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The Evolution of Project Delivery: The How and Why

Nontraditional delivery methods are gaining ground when commissioning large-scale water projects
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There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks every year in the United States, and those ruptures waste between 14 percent and 18 percent of the nation’s drinking water. Aging infrastructure is primarily to blame, as an estimated 40 percent of U.S. water and  wastewater pipes are beyond their life expectancy, notes a recent article in WaterWorld.

Predictive Maintenance Offers Promise in Asset Management

When it comes to asset management, water utilities tend to weight their efforts toward preventive maintenance
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Water utilities the world over faced with challenges, including of increasing demand, falling revenues and climate change. While building new assets remains part of the solution, enhancing the performance of existing assets is more important than ever before.

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The Ray and Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners Partner to Further Transportation Innovation Combining Urban and Rural Settings

Peachtree Corners and The Ray Position Georgia as Transportation Innovation Powerhouse
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The Ray and Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, are excited to announce a partnership to further transportation innovation in Georgia.

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The Ray and Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, are excited to announce a partnership to further transportation innovation in Georgia.

These Students Came up With an Ingenious Way to Keep Buildings Cool

Reprinted from Christian Cotroneo's article in Mother Nature Network
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Taking a page from the termite construction manual, Team Phalanx from the Industrial Design program at California State University, Long Beach has developed an insulation that could revolutionize how homes and offices are cooled.

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Taking a page from the termite construction manual, Team Phalanx from the Industrial Design program at California State University, Long Beach has developed an insulation that could revolutionize how homes and offices are cooled.

Biomimicry Institute Blog: 10 Finalist Teams Use Nature's Lessons to Create Climate Change Solutions

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Páramo is an alpine tundra ecosystem exclusively located in the Northern Andes of South America and the home to the bryophytes that a team from Bogota, Colombia were inspired by in developing their concept, Bryosoil. Bryosoil is a flood prevention system that took the first place prize for student teams in the 2019 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. 

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Páramo is an alpine tundra ecosystem exclusively located in the Northern Andes of South America and the home to the bryophytes that a team from Bogota, Colombia were inspired by in developing their concept, Bryosoil. Bryosoil is a flood prevention system that took the first place prize for student teams in the 2019 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. 

Electric Vehicles And The Need For Public Charging Infrastructure

By: Kelley Brown, Global Communications Sector Lead, Bechtel Infrastructure and Power Corp (BIPC)
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Additional Author: Dan Degagne

The Stormwater Resilience Roadmap: Integration of Delivery Frameworks and Financial Capacity

Are water utilities exploring holistic alternative approaches to program planning, organizational capacity, service delivery and financing?
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In an era when climate change, organizational capacity constraints, funding challenges and limited public support continue to test the resilience of a community's stormwater system, images of flooded neighborhoods and arterial streets turned into rivers highlight the urgency for a strategic vision and alternative approaches to stormwater management service delivery. The critical question is whether leaders and managers are exploring holistic alternative approaches that address program planning, organizational capacity, service delivery mechanisms and financing. 

Rain or Shine: Resilience Needs a Little More Attention

Are water utilities doing the right things to drive toward resilience?
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It's been said that Texas suffers perennial drought, broken up by severe floods from time to time. These days, however, Texas isn't alone in its misery.

Project Update: What's New at the MCAS Miramar Microgrid

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Completion of Energy & Water Operations Center (EWOC)

One of the most integral components of the MCAS Miramar microgrid is now operational. Construction is complete for the new Energy and Water Operations Center (EWOC), where the microgrid system will be monitored, controlled and managed. The EWOC provides operators with direct control of integrated microgrid control system, utilizing Schneider Electric’s OASyS SCADA software, as well as other utility and energy control systems.

Ecocentricity Blog: A Boy, His Elephant and Blockchain

By: John A. Lanier
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Blockchain could help usher in this era of easy energy exchange, which will move the energy system one step closer to being distributed. The more distributed our energy system, the less reliant we will be on fossil-fuel energy generation.

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Blockchain could help usher in this era of easy energy exchange, which will move the energy system one step closer to being distributed. The more distributed our energy system, the less reliant we will be on fossil-fuel energy generation.

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