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The Sustainability Maturity Curve

by PE International AG  (Nov. 20, 2014)

For businesses, sustainability is not a destination, but a continuous journey. To help companies and managers to understand the topic and why they should be interested in it, PE International uses the concept of the sustainability maturity curve. It’s a concept that emerged through discussions at our Product Sustainability Round Table back ...

Can the Solar Hourglass serve as a CSP landmark?

by CSP Today - part of the FC Business Intelligence Ltd group  (Nov. 11, 2014)

A CSP project proposal has won first place in the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) competition, but can the design make it beyond paper? By Heba Hashem October was an eventful month for Santiago Muros Cortés. The Argentina-based architect impressed the jury in Copenhagen with his plan for a Solar Hourglass that ...

Pipeline infrastructure renewal at Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department

by Pure Technologies  (Nov. 18, 2014)

Abstract Various governmental, professional and private studies have shown that the replacement costs of underground pipeline infrastructure is excessive and that best practice approaches for infrastructure risk management promote condition assessment programs to understand the actual condition of individual pipe sections in order to best ...

Integrated hydraulic modelling of water supply and urban drainage networks for assessment of decentralized options

by IWA Publishing  (Dec. 15, 2014)

The impact of climate change, water scarcity, land use change, population growth and also population shrinking can only be predicted with uncertainties. Especially for assets with a long planning horizon this is a critical part for planning and design. One solution is to make centralized organized water infrastructure with a long-planning ...

Stochastic simulation methodology for resilience assessment of water distribution networks

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jul. 2, 2014)

Water distribution systems enable social and economic development and sustain people quality of life. However, these systems face significant performance challenges including ageing, natural disruptive events, and man–made disruptions. Physical protection of networked infrastructure distributed over large geographical areas is unfeasible. A ...

Energy efficiency in water distribution systems – a path to an ideal network: AGS experience

by IWA Publishing  (Aug. 6, 2014)

Infrastructure asset management (IAM) gave a step forward in Portuguese water utilities due to recent legal obligations in developing IAM plans. An effort was made by AGS (Administração e Gestão de Sistemas de Salubridade, S.A.), private operator in 17 water utilities, to achieve a higher level of managing data. Data ...

Resilience of civil infrastructure systems: literature review for improved asset management

by Inderscience Publishers  (Dec. 10, 2013)

Infrastructure resilience has drawn significant attention in recent years, partly because the occurrence of low-probability and high-consequence disruptive events like Hurricane Katrina, the Indonesian tsunami, terrorism attack in New York, and others. Since civil infrastructure systems support society welfare and viability, continuous ...

Hey, America: It’s time to talk about the price of water

by Ensia  (Oct. 6, 2014)

Recent woes have drawn unprecedented attention to the worth of fresh, clean water. Can it change the way we pay for the world’s most undervalued resource? This summer, a 90-year-old water pipe burst under Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, sending a geyser 30 feet into the air and a flood of troubles over the UCLA campus. Raging water and mud ...

A utility-tailored methodology for integrated asset management of urban water infrastructure

by IWA Publishing  (Nov. 20, 2013)

This paper presents the integrated methodology for infrastructure asset management (IAM) developed in AWARE-P, an R&D project aimed at producing adequate and effective support tools for assisting urban water utilities in decision making and rehabilitation planning (www.aware-p.org). The proposed methodology addresses all three planning and ...

Taking Fossil Fuels to the Next Level - Standards Underpin Extraction, Processing and Distribution

by ASTM International  (Sep. 18, 2014)

To the average person, the oil and gas industry may appear simple — a matter of literally tapping into a natural resource and distributing it to customers. Of course the matter of extraction is rarely simple, and in the case of emergent hydraulic fracturing technology, it is particularly complex and capital-intensive. In fact, the world of ...

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