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Woolpert to provide aerial mapping for West Virginia

Dayton, Ohio — Woolpert, a national geospatial, infrastructure management and design firm headquartered in Dayton, was awarded a one-year contract with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways to provide on-call aerial photography and mapping services to support the design of roadway and bridge projects. The agreement, valued at up to $750,000 in the first year, may be extended for an additional one-year term.

R.A. Smith National provides surveying, sitework engineering for rehabilitation of Milwaukee neighborhoods

Brookfield, Wis. — R.A. Smith National, a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm, is providing surveying, site planning, and grading and erosion control design to Gorman & Company, Inc. for the rehabilitation of homes in inner-city Milwaukee neighborhoods. R.A. Smith National has provided surveying services for more than 200 sites since 2006 and engineering services for more than 60 new home sites since 2011.

AECOM acquires Hunt Construction Group

Los Angeles — AECOM Technology Corporation acquired Hunt Construction Group, significantly adding to AECOM’s construction services business. Commercial construction management firm Hunt Construction Group, which serves clients in both the public and private sectors, was established in 1944, has more than 700 employees in nine U.S. offices, and generated revenues of $1.2 billion in 2013.

MCEER earthquake engineer: ‘U.S. not prepared for effects of a major earthquake in a large urban area’

Buffalo, N.Y. — On July 29, Andrew Whittaker, Ph.D., S.E., director of MCEER at the University at Buffalo, will tell Congress that the United States is not prepared for effects of a major earthquake in a large urban area. He will do so during testimony before the Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology at a hearing to review the National Earthquake Hazards reduction Program (NEHRP).

Wight & Company celebrates 75th year in business

Chicago — Wight & Company announced its 75th year in business. The architecture, engineering and construction company is celebrating this milestone with the launch of a 75th anniversary microsite that honors the firm’s legacy, highlights major company achievements, and provides perspective on the future of the company and the industry at large. The celebration of the firm’s history will continue over the next several months with content being rolled out in phases.

AIAI releases P3 Best Practices Guide

New York — The Board of Directors of the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) recently introduced the AIAI Best Practices Guide, an educational resource for public-private partnerships (P3s). This first-of-its-kind publication serves as a national source for P3 best practices.

Hatch Mott MacDonald-led team to provide engineering, design and permitting services for Northeast Energy Direct Project

Iselin, N.J. — Hatch Mott MacDonald was selected by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., to lead a regional team that will provide engineering, design and permitting services for TGP’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. The Project includes interstate natural gas transmission pipelines, crossing parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire, as well as new and upgraded compression facilities and related infrastructure.

Seminole County, Fla., approves VHB’s redevelopment plan along key transportation corridor

Orlando, Fla. — Seminole County, Fla. recently approved a Master Plan for the redevelopment of the Oxford Road area identified as a key “catalyst” site for redevelopment and reinvestment along the U.S. 17-92 corridor. It is a catalyst site because of its pivotal position on the Seminole County transportation network. The plan was prepared by VHB, a national planning, design and engineering firm with its Southeast headquarters in Orlando.

Seven East Bay communities, municipal utility district to repair sewer systems, pay civil penalties

San Francisco — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Clean Water Act settlement requiring the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and seven East Bay communities to conduct extensive system repairs aimed at eliminating millions of gallons of sewage discharges into San Francisco Bay. Under the agreement, EBMUD and the communities will assess and upgrade their 1,500-mile-long sewer system infrastructure over a 21-year period. The work is expected to cost approximately $1.5 billion. The entities will pay civil penalties of $1.5 million for past sewage discharges that violated federal environmental law.

Scientists predict Southeast ‘Megalopolis’ in next 45 years

Raleigh, N.C. — Urban areas in the Southeastern United States will double in size by 2060 unless there are significant changes to land development, according to a new study by the Department of Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center and North Carolina State University. The predicted growth would come at the expense of agricultural and forest lands, creating an urban “megalopolis” stretching from Raleigh to Atlanta, which also raises a number of ecological concerns.

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