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  • A Path To Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions

    Today, for the most part, our communities’ infrastructure systems are developed and managed separately, by separate utilities and agencies. Sustainable infrastructure, on the other hand, blurs boundaries between our energy, transportation, water and waste systems to implement complementary strategies that benefit more than one system. Among our most important, and difficult, challenges will ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Integrating sustainable development indicators with existing business infrastructure

    This paper presents a model for the integration of Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) with existing business infrastructure at a major Canadian electric utility. The model was developed based on extensive consultations with 16 internal experts at the utility and ten external experts in sustainable development. It considers the integration of the indicators at the case company's ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The CRUTIAL reference critical information infrastructure architecture: a blueprint

    Critical infrastructures have evolved over the past decades to become largely computerised and interconnected all over the world. This generated the problem of achieving resilience of Critical Information Infrastructures (CII) against computer borne attacks and severe faults, similar to those observed in the internet. Governments and industry have been pushing an immense research effort in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Electric utilities leveraging district energy systems to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions

    Aaron Larson, associate editor (@AaronL_Power, @POWERmagazine), reports in Power magazine on developing business opportunities for electric utilities in district energy, drawing from presentations given at the ...

  • Smart utilities and sustainable resource management

    With the increased availability of inexpensive micro-sensor technologies, everything is becoming “sensor-tagged”. Energy and water utilities are benefiting from this “sensorization” of our infrastructure and the associated smart technology advancements. These progressive utilities are employing innovative, real-time monitoring and control applications with high volume and ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • GPR: a new tool for structural health monitoring of infrastructure

    Abstract Recent developments in acquisition methodology, data acquisition systems, post-processing software, and the availability of user friendly high-frequency antennas have enabled the GPR user to generate accurate three dimensional images of the interior of concrete structures. Four case studies are discussed with emphasis on output that is readily understood by the ...


    By SewerVUE

  • Consequences of critical infrastructure interdependencies: lessons from the 2004 hurricane season in Florida

    This paper summarises a study conducted by Virginia Tech for the American Lifelines Alliance (ALA) in 2005 to document interdependencies and impacts among utilities and transportation systems (lifelines) associated with the 2004 hurricane season in Florida. The greater Orange County, Florida area was chosen as the study area for the investigation, which focused primarily on the experience of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The comeback of the electric car

    High prices at the pump will fuel consumer interest in electric vehicles. That at least is what investors are hoping as they pour hundreds of millions of dollars into technology that uses battery packs to power automobiles instead of internal combustion engines.Take the Chevy Volt concept car that was unleashed at the North American International Auto Show in 2007. It provoked such a flurry of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Critical infrastructures will remain vulnerable: neighbourhoods must fend for themselves

    Critical infrastructures in the US will remain vulnerable to a variety of attacks, both physical and cyber, into the foreseeable future. This paper explores strategies for making those infrastructures more resilient in the face of such attacks (or natural disasters). We focus on three key infrastructures: provision of electric power, telecommunications (both voice and data), and information ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Protective coatings for underground utility concrete structures

    As our cities and municipalities grow older, the utility and wastewater infrastructure and corrosion preventive program for underground asset protection are aging with them. Municipalities and Utility Companies are struggling to handle rehabilitation measures and effective corrosion prevention programs to deal with prolonging the life of their buried assets. More municipalities are in the process ...


    By Sauereisen Inc.

  • Electric vehicles: A win for Detroit and EE

    At this week’s Detroit Auto Show, electric vehicles are on top. Two of the year’s highest-rated cars are electric. The plug-in hybrid electric Chevy Volt was awarded this year’s “Car of the Year,” just beating out the all-electric Nissan LEAF. But regardless of which car wins, the message is clear: electric cars are generating a lot of excitement. It’s not just ...

  • An Action Plan to Integrate Plug-in Electric Vehicles with the U.S. Electrical Grid

    Executive Summary: Americans purchased almost 18,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in 2011, a strong first year for these transformative vehicles. Recently, private industry and government have invested valuable resources in developing, promoting, and deploying PEVs. These vehicles offer an uncommon opportunity to address energy security, air quality, climate change, and economic growth. ...

  • Report: Energy and utility companies can help preserve water resources

    By investing in new technologies and infrastructure, together they can help reduce problems associated with water shortages While both humans and their commercial operations rely on fresh water more than ever, sources of clean water are becoming scarcer. Climate change, droughts, increasing agricultural needs, water pollution, and global economic and population growth all contribute to ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • How to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles in Canada

    Currently, there are close to 18,500 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road in Canada, 5 years after they were introduced to market. Still, Canada has half the number of EVs per inhabitant compared with the United States. For Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), it is time to establish a strong national policy to bring EVs from an early adopter’s market to a mass ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Electric vehicles powering communities through natural disasters

    Mass power outages and blackouts have always been of great concern during and after natural disasters. In addition to the devastation that can occur from flooding, collapsed buildings, and disruptions to basic infrastructure, the absence of electricity can shut down basic communications systems, adding to the anxieties of those most critically affected. While much discussion revolves around what ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Business Case Evaluation: An Essential Tool for Prioritizing Investments for Sustainable Public Infrastructure Projects

    Background This article was written in advance of a special Business Case Evaluation Workshop to be held as part of the GLOBE 2014 Conference, taking place in Vancouver, Canada. GLOBE ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities in Cheyenne, Wyoming Successfully Moves from Calcium Hypochlorite Tablets to Microclor On-Site Hypochlorite Generation

    The Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) operates the water and wastewater systems for the capital of Wyoming which has a population of more than 63,000. Located in the fast growing Front Range Urban Corridor, BOPU is challenged by growth, periodic water scarcity and aging infrastructure. During high demand, Cheyenne disinfects approximately 2 million gallons from well fields at an ...

  • Frankfort Electric and Water Plant Board Verifies Distress on Ductile Iron Pipe Using Electromagnetics

    Commercial introduction of ductile iron pipe (DIP) began in the mid-1950s and was established as the most frequently selected material of choice for ferrous pressure pipe by the early 1970s. Due to the widespread use of DIP during a large expansion of pipeline infrastructure in the 1970s, there are many thousands of miles of pressurized DIP in operation today. Water and wastewater utilities ...

  • Solar: Meeting Nairobi's Energy Needs the Renewable Way

    It is no surprise for Nairobi residents, and many other African cities, to experience constant blackouts caused by inefficient grid systems and unreliable power sources from the utility companies. The conventional solution has been to install petroleum based electric generators to kick in during such incidents. However, the amount of energy that could be produced through solar equipment ...


  • California dreaming in Holland

    The Dutch government wants to have 1 million electric or hybrid cars on the road by 2025. Cities and provincies are already taking concrete steps to make electric transport a practical reality. The province of Noord- Brabant even dreams of becoming the Silicon Valley of electric cars in the EU. During the last few months, electric transport has become the new buzz word in the Netherlands. One ...

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