News Article | February 17, 2017
After Donald Trump won the presidency, the Federal Highway Administration switched the reference to “Climate Change” to “Resilience” in the name of a program aimed at coping with climate impacts, agency officials confirmed Friday. Federal highway officials changed the Sustainable Transport and Climate Change group’s name to the Sustainable Transportation and Resilience group on Dec. 13, according to agency spokesman Doug Hecox. The program, which was started in the final months of President George W. Bush’s time in office, examines how to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the transportation system and adapt to changes already underway due to climate change. It was expanded under President Barack Obama, who issued executive orders and guidance instructing agencies to factor climate change into their regular decision-making process. The program’s website has removed prominent references to climate change, including an overview document titled “Building Climate Resilient Transportation,” and instead highlights hydraulic engineering guidance that is aimed at adapting to sea-level rise and more-frequent flooding. Hecox said in an email that the team’s name was changed “after several weeks of internal discussions by FHWA’s Associate Administrator for Planning and Environment to more accurately reflect our agency’s emphasis on resilience activities (which constitutes a large portion of our portfolio of work).” “Addressing the impacts of climate change is a meaningful part of our resilience work, but that work also includes resilience to other risks to the highway system, such as nuisance flooding, current weather events, and operational issues,” he added. “The use of the term ‘resilience’ is consistent with a trend in the transportation community as a way to be inclusive when it comes to dealing with infrastructure risk.” E&E News first reported the name change on Friday. Federal officials have worked with state and local governments for years to address the challenges that climate impacts pose to the nation’s aging infrastructure system. But the question of how to incorporate climate science into publicly funded projects has been a contentious one. President Trump, who has questioned the link between human activity and climate change, is examining whether to reverse some of the directives Obama issued that guide agencies when it comes to climate projections. The FHWA documents that explicitly mention climate change are still accessible to the public. But the website’s language has changed in several key areas. One section titled “Adaptation” used to start with this sentence: “Climate change impacts, such as more frequent and intense heat waves and flooding, threaten the considerable federal investment in transportation infrastructure.” Now, that same section is labeled “Resilience” and begins: “Extreme weather, sea level change and changes in environmental conditions threaten the considerable federal investment in transportation infrastructure.”
News Article | November 22, 2016
« BAE Systems developing bendable titanium alloy memory metal suspension to protect military vehicles from explosive impacts | Main | Volkswagen & BASF “Science Award Electrochemistry” to Dr. William Chueh from Stanford; special prize to Dr. Martin Ebner from ETH University Zurich » Chevrolet and GMC are partnering with Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI) to introduce heavy-duty pickups and full-size vans powered by 6.0-liter V-8 compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-capable engines starting in the first quarter of 2017. Chevrolet also will offer CNG and LPG versions of its new Low Cab Forward commercial truck. The announcement follows the selection of PSI, based in Wood Dale, Illinois, as General Motors Fleet’s preferred upfitter for CNG and LPG trucks. PSI is one of North America’s largest and most experienced providers of integrated turn-key, alternative-fuel powertrain solutions. Ship-through will be offered, allowing customers to order and take delivery from the same dealer. GM will supply vehicles equipped with the 6.0L V-8 engine with hardened valves and valve seats to PSI, which in turn will install the fuel system and other hardware and ship directly to Chevrolet and GMC dealers in all 50 states. All PSI-modified vehicles are covered by Chevrolet and GMC’s five-year/60,000-mile (whichever comes first) limited powertrain warranty. The expanded lineup brings GM Fleet’s portfolio of alternative fuel, hybrid and EVs to more than a dozen trucks, cars and crossovers. Other recent additions include the Chevrolet Bolt EV; a Duramax 2.8-liter B20-capable Duramax diesel for the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans; and all-new available 6.6-liter B20-capable Duramax diesel engines for the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD. GM Fleet’s partnership with PSI follows customer demand and ongoing investment by companies across the nation in CNG refueling infrastructure. This month, the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced 55 routes that will serve as the basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states. Though the network is nearly 85,000 miles long, more miles will be added in the future to accommodate electric, hydrogen, propane and natural gas vehicles as additional fueling and charging stations are built. Currently four of the top five “Green Fleets,” as identified by Bobit Media Group, operate CNG-powered vehicles. All of the top 25 fleets use at least two fuels. Including 2017 and 2018 models, Chevrolet and GMC will offer more than 25 different cars, trucks and vans that use alternate fuels or electric propulsion.
News Article | November 18, 2016
Woolpert was hired by Monroe County to rehabilitate two historic covered bridges, and has been assisting the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) with a project to help preserve and protect historic covered bridges throughout Ohio. Rehabilitation of the first of the two Monroe County projects, the Foraker Covered Bridge, was completed in late October. The bridge was built in 1886 over the Little Muskingum River on Plainview Road (County Route 40). Ron Mattox, Woolpert’s director of road and bridge design, said repair was needed because the structure had begun to sag about 11 inches over its 92-foot span. “We created detailed plans to bring the superstructure elevation up to the proper camber, which gives a bridge a little bit of rise in the middle so it functions better,” Mattox said. “The Righter Co. did the construction for the project. They found the quality of the last rehab was poor and basically tore the bridge apart where they needed to and got it to a great place.” Righter has performed more than 50 covered bridge renovations and rebuilds, as well as a handful of new builds, since 1996. “It takes special knowledge and experience to work on covered bridges,” said Brad Nadolson, Righter president. “We’ve redone multiple projects that were done by people who hadn’t done them before.” Woolpert’s design for the Knowlton Covered Bridge is set to get underway after the first of the year. Built in 1887, it is the state’s second longest historic covered bridge. James Fleeman, Monroe County assistant engineer, said the Knowlton Covered Bridge is much more complex than the king post design of the Foraker. “Knowlton is composed of a three-span superstructure,” Fleeman said. “That incorporates not only the traditional king post design, but tied timber arches in the middle span, which are unique to the structure.” Mattox, who has worked on more than 30 covered bridges, said timber bridges like Knowlton are highly specialized and require knowledge of the material. “It’s not like steel at all. It’s susceptible to bugs, rot, temperature changes, moisture, etc.,” Mattox said. “And these structures don’t even have the steel plates and big bolts of modern bridges—they use mortise and tenon joints. It’s timber framing at its best.” Monroe County applied for and secured state and federal grants earmarked for covered bridges for the Foraker and Knowlton reconstruction projects. Woolpert worked with the county on this funding by performing preliminary inspections, and preparing basic rehab drawings and a rehab estimate. Woolpert currently is working with the FHWA via ODOT on a project that addresses the roughly 100 historic covered bridges throughout the state. The first part of the project would develop alternatives for fire protection and security preservation. “We’re helping research options for these sites: Heat sensors, fire alarms, fire retardation systems,” said Mattox, adding that Woolpert recently hired a fire protection specialist. “We also proposed installing security cameras and other monitoring devices at the bridges.” The second part of the project would promote state history and tourism by placing a bar code at historic covered bridges that can be scanned by cell phones, relaying the individual history of each bridge. The state is paying 95 percent of this project, and asking bridge owners to pay 5 percent. Options for obtaining the 5 percent will be investigated. Woolpert is partnering with Jones-Stuckey Ltd., a division of Pennoni Associates, to help the state in this effort. Mike Killilea, Righter project manager, said these projects are important because covered bridges are part of the fabric of our society. “People often share stories about growing up climbing around these bridges and swimming below them—and so many weddings and proposals happen there,” he said. “Covered bridges are not only a big part of the state’s history, but a big part of people’s own history as well.” About Woolpert Woolpert is a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm that delivers value to clients by strategically blending engineering excellence with leading-edge technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic R&D department, Woolpert works with inventive business partners like Google; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aerial systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. Woolpert’s mission is to help its clients progress—and become more progressive. For over 100 years and with 23 offices across the United States, Woolpert serves the needs of federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the United States Armed Forces. The firm currently is doing business in all 50 states and in five foreign countries. For more information, visit woolpert.com or call 937-531-1258.
News Article | December 27, 2016
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio’s latest report on the global aftermarket for engine oil in passenger cars provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2016-2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline. Praveen Kumar, a lead analyst from Technavio, specializing in research on automotive services sector, says, “The consumption of engine oil in passenger cars in the Americas is more since it has many vehicles and the number of cars per population is comparatively higher than in other regions. Full-size vehicles such as pickup trucks, minivans, and SUVs are more popular in this region.” Full-size vehicles have larger engine capacity and consume more engine oils than the compact- and mid-size vehicles. The average miles driven per year in the Americas is also high with respect to other regions as people here depend a lot on their own vehicles to travel from one city to another and to commute inside the city. Public transport such as the use of railways as transportation is low as it does not provide end-to-end connectivity. Technavio’s sample reports are free of charge and contain multiple sections of the report including the market size and forecast, drivers, challenges, trends, and more. The top three emerging trends driving the global aftermarket for engine oil in passenger cars according to Technavio automotive research analysts are: Rise in road tourism in India and China Road tripping tourism in China is leading to increase in the average miles driven, directly influencing the consumption of engine oils. In China, Guiyang in Guizhou province and Dali and Lijiang in Yunnan province are reported to be the most preferred spots for road tourism. Chinese travelers are estimated to have made about 4 billion visits within the country in 2015. Out of which, more than 3 billion tourists traveled using rental cars or their own cars. A 16% annual increase in the visits by tourists preferring to drive on their own is likely to happen in the next five years. “Travel agencies like China Youth Travel Service are customizing their tour packages to include rental cars to enable road-tripping and sightseeing packages to places with limited transportation facilities, which will further lead to an average increase in the miles driven,” according to Praveen. Growing use of synthetic oils in APAC Synthetic engine oils are of different types such as PAO (poly-α-olefin), Esters, PAG (polyalkylene glycols), and Group III (hydrocracking). Currently, PAO has the largest market share, as it accounted more than 50% of the total market share due to several benefits compared with other synthetic engine oils. Its physical and chemical properties make PAO engine oils low volatile and oxidative as well as thermally stable compared with other engine oils. PAO synthetic engine oil is also less expensive compared with other synthetic engine oils. The synthetic oil market is dominated by Europe followed by North America and then APAC. But APAC will experience a higher growth rate in the consumption of synthetic engine oils, as the automotive market is experiencing a higher growth. Synthetic engine oils are also used for various industrial purposes. One of the positive factors influencing aftermarket sales of engine oil is the increase in the vehicles miles driven. The normal period of batteries used in vehicle lasts for approximately 4 years, depending on driving and weather condition. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in the Americas, 70% of the states experienced an increase in the vehicle miles traveled per capita between 2011-2014. Another factor supporting the growth of this market is the demographic factor of the consumers, according to the reports published by FHWA. In the US, the number of drivers over 50 years old has reached appropriately 93.5 million, resulting in an increase of 22% since 2003. In Europe, the average lifetime mileage of diesel cars (approximately 127,000 miles) is more than petrol cars (approximately 100,000 miles). The key vendors are as follows: Become a Technavio Insights member and access all three of these reports for a fraction of their original cost. As a Technavio Insights member, you will have immediate access to new reports as they’re published in addition to all 6,000+ existing reports covering segments like auto accessories, automotive components, and automotive electronics. This subscription nets you thousands in savings, while staying connected to Technavio’s constant transforming research library, helping you make informed business decisions more efficiently. Technavio is a leading global technology research and advisory company. The company develops over 2000 pieces of research every year, covering more than 500 technologies across 80 countries. Technavio has about 300 analysts globally who specialize in customized consulting and business research assignments across the latest leading edge technologies. Technavio analysts employ primary as well as secondary research techniques to ascertain the size and vendor landscape in a range of markets. Analysts obtain information using a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches, besides using in-house market modeling tools and proprietary databases. They corroborate this data with the data obtained from various market participants and stakeholders across the value chain, including vendors, service providers, distributors, re-sellers, and end-users. If you are interested in more information, please contact our media team at email@example.com.
News Article | October 29, 2016
Noblis, Inc., a leading provider of science, technology, and strategy services to the federal government, is pleased to announce a $202 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to provide program and technical support to the FWHA’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO), as well as other modal administrations involved in ITS. The Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, competitively awarded, runs through August 2021. “Noblis has supported the ITS program since its inception,” said Mile Corrigan, Noblis VP of Transportation Systems. “It is a privilege to continue our 25-year relationship with FHWA as they deliver the next generation of innovative surface transportation solutions.” Noblis will provide subject matter experts, capabilities, and contextual experience to help execute the ITS Program in alignment with USDOT strategic goals. The work will address the current and emerging surface transportation programs in the U.S., including connected and automated vehicles, enterprise data, interoperability, accelerating deployment of new technology, and research and field testing of emerging capabilities. “The ITS program and Noblis are constantly evolving to meet the demands of our transportation landscape,” said Mike McGurrin, Noblis' Program Executive for the contract. “With technologies like connected vehicles, vehicle automation, and mobility as a service in our midst, it is certainly an exciting time for transportation." Noblis is a nonprofit science, technology, and strategy organization that brings the best of scientific thought, management, and engineering expertise in an environment of independence and objectivity. We work with a wide range of government and industry clients in the areas of national security, intelligence, transportation, healthcare, environmental sustainability, and enterprise engineering. Together with our wholly owned subsidiaries, Noblis ESI and Noblis NSP, we tackle the nation’s toughest problems and support our clients’ most critical missions. Noblis experts are working with government agencies to address our country’s overburdened transportation systems. We are using advanced analytics, innovative technology, systems engineering, and program and acquisition management to help improve operations for air and surface transportation while also reducing risk on the environment. Together we are helping to develop the integrated systems and technologies that will carry us into the next generation of transportation.
News Article | November 3, 2016
The Great American Road Trip has almost always been fueled by gasoline. But soon it will be possible to traverse the United States in vehicles running on electricity, hydrogen and other cleaner fuels. The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled 55 new highway corridors spanning 85,000 miles that indicate where drivers can stop to charge their electric cars or fill their tanks with compressed natural gas. SEE ALSO: The world's first zero-emissions train could be running by 2017 New interactive maps and highway road signs are designed to help drivers of cleaner cars leave their neighborhoods and travel longer distances, according to the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FWHA). Along with higher costs, a major reason more Americans haven't traded in their gas guzzlers is the lack of refueling options for alternative vehicles. If you can only afford one car, why would you pick the one that might not make it on the interstate? The U.S. has roughly 153,000 gas stations scattered across the country, but only about 16,000 public electric charging stations and roughly 6,000 stations for natural gas, hydrogen or biodiesel. "Many drivers of alternative-fuel or zero-emission vehicles may not currently know where they can drive their vehicles outside of urban areas, for fear they won’t be able to find the right kind of fueling station," Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau told Mashable. Yet energy companies are steadily installing more alternative fueling stations to meet the growing demand for alternative cars. Tesla Motors, for instance, has installed its own network of more than 730 battery charging stations across North America, Europe and parts of Asia. Under the Obama administration, U.S. state and federal agencies have awarded billions of dollars in grants and loans to help build fueling networks and reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. "By making it easier for such drivers to use the interstate system, this network of alternative fuel corridors will empower a growing segment of the driving public," Nadeau said in an email. The FHWA-designated corridors mark the routes where electric and alternative fueling stations are available every 50 miles. The stations must also be located within 5 miles of the designated route. Coming to a U.S. highway near you, maybe. On the new maps, green lines indicate where fueling stations are currently available. Brown dashes show where stations will go up within weeks or a few months. The agency also designed blue road signs for states to install along the routes, similar to the road signs that alert drivers to upcoming rest stops or restaurants. "Alternative fuels and electric vehicles will play an integral part in the future of America’s transportation system,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. "We have a duty to help drivers identify routes that will help them refuel and recharge those vehicles, and designating these corridors on our highways is a first step," he said.
News Article | September 22, 2016
Originally published on SWEEP’s Livewire by Will Toor The old adage, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” applies to transportation planning. When Congress passed MAP-21, a reauthorization of federal transportation legislation, it directed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to set new performance measures to ensure that recipients of federal transportation funds spend the money in ways that efficiently advance the public interest. Recipients of funds would be required to make investments that reduce congestion, improve system reliability, improve freight movement, and advance environmental sustainability. One question the FHWA is considering is whether to adopt a greenhouse gas (GHG) performance measure. At a basic level, a GHG performance measure would require metropolitan areas and state transportation departments to measure the impact of transportation projects on GHG emissions and adopt goals for reducing GHG emissions. SWEEP provided comments to the FHWA in support of the establishment of a GHG performance measure. Consideration of this new performance measure is timely since this year was the first that transportation overtook electricity generation as the largest source of GHG emissions in the United States. The U.S. is a signatory to the Paris climate accords, which commit us to reductions in GHG emissions sufficient to avoid a 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures. This will require a reduction in GHG emissions of at least 80% by 2050. Achieving this goal will require dramatic reductions in emissions from every major sector, including transportation. A promising development is that emissions from conventional power plant generation of electricity have dropped significantly due to three factors: energy efficiency improvements have limited growth in demand, coal generation has been displaced by natural gas, and the amount of electricity generated by solar and wind has increased rapidly. Transportation emissions on the other hand have dropped only slightly since 2005 and then surged in the past two years as low gas prices spurred growth in travel plus a shift from passenger cars to light trucks and SUVs. Achieving significant reductions in GHG emissions from transportation will require multiple strategies: reducing car travel, increasing the fuel efficiency of both cars and trucks, switching to hydrogen or low carbon biofuels for long-haul trucking, and switching essentially all cars to electricity as a fuel. Significant economic benefits would be one result of these strategies. SWEEP has analyzed a scenario that reduced vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the largest metropolitan areas in Colorado by 1% annually and achieved a 40% market penetration of electric vehicles by 2040. In this scenario, metropolitan areas experienced a $10 billion savings on infrastructure and fuel costs between 2012 and 2040. SWEEP also developed a scenario to reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector in Nevada and found that these strategies would save a typical Nevada family $600-$900 per year. A number of transportation agencies in Southwest states support GHG performance measures. For example, the Denver Regional Council of Governments submitted comments stating, “DRCOG supports establishing measures of transportation-related CO2 emissions to be calculated and tracked by states and metropolitan planning organizations. DRCOG has adopted a goal to reduce per capita transportation CO2 emissions by 60% by 2040.” The Colorado Department of Transportation commented, “Currently, the transportation sector is the number one source of GHG emissions in the U.S. We need a national performance measure for GHGs to encourage and track efforts to reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector.” Given the substantial benefits that would flow from strategies to reduce GHG emissions from transportation—including reduced fuel costs to consumers, reduced public infrastructure costs, and cleaner air in addition to major climate benefits— states and metropolitan areas across the Southwest should begin tracking GHG emissions and setting targets to reduce those emissions regardless of the ultimate decision from the FHWA. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store! Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
News Article | November 8, 2016
Autonomous Cars - Five Things To Know About Self Driving Cars The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration will create a national network of charger corridors for electric vehicles. The demand for EVs is increasing and governments around the world are promoting EV technology as it helps reduce pollution and ultimately global warming. However, the infrastructure for charging electric cars is not sufficient in the United States, which makes it difficult for owners to drive their EV for long distances. Citing global climate issues, the Obama administration announced plans that will accelerate the charging infrastructure for EVs, therefore increasing their usage in the country even for long distances. "The Obama administration is committed to taking responsible steps to combat climate change, increase access to clean energy technologies, and reduce our dependence on oil," says a White House release. "By working together across the Federal government and with the private sector, we can ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to charging stations at home, at work and on the road - creating a new way of thinking about transportation that will drive America forward." The White House release confirmed that the DOT is establishing 48 charging corridors for EVs on national highways. The new EV route will cover 35 states and 25,000 miles. With the planned charging corridors, EV drivers should expect a new or existing charging station in every 50 miles. Several vehicle makers and organizations have come forward to accelerate the actions needed for charging infrastructure. "FHWA intends to support the expansion of this national network through a process that brings together a consortium of stakeholders including state agencies, utilities, alternative fuel providers and car manufacturers to promote and advance alternative fuel corridor designations in conjunction with the Department of Energy," says the FHWA. It is important for the government to provide infrastructure for charging electric cars. However, it is also important that these charging stations offer fast charging for all cars. The development of charging corridors is definitely great news for electric car makers as the news is likely to spike the sale of EVs in the United States This means that the government also has to ensure that the upcoming charging stations keep up with demand and evolving technology. It is worth noting that it can take years before the entire infrastructure is in place for customers so that they can benefit from it. However, the infrastructure will help EV owners eliminate range anxiety in the future. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
News Article | December 1, 2016
Sevatec, Inc. (Sevatec), a leading provider of Agile Development and DevOps, Data Sciences, Cyber Engineering, and Cloud solutions for the federal government, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Steven “Steve” Smith to the company’s Board of Advisors. Smith brings strong Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Transportation (DOT) experience to Sevatec, having served as Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) at both the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). “Steve Smith is a powerful addition to Sevatec’s Advisory Board and we are fortunate to have him lending his broad federal government expertise and energy to our firm,” said Sevatec Founder & Chairman, Sonny Kakar. “His perspective gained over decades of government and industry experience greatly enhances our strategy to deliver and grow across our customer base. His specific insight into the National Security, Homeland/Law Enforcement, Commerce, and Transportation markets, Sevatec's primary markets, uniquely positions us to exceed our customer's expectations by focusing on their mission success. We look forward to his advice and counsel." Smith has an impressive track record managing complex information technology systems across the public and private sectors. Prior to his Deputy CIO roles, Smith served as the Chief Operating Officer for the White House Communications Agency, spanning multiple administrations. During his 30-year career, Smith also held senior posts at the Defense Systems Agency (DISA) and the U.S. Army. Today Smith serves as Senior Manager of FirstNet supporting the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in their efforts to establish a nationwide, interoperable public safety communications network to improve emergency response times. Smith joins Sonny Kakar and technology industry leader Manji Matharu on the company’s Board of Advisors. About Sevatec Sevatec is a high-technology services firm specializing in Agile, data sciences, cyber engineering, and cloud solutions, leveraging experience and trusted talent to solve the federal government’s most pressing business and technical challenges. Sevatec has achieved CMMI Maturity Level 3 ratings for both Development (DEV) and Services (SVC) and maintains ISO 9001:2008, 20000-1:2011, and 27001:2013 certifications. In practice, Sevatec optimizes current industry best practices and incorporates Agile principles to accelerate performance and outcomes for their clients. Sevatec was founded in 2003 on the concept of “Seva,” which means, “Inspired to Serve.” The mission, “Trusted Talent, Inspired to Serve, Partnered with Government, to Protect and Improve the Lives of Americans,” captures the essence of the firm’s culture. Their portfolio of mission-critical technology and consulting initiatives across the federal government broadly supports the National Security Sector, including Homeland and Law Enforcement Agencies, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Department of State, and multiple Civilian Departments and Agencies. To learn more about Sevatec, visit http://www.sevatec.com.
News Article | February 16, 2017
Dedicated team, proprietary access solutions and coatings expertise provide go-to resource to help America rebuild infrastructure WAUKESHA, WI--(Marketwired - February 16, 2017) - Safway is announcing the launch of a new Infrastructure Services Group, created to focus on providing safe and productive solutions for the construction, maintenance and repair of bridges, railroads, airports, shipping ports and other transportation systems, as well as power plants, stadiums and arenas. "Safway is responding to the tremendous need to rebuild North American infrastructure and is uniquely positioned and distinctly qualified to serve this need through our broad and deep array of access services, technologies and resources," said Bill Hayes, Safway president and CEO. "Now, infrastructure customers can work with a dedicated team providing market-specific engineering and project management expertise. From transportation and waterways, to traditional and green power plants and large public venues like arenas and stadiums, Safway's new Infrastructure Services Group understands how to deliver safe, productive and time-saving access and protective coatings solutions." Safway will dedicate a focused team of six regional infrastructure managers and nine engineers and field service professionals across its 115 branch locations to support its more than 150 sales reps as they pursue infrastructure opportunities in the U.S. and Canada. The Infrastructure Services Group is expected to become the third major component of Safway's revenue base, in addition to its historical markets of energy/industrial and commercial renovation and new construction. To enhance its access services technology, Safway recently acquired SafeWorks®, the global leader in powered suspended access, with highly recognized brands including Spider®, Power Climber® and Power Climber Wind®. "For 70 years, Spider has established a reputation for quality hoists, swing stages and rigging solutions," explained Hayes, "and bridges are one of the company's areas of expertise." Over the past several years, Safway has also added several companies that bring a wide range of experience and state-of-the-art technology in surface prep and coatings to the Safway family. These include the nationally based North American Coatings (CL Coatings and Industrial Coatings & Fireproofing), U.S. Gulf-focused Mobley Industrial Services (now MobleySafway Solutions) and Dalco, based in western Canada. With its patented and proprietary QuikDeck® and QuikShield® Suspended Access Systems, Safway has also been a recognized leader in providing comprehensive solutions for the repair and maintenance of bridges. QuikDeck provides safe, factory-floor-like working conditions and often allows bridges, airports and railroads to stay open and in use while a major repair and rehabilitation project is underway. "QuikDeck helps reduce the time required by craft labor to repair a bridge, and we have documented case studies that highlight savings of 10 - 15 percent in bridge repair or refurbishment when using QuikDeck over other access solutions," Hayes added. "With our track record of providing safe, productive solutions for bridge maintenance and repair, our recent acquisition of leading powered suspended access brands and our expanded capabilities in surface preparation and coatings, we are uniquely positioned to serve as the go-to resource for these types of civil engineering projects," Hayes explained. Safway's 115 locations across North America, more than $650 million of access and scaffolding equipment and 10,000-plus employees across the United States and Canada, allow the company to quickly deploy equipment, materials and labor to any infrastructure project. The company has successfully provided access and other services for hundreds of infrastructure projects such as the construction of the new San Francisco-to-Oakland Bridge (SFOB), refurbishment projects for the Longfellow Bridge in Boston, Madison Square Garden, and Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and renovations in the terminals at both the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Tampa International Airport. Brent Luedtke, who was named business development director of the Infrastructure Services Group, points to the clear and growing need for infrastructure maintenance and repair services in the United States. For example, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in 2016 there were 130,797 deficient bridges in the United States -- representing nearly 22 percent of total bridges -- which were functionally defective or structurally obsolete. "The backlog will only continue as bridges age," Luedtke said, adding, "Similar needs exist with rail, airport and port infrastructure. In fact, just the 50 top-priority infrastructure projects cited by President Trump's administration total $137 billion in construction spend -- and the access and protective coatings component of this spend is not insignificant." With more than 115 locations in the U.S. and Canada and distribution channels worldwide, Safway Group delivers high-performance multiservice solutions -- THE SMART WAY®. Offering the widest range of equipment and the greatest depth of expertise in access, scaffolding, insulation, fireproofing and coatings, Safway Group companies include All-American Scaffold; CL Coatings; Dalco; Industrial Coatings & Fireproofing; MobleySafway; New England Scaffolding; Redi Solutions; Safway Atlantic; Safway Services; Safway Services Canada; S&E Bridge & Scaffold; and Swing Staging. With the most advanced engineering team; an exclusive project management system; award-winning safety; and proprietary solutions like Spider®, Power Climber Wind® and the QuikDeck® Suspended Access System, Safway Group companies design and implement innovative, quality solutions at the lowest installed cost for projects of any size and scope. Safway has been an industry leader since 1936, serving the petrochemical, oil and gas, power, refining, marine, manufacturing, transportation and commercial construction industries worldwide. For more information about Safway Group, visit: www.safwaygroup.com.