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Safer Digging Part 1: Before the Shovel

03 May 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

The first step for safer digging happens long before the shovel hits the ground. Damage prevention relies on communication and collaboration between parties through One-Call centers. The notice of proposed excavation is the first step in this process, but it is more than just making a call. Error and miscommunication…

Safe Digging Month Wraps, But Safe Digging Continues

27 Apr 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

April is recognized across the U.S. as National Safe Digging Month. As the April showers wind down and the May flowers sprout up, it is important to keep in mind the lessons learned from National Safe Digging Month. While spring can be a great time for gardening and backyard projects,…

Domestic Uranium Supply Needed As Supply Chain Problems Persist

21 Apr 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

The current energy crisis has seen gasoline prices rise to all-time highs across the country. Around the world, many countries’ ability to meet their energy needs through imports has also been called into question as markets respond to Russia’s war in Ukraine and environmental regulations and policy priorities limiting exploration,…

Self-Driving into the Future

19 Apr 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

While some recent conversations about transportation in the U.S. are relatively simple – like the supply and demand for oil – others are more nuanced and complex. America is a car-dependent country, with more than 90% of households estimated to have access to a vehicle. But with the changing climate…

Benjamin Dierker Speaks at Law Review Symposium

14 Apr 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

This month, Aii Director of Public Policy Benjamin Dierker spoke at the 2022 Indiana Law Review Symposium: “Transportation Infrastructure Law and Policy: The Road Forward.” The event, featured attorneys and researchers from a range of public policy spheres that intersect with transportation infrastructure. Joining a panel titled “The Future of…

Strategic Petroleum Reserve Will Face Low Fuel Light

12 Apr 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

The purpose of the strategic petroleum reserve is for national emergencies, international crises, and other disruptions in the supply of oil. It was never conceived to be a spigot to turn when self-created policies lead to bad circumstances. While there is no doubt that factors like lingering market impacts from…

Innovation Drives Direct Air Capture’s Growing Viability

07 Apr 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Vacuuming your house to be rid of dust can be quite a chore. Dirt and dust seem to accumulate faster than you can keep up. Yet, ever since the first vacuum was invented in 1908, larger and more powerful vacuums have made cleaning household carpets and factory floors far easier….

Energy Consumption in the Age of Cryptocurrency

05 Apr 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

When it comes to sustainability, many industries are considering how to reduce their energy consumption. Organizations are also taking a more critical look at how their services and products may impact the environment. With the rise in digital currency, new discussions are emerging about the value of cryptocurrency and its…

From Modern Roots March to Safe Digging Month

31 Mar 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

Do you know what is below?   After a month of emphasizing modern roots, it is time to move into national safe digging month! Throughout March, Aii has been educating on the importance of building intuition about what is below your feet every day. While no one has X-ray vision, everyone…

Resilience of Regional Roots

29 Mar 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

Across the U.S., underground utilities occupy space at different depths. Many factors influence the depth you may find these pipes, cables, and wires, such as the local landscape, population density, and importantly, the regional climate. Due to regional climate variations within the U.S., these modern roots must be protected from…

How Low Do Modern Roots Go?

24 Mar 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

In any natural landscape, a wide variety of vegetation have different root networks belowground. The same is true for the Modern Roots that deliver water, Internet, and much more to all different types of structures. The utilities that run beneath our feet are buried at different depths depending on a…

Hey! Don’t Dig Yet! See This First!

22 Mar 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Are you planning to dig a hole? Maybe you’re just planting a small tree, installing a mailbox, or leveling out a wonky slope in your yard – but there may be something important underground that you can hit! Picture that you are standing below ground with your eyes at surface…

Why Roots and Not Overhead Lines?

17 Mar 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

If you have been following the Aii educational series Modern Roots March this month, you’ll know that we want to get you thinking about underground utilities like you think about the roots of plants and trees. The reason is simple: if you start to recognize that modern life is supported…

The Costs of Digging Blind

15 Mar 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Everyone knows you wouldn’t dig right next to the base of a tree if you thought there were roots underfoot. The same intuition should govern your decisions wherever you are because modern life is so interconnected that utilities, pipes, and wires run under your feet almost anywhere you are! That…