Operating at remote locations with active and historical petroleum activities in extreme tropical rain forest working conditions, CH2M HILL deployed the EQuIS Data Gathering Engine (EDGE) software. EDGE improved many complex field data collection activities. In this Office Hour video, Peter Guy from CH2M HILL provides a Case Study and describes the EDGE workflow.
Water management solutions minimize flood damage
Human societies around the world have used timber as a building material for thousands of years. As wood is the only significant biological building material we are naturally inclined to believe that using wood in construction is good for the environment. As a matter of fact the environmental benefits of using timber are not straightforward: although it is a natural product, a large amount of energy is used to dry and process it. Much of this can come from the biomass of the tree itself, but that requires...
WaStop chosen to protect Forest View residents and property from flooding - Case Study
Location: Forest View Customer: The Village of Forest View Problem: Originally Forest View had a combined sewer and stormwater system. As the area became popular development occurred which lead to more hard surface areas, which lead to higher runoff during rainy periods. This became such a problem that, in the 1960’s the sewer and stormwater system was split to ensure that high rainfall events didn’t overload the sewer system causing backflow into residential properties. The two split systems...
Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood
If done correctly, using wood for buildings would have a number of environmental benefits without loss of biodiversity or carbon storage capacity. Although it may seem counterintuitive, it would be better if we built buildings from wood than from concrete, brick, aluminium and steel. We use millions of tons of these modern materials every year. They have many valuable properties, but are energy-intensive to create, accounting for around 16 percent of the entire planets’ fossil fuel production. Instead we...
Bioethanol mixing is the movable mechanism of fuel consumption
Bioethanol mixing is applied in automotive industry; it is enough to add 10% of ethanol in gasoline considerably to increase car power and fuel efficiency. Small concentration of ethanol in fuel (to 10%) is not significantly influences on operation of the engine, but with increase of concentration to 85% be required power supply system alteration. Considering that biofuel comes to everyday life more strongly, the world automotive industry adjusted release of cars which can work, both at pure gasoline, and at a...
9 Maps that explain the World`s Forests
This post is co-authored with Dave Thau, senior developer advocate for Google Earth Engine, Google`s satellite image processing platform. By the time we find out about deforestation, it’s usually too late to take action. Scientists have been studying forests for centuries, chronicling the vital importance of these ecosystems for human society. But most of us still lack timely and reliable information about where, when, and why forests are disappearing. This is about to change with the launch of Global...