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Engineers name U.S. 82 bridge as one of most innovative projects

GREENVILLE — The new U.S. 82 Missis­sippi River Bridge was re­cently recognized by the American Council of Engineering Compa­nies as one of the world’s most inno­vative projects of the year. The Engineering Excellence Awards brings together over 600 indus­try and government lead­ers each year to distinguish the best achievements of the engineering profession. “Everywhere I go around the state and ...

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UM educator, wife, give $100K for new scholarship fund

OXFORD — An educator, hydroscience and engineering researcher and administrator whose work has brought international attention to the University of Mississippi for more than four decades has contributed $100,000 to create an endowment encouraging other university professionals in their work. Sam S.Y. Wang — the founding director of UM’s National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering, known as NCCHE — ...

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Neel-Schaffer moves up in ranking of largest engineering firms

JACKSON — Neel-Schaffer Inc. has earned the ranking of 211 in the 2012 Top 500 Design Firms in the country by Engineering News-Record (ENR). “As we continue to navigate an uncertain economy, our employees’ commitment to client service is the driving force of the ranking of Neel-Schaffer,” said Hibbett Neel, president, Neel-Schaffer. The Top 500 Design Firms list, which is ...

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Alabama engineering firm opens office in Capital City

JACKSON — The engineering firm Volkert Inc. has opened an office in Jackson. The Mobile, Ala.-based firm has over 600 employees and operates 21 offices in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Volkert vice president Darrell Broome, who joined the firm in 2011, is managing the Jackson office. Prior to that, he worked for the Mississippi Department of Transportation ...

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Corps gets additional funding for flood control repairs

VICKSBURG — The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently received an additional $140 million in funding from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act. These funds will be used toward 81 Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries (MR&T) projects affected by the historic 2011 flood. The District developed a list of projects that will benefit from this additional funding that will ...

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Economist: River silt could cost billions

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. economy faces losing billions of dollars in trade unless the Army Corps of Engineers’ budget for dredging the Mississippi River is increased to prevent the river from silting in, according to a new study commissioned by businesses that rely on the river. Every year, the corps keeps the channel open with dredges that remove mud ...

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Corps in race with river to repair flood damage

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — After the monumental flood of 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division reports it has inspected and completed damage assessments reports for all levees, channel improvements, navigation channels and structures associated with the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T). From the damage assessments, a prioritized list of critical repairs was developed based on threat to ...

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Commission names McGrath as MDOT executive director

JACKSON — The Mississippi Transportation Commission unanimously voted yesterday to appoint Melinda L. McGrath as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Since February of 2011, McGrath has served as interim executive director/chief engineer of MDOT. Prior to that, she served as deputy executive director/chief engineer since August 2008. As chief engineer, she was the chief technical officer over ...

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Corps gives notice to proceed on Delta project

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District has given a notice to proceed with work on the Big Sunflower, Steele Bayou Sediment Reduction Structures project. The contract designation, W912EE-11-C-0008, in the amount of $878,577, was awarded to RAF Contracting Inc. of Columbus. This Corps project reduces sediment loads, which naturally deposit into streams and waterways, according ...

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NVision wins ERDC contract to survey Great Lakes

HANCOCK COUNTY — NVision Solutions Inc. has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg to provide aerial-data collection services for the entire Great Lakes Region coastline to help with flood plain management. Terms were not disclosed. NVision will provide seamless, high-resolution oblique color images along approximately 6,000 miles of the coastline ...

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