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Grid Modernization: Increasing Capital Investments To Decrease Risk

System reliability & efficiency needs are driving utilities to rely on connected technology
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Growing commitment to distributed energy resources (DER) is forcing continued modernization of the grid — and the effort shows no signs of letting up. Whether by regulatory mandate or stakeholder pressure, system upgrades are being made worldwide to support the increase in renewable energy, while making infrastructure smarter and more resilient. Historically, attention to the grid’s distribution system focused on poles and wire maintenance and upkeep, but growing connectivity between assets is requiring a more holistic approach. 

Faster, Smarter, Greener

An in-depth look at the future of the car and urban mobility
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Venkat Sumantran | The MIT Press
Charles Fine | The MIT Press
David Gonsalvez | The MIT Press
 
Economics and mobility

Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curbsides – yes, curbs – have the power to transform cities.
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Nobody ever said, Curbsides are cool.

Perhaps that’s why we so often overlook curbs – one of a city’s most valuable assets. Everyone wants to work on expanding small business districts, improving health and education outcomes and leveraging data and technology to transform cities (because that’s all the rage these days).

But curbs? Curbs don’t get the attention they deserve.

Electrification on the Rise: Can Electric Vehicle Charging Networks Keep Up?

Utilities need to start thinking about how to scale up power infrastructure to meet demand
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Last year marked a monumental turning point for the future of electric vehicles (EVs), with several auto companies such as Volkswagen AG, General Motors and Volvo announcing significant electrification plans. Bolstered by improved battery technology, longer battery range, greater variety and lower prices, consumer confidence in EVs is at an all-time high. According to Forbes, light-duty EV sales in the United States rose 37 percent in 2016.

Disaster Response and Recovery – Design Better. Then Build.

How Do We Win the Recovery After Harvey and Irma?
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A guest post by Stephen Jordan and Steve Rochlin, co-founders of the Institute for Sustainable Development.

Data and Partnerships Serve as the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Smarter Cities

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The insights uncovered in Black & Veatch’s 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report demonstrate a growing awareness among communities and utilities that modern, digital infrastructure such as data collection networks, infrastructure automation and advanced communication systems are the key components of today’s smart city initiatives. It is only through these systems that cities and utilities can optimize operations to realize the promise of the smart city – and create a sustainable future.

Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s to Restore Minneapolis Neighborhood During Super Bowl-Sanctioned Event

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Rebuilding Together will host the 23rd annual community revitalization project, Kickoff to Rebuild, on Friday, February 2 leading up to Super Bowl LII weekend. This Super Bowl-sanctioned event will take place in the Tilsenbilt neighborhood of Minneapolis; the first neighborhood in Minneapolis to end housing discrimination in the 1950s. 

Volunteers to work alongside NFL players to revitalize Minneapolis Tilsenbilt neighborhood leading up to Super Bowl LII
Press Release

Rebuilding Together will host the 23rd annual community revitalization project, Kickoff to Rebuild, on Friday, February 2 leading up to Super Bowl LII weekend. This Super Bowl-sanctioned event will take place in the Tilsenbilt neighborhood of Minneapolis; the first neighborhood in Minneapolis to end housing discrimination in the 1950s. 

Black & Veatch: Data Analytics Is the Foundation of Tomorrow’s Smart Cities

New Strategic Directions Report reflects rising role of Big Data across infrastructure systems
Press Release

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., January 16, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Big Data’s potential to improve community quality of life while making critical human infrastructure more efficient and sustainable is overcoming lingering fears about the costs of smart city solutions.

Atonix Digital™ to Provide Data-driven Infrastructure Solutions

New Black & Veatch company focuses on data analytics to drive efficiency
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., January 2, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Responding to the widening importance of Big Data analytics across the global business landscape, leading engineering, construction and consulting company Black & Veatch today launched Atonix Digital™ LLC. Atonix Digital is a wholly-owned subsidiary tasked with delivering transformational, data-driven solutions for clients.

Intelligent Traffic and High-Speed Systems: The Next Generation of Transportation

by Emma Kantrowitz
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Thanks to a host of recent technological developments, the transportation industry is once again on the edge of a major transformation. Of course, the industry is no stranger to change. It hasn’t even been two centuries since the automobile was created and yet we’re already seeing bounding leaps in technology, creating advances like electric vehicles, ride-sharing services, self-driving cars and more. Today, the advances only continue to evolve—with a few precautions.

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