Urban Built Environment, Cities, and Traffic: Sources of Heat-Island, Increasing Energy Demand and Air Pollution

Urban Built Environment, Cities, and Traffic: Sources of Heat-Island Effects, Increasing Energy Demand and Air Pollution, Causing Public Health Hazrad, and Degrading Quality of Life. Continue reading Urban Built Environment, Cities, and Traffic: Sources of Heat-Island, Increasing Energy Demand and Air Pollution

Metros in the World: Providing Clean Mass Transit, Reducing Congestion and Car Emissions in Cities

Metros in the World: Providing clean mass transit, reducing congestion and car emissions, and improving safety are important considerations for implementing sustainable transport policies in cities. Continue reading Metros in the World: Providing Clean Mass Transit, Reducing Congestion and Car Emissions in Cities

2012 Outbreak of Deadly Tornadoes Responsible for 37 Deaths in Midwest and South of The U.S.

2012 Outbreak of Deadly Tornadoes Responsible for 37 Deaths in Midwest and South of The U.S. and Complete Destruction of Some Towns. These violent storms swept through on March 2-4. As of Monday March 5 the number of deaths rose to 39. Continue reading 2012 Outbreak of Deadly Tornadoes Responsible for 37 Deaths in Midwest and South of The U.S.

Testimonial: From Baton Rouge, Louisiana

A.J. (Jim) Ferguson, Jr., P.E., MBA, CFM: I am glad you are still in the game – you are one of the best, a true asset to the program (civil engineering at University of Mississippi).

Mr. Ferguson is 1995 graduate of civil engineering and a senior alumnus of the University of Mississippi.  He is currently Chief Engineer at Department of Public Works (DPW) with the City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Jim has been with DPW since 2003.

Promoted in 2010 as Chief Engineer for the City, Jim’s responsibilities include oversight of EBRP infrastructure programs as pertains to  sewage, streets, roadway capacity improvement plan, drainage, and bridges; an  annual cost of billions of dollars.

Jim writes: “With nearly 300 offsystem bridges under our jurisdiction, 70% with a timber structural component and 50-years old, we are working on putting together a program for their systematic replacement.  The bridges are what I truly love.  My areas of expertise are Drainage, Floodplain Management and Bridges.  All civil careers in their own right.  That is what is so wonderful about our specific discipline of engineering – it is what you make of it.”

Thank you, Jim for re-connecting and taking out time to update your profile.

 

Japanese 2011 Earthquake Anniversary: ‘Nightmare’ Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Japanese 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Anniversary:  An eye account of tsunami nightmare and a review of Japan’s readiness for a nuclear disaster.
Survivor of Rikuzentakata recalls ‘nightmare’ tsunami. Video uploaded by telegraphtv on Mar 2, 2012 (Video by Glen Milner). Continue reading Japanese 2011 Earthquake Anniversary: ‘Nightmare’ Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Spain: “Vitoria-Gasteiz Named The Most Green City 2012” Madrid Implements Sustainable Transportation Strategies by Replacing Asphalt and Concrete With Greenery

Spain Progressing To a Sustainable Future: “Vitoria-Gasteiz Named The Most Green City 2012.” Madrid Implements Sustainable Transportation Strategies by Replacing Asphalt and Concrete With Greenery. Continue reading Spain: “Vitoria-Gasteiz Named The Most Green City 2012” Madrid Implements Sustainable Transportation Strategies by Replacing Asphalt and Concrete With Greenery