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AECOM Technology Corporation is a professional technical and management support services firm. Ranked in terms of revenue from design projects, the company was the number one design firm for 2010 and 2011 by Engineering News-Record and ranked number one by Architectural Record for 2008. It provides services in the areas of transportation, planning, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees in 2012, AECOM is listed at #353 on the Fortune 500 list. Wikipedia.

Byrnes J.,AECOM Technology Corporation
Utilities Policy | Year: 2013

This paper provides a synopsis of the current regulatory and institutional arrangements that pertain to the urban water and wastewater sector in Australia. A short and selected institutional history of the urban water sectors in the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne is outlined, followed by an analysis of the relative effectiveness of the institutional structures in enabling the sector to respond to the challenges faced by the sector in the future. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Cheuk C.Y.,AECOM Technology Corporation | White D.J.,University of Western Australia
Geotechnique | Year: 2011

The as-laid embedment of a seabed pipeline is an important design parameter. As a pipe is laid on the seabed it oscillates, owing to vessel motion and hydrodynamic loading of the hanging pipe. This movement significantly increases the pipe embedment beyond the theoretical value related to the static pipe weight, even when corrected for any stress concentration caused by the hanging catenary. Dynamic lay effects are either ignored in practice, or are accounted for by scaling up the static embedment by an empirical factor, leading to significant uncertainty in this important design parameter. A series of centrifuge model tests has been conducted using two clays - kaolin and a high-plasticity natural clay - to simulate the dynamic embedment process. The results indicate that only a few cycles of small-amplitude oscillation (60.05D) are required to double or triple the pipe embedment, owing to the combined effect of lateral ploughing and soil softening. In these experiments the pipe embedment increased to up to eight times the static embedment after 100 cycles of motion, which represents a typical lay process. A model is proposed for the cycleby- cycle embedment of a pipeline under a given sequence of small-amplitude oscillations at a given applied vertical force. The trajectory of the pipe movement is assessed using a flow rule derived from plasticity-based yield envelopes. The effect of soil remoulding is explicitly captured by linking the accumulated disturbance to the decay in soil strength. Using input parameters derived from theoretical considerations and T-bar penetrometer tests, the model captures the essential features of the dynamic embedment process. With modest optimization of the model parameters, the mean discrepancy between the calculated and measured embedment is only 12% for both clays. The ultimate states predicted by this cycle-bycycle model also provide a rough estimate of the maximum pipe embedment for fully remoulded conditions, which include some degree of water entrainment caused by the lay process, evident in the optimised parameters. This ultimate embedment is governed by the remoulded soil strength and the pipe weight (augmented by any stress concentration). The amplitude of the cyclic motion affects the rate of softening, and hence the rate of settlement. This model provides a framework for assessing the as-laid embedment of seabed pipelines on a more rigorous basis than current practice.

Dusicka P.,Portland State University | Tinker J.,AECOM Technology Corporation
Journal of Composites for Construction | Year: 2013

A concept for an ultra-lightweight buckling-restrained brace was conceived, and a prototype was designed that utilized an aluminum core and bundled glass fiber-reinforced polymer pultruded tubes for the buckling restraint. Prediction of global stability in compression was made using analytical methods based on single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) and previously established Euler buckling models. Detailed finite-element simulations of the proposed prototypes utilized a constitutive model calibrated from experimentally obtained reversed cyclic coupon testing of 6061-T6511 aluminum alloy at 2-4% total strain amplitude. Analytical formulations were compared with monotonic and cyclic numerical results from a parametric study varying restrainer stiffness, end moments induced by frame drift, and core reduced section length. The study concluded that SDOF and Euler formulations may underestimate the required restrainer stiffness by a factor of two or greater. The resulting ultra-lightweight brace prototypes satisfying global buckling restraint were calculated to weigh 27 and 41% of traditional mortar-filled tube and all-steel buckling-restrained brace (BRB) configurations, respectively. © 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Training Grant | Award Amount: 3.68M | Year: 2014

The UK water sector is experiencing a period of profound change with both public and private sector actors seeking evidence-based responses to a host of emerging global, regional and national challenges which are driven by demographic, climatic, and land use changes as well as regulatory pressures for more efficient delivery of services. Although the UK Water Industry is keen to embrace the challenge and well placed to innovate, it lacks the financial resources to support longer term skills and knowledge generation. A new cadre of engineers is required for the water industry to not only make our society more sustainable and profitable but to develop a new suite of goods and services for a rapidly urbanising world. EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training provide an ideal mechanism with which to remediate the emerging shortfall in advanced engineering skills within the sector. In particular, the training of next-generation engineering leaders for the sector requires a subtle balance between industrial and academic contributions; calling for a funding mechanism which privileges industrial need but provides for significant academic inputs to training and research. The STREAM initiative draws together five of the UKs leading water research and training groups to secure the future supply of advanced engineering professionals in this area of vital importance to the UK. Led by the Centre for Water Science at Cranfield University, the consortium also draws on expertise from the Universities of Sheffield and Bradford, Imperial College London, Newcastle University, and the University of Exeter. STREAM offers Engineering Doctorate and PhD awards through a programme which incorporates; (i) acquisition of advanced technical skills through attendance at masters level training courses, (ii) tuition in the competencies and abilities expected of senior engineers, and (iii) doctoral level research projects. Our EngD students spend at least 75% of their time working in industry or on industry specified research problems. Example research topics to be addressed by the schemes students include; delivering drinking water quality and protecting public health; reducing carbon footprint; reducing water demand; improving service resilience and reliability; protecting natural water bodies; reducing sewer flooding, developing and implementing strategies for Integrated Water Management, and delivering new approaches to characterising, communicating and mitigating risk and uncertainty. Fifteen studentships per year for five years will be offered with each position being sponsored by an industrial partner from the water sector. A series of common attendance events will underpin programme and group identity. These include, (i) an initial three-month taught programme based at Cranfield University, (ii) an open invitation STREAM symposium and (iii) a Challenge Week to take place each summer including transferrable skills training and guest lectures from leading industrialists and scientists. Outreach activities will extend participation in the programme, pursue collaboration with associated initiatives, promote brand awareness of the EngD qualification, and engage with a wide range of stakeholder groups (including the public) to promote engagement with and understanding of STREAM activities. Strategic direction for the programme will be formulated through an Industry Advisory Board comprising representatives from professional bodies, employers, and regulators. This body will provide strategic guidance informed by sector needs, review the operational aspects of the taught and research components as a quality control, and conduct foresight studies of relevant research areas. A small International Steering Committee will ensure global relevance for the programme. The total cost of the STREAM programme is £9m, £2.8m of which is being invested by industry and £1.8m by the five collaborating universities. Just under £4.4m is being requested from EPSRC

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: KBBE-2009-3-5-01 | Award Amount: 4.52M | Year: 2010

MAGICPAH aims to explore, understand and exploit the catalytic activities of microbial communities involved in the degradation of persistent PAHs. It will integrate (meta-) genomic studies with in-situ activity assessment based on stable isotope probing particularly in complex matrices of different terrestrial and marine environments. PAH degradation under various conditions of bioavailability will be assessed as to improve rational exploitation of the catalytic properties of bacteria for the treatment and prevention of PAH pollution. We will generate a knowledge base not only on the microbial catabolome for biodegradation of PAHs in various impacted environmental settings based on genome gazing, retrieval and characterization of specific enzymes but also on systems related bioavailability of contaminant mixtures. MAGICPAH takes into account the tremendous undiscovered metagenomic resources by the direct retrieval from genome/metagenome libraries and consequent characterization of enzymes through activity screens. These screens will include a high-end functional small-molecule fluorescence screening platform and will allow us to directly access novel metabolic reactions followed by their rational exploitation for biocatalysis and the re-construction of biodegradation networks. Results from (meta-) genomic approaches will be correlated with microbial in situ activity assessments, specifically dedicated to identifying key players and key reactions involved in anaerobic PAH metabolism. Key processes for PAH metabolism particularly in marine and composting environments and the kinetics of aerobic degradation of PAH under different conditions of bioavailability will be assessed in model systems, the rational manipulation of which will allow us to deduce correlations between system performance and genomic blueprint. The results will be used to improve treatments of PAH-contaminated sites.

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