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Women in STEM: the Backbone of Crane Army

By |Engineering, Roadway Design|

(CRANE) - Since its beginning in World War II, women served a vital role at the Crane base from sewing parachutes for flares, to working on the munitions lines to performing administrative duties. Today as Crane Army Ammunition Activity carries on the legacy ammunition mission, women continue providing critical support in nearly every role of its operations. Hayley Smith, of Crane Army Ammunition Activity reports, women rose through the ranks at CAAA over the years, especially in traditionally male-dominated science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Some continued in STEM positions their entire careers while others progressed to other areas such as management or operations. Regardless of their professional disciplines, they rely on the skills gained

Fatal Uber crash raises red flags about self-driving safety

By |Engineering, Roadway Design|

Every day, as he goes to and from work, Arizona State University urban planning professor David King rides his bike* past the intersection where Elaine Herzberg was killed on Sunday night. The seven-lane road (counting turn lanes) in Tempe, Arizona is wide open, with no bushes or parked cars for a person to jump out from behind. In the immediate vicinity are a large park, an office building, and a nightclub that’s closed on Sundays—few potential distractions for a driver negotiating the area. Herzberg, a 49-year-old woman who was homeless, was pushing a bicycle laden with her belongings along this road when she was struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle around 10 p.m. Sunday. She

Conveying water in steep heights

By |Hydrology, Land Survey|

To increase the reliability of electric power supply for its mining operations, Peruvian mining company Buenaventura elected to develop a hydroelectric project in the Pallca River basin of the Andes Mountains in Peru, approximately 130 kilometers east of the capital city Lima. Water conveyance for hydropower in the high mountains of the Andes is often a technical challenge and, in many cases, can result in significant construction costs. The Andes’ steep terrain, unfavorable geological conditions, and restricted access conditions presented further challenges for a hydroelectric project in this area. This article describes the project’s challenges, solutions and how learnings can be applied to similar situations that can benefit power companies, developers, and the engineering community

Kickapoo Valley flooding subject of DNR and FEMA meeting

By |Engineering, Hydrology, Storm Water|

VIROQUA - The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) will hold a meeting on Monday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Vernon County Erlandson Building, 318 Fairlane Drive in Viroqua. The meeting is intended to begin an evaluation of the floodplain maps and mitigation planning needs in the Kickapoo River Watershed. “The meeting is intended for county officials in the watershed,” WDNR employee Betsy Finlay explained. “If you have particular concerns, you should share them with your county officials.” Finlay said that if the decision is to take the process to the next step, then there would be an open house meeting for citizens to

Airborne surveillance market growth graph is incline towards the sky

By |Drone, GIS, Land Survey|

Airborne surveillance system aims to provide early airborne unusual activities warning. It consists of antenna, airborne data processor, and integrated navigation system, which are featured to provide high accuracy navigation system. These are responsible for tracking and scanning of required target. They receive signal from transmitting radar, analyze the signal and transmit the signal to the receiving radar and provide navigation of the target. Major driving factor for the growth of global airborne surveillance market is increasing adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in commercial sector, which has applications in agriculture, government agencies, and other major industries. For instance, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), around 7 million drones are expected to ship to

Bozeman questions FEMA’s take on downtown flood risks

By |Hydrology, Land Survey, Storm Water|

Swaths of downtown Bozeman might get new rules to live by as a federal agency redraws the map of where nature could collide with the city. City hall and people invested in keeping Main Street pretty and busy are spending a chunk of money to ensure those changes are justified. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, tries to predict and respond to disasters. Where they say that could happen tends to be followed by more regulations and, typically, higher expenses tied to lightening the possible impact of those events. For the last five years, the agency has worked to update its floodplain map for parts of Bozeman. The preliminary map plasters red and yellow