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The History of America's Telecom Infrastructure

Posted by Edward Dill on Oct 18, 2017 9:03:00 AM

 

The history of telecommunications is but a footnote on the larger history of communication. American telecom, then, has an even shorter history; the physical infrastructure of U.S. telecommunications has changed more in the last two decades than at any point in time.

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Topics: Telecom, Bridges

Why are Telecom Utilities So Important?

Posted by Edward Dill on Oct 10, 2017 9:23:07 AM

 

Telecommunications utilities are becoming increasingly more important to the way society operates. The physical utilities that support America’s telecom infrastructure – telephony, internet access, VoIP, data – are integral to the functional and reliable operation of some of the services we’ve all come to take for granted.

Why are telecommunications utilities so important? Aptus understands.

 

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Topics: Telecom, Utilities

How Bridges are Improving America's Telecom Infrastructure

Posted by Edward Dill on Oct 4, 2017 9:03:00 AM

 

Telecommunications infrastructure is an industry constantly in-flux. Since the early 1990s, the line between telephone, telecom, and IT hardware has become increasingly blurred and giants in the sector are continuously changing the landscape. Recently, a push has been made by some IT-leaders for telecom and data companies to share hardware, working together to produce a stronger network of infrastructure instead of creating mini-empires.

 

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Topics: Telecom, Infrastructure

4 Solutions for Healing America’s Infrastructure

Posted by Edward Dill on Sep 28, 2017 9:20:00 AM

 

It’s no secret that America’s infrastructure is broken. From our energy pipelines to our dams to our transit systems, no one facet of the U.S. infrastructure could reasonably be described as “cutting edge.” An infrastructure overhaul is on its way…but where should it start?

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Topics: Infrastructure

5 Causes of Pipeline Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Edward Dill on Sep 19, 2017 9:40:00 AM



Utility pipelines are prolific. Here in the United States alone there are over 2,400,000 miles of energy pipelines stretched across the country, connecting regional areas and bringing much-needed utilities like oil and gas to citizens.

Every year anywhere from 15-30 significant pipeline failures occur, some resulting in serious injury or death. Even in the least destructive scenarios, utilities can be down for days and even weeks before full repair is completed. At Aptus, we specialize in preventing pipeline accidents on bridges before they happen. What causes them, and what can we do to lower the risk of pipeline failure?

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Topics: Aptus Group, Utility Pipelines

How to Prepare Bridge Utilities Piping for Natural Disasters

Posted by Edward Dill on Sep 13, 2017 9:03:00 AM



Natural disasters can be devastating, and they often hit public-facing utilities particularly hard. Utility pipelines are vulnerable to damage from a wide variety of weather, from torrential rains to heavy winds to ice storms.

At Aptus, we install and maintain utility piping on thousands of bridges across the U.S. It’s our job to know when pipelines are susceptible to external forces; natural disasters can leave thousands of civilians and dozens of miles of pipeline in trouble. How can bridge-attached utilities better prepare for natural disasters?

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Topics: Bridge Utilities, Piping, Natural Disasters

This is the Best Conduit Material for Natural Gas Pipelines

Posted by Edward Dill on Sep 5, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Natural gas pipeline systems are incredibly complex. In addition to withstanding the changing pressure and flow of vaporized gas, pipelines must be weather resistant and require little maintenance. Regardless of installation, gas pipelines are notoriously difficult to inspect and maintain and thus must be made of the most durable materials available.

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Topics: Pipeline Design, Natural Gas, Bridge Pipelines

3 Countries on the Forefront of Infrastructure Innovation

Posted by Edward Dill on Aug 28, 2017 11:47:24 AM

Infrastructure encompasses a lot of disciplines. From rail to telecom, the physical infrastructure of a country is a mark of its success. The most competitive countries in the world continually challenge conventional notions of infrastructure: Its characteristics, its limitations, its impact on the natural world.

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Topics: Infrastructure

The Future of Natural Gas in America

Posted by Edward Dill on Aug 17, 2017 9:31:00 AM

According to almost any energy scientist, natural gas is the “future of energy” in the U.S.A. Natural gas recently overtook coal as America’s number one source of electricity; market share is already shifting dramatically in nearly every city, state, and region in the country.

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Topics: Natural Gas

Infographic: What Makes a Truss Bridge Structurally Sound?

Posted by Edward Dill on Aug 15, 2017 9:27:00 AM

Bridges are so commonplace in our transportation infrastructure that it's easy to take them for granted. In reality, bridges are astounding feats of engineering, building upon thousands of years of design and construction heritage from around the world and constantly improved by new building technologies.

Truss bridges are one such common bridge type that we drive over every day. But what exactly makes truss bridges able to handle the weight of thousands of vehicles, every day, for decades upon decades? Take a look at our infographic and discover the parts of a truss bridge that work together to carry us safely from place to place.

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Topics: Infrastructure, Infographic