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News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: www.enr.com

Batson-Cook Co., Atlanta, announced that David Barksdale, chief operatingofficer, is retiring after 40 years with the general contracting and construction management firm, effective immediately. Kevin Appleton, formerly senior vice president and manager of health care, succeeds Barksdale as COO. Also, Denny Godwin, a health care project executive, will become vice president of health care Atlanta. Barksdale will serve as executive adviser to the company during the transition. He began his career as a field engineer and worked in various management positions before being appointed executive vice president and COO in 2014. Appleton, who transitioned to health care project management in 2010, became senior vice president and general manager of health care Atlanta in 2014. Karl Dauber has been named national practice lead for hydrology, hydraulics and drainage engineering for the water and environment business at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Formerly water area manager, he has more than 31 years of related experience. In Atlanta, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff named Tesa Gonzales a senior supervising engineer, working in the fleet and facilities group. She has more than 35 years of experience in the development, delivery and control of large infrastructure and railcar capital improvement and maintenance projects. Also in Atlanta, the firm named Michael Connor a senior vice president. In this position, Connor will serve as managing director of the Atlanta buildings practice. Leslie Gartner, senior vice president and the previous managing director of the Atlanta office, is transitioning into a new role developing the firm’s national science and technology practice. CALYX Engineers and Consultants of Cary, N.C., named planning program manager Liz Kovasckitz to the role of principal. With CALYX for more than 13 years, she has 26 years of environmental, community and transportation planning experience. In CALYX’s Roswell, Ga., office, Victoria Guobaitis has joined the firm as project manager with the traffic engineering team. Guobaitis previously worked for Parsons in Washington, D.C., where she served as traffic engineer. She earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based construction management firm Moss & Associates promoted Jason Clark to vice president/project executive. Clark, who has more than 15 years of construction management experience, joined Moss in 2005 as an assistant project manager. Prior to that, Clark worked with Bovis Lend Lease in New York City. Sherri Jent has joined Cardno’s Tampa office as business development manager for infrastructure services. Jent will support business development efforts for projects located throughout the Americas, focusing on survey and mapping, subsurface utility excavation, utility coordination, transportation and structures. She has more than 18 years of professional engineering industry experience. Michael Sabodish, business unit manager, has joined NOVA’s Raleigh office. He brings 16 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, special inspections and environmental consulting projects. Batson-Cook Co. announced changes in its executive leadership, including the retirement of COO David Barksdale.


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Dublin, May 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Biosolids Market - By Application, Class, Form, and Regions - Market Trends and Demand Forecasts (2016-2022)" report to their offering. The global biosolids market was estimated to be $118.35 Million in 2016 and is estimated to reach $161.06 million by 2022 at a CAGR of 5.27%. Biosolids, also called Sewage sludge, are organic content that is rich in nutrients obtained by recycling from sewage. These biosolids are mainly used in agriculture as fertilizers containing rich nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and others. The processing of biosolids generates significant energy. North America leads the market in 2016, while APAC region is expected to be the fastest growing market with a projected CAGR of 8.17% for the forecasted period. Odour is considered to be one of the key risks for Biosolids and added to this, there are no guidelines/treatment requirements in some countries. In terms of biosolids contents, lot of opportunity lies is recovering nutrients from the waste water. On the other hand, with regards to regions, China, US, Australia and others are the countries to focus on. Factors like government regulations, increase awareness on the recycling on waste water, demand for nutrients are driving the market. Added to these, laws on certain chemical companies on the level of waste emissions and the treatment of such emission so as to reduce the environmental impacts are driving the market as well. On the other hand, huge investments and high operating costs are limiting the growth of the market. Biosolids are used in a wide variety of applications. Agriculture constitutes the major portion of the biosolids market with more than half of the share in 2016 and is expected to lead the market for the forecasted period as well. Other end use industries include Site rehabilitation-forestry, cement manufacturing, and others. Key Topics Covered: 1. Research Methodology 2. Market Overview 3. Market Dynamics Introduction Drivers Constraints Market Risks Opportunities 4. Bio Solids Market Segmentation, Forecasts and Trends - by Revenue 5. By Application Agriculture Forest crops Mining Oil Cement Others 6. By Class Class A Class B 7. By Form Cake Liquid Pellet 8. By Region 9. Industry Structure Industry M&As, Consolidations Supplier Market Shares Biosolids market - Road Ahead Companies Mentioned - Merrel Bros. - Parkson - NEFCO - Cardno - Agri Sludge - Synagro - Sylvis - Lystec - Alka-Tech - Casella - Biodisk - Cambi AS - Biosolids Management Group - Others For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/j4xw3c/global_biosolids


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Dublin, May 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Biosolids Market - By Application, Class, Form, and Regions - Market Trends and Demand Forecasts (2016-2022)" report to their offering. The global biosolids market was estimated to be $118.35 Million in 2016 and is estimated to reach $161.06 million by 2022 at a CAGR of 5.27%. Biosolids, also called Sewage sludge, are organic content that is rich in nutrients obtained by recycling from sewage. These biosolids are mainly used in agriculture as fertilizers containing rich nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and others. The processing of biosolids generates significant energy. North America leads the market in 2016, while APAC region is expected to be the fastest growing market with a projected CAGR of 8.17% for the forecasted period. Odour is considered to be one of the key risks for Biosolids and added to this, there are no guidelines/treatment requirements in some countries. In terms of biosolids contents, lot of opportunity lies is recovering nutrients from the waste water. On the other hand, with regards to regions, China, US, Australia and others are the countries to focus on. Factors like government regulations, increase awareness on the recycling on waste water, demand for nutrients are driving the market. Added to these, laws on certain chemical companies on the level of waste emissions and the treatment of such emission so as to reduce the environmental impacts are driving the market as well. On the other hand, huge investments and high operating costs are limiting the growth of the market. Biosolids are used in a wide variety of applications. Agriculture constitutes the major portion of the biosolids market with more than half of the share in 2016 and is expected to lead the market for the forecasted period as well. Other end use industries include Site rehabilitation-forestry, cement manufacturing, and others. Key Topics Covered: 1. Research Methodology 2. Market Overview 3. Market Dynamics Introduction Drivers Constraints Market Risks Opportunities 4. Bio Solids Market Segmentation, Forecasts and Trends - by Revenue 5. By Application Agriculture Forest crops Mining Oil Cement Others 6. By Class Class A Class B 7. By Form Cake Liquid Pellet 8. By Region 9. Industry Structure Industry M&As, Consolidations Supplier Market Shares Biosolids market - Road Ahead Companies Mentioned - Merrel Bros. - Parkson - NEFCO - Cardno - Agri Sludge - Synagro - Sylvis - Lystec - Alka-Tech - Casella - Biodisk - Cambi AS - Biosolids Management Group - Others For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/j4xw3c/global_biosolids


News Article | May 19, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

The global biosolids market was estimated to be $118.35 Million in 2016 and is estimated to reach $161.06 million by 2022 at a CAGR of 5.27%. Biosolids, also called Sewage sludge, are organic content that is rich in nutrients obtained by recycling from sewage. These biosolids are mainly used in agriculture as fertilizers containing rich nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and others. The processing of biosolids generates significant energy. North America leads the market in 2016, while APAC region is expected to be the fastest growing market with a projected CAGR of 8.17% for the forecasted period. Odour is considered to be one of the key risks for Biosolids and added to this, there are no guidelines/treatment requirements in some countries. In terms of biosolids contents, lot of opportunity lies is recovering nutrients from the waste water. On the other hand, with regards to regions, China, US, Australia and others are the countries to focus on. Factors like government regulations, increase awareness on the recycling on waste water, demand for nutrients are driving the market. Added to these, laws on certain chemical companies on the level of waste emissions and the treatment of such emission so as to reduce the environmental impacts are driving the market as well. On the other hand, huge investments and high operating costs are limiting the growth of the market. Biosolids are used in a wide variety of applications. Agriculture constitutes the major portion of the biosolids market with more than half of the share in 2016 and is expected to lead the market for the forecasted period as well. Other end use industries include Site rehabilitation-forestry, cement manufacturing, and others. Key Topics Covered: 1. Research Methodology 2. Market Overview 3. Market Dynamics Introduction Drivers Constraints Market Risks Opportunities 4. Bio Solids Market Segmentation, Forecasts and Trends - by Revenue 5. By Application Agriculture Forest crops Mining Oil Cement Others 6. By Class Class A Class B 7. By Form Cake Liquid Pellet 8. By Region 9. Industry Structure Industry M&As, Consolidations Supplier Market Shares Biosolids market - Road Ahead Companies Mentioned - Merrel Bros. - Parkson - NEFCO - Cardno - Agri Sludge - Synagro - Sylvis - Lystec - Alka-Tech - Casella - Biodisk - Cambi AS - Biosolids Management Group - Others For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/cmxg62/global_biosolids To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-biosolids-market-report-2017---projections-to-2022---research-and-markets-300460673.html


Godley J.S.,Cardno | Halstead B.J.,U.S. Geological Survey | McDiarmid R.W.,U.S. Geological Survey
Herpetological Monographs | Year: 2017

Eastern Kingsnakes (Lampropeltis getula) are an important component and predator in herpetofaunal communities∗but many Eastern Kingsnake populations have declined precipitously in the last few decades, particularly in the southeastern United States. Here, we describe an intensive capture-mark-recapture study of L. getula conducted during 1974-1978 in a canal bank-Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) community at Rainey Slough in southern Florida, where annual capture probabilities of adults ranged from 0.662-0.787. Population size and structure, seasonal activity, movements, microhabitat use, behavior, thermal ecology, and predator-prey relationships are described. At this site kingsnakes were susceptible to capture mostly in winter and spring, were diurnal, used rodent (Sigmodon hispidus) burrows on canal banks as nocturnal retreats, and emerged from burrows on 13-26% of the sampling days. Overlap of burrow use by both sexes was extensive with no evidence of territoriality. Kingsnakes readily entered the Water Hyacinths to bask, pursue mates, and forage. At Rainey Slough only snakes were detected in the diet of kingsnakes. Concurrent sampling of potential snake prey in the hyacinths and on canal banks revealed 10 species that varied in use of the two sampled habitats and in body size. A range-wide analysis confirmed that in descending order snakes, reptile eggs, and lizards dominate the diet of L. getula in Florida (94.8%) and remain important prey types elsewhere (80.2%). At Rainey Slough the density of six species of semiaquatic snakes in Water Hyacinths averaged 3534 individuals/ha with a mean annual biomass of 135.8 kg/ha, and kingsnake biomass was only 2.2-3.9% of prey snake biomass. We estimated that the kingsnake population consumed 36.82-63.58 kg/yr, or about 10.0-17.2% of the standing crop of snakes in the Water Hyacinth community. Adult male L. getula lost on average 39.3% of their body mass associated with the spring reproductive season, whereas females lost only 3.4% in the same period. Body condition indices for both sexes improved substantially thereafter. In follow-up surveys at Rainey Slough during 2006-2010 no kingsnakes were found. Semiaquatic snake densities in the Water Hyacinths were 77.2% lower (807.4/ha) than in the 1970s and consisted of only three species. Compared to the enigmatic declines and extirpation of L. getula populations elsewhere, at Rainey Slough the primary cause likely was unsustainable mortality from road reconstruction and paving in the winter-spring of 1979 and subsequent roadkill. Other potentially causative agents of extirpation of L. getula in this system are discussed. © 2017 by The Herpetologists' League, Inc.


Rahman A.,Griffith University | Chattopadhyay G.,Cardno | Hossain M.J.,Griffith University
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery | Year: 2016

Timber poles are widely used for distributing electricity in rural areas, mainly in developing countries. The improved reliability of timber poles is extremely important as the breakdown or failure of any one of these poles can result in millions of dollars in lost revenue and restoration costs. The losses can include production loss, loss of property, or even loss of life. The reliability of such poles depends on a complex combination of age, usage, durability of timber, environmental factors influencing the deterioration process, and most important, maintenance actions carried out through the lifecycle of the poles. This paper focuses on developing an optimal maintenance model that predominantly captures the inground decay of timber poles, and on developing a mechanism for measuring these factors. The developed maintenance model is then illustrated with numerical examples. Analysis of failure data shows that most of the failures of timber poles are due to a decrease in timber strength and peripheral dimensions at or below ground level. The results from this research could be useful for maintenance and replacement decisions regarding inground timber components used in the utility, construction, railway, and transportation sectors. © 1986-2012 IEEE.


Parsons G.R.,University of Delaware | Myers K.,Cardno
Ecological Economics | Year: 2016

A yes-response function in a contingent valuation study is said to have fat tails if it has a high and slowly declining yes-response rate at high bid levels. Truncated bids refer to the practice of dropping high bid offers before a yes-response rate of near zero is reached. This is a common practice in contingent valuation. We explore the extent and implications of fat tails and truncated bids in a study of an endangered shorebird species. We find, among other things, that mean willingness to pay is quite sensitive to the highest bid offered – so much so that the choice of highest bid nearly dictates outcomes. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.


Branson P.,Cardno
Australian Coasts and Ports 2015 Conference | Year: 2015

Quinns Beach is situated within the City of Wanneroo on the south western Australian coast, approximately 40km north of Perth. The beach is fronted by a series of three limestone barrier reefs, which in contrast to coral reefs, are highly perforated resulting in a strongly modified nearshore wave climate that is responsible for the undulating planform character of the beaches in the City of Wanneroo; with numerous salients and cuspate forelands. Quinns Beach is situated on one such large cuspate foreland and has been experiencing ongoing erosion since at least the 1940's. Despite several engineering interventions over the past 30 years erosion is continuing at Quinns Beach. The present best estimate is that the 4 km length of beach has an average annual sediment deficit of approximately 20,000 m3. From an engineering perspective, Quinns Beach presents a challenging problem due to the importance of both longshore and cross shore transport at both seasonal and individual storm timescales. This, combined with existing coastal structures, results in a particular sensitivity to antecedent conditions that causes the locations of erosion to change between storms and seasons. In an effort to better understand the sediment transport pathways and support the assessment of options to improve management of the erosion issue, the XBeach model was set-up and calibrated to observed nearshore currents and morphological changes for a storm in September 2014. The extensive reefs (the furthest located 5km offshore) presented a significant challenge for developing a model domain that successfully resolved beach morphological changes around coastal structures and had sufficient spatial extent to suitably capture important areas of wind and wave set-up on reefs that drive the nearshore circulation. Modelling this complex environment provides important lessons for future coastal engineering on coasts with fringing reefs more generally.


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

VizExplorer® technology will integrate with VMware IoT solutions to provide industry-specific IoT management, security and analytics, starting with healthcare PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - February 16, 2017) - VMware, Inc. ( : VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, and VizExplorer, a leading provider of operational intelligence solutions, today announced a partnership to develop integrated IoT solutions. The partnership intends to enable customers to maximize value from their IoT use cases, in a timely and cost effective way, while managing, monitoring and securing all IoT edge systems and connected devices. The first expected offering from VizExplorer and VMware is a healthcare-specific solution that can help optimize device and patient operations in hospitals. By bringing together VizExplorer's advanced analytics and visualization solutions and VMware's ability to manage, monitor and secure all IoT devices, hospitals should be much more able to manage, visualize and understand usage of hospital devices, their locations and the activities of patients and staff. VizExplorer and VMware started collaborating in the Fall of 2016 to deliver a custom healthcare IoT solution in trials, with the goal of using a single console on which the lab will be able to monitor and manage all its devices, lab equipment, medical staff and patients. In addition, the interface is designed to provide real-time analytics and reporting to monitor the productivity of medical staff and increase efficient use of medical equipment, resources and inventory. "I can see clear use cases for efficiency of treatments as well as patient safety using the VizExplorer and VMware real-time locational system (RTLS) and supporting technologies. A key component to making this initiative successful is the ability to execute in a medical environment with customized infrastructure management tools," said Todd Pawlicki, Ph.D. and Fellow of the American Association of Physicists and Medicine. "The combination of VMware IoT and VizExplorer Analytics will help the healthcare industry better track devices and patients to ultimately respond faster and more efficiently to their needs. Healthcare is just the first of many industries we hope to impact," said Mimi Spier, vice president and Head of Business Development, GTM Strategy, Marketing for IoT, VMware. "We are thrilled to partner with VMware and push the boundaries of what VizExplorer's proven technology can do. The opportunity to provide a solution for the healthcare industry proves that our technology extends well beyond the gaming, sports and manufacturing industries we currently serve," said Andrew Cardno, VizExplorer CTO and Founder. While healthcare is the partnership's first target, the integrated IoT platform solution has the potential to be able to address a variety of large-scale challenges across multiple industries. The partnership between VMware and VizExplorer will be showcased at HIMSS17 Conference in Orlando, Florida in VMware booth #3661. VizExplorer offers Operational Intelligence (OI) solutions to the casino, sports and entertainment, and manufacturing industries. The next generation in data-driven decision-making, OI delivers on the promise of business intelligence by letting businesses analyze live, fast-changing data and take immediate action using a single toolset. VizExplorer's applications and tools enable enterprises to address smart space and profit optimization, marketing campaign management, CRM and customer development, dispatch and service management, and customer service automation. VizExplorer is led by a team of distinguished OI experts, seasoned industry veterans and world class software developers devoted to building the very best products backed by extraordinary support. VizExplorer is headquartered in San Diego, with offices in Las Vegas and Wellington, New Zealand. www.vizexplorer.com. VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers accelerate their digital transformation. VMware enables enterprises to master a software-defined approach to business and IT with VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and solutions for the data center, mobility, and security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide. VMware and Cross-Cloud Architecture are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.


News Article | December 14, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwired - Dec. 13, 2016) - SLR Consulting, a global environmental and advisory firm, has appointed several key executives to support the growth of its international operations. Rick Smith has joined in a new role as Chief Operating Officer, North America, and will enhance the leadership structure in SLR's businesses in the United States and Canada. Mr. Smith is based in Houston, Texas and has extensive experience in leading EHS businesses. He was formerly ERM's Southern Division Managing Director (US) and a member of the Global Senior Leadership Team. To further support the growth of the North America operations, Kent Miller has also joined SLR in Houston as its US Oil and Gas Business Sector lead. He will support ongoing investments in oil and gas initiatives at the domestic and global level. Mr. Miller was previously with ERM in Houston. SLR is also pleased to announce that in its Asia Pacific region, Paul Gardiner has recently been appointed as Regional Manager based in Brisbane, Australia. Mr. Gardiner was formerly General Manager for Cardno's Asia Pacific Region and joins SLR to lead its operations throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand. At the Group level, Diane Buchanan has joined SLR as its Chief Financial Officer and will be working with the regional teams to provide leadership across the business on financial and commercial matters. She is located in SLR's office located near Oxford, U.K. office. SLR Chief Executive Officer, Neil Penhall, commented, "I would like to welcome these executives to SLR. We have an ongoing and exciting growth strategy for SLR over the coming years, and attracting new leaders of such calibre to the SLR team will further enhance our ability to bring this strategy to life." SLR Consulting (SLR) is a UK based environmental and advisory consultancy, with its US operations based near Seattle, Washington and Canadian operations based in Vancouver, B.C. SLR has over 1200 employees based in 70 offices around the world with over 350 employees in North America. SLR is a leading provider of consulting services to clients in the oil & gas, mining, industry, infrastructure, power and built environment business sectors.

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