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Stanford's Water in the West program offers new way to view groundwater resources

Stanford, Calif. — Stanford researchers with Water in the West announced a new project to help Californians understand the importance of groundwater in the state, the problems caused by groundwater overdraft and potential solutions. Their website, Understanding California's Groundwater, offers new research findings, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater in California, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical issue.

Team digitally documents historic battleship

Norcross, Ga. — Leica Geosystems, together with Haag 3D Solutions, LLC, has embarked on a volunteer effort to digitally document the nation’s largest battleship, the Battleship New Jersey, anchored in Camden, N.J. The project is being undertaken in preparation for the upcoming educational seminar and 150th meeting of the West Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors, which will be held September 10th on the battleship.

Vidaris, Inc. honored with CTBUH's 2014 Best Tall Building Americas Finalist Award

New York — Vidaris, Inc., which provides consulting and monitoring services for high-performance buildings and specialty structures, is part of the project team for the United Nations Secretariat Building, which was recently awarded "Finalist" as Best Tall Building Americas by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). This year, only one winner and two finalists were chosen.

CH2M HILL wins two DBIA National Merit Awards for water and wastewater design-build projects

Denver — The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recently announced the recipients of its 2014 Project/Team Awards. Two of CH2M HILL’s design-build projects — the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility in Tucson, Ariz., and the City of Wilsonville’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Wilsonville, Ore. — received National Merit Awards in the Water/Wastewater category. CH2M HILL also received a National Award of Merit for its work on delivering the Ohio Department of Transportation’s I-71/I-670 Interchange.

ARTBA’s Project Delivery Academy set for Oct 15-17

Washington, D.C. —The increased use of alternative project delivery methods such as Design-Build (DB) and Construction Manager-General Contractor (CMGC) by transportation agencies present new opportunities and challenges for transportation design and construction industry executives. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Foundation has a professional development program, taught by a nationally recognized engineer, to help ensure industry professionals have a comprehensive understanding of both delivery methods.

Capital Safety opens new California training center

Red Wing, Minn. — Capital Safety opened a new training center in Tustin, Calif., one of 20 state-of-the-art training centers Capital Safety now offers worldwide, in addition to onsite training and online training tools and services. The training facility features 3,500 square feet of indoor air-conditioned fall protection, rescue and confined space training facilities. The center includes a 25-foot steel I-beam structure, a 25-foot cell tower and a multi-section confined space training module.

EPA announces Region 4 Rain Catcher Awards

Atlanta — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced regional winners in its first annual Rain Catcher Award. Horry County, S.C., won in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Crabtree Swamp Restoration Project in Conway, S.C.; the Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) won in the Municipal Category; the Volkswagen Group of America won in the Commercial Category for the Chattanooga, Tenn., Assembly Plant. The awards were given during the EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Charlotte, N.C.

Interior auctions 80,000 acres offshore Maryland for wind energy development

Washington, D.C. — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held the nation’s third competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, which offered nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland for potential wind energy development. The provisional winner of the lease sale is US Wind Inc. When fully built, this wind energy area could generate enough energy to power about 300,000 homes.

New study finds price of wind energy in U.S. at an all-time low

Washington, D.C. — Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged just $25/MWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2013, spurring demand for wind energy.

Woods Hole Group awarded multi-year operation and maintenance contract to support NOAA PORTS on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico

East Falmouth, Mass. — Woods Hole Group will be working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (NOAA CO-OPS) for the operation and maintenance of Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS) along the East Coast of the U.S., and along the Gulf of Mexico coast in Texas and Louisiana. NOAA PORTS is a network of sensors in ports and harbors providing access to information improving maritime commerce and safety.

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