Beginning today, ASCE will be among 150 diverse groups from all areas of the economy engaging in Infrastructure Week. The theme in 2016 – Infrastructure Matters – tells the story of what infrastructure means to Americans. It matters, in big ways and in small, to our country, our economy, our quality of life, our safety, and our communities. Roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, pipes, the power grid, broadband… infrastructure matters to the goods we ship and the companies that make and sell them; it matters to our daily commutes and our summer vacations, to drinking water from our faucets, to the lights in our homes, and ultimately to every aspect of our daily lives.
Because safety is very important to us, we train our field personnel in First Aid/CPR/AED. Many office employees are also certified and we have an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) device in each office. We recently re-certified 15 field and office staff through an in-house American Red Cross class, and another 5 new employees were certified for the first time.
Peloton supported the March of Dimes by raising money and participating in the recent March for Babies in Fort Worth. Premature birth affects about 380,000 babies in the United States. Funds raised support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives.
In celebration of World Water Day, Esri (a market leader in GIS technology) has committed to support the first National Water Model that will enhance flood forecasting to reduce the risk of weather-related deaths and loss across the United States. Esri has committed to building new technology that maps the extent and depth of flood forecasts, along with Kisters (a multinational IT company and Esri partner), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and members of the academic community. These forecasts will be made easily accessible through interactive web map applications that can be used by anyone to visualize when, where, and how deep a flood will be. This public/private collaboration will help mitigate the consequences of flooding using advanced technology, and build on the success of the National Flood Interoperability Experiment, a project of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas at Austin.
Peloton’s Travis Clegg was chosen as a member of the 2016 class of 40 Under 40 by the Fort Worth Business Press. Each year, 40 honorees, all under the age of 40, are recognized for striking accomplishments in their chosen field. They are leaders today and are sure to be part of the next generation that will make Tarrant County a great place to live and work. Peloton congratulates Travis on his accomplishments. (Click on image for larger view.)
Peloton professional engineer, Jonathan Fleming, dedicates substantial time to his second job: Head Coach of the World Champion Austin Blackhawks, a Beep Baseball team that has won 9 World Series Titles including back-to-back wins in 2014-2015. The National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) facilitates and provides the adaptive version of America’s favorite pastime for the blind, low-vision and legally blind. As reigning world champs, the Blackhawks get the honor of having a team jersey on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. Jonathan and several team players were recently interviewed by local Austin CBS affiliate KEYE TV at the 23rd annual Blackhawk’s Bowl-a-thon, the team’s biggest fundraiser of the year. “To know that we’re hanging in the Hall of Fame is just unbelievable,” said Jonathan. “When we found out, we couldn’t even fathom that.” And for Jonathan, it’s a family affair: his wife is also involved with the team, and their son attended his first Beep Baseball World Series last year, before reaching his first birthday.
Beep Baseball originated in 1964, when Charlie Fairbanks, an engineer with a telephone company, implanted a beeping device in a softball as a way of encouraging blind players to become involved in recreational activities. Eleven years later, Beep Baseball enthusiasts formed the NBBA in Chicago. Ever since, the league has played a full schedule of games that begins in the spring and ends in August.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Austin, TX as one of seven finalists in the Smart City Challenge, where the winning city can secure up to $40 million in funding to connect transportation assets into an interactive network (funding subject to future appropriations). The announcement was made at the C3 Connected Mobility Showcase being held during the SXSW conference. An overwhelming response to the Challenge prompted the DOT to select seven finalists instead of five. The finalists will compete to become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network.
Peloton was profiled in this week’s Fort Worth Business magazine. Read the full article here.
NCTCOG recently launched an interactive mapping web site which allows users to access over 40 GIS based spatial layers containing ecological and environmental information. This Regional Ecosystem Framework (REF) is an invaluable resource for those involved in the planning of development and transportation projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The tool is the result of a collaborative effort between NCTCOG’s Transportation and Environment & Development departments, and is based on the Federal Highway Administration’s vision to integrate economic, environmental, and social needs during infrastructure development. Read more about the REF.