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The Infrastructure Show - Podcasts

Professor Joseph Schofer, Thomas Herman, and Marion Sours

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Professor Joseph Schofer, Thomas Herman, and Marion Sours

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The Infrastructure Show consists of monthly podcasts in which some of the nation’s top infrastructure experts discuss with host Professor Joseph Schofer of Northwestern University the condition of our infrastructure today, and what can be done about it. While many subjects are addressed, including repairs, upgrades and new construction, there is an emphasis on the topics of preventive and predictive maintenance, as well as “structural health monitoring” – a special focus of the Northwestern Infrastructure Technology Institute, of which Dr. Schofer is Director.

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Precision ScheduledRailroading

The US freight railroad system is moving to a different operating strategy, called Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR), intended to speed up service, get better utilization from infrastructure, and reduce operating costs.

14 MINOCT 29
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Precision ScheduledRailroading

Dam Dangers – The Risks of Low-HeadDams

People have been building dams for centuries to impound water for drinking and recreation, to support navigation, to manage floods, and as a source of hydroelectric power. But dams can also present dangers. Low-head dams, in particular, can pose

17 MINSEP 30
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Dam Dangers – The Risks of Low-HeadDams

The Geysers Geothermal Field in California – the World’s Largest Geothermal EnergyProducer

Geothermal energy brings steam created with the heat of magma deep in the earth to generate electric power. California is endowed with numerous sites where magma is close enough to the surface to make geothermal energy practical. The Geysers, a

17 MINSEP 5
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The Geysers Geothermal Field in California – the World’s Largest Geothermal EnergyProducer

Positive TrainControl

Positive Train Control, or PTC, is a set of technologies designed to assure that our railroad system is protected from collisions and error-driven accidents. The system tracks the location of trains, compares their immediate

20 MINJUL 26
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Positive TrainControl

Will Stronger Levees Protect Us from the Next Round ofFloods?

Spring flooding in the Mississippi Valley and elsewhere in the U.S. has been extreme in 2019, driven by the usual snow melt amplified by several months of record-breaking rainfall. This pattern seems to grow stronger, and incidents of levee failures

20 MINJUN 27
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Will Stronger Levees Protect Us from the Next Round ofFloods?

Rail Transit Advances in LosAngeles

In 2008, Los Angeles County voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase to support specific improvements to both highways and transit facilities; in 2016, voters extended and increased that tax to support continued transportation

24 MINJUN 3
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Rail Transit Advances in LosAngeles

Adding Essential Capacity to the SooLocks

The Soo locks bridge a 21 foot elevation difference between Lake Superior and Lake Huron and the rest of the Great Lakes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. These locks are an essential link in the U.S. steel supply chain. At the end of 2018, the U.S.

22 MINAPR 25
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Adding Essential Capacity to the SooLocks

Earthquake Resilience for San Francisco’s TallBuildings

The earthquake risk in California is real, and tall buildings present a particular hazard because they concentrate people and activities, they support critical economic activities, and their scale can pose threats to nearby people and structures. In

19 MINMAR 26
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Earthquake Resilience for San Francisco’s TallBuildings

Microgrids for ResilientPower

Hundreds of large power plants and a nationwide, interconnected distribution network produce and deliver electricity to homes and businesses in the United States. While our electric system is quite reliable (though nowhere near the best compared

26 MINFEB 26
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Microgrids for ResilientPower

Wildfires Threaten HighwayInfrastructure

Damaging wildfires in the western U.S. are a growing threat. In California, wildfires destroyed tens of thousands of homes and caused the deaths of nearly 100 people in 2018. Fire also threatens public infrastructure, particularly the highway

12 MINJAN 28
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Wildfires Threaten HighwayInfrastructure

Latest Episodes

Precision ScheduledRailroading

The US freight railroad system is moving to a different operating strategy, called Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR), intended to speed up service, get better utilization from infrastructure, and reduce operating costs.

14 MINOCT 29
Comments
Precision ScheduledRailroading

Dam Dangers – The Risks of Low-HeadDams

People have been building dams for centuries to impound water for drinking and recreation, to support navigation, to manage floods, and as a source of hydroelectric power. But dams can also present dangers. Low-head dams, in particular, can pose

17 MINSEP 30
Comments
Dam Dangers – The Risks of Low-HeadDams

The Geysers Geothermal Field in California – the World’s Largest Geothermal EnergyProducer

Geothermal energy brings steam created with the heat of magma deep in the earth to generate electric power. California is endowed with numerous sites where magma is close enough to the surface to make geothermal energy practical. The Geysers, a

17 MINSEP 5
Comments
The Geysers Geothermal Field in California – the World’s Largest Geothermal EnergyProducer

Positive TrainControl

Positive Train Control, or PTC, is a set of technologies designed to assure that our railroad system is protected from collisions and error-driven accidents. The system tracks the location of trains, compares their immediate

20 MINJUL 26
Comments
Positive TrainControl

Will Stronger Levees Protect Us from the Next Round ofFloods?

Spring flooding in the Mississippi Valley and elsewhere in the U.S. has been extreme in 2019, driven by the usual snow melt amplified by several months of record-breaking rainfall. This pattern seems to grow stronger, and incidents of levee failures

20 MINJUN 27
Comments
Will Stronger Levees Protect Us from the Next Round ofFloods?

Rail Transit Advances in LosAngeles

In 2008, Los Angeles County voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase to support specific improvements to both highways and transit facilities; in 2016, voters extended and increased that tax to support continued transportation

24 MINJUN 3
Comments
Rail Transit Advances in LosAngeles

Adding Essential Capacity to the SooLocks

The Soo locks bridge a 21 foot elevation difference between Lake Superior and Lake Huron and the rest of the Great Lakes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. These locks are an essential link in the U.S. steel supply chain. At the end of 2018, the U.S.

22 MINAPR 25
Comments
Adding Essential Capacity to the SooLocks

Earthquake Resilience for San Francisco’s TallBuildings

The earthquake risk in California is real, and tall buildings present a particular hazard because they concentrate people and activities, they support critical economic activities, and their scale can pose threats to nearby people and structures. In

19 MINMAR 26
Comments
Earthquake Resilience for San Francisco’s TallBuildings

Microgrids for ResilientPower

Hundreds of large power plants and a nationwide, interconnected distribution network produce and deliver electricity to homes and businesses in the United States. While our electric system is quite reliable (though nowhere near the best compared

26 MINFEB 26
Comments
Microgrids for ResilientPower

Wildfires Threaten HighwayInfrastructure

Damaging wildfires in the western U.S. are a growing threat. In California, wildfires destroyed tens of thousands of homes and caused the deaths of nearly 100 people in 2018. Fire also threatens public infrastructure, particularly the highway

12 MINJAN 28
Comments
Wildfires Threaten HighwayInfrastructure
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