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Start the week with the latest in the geoengineering world. Here’s the GeoWire conversation for the week of August 17. WORK SMARTER.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

The Trump administration has rolled back methane emissions rules for the oil and gas industry. [Guardian]

Speaking of oil and gas, the (US) Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been cleared to be opened to oil and gas drilling. [NY Times]

GEOSYNTHETICS

Video: Malek Bouazza delivers a talk on PFAS and geosynthetics, courtesy of the Australasian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society. [Geosynthetica]

This week’s online learning opportunities include roadways on expansive clays, trail and embankment design, and economical ground improvement. [Geosynthetica]

With the Green Recovery taking over development conversations, we look at how geocells are being used efficiently to create sloped greenroofs with new residential construction. [Geosynthetica]

GOVERNMENT

African governments have attempted to use China’s infrastructure-heavy development model, but the approach may be yielding more debt than prosperity. [The Diplomat]

India has seen growth contracting for the first time in decades. The country is courting foreign investment for infrastructure projects. [Bloomberg Quint]

INTERESTING READS

Urban areas are home to 55% of the global population. Cities will be where the battle for the Green Recovery is won or lost. [UN Environment Program]

The state of a saliva-based Covid test and other vaccine news from around the world. [World Economic Forum]

Some companies are looking at designing roads specifically for use by autonomous vehicles. [TechCrunch]

JOBS

Geocomp is hiring geotechnical engineers, a business development manager, a project engineer, and more

Geopier has a couple openings in engineering and an opening for a rail applications industry manager

TenCate has jobs open in the Northeast (US) and a remote position for road applications

Titan Environmental is hiring field laborers, project managers, and customer service reps.

TECHNOLOGY

Drones continue to advance in GIS, BIM, and other tools for construction in engineering markets [ESRI]

9 apps to boost your smartphone security and privacy [Wired]

A good pair of headphones solves a lot of challenges to working from home [Inc]

WORK LIFE

Work hard, but don’t be hard work. Tip of the cap to US Army ERDC’s Jeb Tingle for sharing this one! [Forbes]

Re-evaluating productivity in a work-from-home culture [Fast Company]

Staying at Forbes: 5 Tips to Maintain Work-Life Balance. Useful advice with so many of us working from home! [Forbes]


This is the August 17, 2020 GeoWire from Geosynthetica. GeoWire is published on Mondays with thought-leading links to help infrastructure professionals work smarter. News and ideas to share? Contact us.

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