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The Infrastructure Show - Podcasts

Summary: 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.

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Podcasts:

 Tornado-Resistant Building Standards | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:11

Over 1200 tornadoes strike the U.S. each year, bringing destruction, injuries, and deaths to communities. Until recently there were no structural design standards specifically aimed at providing some tornado protection for buildings. In this

 Building More Cost-effective Rail Transit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:26

Is it more costly to build urban rail infrastructure in America? Does that affect the quality of the products? If so, can we do anything to control costs and get more value for our money? The Eno Center for Transportation, an independent

 Restoring the Everglades | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:07

The Everglades is a huge wetland – an area permanently covered with water – that includes a variety of unique ecosystems delivering essential services to both natural and human development systems, including water storage, treatment, flood

 Keeping Bridges in Good Repair | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:49

We rely on state and local highway agencies to assure the safety and functionality of the more that 618,000 bridges the American public traverses on a daily basis. The sheer numbers, our aging bridge population, and limits to funding make this a large

 Managing Curbside Access in Cities | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:45

Competition for urban curb space can be fierce on a day to day basis, and a policy and technical challenge for longer term planning. Delivery companies and their customers, people trying to park their cars, pedestrians, and bike riders are all in the

 Groundwater: Surprisingly Important, Significantly at Risk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:38

Groundwater is the source of about 40 percent of our potable water, and thus it is important for many households, farms, manufacturing, and other processes. In some places groundwater is contaminated, or at risk of contamination. In many placed it is

 Groundwater: Surprisingly Important, Significantly at Risk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:38

Groundwater is the source of about 40 percent of our potable water, and thus it is important for many households, farms, manufacturing, and other processes. In some places groundwater is contaminated, or at risk of contamination. In many placed it is

 The End of the Line – the Story of Railroad Terminals | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:47

Rail terminals are the beginning and end points of the rail freight journey, and they serve a key sorting function for merchandise trains, those carrying mixed freight. Rail terminals are large, complex, and varied in their characteristics, and their

 Looking Back on the Erie Canal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:59

History can be a great teacher, particularly so when it comes to infrastructure achievements. During the Bicentennial period of the construction of the Erie Canal, it is appropriate and informative to look back at this groundbreaking infrastructure

 Logistics Real Estate: Meeting the Demand for Warehouses and Distribution Centers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:43

Beyond the capability to move products, supply chains need storage space for transferring and holding goods en route and while they await shipment to customers. Sufficiency – and efficiency – of logistics real estate, warehouses and distribution

 Moving Traffic When Flood Waters Rise | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:09

It’s the functionality of infrastructure that brings value, and when natural hazards disrupt that functionality, the costs can be high. This is a growing problem for transportation networks, which are being assaulted by wildfires, landslides, and

 Borrowing for Infrastructure | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:08

Big infrastructure projects need big money, and larger projects rely on some kind of borrowing – using other people’s money for a period of time. To learn how infrastructure projects are financed through borrowing, we talk with Scott

 Delivering the Power – What’s Behind the Electric Grid? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:15

Electric power operates our homes and businesses, and it promises to be the future of mobility, as well. There is a constant need to match temporal and spatial variations in supply and demand for electricity across regions of the country. This need

 Getting the Lead Out | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:57

The health risks posed by lead water service lines are well known. Just how common is this invisible hazard in our potable water? What can we do to address it? To explore the problem, responses to it, and the costs, we talk with Steve Via, Director of

 The ABCs of Accelerated Bridge Construction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:29

Building or replacing highway bridges quickly can save traffic delays by cutting on-site construction time. What are the design and construction strategies that make this possible? To answer this question we talk about Accelerated Bridge

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