GIS Tool Quantifies the Consequences of Overflow in Cincinnati’s Sewer System

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s (MSDGC) Watershed Operations Division, with support from CH2M HILL, has been working to develop a Decision Support System tool to evaluate the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) impacts of an overflow at individual locations throughout the city’s sewer system. This GIS-Based Operational Decision Support Tool uses GIS and spreadsheet tools to quantify the Consequences of Overflow (COO) for a set of metrics designed to evaluate impacts to the TBL. CH2M HILL Global Technology Leader Susan Moisio discusses the tool in more detail in today's Access Water blog.

Innovations in Concrete Tunnel Segmental Linings

Some of the world's largest tunnels connect people and places, and keep rivers clean from sewer overflows. CH2M HILL tunneling expert Dr. Anthony Harding explains a research project which was recently conducted to investigate a more environmentally friendly alternative for designing non-ferrous, low carbon segmental lining for tunnel construction. Rather than using conventional concrete made with ordinary Portland cement, the research team used geopolymer concrete, an innovative material which relies on minimally processed natural materials or industrial byproducts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Condition Assessment Vital to Effective Asset Management Program

Condition assessments provide valuable information for estimating the risk that an asset will fail and the consequences if it does. In the latest of our series of posts about asset management best practices, Jeff Sanford discusses the benefits of detailed condition assessments, and how CH2M HILL is working with our clients to take the information from those assessments to create fact-based maintenance and capital improvement strategies.

Effective Asset Management Begins with a Comprehensive Approach

McGraw-Hill Construction, in partnership with CH2M HILL, recently rolled out the results of a groundbreaking research study of asset management practices in the U.S. and Canadian water industries. During the coming weeks CH2M HILL's asset management experts will blog and share case studies on the topic. The first is from Nick Pealy about designing a comprehensive approach for the development and implementation of an asset management program. Efforts with the Columbus Department of Public Utilities are shared as a case study.

The Role of Engineering Companies in Taking New Technologies to Market

This week at the World Water-Tech Investment Summit in London, Dr. Glen Daigger, International Water Association President and CH2M HILL Senior Vice President and Chief Water Technology Officer, spoke on the panel, “The Role of Engineering Companies in Taking New Technologies to Market.” Dr. Daigger shares more about his speech, which included a discussion of what the entrepreneur and investor crowd needs to know when working with an engineering firm, as well as things that consulting engineers look for when evaluating a new technology or product. He also discusses why it’s important for a firm like CH2M HILL to engage with water technology entrepreneurs.