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Data Analytics: Threading the Needle of Risk and Reward
There’s no doubt that the technological advances of the past decade — artificial intelligence, cloud-based software, autonomous equipment, drones, remote sensors, mobile devices, machine learning and virtual reality — have improved operational efficiency, productivity and resiliency, moving us into the digital age faster and farther than we ever imagined.
PFAS, Lead, Nitrate/Nitrite: Key Concerns for Drinking Water Utilities
Utilities entrusted to supply sustainable, clean drinking water have their hands full eliminating contaminants of emerging concern and ensuring that reactions in the distribution system do not produce separate contamination issues. Dealing with certain contaminants are proving increasingly challenging.
Addressing Resilience and the Scramble for Water
Access to clean water remains a critical component of any community, but unfortunately, water stresses are a reality for far too many, particularly those in the arid West and Southwest. Concerns over funding, aging infrastructure and resilience are not new, echoing the worries and priorities of years past.
Unique assessment advances commercial viability of tidal energy

Tidal stream energy could theoretically supply more than 150 terawatt hours per annum globally. This represents a potential total global market of up to 50 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity.

Tidal stream energy is a significant renewable energy source because, although it varies, the power output is highly  predictable. As a result, it can help to balance supply and demand as part of a balanced energy mix alongside other renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

Black & Veatch Provides Engineering, Procurement and Program Management Services for Ammonia Plant Expansions
Enid Ammonia Plant Expansion Projects

Black & Veatch provided engineering and procurement services to Koch Nitrogen Company, LLC for two ammonia plant expansions as well as utility and infrastructure improvements as part of a $1.3 billion expansion of its Enid, Oklahoma facility. The project increased urea and ammonia production at the facility by more than one million tons a year. The facility is one of the largest producers of fertilizer in North America. 

Water Resilience: When Too Much of a Good Thing Isn’t Great
During the spring of 2019, record-breaking floods inundated the Midwest and overwhelmed the water and wastewater treatment facilities. That searing experience, coupled with increased recognition of the vulnerability of low-lying coastal areas to seawater surges, has spurred concerns about the resilience of our nation’s water infrastructure.
Aging Infrastructure and Workforce: Vexing Challenges Remain
America’s water infrastructure is deteriorating quickly, causing increasing failures because adequate investments haven’t been made in rehabilitation or replacement. Not surprisingly, aging infrastructure is the major worry for respondents to Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report survey.
Black & Veatch Completes Multiple Process, Mechanical and Electrical Studies for Ammonia Clients
Conceptual Development for Ammonia and Fertilizer Facilities

Black & Veatch has worked with multiple large ammonia and fertilizer companies to provide front-end loading (FEL 1-3) studies, also referred to as pre-project planning, front-end engineering design (FEED), feasibility analysis, conceptual and detailed design, and early project planning. This includes evaluating process conditions in ammonia plants, reviewing electrical loads and infrastructure for ammonia, urea and UAN plants, as well as detailed design for Urea Reactor Replacements.

Digital Water Expands in Use, Importance in a Time of Climate Change, Pandemics
Aging infrastructure and the graying of the industry’s retirement-bound workforce remains a vexing issue, decades in the making. Climate change continues to test the ability of water utilities either to provide enough water or effectively handle historic inundations. All of this compounded by a global pandemic.
As Infrastructure Ages, ‘Digital Water’ Drives Optimization
Water utilities take on the difficult job of ensuring that water always will be safe and that capacity always will be available. This is becoming an increasingly difficult task, given unforeseen events such as the COVID-19 pandemic that compound the chronic issues with aging water infrastructure and an aging workforce.
Sustainability Drives Mine Water Management Systems
A growing global population, rising standards of living, increased urbanization and climate change are driving an increase in water-associated risks around the world. Water is a vital component in mining operations, and the mining industry is being increasingly challenged to develop sustainable water management practices as it works to harmonize the needs of the industry, environment and society. 
Designing, Developing and Managing Mine Water Infrastructure
Designing well-integrated and holistic water management infrastructure for mining operations is a complex undertaking. The overarching infrastructure needs to integrate each individual system that supplies water to the mine – including those systems that transfer water within the mine site, and those that recycle, reuse and discharge effluent into the environment.
2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report

The 2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report – melding analyses of leading experts and a survey of nearly 300 stakeholders in the North American sphere of water and wastewater – examines the issues and trends impacting today’s water industry at a time when matters couldn’t be more complex.

Achieving NetZero: Leakage reduction = carbon reduction
Water is the first industrial sector in the UK to commit to a carbon zero future by 2030. In the nearer term water companies in England and Wales need to achieve a 16 percent cut in leakage by 2025. Historically leakage reduction has not been considered as a viable carbon reduction tool. With the combination of NetZero commitments and AMP7 leakage targets, however, this may be about to change.
Maximising environmental and social value through innovative integration of landscape design, natural capital accounting and interactive mapping
Connecting Burton and the Trent Washlands: A New Vision

With climate change placing increasing pressure on budgets for flood alleviation schemes, and other measures to increase resilience, it is vital clients can access innovative funding models to ensure communities are protected. It’s equally vital that such projects engage fully with the people they protect and create a legacy that provides multiple, sustainable benefits for the community.

Smart, Connected Roadways
Smart Connected Roadways

Like many agencies, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) wanted to innovate. But, their existing microwave network had limited capacity, and couldn’t support the value- added safety and mobility applications that PTC required. PTC launched an advanced fiber optic network project to boost connectivity between their administrative buildings, as well as support All-Electronic Tolling (AET) and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for improved safety and mobility.

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