20% less than that of fabricated metal products, 50% less than iron and steel, and 25% less than cement, researchers said.
Francisco Ruiz Alarcon's background in civil engineering, architecture and art serves him well as Boston University's first computational artist-in-residence. Alarcon seeks to break down silos dividing the disciplines to achieve advances in the developing field of computational art.
Indian Medical Association President Santanu Sen is requesting that its members be exempt from paying tolls on India's national highways. Lawyers in India have requested a similar exemption.
Bridge toll revenues are expected to provide about $90 million of the estimated $130 million in construction costs for the Marin section of a US 101 project in California. The upgrades, which include the addition of carpool lanes, are an effort to ease congestion on the US 101 stretch called the Marin-Sonoma Narrows.
Improved response from tow trucks, more traffic cameras, better message signs and changeable speed limit signs are among proposed short-term moves to reduce traffic congestion on Interstate 95 in Virginia. Those fixes are poised to gain approval in January, while long-term construction plans are still in the works.