The Stickney Water Reclamation Plant in Chicago is the largest wastewater treatment facility in the world, serving 2.4 million people. It's followed by the Deer Island Sewage Treatment Plant in Massachusetts, part of an 11-year, $3.6 billion program to enhance treatment in the greater Boston area. Check the list for the other eight biggest wastewater projects around the world.
Approval of an essential environmental permit for a second Midtown Tunnel under the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., moves the project ahead. The $2.1 billion tunnel will be a public-private partnership that will involve dredging 1.2 million cubic yards from the riverbed and building temporary structures such as piers, mooring dolphins and 300-foot support walls.
Enterprise Products Partners and Enbridge plan to build a pipeline system to deliver crude oil from the northern U.S. and Canada to the Gulf Coast, much like TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The companies will also team up on a $2 billion line from Cushing, Okla., to Houston. Enbridge also wants to build a $2.8 billion pipeline from Flanagan, Ill., to Cushing.
Florida Power & Light gets the go-ahead for a $1.18 billion replacement of its Port Everglades plant. Construction of a natural-gas-fired power plant will start in 2014 and is expected to create 650 jobs. "This modernization will produce more efficient, cleaner energy, and the plant's port location will maintain system reliability since backup fuel, if needed, can be delivered via water," said Ronald Brisť, chairman of Florida's Public Service Commission.
Jackson, Miss., is in violation of the Clean Water Act because much of its stormwater drains into its sewer system, and the city could face a consent decree from the Environmental Protection Agency for up to $400 million in required sewer upgrades. However, it is starting on some of the projects now, including its West Bank interceptor line. In all, the upgrades are expected to take almost 18 years to complete.
Mobile technologies can help construction firms oversee project sites and improve communication among team members, according to this piece. The Prolog Solution for architectural, engineering and construction firms from Trimble's Meridian Systems allows work-site information to be sent to off-site locations. Meanwhile, e-builder in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has upgraded its e-builder Mobile application for construction to enable project managers to easily gather data in real time.
Baltimore used PipeDiver, a tool outfitted with electromagnetic technology, to inspect a 6.5-mile stretch of concrete pipe water main. The device is put in at one end and comes out the other -- full of data about stresses in the pipe that it collects from its electromagnetic field. The data is then evaluated, and all this occurs with no disruption to water service.
The photos in this piece provide the green details of five buildings in New York City. Included are the Hearst Tower, which uses 26% less energy than conventional structures, and the LEED Platinum headquarters of JPMorgan Chase, which has tinted windows and sourced some of its material locally.
The House says it will vote today on a 90-day extension of funding for surface transportation projects. There is a provision that "lets Republicans bring up any iteration of an extension and requires only a simple majority for passage, as long as it?s on Thursday." Congress goes on break beginning Friday, so today's the day to either extend funding, vote on the Senate bill or face a shutdown of federal transportation projects Saturday night.
Too many meetings are useful only to the bosses who called them, writes Bill Tolany. Workers should already be sharing and discussing their ideas with one another, making most meetings a waste of time. "Go through your calendar. If you find a group meeting that is solely for your benefit, cancel it," Tolany advises.
Bosses who want to be more innovative should throw out their management tomes and start reading for pleasure, writes Emily Heyward. There's nothing wrong with picking up a business book from time to time, Heyward adds, but industry-specific texts won't do much to broaden your horizons. "Fiction, on the other hand ... exposes you to new worlds and new perspectives," she argues.
Civil Engineering online exclusive: Chicago Turns Elevated Rail Line into Trail and Park
Less than a decade removed from the opening of Millennium Park, several new urban design projects are promising to reinvigorate public spaces in Chicago. But the project closest to getting under way is Bloomingdale Trail, a 2.65-mile abandoned rail line that cuts through several northwest side neighborhoods. Enjoy this article today at the online Civil Engineering magazine website with your member login.
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