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More Damage, Most Costs, Less Clarity

17 Jan 2023, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

The Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report from the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is the definitive word on excavation damage to underground facilities. Stakeholders and policymakers alike go to this resource to understand the level of damage, estimate the costs imposed on society, and peer inside the root causes in…

What Did We Read in 2022?

28 Dec 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

What did our team read this year? We are glad you asked! The work we do at the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure very much revolves around public policy, innovative ideas, infrastructure topics, and related fields. In our personal lives, however, we sometimes venture down different avenues. We think this…

What the Data Says About Train Crew Size

13 Dec 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Analysis, Blog Posts

Following two significant railroad incidents in 2013, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) began taking a sharper look at train crew sizes. Under the theory that human error was causing substantial harm to rail workers, the public, and the environment, the FRA proposed a minimum crew size on locomotives to ensure…

Sick Leave Will Not Derail the Supply Chain

02 Dec 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

After years of negotiation through the collective bargaining process and a number of close calls with threatened labor strikes, President Biden on Friday signed into law a settlement of terms between railroad unions and railroad companies. The terms of the agreement are those recommended by the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB),…

Poll: 8 Billion People, What is the top infrastructure challenge?

30 Nov 2022, Posted by bdierker in Aii Asks, All Posts, Blog Posts

This month, the population of the planet is believed to have surpassed 8 billion living people. This milestone serves as a reminder of the importance of critical natural resources, infrastructure, agriculture, and various services. Without well-functioning markets, supply chains, and governments, millions of people will be exposed to heat or…

Cross Country on Premium Fuel

29 Nov 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Come along with Aii team member Andrew on his route from Norfolk, VA to Bozeman, Montana! In this video, we take a look at premium gas prices and how they vary from state to state. Enjoy not only a bit of insight into fuel costs, but a scenic route across…

Gas Versus Electric Race to the Capital

29 Nov 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

This summer, Aii Founder Brigham McCown embarked on a cross-country road trip in his Tesla Model 3 from Seattle, WA to Washington, D.C. When he made it to Cincinatti, Aii team member Benjamin Dierker jumped in his gas-powered car to race to the nation’s capital from South Carolina. Watch these…

EV to DC: Taking an Electric Vehicle from Coast to Coast

29 Nov 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

This summer, Aii founder Brigham McCown embarked on a cross-country road trip in his Tesla Model 3. Starting from Washington state, he made a coast-to-coast drive all the way to Washington, D.C. In addition to seeing the nation’s beauty and bounty, he learned a number of lessons along the way….

Yellowstone: Rebuilding After the Flood

15 Nov 2022, Posted by Andrew Jefferis in All Posts, Blog Posts

Earlier this year, Yellowstone National Park was at the epicenter of a historical flooding that resulted in the elimination of homes, bridges, and the possibility of reentry into the park. Restoring damaged infrastructure comes at a monumental cost, not purely structurally but reputationally and economically as well.  According to the…

Is an EV mandate the right solution for California?

08 Nov 2022, Posted by Andrew Jefferis in All Posts, Blog Posts

It is a blanket assumption that electric vehicles (EVs) are greener than gas vehicles, and many people are not aware of the energy source behind the super chargers, but what is the underlying truth? How clean is the electricity that enhances how we live? On the whole, electricity is produced…

Poll: What is your preferred source of energy if you could only have one source (or paired sources) for the whole country?

01 Nov 2022, Posted by Andrew Jefferis in Aii Asks, All Posts, Blog Posts

Both summer and winter experience intense demand for energy, but energy is vital year round for growth and progress. Many of us envision a greener world, asking the question, “What will the most economical and environmentally friendly energy source of our future be?” We wanted the public to narrow down…

What caused the I-35W bridge collapse in 2007?

01 Nov 2022, Posted by Andrew Jefferis in All Posts, Blog Posts

Bridge unveilings have been popular dating back to 1866 with the unveiling of the Great Suspension Bridge. One of the latest ribbon cuttings was originally expected in early 2023, yet the Nice-Middleton Bridge was fully opened to the public on October 13, 2022 extending across the Potomac River between Charles…

What Does Damage Prevention Leadership Look Like?

27 Oct 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

The damage prevention process is tried and true. Notifying a One-Call center through 811 has worked for over a decade, and for at least 30 years prior, other phone numbers and communication methods did the trick. With so firm a foundation and such an established system, how can innovation and…

Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg Visits Charleston Infrastructure

13 Oct 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been on a tour touting the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that will lead to billions of dollars in infrastructure spending across the country. His latest stop was the lowcountry of South Carolina. Meeting with local leaders and visiting key infrastructure assets,…