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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

Where Is a Natural Gas Pipeline Likely to Leak?

Posted by Edward Dill on Aug 7, 2017 10:12:48 AM

Natural gas pipelines get a lot of press when leaks occur, but they’re actually one of the safest methods of transporting energy in use today. Gas leaks can happen for any number of reasons, most of which are entirely preventable with regular maintenance and diligent inspections of pipeline structures.

Aptus works with utility companies, DOTs, and many other organizations to ensure natural gas pipelines attached to bridges are safe and leak-free. With over two decades of experience, where have we found gas pipelines most likely to leak?

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Topics: Natural Gas, Bridge Pipelines

4 Ways to Prevent Natural Gas Leaks in Bridge Piping

Posted by Edward Dill on Aug 1, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Natural gas leaks are a big problem. With over 300,000 miles of natural gas pipeline in the U.S. alone, it’s more important than ever that gas leaks be prevented for both people and the planet. At Aptus, we specialize in natural gas pipeline installation and maintenance along bridges; what are our best suggestions for preventing leaks that emanate from bridge-attached pipelines?

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Topics: Pipeline Design, Natural Gas, Bridge Pipelines

5 States Leading the Charge in Transportation Infrastructure

Posted by Edward Dill on Jul 26, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Transportation infrastructure is a huge challenge in the U.S. The federal government is in the process of evaluating the country’s most pressing infrastructure needs, but for the most part, states are responsible for managing their own infrastructure in-house. Some states take the issue more seriously than others; here are the states leading the charge in terms of innovative, forward-thinking transportation spending.

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Topics: Infrastructure