Monday, September 17, 2018

Water and wastewater experts Nogaj and Kabouris join Cardno’s Clearwater office

Cardno has announced that Thomas Nogaj, PhD, PE and John Kabouris, PhD, PE have joined the firm as water and wastewater infrastructure practice group manager and wastewater technology specialist respectively.



Nogaj brings more than 30 years of experience in the civil and environmental engineering fields. He provides consulting and project management on a broad range of water/wastewater treatment and conveyance projects for facilities of all sizes. He holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Central Florida and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Florida and Illinois.


Kabouris has more than 30 years of experience in environmental engineering, offering expertise in modeling, plant controls, and optimization of nutrient removal, sidestream and mainstream anammox process development and optimization, and advanced digestion and biogas utilization. He holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Florida. He is actively involved at the national level with the Water Environment Federation and is Associate Editor of the environmental journal Water Environment Research.

“Thomas and John have provided their wealth of expertise and research to numerous water and sewer departments in the United States and abroad, and that knowledge has resulted in significant financial savings and more effective systems for clients,” says Doug Stoker, Cardno Southeast Business Unit manager. “We are excited to have them on our team.”

Headquartered in Australia, Cardno is an international professional infrastructure and environmental services company with specialist expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world. Cardno’s team includes professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable projects and community programs. For more information, visit www.cardno.com.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

StormwateRx introduces Purus Nitrate for stormwater treatment


StormwateRx, a stormwater treatment and filtration company based in Portland, Oregon, has announced the development and release of a new product in its line of Purus advanced polishers, Purus Nitrate targets soluble nitrate in industrial stormwater runoff. This system is ideal for industries where nitrogen compounds or petroleum products are used or where organic materials are processed, including fabricated metal products, food processing, and chemical manufacturing.

Purus Nitrate is normally installed and flow-matched in a "treatment train" configuration with StormwateRx's Aquip stormwater filtration technology, an upstream pre-filtration system. The typical removal efficiency of this technology falls in the range of 80 to 90 percent, usually to below the required numeric action levels (NALs) or benchmarks.

Purus Nitrate has a dissolved nitrate capacity exceeding 40 pounds (as nitrogen) for a typical 100 to 300 gallon-per-minute treatment flow rate. Slipstream treatment configurations are available to extend run-time when less nitrate needs to be removed from the stormwater.

StormwateRx designs, manufactures, installs, and maintains stormwater treatment systems for industrial customers throughout North America. For more information, visit https://stormwaterx.com.

Note: Progressive Engineer ran a company profile on StormwateRx in 2010. See it at http://www.progressiveengineer.com/company_profiles/stormWateRx.htm.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Nancy Lyon-Stadler to lead WSP Cleveland office



Nancy Lyon-Stadler has been appointed by WSP USA, an engineering and professional services consultancy, to lead its Cleveland, Ohio office. In her new position, Lyon-Stadler will be responsible for office management and expansion, product delivery, client engagement, and new business development.
Since Lyon-Stadler joined WSP as a senior principal engineer in 2015, she has been part of several transformational projects in northeast Ohio, including traffic-related aspects of the reconstruction of the George V. Voinovich Bridge, which opened in September 2016 and greatly improved traffic in downtown Cleveland. She also conducted traffic analysis and developed congestion mitigation strategies for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, supporting the event organizers, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Cleveland Police. “Nancy has led multiple projects to improve livability in northeast Ohio communities through the integration of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and transit enhancements within the transportation network, including developing the design concept and implementation plan for Cleveland’s innovative Midway Cycle Track Plan,” says Jerry Jannetti, senior vice president and northeast regional manager at WSP.
Lyon-Stadler has over 30 years of engineering experience in the private and public sector with expertise in planning, design, and construction. She has been employed as a consulting engineer for more than 20 years and prior to that, she served as a civil engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Lyon-Stadler has a B.S. in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an M.S. in civil engineering from The Ohio State University. She is a registered professional engineer in Colorado, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina, as well as a licensed professional traffic operations engineer
            WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, is the U.S. operating company of the engineering and professional services firms WSP. Dedicated to serving local communities, the firm consists of engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors, and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water, and environment sectors. With more than 7,000 people in 100 offices across the United States, they partner with clients to help communities prosper. For more information, visit www.wsp.com.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

New ASTM International standard helps in construction of geosynthetic clay liners

A new ASTM International standard will help those who construct and install geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs), which are used to help with containment for landfills, coal combustion residual storage cells,
mining operations, and remediation and environmental protection projects. The new standard (D8204) focuses on evaluating both best practices as well as possible negative impacts of installing and constructing GCLs. ASTM’s committee on geosynthetics developed the standard.

According to ASTM International member Kent von Maubeuge, the new standard is meant to be used with full-scale GCL installation test pads, not laboratory evaluations. “The practices outlined in the standard provide for project-specific parameters and thus can provide real project insight into how GCL materials should be installed on a specific site to achieve optimal engineered barrier performance,” says von Maubeuge, director, corporate identity and corporate communication and senior product manager, NAUE GmbH & Co. KG.

According to von Maubeuge, who chairs the GCL subcommittee, insights from using the new standard will help design engineers, facility and project owners, specification writers, certified quality auditors, and geosynthetic installers. Also, manufacturers will benefit from the variations in data from different test pads, which may support the development of future GCL products.

To purchase standards, contact ASTM International customer relations at 877-909-ASTM or sales@astm.org.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

ACAA selects architectural and engineering firms to design new terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport

Following months of research, technical and creative presentations, interviews and evaluations, the Allegheny County Airport Authority recently announced the architectural and engineering firms selected to design a new terminal that will transform Pittsburgh International Airport for a modern travel experience. Gensler, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and HDR, headquartered in Omaha, NE, have entered into a joint-venture agreement to design and deliver the Terminal Modernization Program.

The joint venture team has formed an association with luis vidal + architects, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, to develop the architectural design vision for the new terminal that consolidates check-in, ticketing, security and baggage operations into one connected facility. HDR will handle engineering implementation of the design.

Airport Authority Board members approved a $15 million contract with the joint venture team for initial design concepts to be drafted over the next few months, as the Authority also works to engage key stakeholders and gather input into final design of the new terminal. The initial design concept is expected to be unveiled early next year.

“We are confident that we have assembled a world-class team with the vision, knowledge and experience necessary to work with all of our partners in building Pittsburgh’s airport – an airport that will transform the travel experience now and into the future and continue advancing our region,” says Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis. “Our selection team has carefully researched best airport design and modernization practices and worked to review qualifications of the firms, their proposals and references.”

Eleven firms responded to the initial request for qualifications in January. Of those, four were invited to submit full proposals, make creative and technical presentations and be interviewed by a selection committee. The firms were evaluated on criteria including experience, team composition and responsibilities, design and management approach, quality assurance and cost control, and DBE/local participation.

Gensler, which has offices in 46 cities around the world including in Pennsylvania, designed the 32-story Tower at PNC Plaza in Downtown Pittsburgh, along with Incheon International Airport in Korea. From facilities serving executive or regional aircraft to those at the largest, most prestigious international hubs, Gensler provides experience-focused design. “Gensler is thrilled to be part of this transformational project,” says Ty Osbaugh, Aviation Leader and Principal at Gensler. “At our core, we seek to enhance the passenger experience through design. Meshing our team with the ambition of the ACAA, we look forward to jointly creating a world-class experience for Western Pennsylvania.”

The portfolio of HDR, which has 10,000 employees and more than 200 offices worldwide, including an office on Stanwix Street downtown, includes universities, hospitals, modernization of the Honolulu International Airport, and locally, the Greenfield Bridge replacement project. The firm is also noted for innovations in green building design and sustainability. “HDR is committed to leveraging our technical, multidisciplinary expertise to help create Pittsburgh’s next world class airport,” says Bill Peduzzi, HDR Aviation Director. “As a lifelong resident, I am thrilled to apply what I have learned from a career spent in airport development and hope to inspire the next generation of aviation leaders to continue to innovate and enhance the role great airports can play in a community.”

luis vidal + architects, which has offices across Spain, the UK, Dominican Republic, Chile, and the United States, cites Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport among its impressive list of projects. In the United States, the practice is currently working at the international airports of Denver, Boston Logan and Dallas Fort Worth. Vidal himself also was a leader of the design team of the Terminal 4 project at Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain. “The Pittsburgh International Airport project will reflect its community; a design that is bold, unique and competitive and that will provide the first and last impression that people will carry with them of the Pittsburgh region,” Luis Vidal remarks.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Uplift Data Partners integrates with PlanGrid to give builders immediate access to drone imagery

Uplift Data Partners, the data capture pilot platform for enterprise businesses, recently announced it has integrated with PlanGrid, which specializes in construction productivity software. Uplift's 2D and 3D aerial drone imagery is now accessible directly into PlanGrid, giving construction teams a real-time view of job sites and improving their ability to detect costly errors and reduce rework.

Previously, Uplift's drone-captured images were housed within its portal and PlanGrid users had to log in to both platforms to access these images. Now, project team members in the field, trailer, and office can easily access drone imagery directly from PlanGrid, improving team communications, reducing change orders, and providing real-time updates to current project status.

Since 2015, Uplift Data Partners has delivered aerial insights for the AEC industry. Uplift's solution combines an extensive network of skilled and highly trained pilots, broad knowledge of FAA airspace rules, and a proactive approach to compliance and regulatory guidelines. Using Uplift's drone service, builders can accurately survey a project and detect mistakes by overlaying site designs and line work onto the drone imagery.

"The integration of drone imagery into PlanGrid is a huge accomplishment for us," says Suzanne El-Moursi, president of Uplift Data Partners. "Uplift Data Partners provides drone service for the AEC industry. We are passionate about enabling the free flow of drone data to further augment and support other data sources, increasing the value of the overall insight to the end user, in this case, the project engineer."

"Our goal at PlanGrid is to increase productivity through innovative and impactful technology," says James Cook, head of strategic alliances and partnerships at PlanGrid. "Drone technology provides immeasurable insights into the progress and accuracy of a construction site, and Uplift Data Partners has established itself as a cutting-edge platform with its expertise of compliance and airspace regulations. The integration of Uplift's drone imagery into PlanGrid will give our customers a real-time view of jobsites and further improve their productivity."

The integration of two companies will benefit enterprise customers who use both PlanGrid and Uplift, as seen recently with Clayco, a full-service real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm. For the past three years, Clayco has used Uplift Data Partners as their drone provider, leveraging the company's drone expertise across their portfolio of projects. Now, Clayco will migrate all their projects onto PlanGrid's platform, using both companies' capabilities and taking advantage of a seamless experience.

Uplift Data Partners was founded in 2015 in Chicago. Its network covers the United States, and its network-wide night waiver allows for completing night missions. For more information, visit www.plangrid.com and www.upliftdatapartners.com.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The world has embraced robots; should the U.S. should follow suit?


America has long been a forerunner in other revolutions — industrial, technological and digital. But, is the United States prepared for the robotic revolution? As other countries embark on initiatives to encourage the adoption of automated technologies, Ryan Gutherie, executive vice president of six-axis and SCARA robot supplier TM Robotics, investigates America’s relationship with robots.

According to the World Robot Statistics, 74 robots per 10,000 employees is the world’s average robot density. The United States sits comfortably above this, at 189 robots per 10,000 employees. However, despite welcoming robotics to automotive production lines as early as the 1960s, the nation is still perceived as keeping automation at arm’s length.

In 2016, the country began to climb the robot density ranks and today, the United States ranks seventh in the world, behind South Korea, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Sweden and Denmark. This figure has been significantly boosted by the necessary modernization of U.S. production facilities as well as a growing demand for products made in the United States. What’s more, robot sales in the country are expected to increase by at least 15 per cent per year between now and 2020. Put simply, the market is showing no signs of slowing down.

Despite the rapid uptake in automation, though, more than 70 per cent of American’s still express wariness and concern about the rise of robots in our workplaces, according to Pew Research. Perhaps they read the report by the McKinsey Global Institute stating that 73 million U.S. jobs could be under threat of automation by 2030. This sounds threatening, but is the robot revolution really such a bad thing?

Arguably not. Consider this as an example. A manufacturer that saves money on labor by using automation has two options. Lower product prices or generate more profit. Both outcomes can result in increased investment, higher demand and, in turn, more opportunity for employment.

This isn’t just theoretical. Across the pond in Europe, the SPARC research project is a partnership scheme set to increase Europe’s robotics adoptions. It’s estimated to create 240,000 new jobs on the continent as a result of implementing and maintaining automated processes.


Amazon also provides a U.S. example of this phenomenon — albeit in warehousing, rather than manufacturing. Over a three-year period, the company increased the number of robots in its storerooms from 1,400 to a colossal 45,000. During the same period, the rate at which the company hires workers did not slow down or reduce, as the company’s capacity has also increased due to automation.

Increased deployment of robotics forces a shift from manually intensive labor to jobs that require human skills that robots cannot replicate. Rather than overseeing repetitive manufacturing tasks, like the pick-and-place and assembly processes usually associated with SCARA robots, increased automation can enable workers to manage more complex roles.

America didn’t shy away from spearheading the industrial, technological, and digital revolutions. As a nation, we cannot ignore the growing implications of failing to adopt today’s robotics and automated technologies.

As a distributor of six-axis, Cartesian and SCARA robots from Toshiba Machine, TM Robotics has a vested interest in improving America’s perception of automation. Regardless, rather than fearing the rise of the robot, the United States needs to further embrace the technology or risk getting left behind in the global manufacturing race.

TM Robotics has installed thousands of robots in factories throughout the world, including North and South America, India, Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. In partnership with Toshiba Machine, TM Robotics is the only company that offers a comprehensive range of all three categories of robots; 6-axis, SCARA, and Cartesian. These are designed and built in-house. TM Robotics delivers solutions, training, and support services for industrial and commercial applications. For further information please visit www.tmrobotics.com