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Purdue students develop safe-water system for Dominican Republic community

West Lafayette, Ind. — A group of Purdue University students and faculty members have completed work on a system that makes safe drinking water available to a community in the Dominican Republic sickened by poor water. About 40 percent of illnesses in Las Canas were due to poor-quality drinking water, and half of the female patients suffered from rashes linked to water exposure. The completed water treatment system uses a sand filtration, low-pressure membrane filtration and chlorination process.

ASCE and DFI recognize Thermal Integrity Profiling

Cleveland — The American Society of Civil Engineers announced on July 24 the Thermal Integrity Profiler (TIP) as the 2015 winner of the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation. This award celebrates collaboration in innovative design, materials, or construction-related research and development transferred into practice in a sustainable manner. The award also rewards innovative approaches that help achieve at least one of the National Construction Technology Goals.

MWH Global and CSC partner on cybersecurity for critical utility infrastructure

Broomfield, Colo. —MWH Global has partnered with CSC to provide integrated cybersecurity services to the world’s critical utility infrastructure. The partnership will work with utilities and municipalities to protect their water and wastewater collection, distribution and treatment systems, dams, ports and hydroelectric power infrastructure around the world.

NCI Building Systems hosts seminar for engineer development and building design

Houston — NCI Building Systems will host a day-long educational conference in Houston to unveil the latest research and findings on engineering best practices. Leading researchers and experts in a range of construction disciplines will present on numerous relevant topics, including counsel on effective design for steel and concrete structures, applicable code updates, and an exploration of the teachings of author and engineer, Professor Hardy Cross.

FHWA endorses NACTO Urban Street Design Guide

New York — Less than a year after the National Association of City Transportation Officials released its Urban Street Design Guide, the U.S. Department of Transportation endorsed this vision for safe, sustainable, city-friendly street designs. Federal support for the guide ensures that practitioners have both the permission and the flexibility to design streets that support safe walking and biking, as well as efficient transit.

Louis Berger signs $32 million Panama Metro Line 2 project management contract

Panama City and Morristown, N.J. — Louis Berger, as part of the Consorcio PML2, signed a $32 million contract to oversee Panama City Metro’s second line during a signing ceremony with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez and senior government officials. The signing follows the award by the Panamanian secretary for the Metro announced on July 10.

Mid America states recognized for transportation projects

Indianapolis — State transportation department projects that are improving safety across all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways, and providing additional transportation options, all while saving taxpayer dollars and showcasing new innovations, were named recipients of top honors in the mid America regional America's Transportation Awards competition at the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials 2014 annual meeting.

HNTB Corporation among firms selected for South Coast Rail project

Boston – A 10-year program and construction management contract for the construction of the long-awaited South Coast Rail project has been awarded jointly to HNTB Corporation and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. The initial first-year contract will fund program management; data collection, including environmental site assessments; partial preliminary design; environmental permitting and public outreach.

Horner & Shifrin to oversee Corps of Engineers levee repairs

O’Fallon, Ill. — Horner & Shifrin (H&S) was selected by the JL Brown Contracting Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to provide construction management services for six levee repair projects in the bi-state area caused by heavy flooding damage last summer. Work on these projects, which total over $1.3 million, began in late May.

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