As the construction market continues to stagnate due to decreased funding from government entities, it’s clearer that private investment is becoming increasingly important to spur growth and innovation. One such example of this is a new waste-to-energy system developed on a pig farm in North Carolina.
Rutgers University Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) has developed a robot that helps diagnose problems in bridges before they are visible to the naked eye. The center received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help support this project. The robot uses several different techniques to test a bridge’s steel lattice core, including sound waves to ferret out micro cracks, air pockets, and splits. The grant is also going to fund a smart phone application that excavators can use to create an instantaneous underground map of wires on the spot so that they can avoid ripping out installed infrastructure.
Claims involving correctional facilities represent a small percentage of the total number of claims in the Schinnerer and CNA program. However, the cost of these claims can be severe. From 2000 to 2009 the average indemnity payment was $203,286. The following is an example of a correctional facility claim:
A new study conducted by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce shows that recent college graduates with degrees in architecture have higher unemployment rates than most other majors. Recent college graduates with architectural degrees have an unemployment rate of 13.9%, which is almost twice the rate of those with engineering degrees. This can be attributed to the decline of the construction industry in the recession. While those with recent engineering degrees are doing relatively well at 7.5%, civil and mechanical engineers are still having trouble finding work for the same reasons that architecture degree-holders are.
From 1957 through 2011, the Schinnerer and CNA program was the sole insurance program commended by the AIA. Schinnerer has withdrawn from this unique relationship so that the program can provide greater resources for the benefit of architects, AIA Knowledge Communities, and state and local components. Due to some changes in what constitutes commendation, we at Schinnerer, with CNA’s support, recognize that commendation now has different meaning and value.
While Congress keeps wavering on the need to invest in infrastructure improvements to reduce energy usage, many military units are tapping creative solutions to answer the Obama administration’s call for improvements to save energy and create job opportunities in the private sector.