TerraPower | October 09, 2020
TerraPower today unveiled Bechtel as its plant design, licensing, procurement, and construction partner in a federal grant application to build a demonstration plant for the Natrium™ reactor and energy system architecture. Bechtel, the industry leader in nuclear plant engineering and construction since the 1950s, joins a team that also includes GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, PacifiCorp, Energy Northwest, and Duke Energy. The Natrium system features an advanced, cost-competitive sodium fast reactor along with an innovative molten salt energy storage system based on those used in solar thermal generation. The result is a design that is affordable and capable of adapting to changes in daily electricity demands driven by solar and wind energy fluctuations. The Natrium technology also separates nuclear and non-nuclear facilities and systems within the plant footprint, simplifying the licensing process and lowering construction costs. "Natrium fulfills the industry vision of what a true advanced reactor should be—safer, simpler, easier and less costly to construct, less expensive to operate, and able to provide energy that is competitive with fossil fuels and complementary to solar and wind power," said Barbara Rusinko, president of Bechtel's Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit. "The Natrium system evens out the peaks and valleys in production when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing, and it does so affordably with proven technology. We're honored to join the team." Breakthroughs in sodium fast reactor technology have allowed the Natrium reactor to safely operate at much higher temperatures and lower pressures than conventional nuclear reactors. The heat is used to generate steam for a turbine, like most power plants, but it also can be used for industrial processes or stored in molten salt. The system's gigawatt-hour-scale energy storage can also be optimized to meet the needs of specific markets.
AECOM | February 15, 2022
AECOM (NYSE: ACM), the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the AECOM-led Compass Production and Technical Services Joint Venture (Compass PTS JV) a contract to provide production and technical architecture and engineering services for the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a combined program ceiling of $300 million for a one-year base period with four, one-year option years.
“AECOM has supported FEMA for more than forty years leveraging the combined expertise of our world-class scientists, engineers, planners, and analysts, We’re honored to continue our partnership to promote informed planning and development practices that reduce flood risk and meet the needs of historically underserved and disadvantaged communities faced with severe threats from natural disasters.”
-Lara Poloni, AECOM’s president.
Under the new single-award contract, Compass PTS JV will deliver a wide range of services related to flood risk analyses, hazard mapping, disaster response, and risk reduction. In addition, AECOM will leverage its state-of-the-art engineering and mapping capabilities that allow for vast amounts of high-quality hyperlocal flood hazard and risk data and information at state-level scales.
The contract comprises scope requirements that fall within FEMA Regions 4, 6, and 7, a geographic area characterized by the most severe and frequent river, coastal, and urban flooding in the nation, among other natural hazards. FEMA Region 4 states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee; FEMA Region 6 states are Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas; and FEMA Region 7 states are Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
“We’re excited that this new contract provides an opportunity for our team to support FEMA as we build on our successful completion of projects over the last seven years. Critical work is already underway with hundreds of our staff working under FEMA leaders to smoothly transition into the new structure, Along with our joint venture partners, AECOM is well positioned to support the bold vision and ambitious goals of the 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan, which includes instilling equity in emergency management, leading whole communities in climate resilience, and promoting and sustaining a ready FEMA and prepared nation.”
-Beverley Stinson, chief executive of AECOM’s global Water business.
The Compass PTS JV is comprised of AECOM, ABS Group, CDM Federal Programs Corporation, Fugro, Halff Associates, T&M Associates, and numerous small business and specialty subconsultants. Its scope of work includes natural hazard analyses, risk assessments, building sciences expertise, and rapid response when disasters strike.
AECOM (NYSE: ACM) is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy, and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.3 billion in fiscal year 2021. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at aecom.com and @AECOM.
GIATEC | September 15, 2020
Giatec, world leader in concrete testing technologies, has announced that the re-design of its award-winning flagship product SmartRock, now available to pre-order, has been re-engineered with game-changing dual-temperature monitoring capabilities for mass concrete applications. First announced in February of 2020 at World of Concrete, this latest generation of SmartRock takes concrete testing to a whole new level. In addition to an update in the sensor's design, activation, installation, and wireless signal range, "SmartRock 3" has been equipped with dual-temperature monitoring capabilities. This enables users to measure temperature values at two locations simultaneously. One temperature probe is located at the tip of the white temperature cable, another in the body of the sensor where the black transmitter is located. This function allows users to easily monitor temperature differentials between the concrete's core and surface for mass pour applications.