Several building information modeling firms have been adapting their products to directly use aerial mapping data as more construction companies deploy drones to survey construction sites. Construction companies have also been combining drone mapping with artificial intelligence to help analyze terrain flaws.
The Utah Department of Transportation is set to begin work on major projects in northern Utah totaling more than $1 billion, including the $610 million extension of the Legacy Parkway, the $275 reconstruction of a portion of US Route 89 and the $175 million addition of express lanes on a section of Interstate 15. UDOT also will need to improve several feeder roads to accommodate increased driver capacity.
The American Society of Civil Engineers Texas Section is urging the governor to make flood protection a priority during this legislative session, because the booming population and state's weather patterns require action. Regions such as Harris County already have allocated billions of dollars to flood prevention, and the state needs to look at flood planning, implementation and management, engineer J. Brandon Klenzendorf writes.
The original concrete in the Denver International Airport terminal's main floor is weaker than expected, and the full extent of the problem and results of concrete testing won't be known until April. Great Hall Partners, a private consortium behind a $650 million renovation project, said the problem could a delay of more than 200 days.
A study published in Nature Sustainability says dams create a false sense of security, and that can lead communities to consume water in unsustainable ways. The authors say reduced consumption is a better way to address water shortage issues.
A survey of engineers in Portland, Ore., found roads and bridges are in the most need of attention. However, with the state already at work on projects from 2017's $5.3 billion transportation package, engineers also pointed to a growing need for education and health care facilities, public transit, stormwater management, government buildings, and commercial and seismic upgrades.
Vermont's plan to use existing state revenue to fund clean water projects won preliminary approval from the Environmental Protection Agency and skepticism from opponents, who believe the move will take revenue away from the general fund. Since 2015, the state has relied on short-term funding measures to meet federal pollution reduction mandates.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and volunteers are planting thousands of trees in the Louisiana refuge's Bayou Bonfouca. It's part of a bayou restoration project under the state's Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act.
Flooding along Texas' Upper San Jacinto River watershed is the focus of joint funding by Houston, the San Jacinto River Authority, and Montgomery and Harris counties for a drainage plan. Studies of the watershed and major tributaries will be used to suggest future flood prevention projects.