Planning for Solar in the Southeast

By: Burns & McDonnell The Southeast is armed with some of the greatest solar energy potential in the nation. Currently home to more than 600 solar projects that generate roughly 9,000 megawatts (MW) of power, the region’s booming solar market is projected to surpass the 20,000-MW benchmark by 2022. But without a strategic plan for…

SHIFTING PATTERNS

ATLANTA’S NEW TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOCUSES ON SAFETY, MOBILITY AND AFFORDABILITY By Lisa R. Schoolcraft City of Atlanta officials face a dilemma: how to accommodate a projected 1.3 million residents and 1.2 million jobs in the years ahead by reducing congestion, improving access and supporting economic growth. Some of the solutions are laid out in the…

MARTA’S MOMENT

Planning, leveraging staff and relationships — and expecting the unexpected — helped the transit system handle massive crowds for the 2019 Super Bowl. By Lori Johnston   MARTA’s ability to move record crowds during Super Bowl weekend in Atlanta meant more than just making sure more than half a million fans arrived at the game,…

Electricity’s New Reality: The Balancing Act

Electricity’s New Reality: The Balancing Act The power delivery system is the largest, most complex machine ever built, and the world has transformed around it. Now, an ongoing revolution in renewable energy sources and distributed generation options is changing the structure of that machine.  Power delivery must adapt to these new realities and grid modernization…

Engineering the Super Bowl: It Didn’t Just Happen

How logistics made hosting the big game in Atlanta a success By: David Caraviello   The maneuver was referred to as “green carpet,” and it required as much teamwork and coordination as any play that occurred during Super Bowl week. Police escorts radioed to traffic engineers in a command center that New England’s buses were…

Inspiring Beyond Professions to Improve Georgia

By Lisa Schoolcraft ACEC Georgia’s Engineering Influence and Engineering Impact Awards honor individuals, one from the public sector and one from the private sector, whose outstanding leadership and achievements have benefited the entire state of Georgia. Honorees are chosen based on accomplishments that have had a positive impact on the engineering industry and business community…