Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), the respective chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and its Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, have introduced the $2.4 billion America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 with an eye to:
- Assisting local communities in complying with the Safe Drinking Water Act through drinking water and wastewater system upgrades;
- Allowing more Army Corps of Engineers projects to be budgeted at the regional and local level, with local stakeholder input, versus solely at the national level;
- Authorizing or reauthorizing important water infrastructure programs and projects that benefit the entire country; and,
- Deepening nationally significant ports and maintaining the navigability of inland waterways across the country.
“America’s Water Infrastructure Act will make communities safer and grow our economy,” says Senator Barrasso. “President Trump has made addressing the nation’s aging dams, levees, water systems, and ports a top priority. This bipartisan legislation answers the president’s call.”
“Since 2010, we’ve witnessed the longest-running economic expansion in our nation’s history, but if we want this record growth to continue through 2018 and into the next decade, investments in our decades-old infrastructure will be crucial,” adds Senator Carper. “Beyond what we think of as traditional infrastructure of roads, highways and bridges, our water infrastructure—waterways, ports, dams, levees, drinking and wastewater systems and natural infrastructure along our coasts—touches every single sector of our economy and nearly every American household.”
“One of our constitutionally required duties is to maintain our nation’s critical infrastructure,” notes Senator Inhofe. “This bipartisan act will support our inland waterways and water resources, provide for greater state and community input, and promote economic development and interstate commerce.”
BIM BOOSTS WATER, WASTEWATER PROJECTS
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Dodge Data & Analytics’ new “The Business Value of BIM for Water Projects SmartMarket Report” demonstrates how water supply and wastewater management authorities are improving critical aspects of the project design and delivery process through Building Information Modeling. The report was conducted in partnership with Autodesk and Black & Veatch, with support from e-Builder and Pinnacle Infotech.
“Extraordinary pressure is being placed on our cities and planet’s limited resources as the global population grows and urban areas become more crowded,” says Autodesk Director of Infrastructure Industry and Business Strategy Theo Agelopoulos. “Understanding the value of BIM on water and wastewater facilities will allow us to build more and better facilities while using less natural and financial resources.”
“We view facility owners’ interest in BIM use for operations and asset management as an emerging value proposition that could drive significantly increased BIM utilization across the water sector,” adds Dodge Senior Director of Industry Insights Research Steve Jones. “As owners recognize BIM’s contribution across the facility lifecycle, it will provide them with a greater reason to mandate its use, and also be a competitive advantage for BIM-capable engineers and contractors who can not only enhance project delivery, but help owners conduct better operations and asset management for the long term.”
“The value of BIM mirrors the growing importance of leveraging data in the water and wastewater industry,” affirms Black & Veatch Executive Vice President Mike Orth. “As the use of BIM expands, not only will owners and project delivery teams realize greater execution efficiencies, but owners will see enhanced stakeholder engagement through the unmatched visualization capabilities that the tool provides.”