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Why Closing a Power Plant Could Be Part of Austin`s Water Solution

by Ceres  (Sep. 2, 2014)

The funny thing about Walter E. Long Lake is that most people don't know it exists. The lake, tucked into a rural-feeling part of Northeast Austin is big, by Austin standards. It can hold more water than Austin's two central city lakes -- Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake -- combined. It was created to host a power plant, which it's done for for ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Water quality – water main renewal planner (Q-WARP): development and application

by IWA Publishing  (Sep. 8, 2014)

The impact of deteriorating pipes on water quality (WQ) in the distribution network has not been consistently taken into account in decision making related to pipe renewals. In this paper, a detailed modeling approach based on fuzzy cognitive maps is developed using fuzzy rule-based models and fuzzy measures theory to investigate potential of WQ ...

Emerging Technologies – How will they change our lives?

by GLOBE Foundation  (Apr. 30, 2014)

Forward planning by governmental agencies is often criticized for being too focused on short term political mandate priorities.  A recent report by Policy Horizons Canada, a federal government agency, on emerging technologies is a refreshing change from that norm.  The report explored how emerging technologies will shape the economy and ...

The economics of global environmental sustainability

by GLOBE Foundation  (Apr. 3, 2014)

We will soon be at a global crossroads when it comes to sustainability, and Dr. Wiebe believes that creating more resilient cities and sustainably responsible countries will reshape the world as we know it. Mediaplanet: People are often overwhelmed by the environmental challenges facing the world. How do you maintain optimism in the face of so ...

Envision 2050: The Future of Transportation

by Ensia  (Mar. 31, 2014)

What will transportation be like in 2050? Will we all be stuck in one giant traffic jam? Flying to our appointments in personal airborne delivery systems? Teleporting ourselves and our stuff around? Or not going anywhere at all? In large part, the answers to these questions will depend on how we answer two other questions today: What would ...

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 ...

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 ...

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