The Infrastructure Show - Podcasts
By Professor Joseph Schofer, Thomas Herman, and Marion Sours
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The Infrastructure Show consists of monthly podcasts in which some of the nation’s top infrastructure experts discuss with host Professor Joseph Schofer of Northwestern University the condition of our infrastructure today, and what can be done about it. While many subjects are addressed, including repairs, upgrades and new construction, there is an emphasis on the topics of preventive and predictive maintenance, as well as “structural health monitoring” – a special focus of the Northwestern Infrastructure Technology Institute, of which Dr. Schofer is Director.
||CleanTransportation Network Companies and City Traffic||Ride matching or Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft have experienced extraordinary growth in major cities around the world in the past decade. What are the impacts of these services in our cities?||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBridge Inspection||The integrity of our infrastructure can be critical to life safety. Nowhere is this more obvious than our bridges. There are over 600,000 highway bridges in the United States, as well as a large number of transit, railroad, and pedestrian structures.||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdvances in Bus Rapid Transit||Urban mobility and traffic congestion present challenges to cities around the world. Many modes and service concepts are intended to meet these mobility needs. Bus rapid transit, BRT, is a competitive option because of its||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReaching for the sky - cranes and modern infrastructure||Cranes are prominent on the skyline of every city, serving as a measure of the pace of development. They are essential tools for infrastructure construction, a source of fascination for the sidewalk superintendent, and in some cases, a source of risk.||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCritical Airport Fights Rising Sea Level||Some airports face serious flood risks because they are flat by design and are located in coastal or riverine settings. Airports in New York are particularly vulnerable because they face both rising sea level and severe storms. Richard Barone, Vice||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTurning the Power Back on: Restoring the Grid after Massive Storms||Hurricanes and tornados can be devastating to infrastructure. The electric power grid is particularly vulnerable because it is both exposed and extensive. In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey along the Gulf Coast, Irma in Florida, and Maria in Puerto Rico||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSecuring San Francisco’s Water: Rebuilding the Calaveras Dam||The infrastructure that prepares and distributes potable water to our cities requires continuing monitoring and maintenance. Many facilities are old and aging, built in an era when engineering knowledge was less and materials and methods more||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHigh Rise Fires and the Choice of Building Materials||Fire is a rare but persistent danger in tall buildings. There have been several major high rise fires around the world in recent years, notable among them the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed at least 80 people. That event highlights||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBetting on Green: DC Water’s Experiment with Green Stormwater Management||Managing and treating stormwater is a challenge to many cities. Building treatment plants with sufficient capacity to process large volumes of runoff that occur occasionally is not cost effective. The District of Columbia, facing a Federal consent||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDigging into the past: archeology helps move infrastructure forward||Almost every infrastructure system has its foundation in the earth, and the earth can hide interesting and important secrets from the past. This creates what is perhaps a surprising role for archeology in infrastructure construction. To anticipate,||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHigh Risers – Elevators and Building Design||Tall buildings mean vertical transportation, and elevators, the machines that do the heavy lifting for us, have made those buildings possible. Building height and elevator capabilities have evolved together, and new needs and concerns for||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCREATE – Breaking the Railroad Bottleneck in Chicago||Chicago is the rail hub for the nation, served by six of seven Class I railroads that form the major interchange point for east-west rail traffic. Because of the large number of rail and road conflicts, Chicago is also the focal point for congestion||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanASCE's 2017 Infrastructure Report Card||The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a strong advocate for infrastructure in the United States. Its quadrennial Infrastructure Report Card has brought us a comprehensive assessment of that infrastructure since||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSelf-Propelled Modular Transporters||Big infrastructure projects often present the need to move very large objects, such as parts of chemical processing plants or even entire bridges. The capacity for moving massive components has grown to an impressive scale. In this podcast we talk||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBringing Down Obsolete Infrastructure by Explosive Demolition||When infrastructure becomes obsolete, unsafe, or the need for it goes away, and when the space is better used for something new, that facility must be demolished. Structures are usually disassembled piece by piece, but sometimes controlled explosion||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe importance of getting it right – errors in forecasting for large infrastructure projects||Forecasts of the costs and benefits of infrastructure projects are important for making informed investment decisions. However, there have been many instances of major cost overruns and unexpected low utilization of new facilities. To explore the||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCable Stayed Bridges||Cable stayed bridges have become increasingly common in the past few decade, and they seem to be the design of choice for modern bridges spanning 500 to as much as 2,000 feet. In this podcast we learn of the mechanics and the advantages of this||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVulnerability and Resilience of the U.S. power grid||A variety of natural and intentional events can disrupt components of the U.S. power grid, including large and small storms, vandalism, and cyber attacks. In this podcast, Thomas Overbye, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
informative and interesting
I look forward to this podcast. Not enough people talking about infrastructure in this accessable way.
Fascinating, well-rounded discussions
This is a great podcast to dig deep into all sorts of infrastructure projects and ideas. There are many in-depth discussions with heads of projects, government departments, and the like. Theme music is a bit much, but I’ll let that slide.
Would love to hear more episodes on various light rail projects underway across the country.
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