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WeiserMazars releases 2014 U.S. Water Industry Outlook Study

New York — WeiserMazars LLP, an accounting, tax and advisory services firm, released its 2014 U.S. Water Industry Outlook, which found that the most significant challenges facing the industry remain aging infrastructure and capital needs, as they did in the 2012 Outlook. Ninety-five percent of study respondents ranked aging facilities and infrastructure as one of the most significant challenges facing the water industry.

Checkered House Bridge wins 2014 ACEC Vermont Grand Award

Tallahassee, Fla. — Built in 1929, the Checkered House Bridge, located in Richmond, Vt., is a 350-foot-long steel truss bridge placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. This bridge needed to be widened 12 feet., 6 inches to allow for two vehicles to safely cross the bridge simultaneously in opposite directions and to accommodate modern traffic loads.

Trimble opens registration for Dimensions 2014 User Conference

Sunnyvale, Calif. —Trimble announced that registration is officially open for its International User Conference — Trimble Dimensions — being held Nov. 3-5, 2014, at the Mirage and the Treasure Island Hotels in Las Vegas. The conference addresses innovations in Agriculture, Construction, Civil Infrastructure, Engineering, Government, Mapping, Natural Resources, Surveying, Telecommunications, Transportation & Logistics and Utilities.

ACEC of Michigan elects new president and board

Lansing, Mich. — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) announced Amy Trahey, P.E., of Great Lakes Engineering Group, LLC (Lansing) as its 2014-2015 President. Amy is president of Great Lakes Engineering Group — the 2014 ACEC/Michigan Small Firm of the Year.

‘Making The Grade’ group presents six-point plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure

Washington, D.C. — Experts from 45 organizations, including corporations, professional organizations, think tanks, financial advisors, and academic institutions, collaborated on a new report, released Friday, June 27, that outlines ways that the federal government, industry, and other stakeholders can work together to solve the crisis of the failing state of U.S. infrastructure. Titled "Making The Grade,” the report presents a six-point plan with ideas to regain America's infrastructure leadership and revive the country’s global competitiveness.

Video: Gilmerton Bridge replacement

Mechanicsburg, Pa. — Modjeski and Masters released a new project video detailing the replacement of the Gilmerton Bridge in Chesapeake, Va. One of five critical bridges in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, the Henry G. Gilmerton Bridge is an essential hub for more than 1 million vehicular and marine travelers each month. The original bascule span’s 11-foot clearance made it the most frequently opened bridge in Hampton Roads at 7,500 openings per year.

Thornton Tomasetti's Metropolitan Tower Project receives 2014 ULI Vision Award

Chicago — Thornton Tomasetti was recognized by the Urban Land Institute with a 2014 Vision Award in the historic redevelopment category for its work on Metropolitan Tower at 310 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Thornton Tomasetti served as the structural engineer, while Pappageorge/Haymes Partners was the architect on the $70 million project.

VHB announces CEO transition

Watertown, Mass. — VHB announced the third president and CEO in the firm’s 35-year history. Michael J. Carragher, P.E., was elected by the firm’s Board of Directors as VHB’s new President and CEO. Carragher is currently a senior vice president and directs the firm’s Southeast Region.

Giant hinged span coming to world’s longest floating bridge

Medina, Wash. — What will be the world’s longest floating bridge is getting a new feature. Contractor crews for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin installing a massive, hinged transition span on Friday, June 27, and will have it fully in place the following day. Five girders make up the span, each of which is 190 feet long and weighs 45 tons. Once assembled, the transition span will serve as the threshold between the moveable, floating bridge and the highway’s stationary, elevated segment near Lake Washington’s eastern shore.

Wacker Drive Resonstruction wins ACEC Grand Conceptor Award

Chicago — Reconstruction of Wacker Drive/Congress Parkway in downtown Chicago was the winner of the 2014 Grand Conceptor Award for the best engineering achievement of the year by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) as part of the organization’s 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards program.

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