Deconstruction Helps Army Reduce Waste from Aging Facilities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In a pilot project conducted at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., the Army found that deconstructing, rather than demolishing, three buildings allowed it to increase the percentage of material that could be diverted from a landfill.In a standard demolition, a building is quickly torn down using mechanical equipment, with the primary goals being cost reduction and reducing the amount of materials sent to a landfill, reported the Army Corp of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. The Corps’ goal is to divert 60 percent of the materials following a demolition; the salvaged materials are either reuse or recycled.During a deconstruction, a contractor removes the greatest amount of materials that are intact and suitable to reuse or recycle. Not all buildings are good candidates for deconstruction, however. Engineers must consider the type of construction, contents and condition and their suitability for reuse, as well as the project itself, project schedule, and markets and industry capabilities, according to the story.The Fort Leonard Wood pilot involved three buildings — a chapel, laundry and warehouse. The contractor reused or recycled more than 250 tons of material from the chapel, for an 85 percent diversion rate; nearly 700 tons of material was reused or recycled from the laundry, for a 73 percent diversion rate.During the contractor’s deconstruction of the warehouse, though, the building became unstable due to excessive rotting of the wooden structure. As a result, the deconstruction effort was stopped and the Army decided to demolish the building. Despite the snag, the contractor was able to reuse or recycle 297 tons of material, diverting more than 63 percent from a landfill.Overall, the contractor reused or recycled 1,246 of the three buildings’ 1,717 tons of material, making the project a success, according to the Corps.“Deconstruction is one of those valuable nuances in the demolition arena that may allow us to increase our diversion percentages without significant cost in time or dollars,” said Dave Shockley, chief of the Corps’ facilities division branch.last_img read more

Thai government is going DIY and building its own converted EVs report

first_img 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: A positive spin on an old favorite 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 48 Photos More From Roadshow Post a comment Enlarge ImageThis is the Honda Fit EV. It didn’t get sold in Thailand but that’s not going to stop the Thai government from making its own version. Honda Converting older cars into electric vehicles was once one of the only ways to get an EV in your driveway, but it’s gone somewhat out of fashion as commercially available, purpose-built EVs have become common.But the government of Thailand reportedly plans to develop its own electric vehicles. Specifically, the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) isn’t content for makers of electric cars to bring their wares to the country, so it’s going the way of Fugazi and doing it itself, according to a report Thursday by PaulTan.org.Now, the government isn’t going to just go all willy-nilly, modifying whatever is lying around. It’s going to focus its efforts on three specific models that are commonly available used in Thailand. Those are the Toyota Vios, Honda Jazz and Nissan Almera, which we know as the Toyota Yaris sedan, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa.EGAT is targeting a price of around 300,000 Thai baht (or approximately $9,470) to complete the conversion. This would include lithium-ion batteries, an electric motor and all the associated electronic gubbins necessary to make the thing work.Whether these converted EVs are any good remains to be seen, and since more are becoming available through more traditional means — Hyundai sells the Ioniq and Kona Electric in Thailand now, Nissan sells the Leaf and has for a year — we’ll be curious to see if anyone actually buys one. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 0 Share your voice Electric Cars Car Culture Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Honda Nissan Toyotalast_img read more

SunEdison setback may delay Modis ultra mega solar drive in India

first_imgThe likely collapse of SunEdison Inc’s solar project in India, the first of 32 planned “ultra mega” complexes, could delay Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal to increase renewable energy fivefold by several years and probably cost consumers more.As the U.S. solar giant fights to stave off bankruptcy, the 500 megawatt project in Andhra Pradesh state it won last November lies idle with ground yet to be broken. The other projects are still to be bid on.It’s doubtful any rival will pick up the project at the aggressive power pricing promised by SunEdison, which beat out 29 other bidders with a record-low tariff of 4.63 rupees (7 U.S. cents) per kilowatt-hour.That will force Indian officials to tighten auction rules to ensure that only serious, bankable bidders show up, industry sources said. India plans to auction more of the “ultra mega” projects — those which generate at least 500 MW– in the current fiscal year through to March 2017.”There is always a trade off,” Upendra Tripathy, secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, told Reuters of the renewable energy auctions.”There can be a relaxed condition so that more people can participate and there is another where you can make sure fly-by-night operators can’t come in. It’s an ongoing process and we are open to suggestions.”Tightening auction rules could slow the pace at which projects are awarded and built, pushing back Modi’s goal of expanding solar capacity to 100 gigawatts by 2020 to the middle of the decade, say officials and industry players.Tripathy, however, said India will for now stick to its goal, set by Modi soon after taking office in 2014, and that it has planned for SunEdison-like bumps in the road with a strong project pipeline.Modi is banking on India’s 300 days a year of sunshine to help fight climate change rather than committing to emission cuts like China. But he has also pushed firms to provide cheap power, which risks leaving too little profit on the table.Heavily indebted SunEdison, which according to one of its publicly listed units could soon file for bankruptcy protection, drew criticism from analysts for its low winning bid for the Andhra project.The company is now exploring a sale of its Indian assets of around 1 GW or seeking partners for them, sources said, and has drawn preliminary interest from billionaire Gautam Adani’s fast-expanding Adani Group. Apart from the Andhra project, SunEdison has several other small plants under construction across India.POSSIBLE RE-BIDA person close to Adani said the low tariff agreed for the Andhra plant will make any deal with SunEdison difficult for Indian firms, which have a relatively high cost of capital. If no buyer is found, the project could be re-bid, the industry sources said.SunEdison did not respond to multiple requests for comment.”The tariffs are a tad aggressive and that may not be healthy for developers themselves and also for others in the ecosystem manufacturers and financiers,” said Santosh Kamath, head of renewables at consultancy KPMG India. “That might be a warning signal for the industry.”SunEdison’s troubles notwithstanding, India has attracted deep-pocketed investors to its $100 billion solar energy program – the biggest in the world.Japan’s Softbank Corp, Taiwan’s Foxconn and India’s Bharti Enterprises have separately pledged to invest a total of about $20 billion in India’s renewable sector. Global solar giants like First Solar Inc, Trina Solar Ltd and Finland’s state-controlled utility Fortum Oyj are also expanding their presence.India wants the share of non-fossil fuel in total installed power capacity to jump to 40 percent by 2030 from 30 percent currently.Challenges include the weak finances of state distribution companies forced to sell subsidised power, difficulties hooking up solar projects to grids, and access to affordable capital. Land acquisition is also an issue that Modi’s government has been unable to fix – a 500 MW solar project needs on average 2,000 acres (800 hectares).”Given the energy deficit, need for energy security and sustained economic growth, the potential clearly exists for 100 GW of solar (energy) in India,” said Sujoy Ghosh, country head of First Solar. “The question would be on the time lines in which the goal is achieved.”The Indian government is trying to persuade state banks to extend loans to solar projects, but most lenders are saddled with bad loans and unlikely to risk getting exposed to renewable projects with low rates of return.To avoid projects getting stuck for a lack of backing, India should make it mandatory for solar bidders to get funding assurances from banks at the beginning of an auction to ensure only serious players take part, analysts said. Tripathy, the government secretary, said he could consider the suggestion.”We’ll have to take care that projects don’t become unviable,” KPMG’s Kamath said. “If some projects become unviable then banks will stop lending to new projects and then they get stranded, like we have seen in the power and road sectors in the past.”($1 = 66.4938 Indian rupees)last_img read more

She

first_imgThe festival aims to celebrate womanhood in all its facets and bring city’s strong and independent women together at one platform. 23-year-old young entrepreneur Akshuna Bakshi organised the first edition of the festival in Feb 2013.The festival will also highlight the cause of girl child education, welfare, women safety, and various other causes by organizing entertaining but thoughtful activities. Exciting self defence workshops- An exclusive self-defence workshop teaching the basics of martial arts and key moves to protect one if attacked on the road, bus etc. will be a major highlight of the event. Colourful dance and music performances on women, eclectic art and poetry installations, a special ‘SHE Says’ corner, funky photo booths and makeover tents will be some of the many attractions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival will host over 70 women entrepreneurs and designers (pass outs from prestigious design institutes like NID, NIFT, Pearl) who will showcase  unique collections of apparel, jewellery, accessories, handicrafts, vintage and kitsch products, décor etc. that will be up for sale.Through this edition of the festival, Travelista will also be supporting and displaying the works of one of India’s leading NGO Shiksha Bharati which has been working tirelessly for the past 25 years to provide a better future and education to thousands of underprivileged young girls. Some of these young girls will also be performing a martial arts demo and traditional folk dances during the festival. Head over!last_img read more

Heres How to Build a Strong Security Team to Keep Your Company

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read May 5, 2016 Building any kind of team is not easy. From hiring to managing and ensuring goals are met, it can make a founder’s head spin. Adding the additional layer of finding a top-notch security team to ensure your “baby” is safe and sound adds extra stress to an already frazzled entrepreneur.But there is hope.We reached out to several industry experts who are in the know about security issues and asked what advice they had on building a strong technical team.Related: 7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to UnderstandHere is what they had to say:Security needs to part of the foundation of the company.Security teams are the most effective when security is baked into the entire company culture. Founders may not have the luxury of hiring someone for whom security is their only job, but it does have to be someone’s job.For founders working with lean teams, assigning different security channels to different groups can be a good strategy. For example, it makes sense for network security to stay with an IT resource, but enforcement of other security protocols — like enforcing the wearing of ID badges and escorting visitors — could fall to an administrative resource.– Cortney Thompson, Chief Technology Officer of Green House Data, an environmentally conscious data center serviceLook for people who are part of the security community.You want to hire people that are well connected to the industry, who will leverage established best practices and tools and who are comfortable leveraging services vs. trying to build everything from scratch.Also make sure you validate the credentials of a potential hire. There are many excellent, technically-skilled people out there but also many who exaggerate their experiences and expertise. The security community is fairly tight-knit, though, so there’s a good opportunity to both validate and find strong candidates by reaching out to your network of companies.– Arne Josefsberg, Chief Information Officer of GoDaddy, an Internet domain registrar and web hosting companyRelated: Why Small-Business Entrepreneurs Should Care About CybersecurityHire people who fit the company’s current needs.Most SMBs don’t have the resources for a dedicated security team, in which case the founder will need to look for technical experts who have some security experience. Seeking out this diversified background is important because security needs to be designed into the architecture and company’s solutions from the get-go, not added as an afterthought.   Once resources are available, the initial team has to be strong and trusted — people preferably from your network. Quality is especially important at this phase, because they will develop the core product, which is critical for the company’s initial success. These people will be the leaders who will be responsible for growing out the team.  — Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud, an enterprise cloud security companyCulture fit matters.Ensure a cultural fit, and you’ll be well on your way.  Too often, security teams will be working at cross purposes with another team.  Everyone needs to be at the same table with the same goal: the success of the business.  If the security team is isolated, they will be less inclined to prioritize user experience and the effectiveness of revenue-producing departments will suffer. If security folks are grabbing drinks after work with sales folks, they will work better together on a day-to-day basis.  The synergy will result in more user-friendly tools, higher transparency and increased security with little hindrance to top-line revenue goals.– Ray Potter, CEO of SafeLogic, a company providing security, encryption and FIPS validation products to applicationsTurn to an architect.Founders should build a security team around an architect. Contract one from a third party or hire one, if you have the resources. They will be able to dig into and understand your organization’s unique security concerns, create a plan to keep you safe and then execute on that plan. If you hire an engineer first, they can run the technical side of security but may not be able to see things holistically. Setting up a comprehensive plan that you can expand as you grow is key to maintaining security over the long run.– Greg Kushto, Director of Security Practices at Force 3, a network security company.Look outside.The fact is many businesses today are having to turn to outside security experts and resources after they have been hit with a serious and costly cyberattack. Rather than waiting for a ransomware or spyware attack to engage added security talent, consider leveraging outsourced security to bolster and support ongoing security as a preventative measure. Outsourcing IT security offers growing businesses a cost-effective way to engage proven talent and is far less expensive than hiring expert support in the midst of a security crisis when a business is more likely to “pay whatever it takes” to restore data, service and security. In addition, outsourcing allows you to ramp up security resources during key times, such as a product launch or migration, and cut back resources and costs during quieter times.  — Anna Frazzetto, Chief Digital Technology Officer and SVP at Harvey Nash, an IT recruiting firm Related: The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat at Your Office Could Be You (Infographic)  center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Web Giants to Cooperate on Removal of Extremist Content

first_img 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 6, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.The companies will share “hashes” — unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos — of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms.”We hope this collaboration will lead to greater efficiency as we continue to enforce our policies to help curb the pressing global issue of terrorist content online,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday.Tech companies have long resisted outside intervention in how their sites should be policed, but have come under increasing pressure from Western governments to do more to remove extremist content following a wave of militant attacks.YouTube and Facebook have begun to use hashes to automatically remove extremist content.But many providers have relied until now mainly on users to flag content that violates terms of service. Flagged material is then individually reviewed by human editors who delete postings found to be in violation.Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts between February and August this year and has expanded the teams reviewing reports of extremist content.Each company will decide what image and video hashes to add to the database and matching content will not be automatically removed, they said.The database will be up and running in early 2017 and more companies could be brought into the partnership.The European Union set up an EU Internet Forum last year bringing together the internet companies, interior ministers and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator to find ways of removing extremist content.The Forum will meet again on Thursday, when ministers are expected to ask the companies about their efforts and helping to provide evidence to convict foreign fighters.(Reporting by Julia Fioretti; editing by John Stonestreet)last_img read more