WSDOT is currently undertaking a landslide prevention project along its Amtrak Cascades rail corridor aiming in eliminating service disruptions due to the frequent landslide occurrence of the past years. $16.1 million of federal funds will be used in identifying landslide susceptible locations along the rail line extending from Vancouver, Washington to the Canadian border, designing and constructing slope stabilization projects.
The 21st anniversary of the magnitude 6.7 1994 Northridge Earthquake, became the opportunity for announcing the upgrade of the water-pipe infrastructure around the Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Besides the specific location, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials plan the installation of the new technology pipes at key locations along the 7,200 mile water pipe network of the city, a project worth $10 million.
A two-mile long heavily eroded shoreline was reconstructed along the Delaware River in Salem County, New Jersey. The beach's erosion is attributed primarily to Superstorm Sandy and its reconstruction was carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Completion of the restoration works was announced by the New Jersey Environmental Protection Agency early this year.
This Sunday the Seattle Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. Many believe Seattle has one of the best home field advantage’s in the NFL due to the amount of noise their fans create. While it is not one of the largest stadiums in the NFL, Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is certainly the loudest. This weekend, representatives from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network will be studying the stadium for earthquake research. They plan on placing three seismometers around the stadium including one near the top of the stadium and one near the ground.
A very important landmark of Washington DC lies under its ground and remains unknown to many of the nation's capital residents. The Dupont circle tunnels one of the most important landmarks of the city remain closed to the public for over 50 years. Watch the video below for a breathtaking underground view!
An innovative virtual reality system, developed in the UK, for various engineering purposes, aims in helping scientists as well as medium-sized engineering firms simulate and visualize any working environment. At a very competitive price, VuePod, is expected to become extremely popular in the engineering and construction industries, revolutionizing current engineering practice.
Six years after California voters approved a $9.9 billion bond act to help finance a high-speed rail line between that eventually will carry riders from San Francisco to Los Angeles. California Governor Jerry Brown and other officials led a ceremony in downtown Fresno on Tuesday to mark the start of construction for the project. Instead of picking up shovels and scooping a pile of dirt like many groundbreaking ceremonies, the Governor instead decided to sign a ceremonial steel rail. Although the ceremonial start to construction took place on Tuesday, major construction is still likely weeks away. According to High-Speed Rail Authority board chairman Dan Richard, “We are entering a period of sustained construction on the nation’s first high-speed rail system for the next five years in the Central Valley, and in the decade beyond that, we will be building across California.” The first segment will cost $6 billion and be completed in 2018. It will connect Merced to Bakersfield.