Monday, November 24, 2014

Looking More At Groundwater

Cutting Greenhouse Emissions from Power Plants, with a Water-Repellent Coating | MIT Technology Review

Cutting Greenhouse Emissions from Power Plants, with a Water-Repellent Coating | MIT Technology Review

The Dallas Festival of Ideas

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New In My Book Bag

What I am currently reading:
  • Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant by Tracy Borman.
  • Storm Surge: Hurrican Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future by Adam Sobel
  • The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security by Ann Hagedorn
  • Doctors Without Borders: Humanitarian Quests, Impossible Dreams of Medecins Sans Frontieres by Renee C. Fox
  • @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex by Shane Harris
  • Stalin by Stephen Kotkin
  • National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear by David Rothkopf
  • Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works by A.G. Lafley and Roger L.Martin
  • Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars by Daniel P. Bolger
  • The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong by Judith Rodin
  • Industrial Megaprojects: Concepts, Strategies, and Practices for Success by Edward W. Merrow
  • Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts

Trimble Connect and Asset Management

Very good example in the context of wastewater manhole asset management from the Orange County Sanitation District.  Link to the case study.  From the website:

OCSD is responsible for wastewater services for 2.5 million people in Orange County, California. In an effort to streamline the inspection of over 8,000 manholes, OCSD required an accurate, reliable and easy-to-deploy technology solution to automate the manhole inspection process, eliminate paper-based data collection and move to a centralized Geographic Information System (GIS)-based electronic repository for all manhole asset and maintenance records on the sewer network.
Like many water and wastewater utilities around the world, OCSD had made a large investment in building an Esri ArcGIS® based GIS to map pipes and assets that are installed throughout its service area. Maintenance is an ongoing task and requires that data about the location of assets and the work performed on these facilities is accurately collected in the field. Trimble Connect helps with this challenge. As an authorized Esri business partner solution, Trimble Connect integrates Esri ArcGIS technology and allows utilities to view and update maps, assign work, manage workflows and collect field data and mapping updates using a variety of mobile devices. When used with a rugged Trimble Juno® T41 or Trimble GeoExplorer® 7 series handheld, workers can more accurately locate and map assets in the field (with up to decimeter accuracy using a Trimble GeoExplorer), helping significantly improve the quality of their critical infrastructure and asset management data. Trimble Connect can also be used with smartphones using iOS and Android.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

When Russians Behave Badly

If history is correct, when Russian tanks roll across other peoples' borders, the price of oil falls.

Climate Change Adaptation

Link to Matthew Kahn's working paper on Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons From Urban Economics.