Infrastructure Security

Article August 14, 2009
If you talk shop you better restock the shelves. That is, if you still want a job. During his campaign run of 2008, Barack Obama became the first presidential candidate in over a decade to speak in the native tongue of the road and bridge industry. He often used words like “deficient bridges” and “...
Article March 16, 2009
Blood runs through rebar. It is common knowledge to a terrorist. For years Osama bin Laden, leader of Al Qaeda, has pointed a sword at the economic prosperity of the U.S. Bridges and tunnels are as attractive as an aorta. A Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP), which consisted of bridge and tunnel experts from...
Article September 09, 2008
One is too old—the other is too thin. The junior senator lacks experience—the senior senator doesn’t have charisma. Contrasting images of the nation’s presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, are creating a buzz in the media. The sideshow, however, is becoming the main show...
Article September 09, 2008
Doug Gannaway does not see a snake in Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. He sees a lizard. Back when he lived in California, the construction of nuclear power plants just a few miles south of San Jose was proposed and passed until a group of environmentalists, trying to save an...
Article March 12, 2008
Tsunamis begin with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, even nuclear explosions. At first, the waves are nearly undetectable. A thousand or more miles later they form into tidal waves destroying whatever stands in the way. Today, academics are tripping the alarms of their early warning systems,...
Article December 06, 2007
The people’s choice should have a day in The People’s Court. Elected officials are often put on the hot seat, but heading into an election year the judging can be especially harsh. According to a ROADS & BRIDGES survey, over 81% disapprove of the job Congress has done for the road- and bridge-...
Article November 16, 2007
On Aug. 1, 2007, a few moments past 6 p.m., a nondescript bridge carrying eight lanes of the U.S. Interstate System over the Mississippi River became a local disaster—a national tragedy. In four seconds the busiest bridge in Minneapolis, typically carrying 140,000 vehicles a day, went from a main...
Article October 12, 2007
He just kicked over their tombstones. In the aftermath of the I-35W collapse, our war-in-Iraq-distracted president visited the wreckage in the Mississippi River. Some remains of victims still missing were practically under his feet. This tragic industry obituary still smelled of fresh ink, and all...
Article September 05, 2007
New Zealand is an island nation in the South Pacific with a traditional export-based, rural economy. Most produce is transported by road, which has resulted in a large network of roads carrying less than 5,000 vehicles per day. In the post-war years the rural economy flourished and most of this...
Article September 05, 2007
The Chinese believe in the power of one: one people, one party, one government. It makes sense that the great civil projects that have come to symbolize China are singular in tone regardless of their scope. The Grand Canal is actually a complex system of hundreds of miles of many separate canals....
Article December 11, 2006
Bridges and tunnels are vulnerable to terrorist threats. Military tacticians have for centuries used available technology to destroy or preserve vital crossings. Commercial demolition experts routinely demonstrate the effectiveness of explosives to remove structures. And a captured al-Qaeda...
Article October 10, 2005
Many people remember exactly where they were when they heard about the attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. Countless lives were affected by the loss of loved ones, injuries and loss of jobs. Even our economy suffered as part of the consequences of this terrorist attack. Our lives have changed...
Article October 01, 2005
Municipalities and investor-owned utilities are taking proactive measures to enhance cyber-related aspects of water and wastewater security. One driver of increased security scrutiny is government regulations. The most notable is Title IV of the Bioterrorism Act (Public Health Security and...
Article October 01, 2005
A new software tool available from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is providing transportation agencies and contractors with a helping hand in the design and construction of concrete pavements. HIPERPAV II is an updated and expanded version of FHWA’s original HIPERPAV (HIgh PERformance...
Article October 01, 2005
 
Article October 01, 2005
Incorporating intelligent transportation system (ITS) products and services into roadway and transit systems will definitely improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations on a daily basis. But it is often overlooked that an installed system of ITS equipment may reap great benefits when...
Article October 01, 2005
 
Article October 01, 2005
The technology known as SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) is unquestionably one of the greatest innovations for increasing the efficiency of a water/wastewater utility. But the very nature of the technology involved in monitoring and controlling a utility’s remote operations makes it...
Article October 01, 2005
Many water and wastewater operators have implemented private wireless telemetry supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems to monitor and control their pumps, valves and lift stations. They believed the high level of performance and reliability required dictated that they “roll their...
Article September 14, 2005
Last summer, the Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority (FBCTRA) opened the Fort Bend Parkway, a 6.2-mile-long toll road serving residents traveling to and from Houston. Connecting State Highway 6 and Beltway 8 in the eastern part of Fort Bend County, the Parkway features two lanes in each direction...
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