innovation Tag

A $90 Billion Problem with Obvious Solutions

20 Dec 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Every year, nearly $100 billion are lost in the U.S. economy due to excavation damage and the inefficiencies in the system designed to prevent them. With systemic issues unaddressed, these costs are poised to keep rising year after year. What is even worse, Congress enacted a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package…

Climate Change: A Differential Diagnosis

23 Nov 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

If Gregory House, MD has taught us anything it is that people lie and people have bias. On a topic as politically charged as climate change, we can chalk lies up to rhetoric and framing of an issue. But the more interesting and pertinent issue is bias. When starting a…

Supply Chain is a Green Choke Point

19 Nov 2021, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

Green energy technologies like solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries help facilitate emissions-free energy to the U.S. power grid. While the promise of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction directs attention to these technologies, the inputs required to build them do not receive as much recognition. With the current supply chain crisis…

Infrastructure Bill Becomes Law, Here is a Look Inside

08 Nov 2021, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an over $1 trillion infrastructure package just before midnight on Friday, November 5, 2021. The bipartisan bill, which already passed the Senate in August, now moves on to the Executive branch for President Biden’s signature. While intraparty challenges among Democrats kept the bill from…

6 Carbon Market Solutions… and Counting

25 Oct 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Climate, ESG, sustainability, resilience – these themes dominate the culture from boardrooms to academia and even confront us through our televisions and social media platforms. The most consistent thread of all these concepts is the emphasis to mitigate, remove, and reverse atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases….

Technology Highlight: Dig of the Future

29 Sep 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

        This blog series Technology Highlight has explored many of the ways that investments in innovation lead to better outcomes for infrastructure and public safety. When technology advances, it often becomes cheaper, more widely available and accessible, and helps facilitate faster, safer, and greener projects. This is…

Technology Highlight: GPR for Drone Usage

24 Sep 2021, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

        This blog series Technology Highlight explores some of the ways that investments in innovation lead to better outcomes for infrastructure and public safety. When technology advances, it often becomes cheaper, more widely available and accessible, and helps facilitate faster, safer, and greener projects. Aii has looked…

Over 99.999% of all U.S. Hazardous Material is Transported Safely

21 Sep 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Massive oil spills, natural gas explosions, produced water leaks, and train derailments are environmental and human tragedies. These rare but terrible events grab headlines and linger in the public memory for years or even decades. The extent of these issues are often difficult to conceptualize – and that is part…

Technology Highlight: AI Applications for Damage Prevention

16 Sep 2021, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

      Artificial Intelligence (AI) has changed the way companies update, monitor, and build infrastructure. In the damage prevention sector, innovations like 24-hour monitoring systems, gas leak detection technology, and improvements in safety gear have also made worksites and infrastructure projects safer. Often overlooked in the damage prevention field…

Staying Grounded in ESG Efforts

14 Sep 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

When businesses, corporations, or entire industrial sectors focus on environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), there is a tendency to favor decarbonization and abstract commitments to environmental stewardship. Within the energy sector, emissions are critical to account for and mitigate, but perhaps more so are the leaks and spills of…

Technology Highlight: Artificial Intelligence

09 Sep 2021, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

        This blog series Technology Highlight explores some of the ways that investments in innovation lead to better outcomes for infrastructure and public safety. When technology advances, it often becomes cheaper, more widely available and accessible, and helps facilitate faster, safer, and greener projects. This series has highlighted…

Carbon-neutral Gasoline Turns Renewable on its Head

08 Sep 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Carbon-free gasoline sounds like an oxymoron. Gasoline from refined petroleum remains one of the primary emissions sources across the world due to widespread utilization of diesel and gasoline-powered automobiles. Innovators in the energy sector have not only worked to reduce the harmful pollutants that come from burning gasoline, but now…

Technology Highlight: Methane Detection

03 Sep 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

      This blog series Technology Highlight explores some of the ways that investments in innovation lead to better outcomes for infrastructure and public safety. When technology advances, it often becomes cheaper, more widely available and accessible, and helps facilitate faster, safer, and greener projects. This series has highlighted many of…

Hydrogen Offers Another Energy Alternative

31 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Most Americans know hydrogen as being a key ingredient in water, H2O. Of the many chemical elements on the periodic table, hydrogen is the lightest element, while it’s also estimated to comprise up to 90 percent of the visible universe. With its simplicity and unfathomable abundance, might hydrogen be an overlooked…

Petroleum Is Not Just An Energy Source

26 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Since oil was first discovered near Titusville, Pennsylvania over 100 years ago, petroleum has become arguably the most essential natural resource for the United State’s economy past and present. From its development as an energy source, fuel for vehicles, and as a key component in everything from plastics and tires to…