Posted by Scott Reeve

10/18/18 3:47 PM

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Manufacturing Day 2018 - High School Students Go to Work

Earlier this month Composite Advantage hosted a group of 45 local high school students as part of national Manufacturing Day.

The one-day event was created in 2012 to put a new face on well—manufacturing. With Baby Boomers retiring, skilled labor has been in short supply prompting companies to turn to automation and robots. Its’ estimated that by 2025 there will be 3.5 million new jobs available in manufacturing. The shortage of qualified workers could reach 2 million.

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Topics: Manufacturing Day

Posted by Scott Reeve

10/11/18 9:47 AM

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Bridge Gets 21st Century Anti-Aging Solution

 

A couple of weeks ago, we focused on the historical significance of one our FiberSPAN projects: Blackfriars Bridge. To recap, the 143-year-old, 221-ft. long wrought iron bowstring arch-truss structure is Ontario’s oldest working crossing.  Blackfriars Bridge was also the first iron bridge in London, Ontario to span the Thames River. Built in 1875, Blackfriars’ metal skeleton replaced a wooden span. By 1889, all wooden bridges in London were replaced with iron structures as a failsafe against severe Spring flooding. Today, only Blackfriars Bridge remains, a monument to bowstring construction.

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Topics: frp bridge, FRP, unique bridges

Posted by Scott Reeve

10/4/18 4:11 PM

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Bridges With the Cool Factor

Most people think of bridges as a way to get from point A to point B.  We certainly don’t usually attach the word “cool” to these practical structures. If you’re talking food, the adjective has been attached to restaurants like Chick-Fil-A and In-N-Out. And YouTube has pretty much captured the “cool”  market according to what 1,000 Gen Z and Millenials said in a survey

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Topics: unique bridges

Posted by Scott Reeve

9/27/18 9:17 AM

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October Trade or Treat - Conference and Trade Show Rundown

 

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Topics: Tradeshows, Conferences

Posted by Scott Reeve

9/19/18 2:47 PM

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Cau Vang Golden Bridge - Walking Through the Hands of God

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Topics: bridges

Posted by Scott Reeve

9/12/18 2:46 PM

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Bonny Blackfriars

London Ontario got its start as a small garrison community in the 19th century. Today it is one of Canada’s largest urban centers. The town is dotted with reminders of its heritage including Blackfriars Bridge—Ontario’s oldest working crossing.  The bridge spans the north branch of the Thames River, connecting Ridout and Blackfriars Streets.  It is also the longest working span [216 ft. long] of its kind in North America. The 140-year-old structure was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Site by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering in 1992.

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Topics: FRP, frp bridge

Posted by James Gilcher

9/5/18 2:16 PM

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Ferry Travel in the 21st Century

We often think of bridges as the best means to move vehicles, passengers, and cargo over waterways. However, there is another method for moving goods from one shore to another.

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Topics: FRP, river transportation, New York City, FAST Act

Posted by Scott Reeve

8/29/18 3:17 PM

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Smart Sensors Set to Monitor Bridge Structures in Real Time

America’s infrastructure scored a D+ in 2017. The grade was compiled by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Twenty-eight dedicated civil engineers pored over data and reports, talked with technical and industry experts and assigned grades based on criteria that included capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience and innovation. The results of the ASCE’s work have been widely publicized. The bridge statistics the organization uncovered got buried by the headline so bear repeating. They set the stage for recent news about how smart sensors are being used to monitor bridge structures and how materials like FRP composites are helping engineers build better bridges faster.

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Topics: infrastructure report card, FRP, frp bridge

Posted by James Gilcher

8/22/18 2:17 PM

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Dominion Energy Uses Creative Techniques to Provide New Life for Transmission Towers

Every project at Composite Advantage involves numerous entities working together to bring it to completion. The Dominion Power project was no exception. The project involved replacing the Virginia transmission towers’ foundations, as well as installing a new fender protection system around the tower for protection. Projects of this scale come with a wide range of logistical challenges. In addition to engineering and retrofitting unique parts, busy shipping routes and local wildlife also had an impact on the tower repairs. Click below to read more about the project from T&D World.

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Topics: waterfront infrastructure, fenders

Posted by Scott Reeve

8/15/18 3:17 PM

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Inspiration Bridges Past and Present

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In just five days, the members of Flushing High School’s theater club from Flushing, New York, will premiere an original musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.  The Fringe, as it’s affectionately called, is billed as the “single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet.”

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Topics: Brooklyn Bridge, suspension bridge