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5 Things I Learned Taking Amtrak Down the East Coast 

13 Jun 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

The Northeast Corridor (NEC) is an electrified railroad line that is the busiest passenger rail in the United States. A ride on an Amtrak train from Boston to Washington D.C. covers almost 440 miles and makes stops in New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. This transportation network supports the Northeast…

Costs, Carbon, and Cargo, Powering Shipping into the Future

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

The international shipping industry facilitates the movement of millions of products between continents in a matter of weeks. Massive container ships today are so large that they require their own unit (measured in twenty-foot equivalent units or TEUs), and with their significant freight capacity, they form the backbone of the…

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,…

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….

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…

Identifying A Structure’s Roots

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

Beneath our households, sidewalks, and backyards, a hidden network of utilities enables a multitude of services to be delivered to consumers, like roots to a tree. Across the U.S., there are more than 20 million miles of underground utility infrastructure. These range from municipal sewer lines to privately-owned telecommunications lines…

Detecting Modern Roots

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

A single call to 811 for an excavation project sets in motion a process that will reveal modern roots in a dig site. Damage prevention is a collaboration of different stakeholders who pass information on down the line until each party has completed their task and the site is ready…

A Call That Reveals Modern Roots

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

Building anything, from a suburban family home to a 50-story skyscraper in a downtown business district, requires preparing the building site. A crucial part of the preparation begins before any machinery makes contact with the Earth: locating underground utilities at the construction site. Pipelines, cables, wires, and other utilities can…

Understanding Modern Roots March

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

Throughout your daily routine – whether it’s your commute to work, grocery shopping, or visiting grandma – your life is dependent on crucial pieces of infrastructure you may not even notice. The foundation of our ability to enjoy electricity, running water, and home heating rests on millions of miles of…

Push Toward Renewables Requires Mining and Fossil Fuels

23 Feb 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

The current push to electrify the U.S. transportation sector along with homes and businesses means that massive amounts of raw material will be needed to build out a more robust and smarter grid, deploy new renewable technology, and facilitate power storage. This electrified future that many long for will require…

Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse Shows Need for Immediate Bridge Investment

14 Feb 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

Embed from Getty Images Bridges are so integral to U.S. infrastructure and commonplace in our lives that we only notice them when something is wrong. Across the U.S., almost 10 percent of the bridges linking communities are structurally deficient. The collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last…

5G Flight Interference

25 Jan 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

Between snowstorms hitting large swathes of the East Coast of the United States, the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and continued supply chain crises, airlines have faced a gauntlet of events for cancellations in recent weeks. However, one issue stands out: Verizon and AT&T’s 5G wireless service rollout. Alarm bells were…

Flood Mitigation Policies and Practices

17 Dec 2021, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

As the U.S. comes out of hurricane season and the Infrastructure and Jobs Act allocates multi-million dollar resources for infrastructure repairs, flood mitigation infrastructure stands to benefit from a long-awaited influx of funds. Dam failures and massive flooding have struck numerous communities on the coast and inland as the impacts…

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…