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Exclusive: Board members selected to oversee amtrak's $24 billion gateway project

December 10, 2016

Hilary Russ

The government corporation charged with overseeing Amtrak's $24 billion Gateway rail project between New York and New Jersey has filled out its governing board, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

The Gateway project, one of the most important and urgent rail projects in the United States, calls for the construction of a new train tunnel and the repair of the existing, century-old between the two states, which officials have said could become unusable within the next decade. Closing of the tunnel would affect tens of thousands of NJ Transit rail commuters and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor route between Washington and Boston, the railroad's most important line....

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Read More At Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-transportation-amtrak-gateway-project-idUSKBN13P2TL

 

 

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Analysis / Infrastructure investment requires careful forethought

December 2, 2016

Gianlucca De Paoli

The heavy investment in infrastructure announced by the chancellor in his first Autumn Statement can offer short term economic stimulus and long term benefits – but only if planned carefully.

The headline figure of the Autumn Statement – £23bn in additional infrastructure spending – follows swiftly on from the near finalisation of High Speed 2's (HS2) route as well as the green light for Heathrow's third runway, and is indicative of the new government's desire to use infrastructure as an economic stimulus.  Still, the money is at least a statement of intent and is welcome news for an industry made anxious by Brexit...

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Read More At New Civil Engineer:https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/analysis-infrastructure-investment-requires-careful-forethought/10015280.article

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A pioneer of the open office helps ford rethink the car

December 2, 2016

Christine Rogers

Ford Motor Co. is looking to reimagine the way people get from point A to point B. It has turned to an unusual pick to lead the charge: Jim Hackett, former chief executive at office-furniture maker Steelcase Inc.
Mr. Hackett chairs Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a subsidiary formed in March to explore new ventures in ride hailing, car sharing and self-driving vehicles. One of several auto-industry outsiders recruited by Ford CEO Mark Fields, Mr. Hackett is expected to help rethink the ways Ford's cars connect with the outside world as well as the company's role in the future of transportation. Also on his list: figuring out how to make money at it, too.

Ford moves into transportation-related services at a time of changing attitudes toward car ownership and emerging Silicon Valley rivals like Uber Technologies Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google...

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Read More At The Wall Street Journal:http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-pioneer-of-the-open-office-helps-ford-rethink-the-car-1480441096

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Manufacturers Take a Page from mother nature

December 2, 2016

Daniel Michaels

BREMEN, Germany—When designers at Airbus Group SE and Autodesk Inc. sat down to re-engineer a divider for jetliner cabins, they found inspiration at low altitude: slime molds and animal bones.

The European aviation giant wanted a lighter, 3-D-printed version of a partition mounted to a curved cabin wall that supports fold-down seats for flight attendants. The efficient way simple slime molds spread to seek food in forests and other places inspired designers, who eventually created a complex lattice of more than 60,000 tiny metal bars using a structure based on mammal bones.

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Read More At The Wall Street Journal:http://www.wsj.com/articles/manufacturers-take-a-page-from-mother-nature-1480420802

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global economic agency urges more infrastructure spending

December 2, 2016

Associated Press

An international economic agency said Monday that the kind of infrastructure spending promised by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could boost global growth, but warned that protectionist tendencies hurt prosperity.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development overall hit an upbeat note in its latest world economic outlook Monday, thanks in part to stimulus efforts planned in the U.S. and China. The OECD raised its forecasts for global growth to 3.3 percent for next year, up from 3.2 percent in its last outlook.

After years of low growth, "there is reason to hope that the global economy may be at a point of inflection," as low interest rates give governments more freedom to lower taxes and spend on infrastructure and education, OECD chief Angel Gurria said...

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Read More At The Washington Post:https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/global-economic-agency-urges-more-infrastructure-spending/2016/11/28/c7de7958-b562-11e6-939c-91749443c5e5_story.html?utm_term=.cf47a8b6afc4

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In Europe, is uber a transportation service or a digital platform?

December 2, 2016

Mark Scott

Ever since Uber showed up in Europe in late 2011, the American ride-booking service has faced vocal opposition.
Some of its drivers have been attacked by angry taxi drivers in Paris. Two of the company's most senior European executives have stood trial on charges of running an illegal transportation service in France. And taxi associations from London to Frankfurt have accused Uber of flouting local rules and undermining European rivals. The company denies the accusations.

These heated battles will culminate on Tuesday in arguments before the European Court of Justice, the region's highest court, which will most likely determine how Uber can operate across the European Union, one of the company's largest international markets...

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Read More At The New York Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/27/technology/uber-europe-court-ecj.html

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flexible Seattle off-ramp would retain shape in quake

December 2, 2016

Tim Newcomb

Moving from the lab to the field, a highway off-ramp bridge under construction in Seattle features memory-retaining metal rods and bendable concrete designed to provide the structure with flexibility sufficient to withstand a major seismic event.

Currently under construction in downtown Seattle, the Washington State Dept. of Transportation project uses 15 years of research from Dr. Saiid Saiidi of the Earthquake Engineering Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno, to build a bridge with columns able to return to their original shape after an earthquake as strong as magnitude-7.5...

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Read More At Engineering News-Record:http://www.enr.com/articles/40994-flexible-seattle-off-ramp-would-retain-shape-in-quake

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El 70% de la energia de chile debe provenir de fuentes renovables para 2050

18 de noviembre , 2016

"Nuestra estrategia aspira a fomentar la reducción y captura de emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero; nos hemos trazado un objetivo ambicioso en materia de energía: que al 2050, al menos el 70 por ciento de la energía de Chile provenga de fuentes renovables", señaló la mandataria en su discurso en la Cumbre sobre Cambio Climático (COP22) que se realiza en Marruecos.

La jefa de Estado aseguró en su intervención que Chile prepara "una estrategia de desarrollo baja en carbono, que incorpore la promoción y protección de los derechos humanos afectados por el cambio climático"...

https://mundo.sputniknews.com/americalatina/201611161064878187-Bachelet-Marruecos/

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Ecuador inauguro mayor hidrolectrica del pais financiada por china

18 de noviembre , 2016

El presidente de la República Rafael Correa inauguró este viernes, junto a su homólogo chino Xi Jinping la principal hidroeléctrica ecuatoriana construida y financiada por China, el mayor inversionista de Ecuador al entregar US$10.000 millones en la última década, según Pekín.

Xi y Correa participaron mediante una videoconferencia en la inauguración de la central Coca Codo Sinclair, ubicada en la Amazonia. Pulsaron los botones que de inmediato activaron la central, que empezó la generación de 1.040 megavatios, aunque tiene capacidad para producir 1.500 megavatios, un 30 % del total del consumo nacional...

http://www.americaeconomia.com/negocios-industrias/ecuador-inauguro-mayor-hidroelectrica-del-pais-financiada-por-china

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SNI: Peru debe aprovechar APEC para en infraestructura

18 de noviembre , 2016

El presidente de la Sociedad Nacional de Industrias (SNI), Andreas Von Wedemeyer, señaló que el Foro de Cooperación Económica Asia Pacífico (APEC) es una gran vitrina para que el Perú atraiga inversiones, sobretodo en infraestructura.

Brecha en infraestructura. Señaló que la economía peruana está "muy supeditada" al avance de su infraestructura, sector que mantiene una brecha aún muy importante y que debe resolverse."Sabemos que tenemos un déficit de infraestructura muy importante, un deficit de educación, una serie de complicaciones en las regulaciones que tenemos, que son insulsas, complicadas y que tenemos que desterrar. En esa situación el Perú se exhibe como un país que tiene que ofrecer oportunidades de inversión en infraestructura pues todo proyecto grande requiere de soluciones internacionales", sostuvo...

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http://rpp.pe/economia/economia/sni-peru-debe-aprovechar-apec-para-atraer-inversion-en-infraestructura-noticia-1010650

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