Autocase, Autodesk – What’s the relationship? by Terry Bennett, Autodesk and Emma Stewart, Impact Infrastructure, developers of Autocase Occasionally, we get the question….“Autocase…is this an Autodesk product? We can see how the association might be made, but Autocase is a separate solution from a different company. The brand name, “Autocase”, comes from the mission to “automate the business case […]

Join this webinar to learn from our experienced panelists.  REGISTER HERE  Civil engineers and site planners are increasingly confronted with too much or too little water. Municipalities and water authorities are seeking new Low Impact Development (LID) techniques to prevent flooding and contamination by capturing and reusing water onsite. But if these new techniques cost more, how can the near-term […]

Too often infrastructure discourse is focused on the financials of a project. Discussion forms around jobs created, capital spent, or payback periods while missing the main objective of infrastructure: providing value to society. This is a reminder to designers and developers of infrastructure that what we the public want is infrastructure for the public good. “The Higher Standard: Triple bottom line decision making for infrastructure” by John Parker and Derek Ensing Impact Infrastructure, American […]

I rather frivolously, whimsically, and very non-rigorously calculate a value of $16,000 of free parking benefit per mile (per year) of bike lane. Autocase for Buildings has a Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis (TBL-CBA) for bicycle infrastructure. If you are interested in bike infrastrcture, you might want to attend American Public Works Association webinar “Bicycle Infrastructure – Where the Rubber […]

A reminder that ArtWorkX will be taking place at Mississauga Celebration Square on Saturday May 27th, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, with some documentary screenings extending beyond this time. For more information, check out the Facebook event page here or email stormwater@mississauga.ca . In a previous post, a guest Blog by Victoria Kramkowski, Stormwater Charge Program Coordinator for the […]

The Copenhagen Consensus strikes again. In the Boston Globe recently, the intrepid Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis (TBL-CBA) wielding economists took on the problem that is Haiti. Shamelessly valuing human life, climate and making trade-offs regarding disparate and seemingly incomparable goals. “In more than 40 new research papers, … researchers have covered everything from improving broadband access, rebuilding the […]

I went to a lecture recently by Professor Emeritus Robert Cervero of the University of Berkeley at the University of Toronto as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series of the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at University of Toronto. His specialty is sustainable transportation policy and planning and his focus in the lecture was NMT – non-motorized transport. His […]

We’d love your input. Help us understand the barriers to green infrastructure by following this link to a quick questionnaire. We are working with Kirstin Newfield a PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto on “Disciplinary Perspectives on Low-Impact Development”. Kirstin is researching: how the multidisciplinary nature of Low-Impact Development (LID) design affects the implementation and effectiveness of LID technologies; and, […]

ASCE – The American Society of Civil Engineers – has released its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. America’s infrastructure scores a D+[1]. The ASCE wants to make America’s infrastructure great again. The ASCE does the ranking based on 8 criteria: Capacity; Condition; Funding; Future Need; Operation and Maintenance; Public Safety; Resilience; and Innovation. How would the ASCE handle a case where Capacity […]

Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) provides infrastructure decision-makers with information on what to build, how to design, build, and finance a project and how to prioritize when funds are scarce. What more could we ask from this over 100-year old tool? As we rush headlong towards possible infrastructure asset sales, public private partnerships, tax credit incentives, and other get-someone-rich-quick schemes we […]