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January 2012

What is cloud computing?

Storing data with cloud computing.

What is cloud computing? According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, “cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” A much easier way to think about cloud computing is to imagine the clouds in the sky, only instead of being composed of small droplets of water or ice crystals, cloud computing is composed of services accessed over the internet.

Death of a Flood Insurance Salesman?

As the central character of Arthur Miller’s 1949 play, Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman charts a path of delusional self-destruction that ends in his own demise. Like Willy and his doomed flirtation with insanity, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is now locked in a precarious dance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the two now appear headed for darker, murkier waters.

2012 APWA Washington Chapter Spring Conference

Plans are underway for the Washington Chapter of the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) spring conference! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, 3 April through Friday, 6 April 2012. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

This 3-day conference will take place at one of the premier resorts and conference destinations in the Pacific Northwest, the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington. The only Washington resort casino awarded an AAA Four Diamond rating, the facility provides an exciting backdrop to workshops, technical sessions, scholarship events, wine tasting, golf tournament, tours, and an exhibitor-hosted social.

Olmsted Dam Gantry Crane – Literally Lifting Tons

This crane was designed to transport heavy concrete shells. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District.

Transporting nearly 4,800 tons from Point A to Point B is a daunting feat. Many of us cannot even comprehend such a tremendous amount of weight, let alone the massive undertaking of understanding how to move it. But BergerABAM’s engineers are an exception. The example, one of the largest civil works project undertaken, the $2.1 billion Olmsted Locks and Dam project near Peducah, Kentucky. The project replaces two older locks well past their design life.