Utility Infrastructure Articles

  • Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Saves City Money - Case Study

    Challenge Located between San Francisco and Sacramento, the City of Benicia is an ideal place for electric vehicle (EV) drivers to stop and charge should their cars be low on range. However, the city’s existing infrastructure took four-to-six hours to fully charge a vehicle. In an effort to provide a better option for commuters, and draw additional visitors to Benicia’s ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Georgia city uses geospatial technology to identify assets and improve safety

    One of Georgia’s newest cities decided to go digital with CH2M - digitizing assets to manage operations and improve public safety for the city. If you’re a brand new city, you’re probably thinking what can we do to quickly make our community a better place to live? Peachtree Corners, one of Georgia’s newest cities, decided to go digital with CH2M - digitizing ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Why smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity

    Power companies that take initiative now can position themselves for a bright future in tomorrow’s clean energy economy The growth of distributed energy generation, particularly in the form of solar energy, leaves the aging, monopolistic electric utility system a daunting choice: Come out swinging in defense of the status quo or boldly jump into the cockpit, put on the ...


    By Ensia

  • 3 Ways to Optimize Your EHS Data

    See What You've Been Missing As consultants, we’re always looking to find the most efficient ways to understand our project site data and maximize our understanding of the conditions and processes in the subsurface. Understanding data begins with quality data management, but it's important to have a streamlined process for providing data in proprietary formats for mapping and ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • 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 ...

  • Case Study - Construction Aggregate: Sand

    Geologic Mapping of Sand Unit Thickness Pyramid was contracted to perform an electrical resistivity survey across 230 acres of undeveloped land in North Carolina. The purpose of the survey was to quantify the lateral extents and approximate depth/thicknesses of sandy soils near the ground surface. The client was interested in the potential of the site to be utilized as a sand mine, and ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, Inc.

  • Case Study - Pipeline Subsidence

    Looking for sinkholes Pyramid Environmental recently performed a geophysical investigation for the National Park Service at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Carlsbad, NM. The survey used electrical resistivity mapping (ER) to look for potential underground caves or caverns near an area designated for the construction of an underground utility line. A 2D resistivity survey ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, Inc.

  • 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 Foundation

  • Infrastructure asset management – the TRUST approach and professional tools

    Strategic asset management (AM) of urban water infrastructures faces the challenge of dealing with expensive and long-lasting assets of a very diverse nature and wide-ranging useful lives and costs. Typically, utility managers inherit an infrastructure with assets in assorted conditions and stages in their lifecycle. They are expected to manage their value in order to ensure adequate service, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Major Urban City Projected To Save $77 Million Over Next Decade From Valve And Hydrant Asset Assessment Program

    For large urban cities, one of the quickest ways to realize an investment return from their network of underground assets is to inventory the water distribution system and assess the overall condition of valves and fire hydrants. This progressive major southeast U.S. ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Emergency Vs. Maintenance Repairs for Utilities.

    With populations rising throughout towns and cities in the United States there is a growing need to improve the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructures. Reliable water provisions are needed for continued development and sustenance. At the same time, it is necessary to properly discharge wastewater clinically and efficiently. Much of the inadequacies with water and wastewater assets ...


    By EnTech Engineering, Inc

  • Lafayette, LA Utilities - Case Study

    Challenge Get out in front of numerous accidents waiting to happen in the 696 miles of sanitary sewer in the Lafayette Utilities System (LUS), which serves 105,000. Solution Among other tasks in this large project, we helped LUS avoid a $300,000 rerouting of 1,000 feet of undersized mainline by instead bursting the 8-inch ...


    By TRIC Tools Inc.

  • Water Asset Management International (WAMI) and Water Utility Management International (WUMI) platform migration

    If you are a subscriber to WUMI and WAMI, from November 2015 to March 2016 you will be able to download your issues from the WaterWiki. As of 26th October, IWA Publishing will be sending an email to all subscribers with login and password details for the protected area on the Wiki platform. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Three Best Ways to Utilize Technology in EHS

    Big or small, there’s no doubt that technology affects and challenges the way your business operates more and more every day.  So what separates the strong from the weak?  Success from failure? Throwing it back to ancient Greece, philosopher Heraclitus said, “All is flux, nothing stays still – there is nothing permanent except change.” Evolve, adapt, progress, ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Three Best Ways to Utilize Technology in EHS

    Big or small, there’s no doubt that technology affects and challenges the way your business operates more and more every day.  So what separates the strong from the weak?  Success from failure? Throwing it back to ancient Greece, philosopher Heraclitus said, “All is flux, nothing stays still – there is nothing permanent except change.” Evolve, adapt, progress, ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • The Economics of Grid defection

    Distributed electricity generation, especially solar PV, is rapidly spreading and getting much cheaper. Distributed electricity storage is doing the same, thanks largely to mass production of batteries for electric vehicles. Solar power is already starting to erode some utilities' sales and revenues. But what happens when solar and batteries join forces? Together they can make the electric grid ...


    By HOMER Energy LLC

  • How do you bring electricity to 620 million people?

    Sub-Saharan Africa needs a more reliable energy supply. The way it chooses to meet that need will affect the entire planet. In South Africa, major cities are subject to regular power outages as electric utility Eskom periodically shuts down parts of its distribution system to take the pressure off the aging national grid. Whole areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg are without power ...


    By Ensia

  • Canada’s Other Energy Boom – Energy infrastructure is on the move.

    When it comes to energy infrastructure, Canada is on the move. Of course, that may seem like nothing new, given Canada’s lengthy energy history, particularly in the oil and gas industries. In this latest chapter, however, electricity is playing a major role. A confluence of factors have helped spur the need for more generation, which in turn is driving still another form of energy ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Risk-based approach to manage aging urban water main infrastructure

    The growing number of challenges in how to manage aging infrastructures, while maintaining a suitable level of service, have become major problems for many municipal water utility companies. As a result, municipalities are increasingly considering the concept of risk assessment and prioritization as the first and an important step that has to be used towards effective asset-management practices. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Wastewater force main management – the importance of preliminary analysis

    In the first of four posts about wastewater force main management, we discuss the importance of preliminary analysis in the overall management strategy. For those at WEFTEC, you can visit Pure Technologies at Booth #1382 to find out more information on successful force main management. ...


    By Pure Technologies

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