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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….

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,…

Innovation is the Only Path to Solving Climate Change

16 Sep 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

If the threat is as dire as some believe, we cannot wait for policy changes to take effect. Realistically, tax and regulatory policy cannot bring about the type of innovation revolution needed. Taxes discourage growth and regulation restrictions action. While restriction may be worthwhile when it prevents and holds back…

Expanded Amtrak Service Finds Friends in Federal Government

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

The relationship between passenger rail and freight rail often comes across the way cinematic thrillers depict tension between the FBI and local police. Both want to ensure public safety and maintain order, but each wants to flex its jurisdiction and make sure it gets the respect it deserves. Like fictionalized…

Gulf Coast Gambit: Amtrak’s Play For New Passenger Rail Service

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

Amtrak is seeking to establish twice daily passenger service between Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana. With Hurricane Katrina damaging rail infrastructure back in 2005, many passenger routes along the Gulf Cost have long been dormant. However, over the last several years, Amtrak has increasingly ramped up its efforts to…

An Embarrassment of Riches Unspent While Costs Soar

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

If there is one thing the latest Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Technology Report makes clear, it is that the damage prevention ecosystem has an embarrassment of riches on its hands in terms of technological innovation. Indeed, a review of other CGA studies and publications along with reports by various regulatory…

FEATURE: Making a Homeowner Locate Request

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

I have studied damage prevention for several years. From reading reports and best practice guides to ride alongs with locators and even calling in an 811 locate request, I felt like I had a good understanding. But it was this summer when I made an online homeowner locate request that…

5 Impacts of Suspending the Gas Tax

21 Jun 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

There is an energy crisis in the United States impacting families at the pump, diesel-powered supply chains, and the broader electricity grid. With gasoline and diesel prices skyrocketing in recent months – reaching all-time record highs – the Biden administration is considering temporarily suspending the federal excise tax on fuel…

It’s Time for Nationwide Adoption of Electronic White-Lining

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

Looking ahead to the year 2030, we hope to see technology integrated into virtually every activity we do. For damage prevention, this is not merely aspirational, it is a necessity. Fortunately, industry groups have already cast this vision, stating in the latest Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Technology Report that the…