Every year the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) holds the Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo (JETC) to discuss everything from national security to public health. Six educational tracks will also be available that address the major issues impacting engineers serving state, local and federal agencies. Onvia is excited to attend the expo this year and meet over 250 exhibitors who will showcase new products and innovative services.
One of this year’s themes is climate change and one topic is on planning, design and construction/renovation of structures to handle severe storms, flooding, wildfire and other impacts that are expected to result from a warming climate.
The Impact of Hurricanes on Government Purchasing
Onvia’s Project Center reveals the initiatives that different states take to prepare for flooding and hurricanes. After Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012, there was an influx of bids from state agencies on the Eastern Seaboard requesting building and infrastructure repairs. From October 2012 to now, there are over 800 Hurricane Sandy related bids and RFP’s in Project Center.
Many projects are for the unexpectedly hard hit states of New York and New Jersey, such as:
States have different requirements for building construction. In hurricane prone areas, hurricane-impact glass and frames are requested in bids & RFPs:
State & Local Governments Work to Mitigate Wildfires
Like hurricanes, wildfires are hard to predict. Each state has different building codes and standards that provide guidance for structural and land wildfire protection and maintenance. Fuels reduction is one way state and local agencies try to prevent wildfires and loss of property. That means they cut down trees, remove brush, pull dead vegetation, etc., particularly near buildings and homes in high risk areas. Less fuel for the fire generally means a reduced threat to the public.
California is often plagued with several wildfires every year because of the continuous hot & dry weather.
Goat grazing is another trend in fuels reduction. Goats help reduce the risk of fire by grazing on dead and dry vegetation. It’s also a safer method for brush removal as mowers and other equipment can spark their own fires. Goats provide a cost effective and more environmentally friendly solution for wildfire prevention.
Technology advancements, like early warning systems, have helped agencies be prepared for wildfires.
According to FireWatch, their system “moves in 10 degree increments, as a sensor completes a 360 degree rotation every 8 to 12 minutes, during which it takes images, analyzes, and transmits those images back to the central secondary analysis. If possible fire events are detected, the system alerts fire authorities.” Technology such early wildfire smoke detection can monitor fire prone areas at all times and can help save lives, property and agency budget dollars.
Austin Fire Dept. to test fire alert camera system http://t.co/hTo7nVgyZk
— FireWatch America (@FireWatchA) April 15, 2015
To get more information about how Onvia’s suite of business intelligence tools can help you find related engineering, technology, infrastructure and emergency/disaster opportunities, email Onvia’s Executive VP and Co-Founder, Irv Alpert who will be walking the expo floor at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Houston, TX for an exciting show!