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The Longest Running Statistic

18 Aug 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Analysis, Blog Posts

Beneath Our Feet Underground utilities in America run for millions of miles. These make possible the basics of modern American life, carrying water, energy resources, electricity, cable, Internet, and phone service. Often we see utilities over our heads, like electrical lines, or even along the sidewalk, like pad-mounted transformer boxes….

State-Owned Security Concerns for Transit Rail

01 Jul 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  China has not been shy about its expansion into global markets. Through the Made in China 2025 and Belt and Road Initiative, the communist nation has broadcast its intention to be more involved around the world, to project power, and to integrate itself in the infrastructure, economics, and politics…

Hands-Free Doors Are Essential For Public Health

24 Jun 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  Public door handles and knobs are some of the most touched surfaces imaginable. The constant entry and egress at stores, restrooms, gas stations, and offices mean people are touching grease, grime, and germs. Perhaps central to conversations around hygiene are bathrooms. Many practices and procedures emphasize hand washing. But…

COVID-19 Gave Our Roads A Break, But Not The Highway Trust Fund

07 May 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

    Lockdowns and stay-at-home orders mean fewer cars on the road. This must mean the nation’s roads get a break from the daily wear and tear of millions of vehicles pounding the pavement. But this historic time only highlights another historic moment: the insolvency of our nation’s Highway Trust…

Terraforming Mars versus Combatting Climate Change

06 May 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  nnovators and explorers at heart dream of one day terraforming Mars – converting it into a habitable, blue and green world. But there seems to be dichotomy over what humans can truly achieve. With the same breath, some lament humanity’s inability to control the pace and severity of climate…

Facility Safety Failures Harm More Than Just Excavation Crews

04 May 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  Excavating any site can be risky. Even when all the proper procedures are followed, the 20 million miles of underground facilities can cause dozens of complications. Maps can be incomplete, locators can mark improperly, and excavators can misjudge their dig. At its worst, these mistakes and oversights can result…

Aii Launches New Virtual Classroom

23 Apr 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts, Press Releases

Washington D.C, District of Columbia – April 23, 2020 – The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii) is officially launching a new Virtual Classroom featured at Aii.org. As COVID-19 keeps students and parents at home, Aii is offering educational resources, lessons, and interactive content to encourage learning. The resource provides…

With Stimulus, Congress Got An Infrastructure Issue Right

27 Mar 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  For years, the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund has been accumulating billions of dollars. Despite an overflowing fund dedicated solely to ports and harbors, our waterside infrastructure has been in decline. Now, with an emergency coronavirus stimulus package, Congress has remedied this issue. The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii)…

Celebrating 15 Years of 811

17 Mar 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

In March of 2005, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated 811 as the nationwide phone number for excavation damage prevention. Now, 15 years later, we have seen damages decline as everyone from homeowners to construction crews call before they dig. The federal designation unified the nation’s programs into one simple,…

COVID-19 May Strain Our Infrastructure

16 Mar 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

As our nation faces a public health crisis in the form of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, many are working or studying from home. With this mass transition from corporate or college life to homes and communities, the nation’s telecom and digital infrastructure could be under new and unprecedented use,…

Digging Blind Wreaks Havoc

14 Mar 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Underneath the feet of every American are millions of miles of buried cables, electrical lines, pipelines, water systems, and more. This vast network of underground facilities is coursing with the information, power, and resources we rely on every day. But because it is buried under our yards, sidewalks, gardens, parking…

A Federal COVID-19 Response That Would Pay Dividends

14 Mar 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

As Congress grapples with how to deal with the immediate health and public safety impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic, including making tests kits available and helping states with additional funding for safety efforts, many are also beginning to think about how to best mitigate any economic fallout resulting from the…