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Farmers Put the Byte into Food Production
Farmer-to-Everything Connections for the Future
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As high-tech city concepts gain momentum, like Las Vegas’ Bleutech Park, they become a beacon of our transforming world, a shining example of sustainable, smart living. But urban areas aren’t the only fertile grounds for data-driven initiatives. Like U.S. tech giants and entrepreneurs, farmers are futurists by nature—they plan for the next growing season, predict frost and storms, and forecast market sell targets.
Microtrenching Enables Long-Distance Fiber Installation
Microtrenching Enables Long-Distance Fiber Installation
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Smarter transportation is just around the corner, as the introduction of smarter, more connected transportation systems promise new levels of safety, efficiency and mobility. With the ability to combine digital and physical infrastructure – and empower today’s roadways with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies – tomorrow’s roadways will push beyond the limits of what was once thought possible to become true platforms of innovation.
Mining’s Advancement Towards a Clean Energy Future
Mining’s Advancement Towards a Clean Energy Future
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The momentum of many industries advancing towards net-carbon neutrality is unstoppable. The focus on clean energy technologies today is led by the global drive for decarbonization, underpinned by the UN Paris Climate Agreement, where 189 countries committed to limit global warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels through economic and social adaptation.
Expanding Diversity in Engineering: Celebrating International Women’s Day
Expanding Diversity in Engineering: Celebrating International Women’s Day
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Celebrating women’s achievements in tackling incredible challenges, global International Women’s Day raises awareness about bias and presses for a more gender-neutral world. It’s a mission central to the diversity commitment of Black & Veatch, which recognizes the value and contributions of its women professionals across its spectrum of services, most notably those in an engineering realm where women remain dramatically underrepresented.

Five Steps to Affordable Grid Resiliency
Five Steps to Affordable Grid Resiliency
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Winter came to Texas. In February 2021, sub-freezing temperatures forced the largest power outage in U.S. history, leaving millions without electricity and millions more facing severely disrupted water service as outages crippled critical infrastructure systems throughout the state. The scale of the crisis grew so large that it has reverberated throughout the nation, dominating headlines and raising questions about grid integrity and the interdependence of infrastructure networks that extend far beyond the Lone Star State.

Diversity in Engineering Promotes a Better Tomorrow
Diversity in Engineering Promotes a Better Tomorrow
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For centuries, engineers have played a critical role designing the world we live in, harnessing the power of practicality and creativity to better humanity. The importance of this role hasn’t diminished; in fact, it’s only become more pressing as challenges around infrastructure, climate change and global health command increasing attention. Amidst such complex, changing times, meeting the challenges and opportunities of today – and preparing for a better tomorrow – requires a diverse engineering workforce.
Connecting Rural America Through Wide-Scale Broadband
Connecting Rural America Through Wide-Scale Broadband
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Nearly one-quarter of rural Americans still don’t have access to the 25/3 Mbps that was specified as the minimum broadband requirement for widespread internet access. These digital “have-nots” are falling behind their urban counterparts, with far-reaching economic, health and educational consequences for millions of Americans.
Electric Cooperatives Serve as Critical Partners in the Race to Close the Digital Divide
Electric Cooperatives Serve as Critical Partners in the Race to Close the Digital Divide
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Electric cooperatives (electric co-ops) have historically been recognized as community-focused, working to improve the sustainability and wellbeing of their local and surrounding communities. The tradition of banding together to implement important infrastructure change to improve the life and health of individuals, small businesses and whole towns has been honored in agricultural communities for nearly three centuries.

Electric Era
Developer of Battery Technologies Touts Collaboration with Black & Veatch’s `Experts on Demand’
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As the adoption of electrified vehicles races on, Quincy Lee and Elliot Owen – entrepreneurs behind the startup enterprise Electric Era – figure they’re building a better mousetrap when it comes to answering the challenges of charging.

Sustainability
Customers Driving Sustainability in the C-Suite
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More efficient and sustainable operations have long been goals for utilities, but this has only become more challenging in the era of climate change. Utilities are being tasked with adapting faster than ever while also addressing more frequent extreme weather events, natural disasters, and regulatory structures that often do not keep pace with changing market dynamics. While utilities have varying ESG goals, decarbonization has emerged as a primary effort for many.

Managing Asia’s future grid
Managing Asia’s future grid
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Asia’s energy transition is extensive and rapid. Google’s commitment to use excess renewable energy from rooftop solar panels of 500 public housing blocks to power its Singapore operations is a clear indication of the shift to sustainable development. Google has two data centers in Singapore and is constructing a third one.

2021 Strategic Directions: Megatrends Report
Turning Data into Action
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Leveraging smart infrastructure to enable data-driven utility operations has long been a work in progress, and advancement has been uneven. While many utilities have access to vast amounts of data thanks to deployment of advanced metering infrastructure and sensors across new and legacy assets, only a few early adopters have operationalized the data in a significant way.

Technical Advances, Lowering Costs Will Drive Renewables in Asia, but Integration and Regulatory Challenges Remain
Technical advances, lowering costs will drive renewables in Asia, but integration and regulatory challenges remain
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Renewable energy is critical to Asia’s future, but delivering on its promise will require a coordinated effort between the energy sector, regulators and other critical stakeholders. In fact, Black & Veatch’s Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Asia 2021 respondents place renewables second among the most-challenging issues facing Asia’s electric industry, just behind uncertainty of investment caused by financial downturn.

Ammonia: Fuel vs. Hydrogen Carriers
Ammonia: Fuel vs. Hydrogen Carrier
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The use of ammonia as a hydrogen carrier creates a new question. What is the better fuel – ammonia as a stand-alone fuel or hydrogen from cracked ammonia? At the moment, there is not a clear-cut answer to the question. Rather, the best fuel choice is a function of intended use, quantity, and technology maturity of the fuel user.
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Next-Level Reliability Through Resilience
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Reliable service always has been core to every utility’s mandate, but achieving this is becoming more complex in the face of aging infrastructure and increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events. As this report was being drafted, the second major hurricane of November (Category 3 or higher) made landfall in Central America as a Category 5 storm, with wind speeds accelerating from Category 1 to Category 4 in just 24 hours over abnormally warm seas. Similarly, wildfires continued to burn in parts of Colorado, months after the historic end to fire season.

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