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  • Legendary 747 designer Sutter dies age 95

    08/31/2016 9:19:54 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 117 replies
    ATWOnline | Air Transport World ^ | August 30, 2016 | Guy Norris
    Joe Sutter, who was dubbed “Father of the 747” by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, has died at age 95. As the former chief engineer of Boeing’s 747, Sutter is credited with leading the birth of the first widebody airliner, which ushered in the globe-shrinking age of mass air travel.
  • California pension investment ticks off state engineers’ union

    05/15/2016 12:47:13 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May 10, 2016 | Jon Ortiz
    Add one more investment to the list of CalPERS’ controversial investments: a privately run state highway. The retirement fund recently purchased 10 percent of Indiana Toll Road Concession Co. The firm runs a 157-mile stretch of highway that runs across northern Indiana from Illinois to Ohio. California’s state engineers’ union says it’s a horrible investment that sinks government employees’ money into a project that, ironically, is hostile to government employees. The toll-road company is the first of what fund managers anticipate will be more investments in infrastructure and transportation projects as the $291 billion system broadens its reach into those...
  • Can Engineers Speak English? Technology is a blessing, but can we please avoid 'technobabble'?

    01/05/2016 9:03:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/05/2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Engineers who design computerized products and services seem to have an almost fanatical determination to avoid using plain English. It is understandable when complicated processes require complicated operations. But when the very simplest things are designed with needless complications or murky instructions, that is something else. For example, like all sorts of other devices, computers and computerized products and services have to be turned on and off. And everybody knows what the words "on" and "off" mean. But how often have you seen a computer or a computerized product or service that used the words "on" or "off"? These simple...
  • Volkswagen Emissions Probe Zeroes In on Two Engineers

    10/05/2015 12:23:46 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 51 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 4, 2015 | By William Boston
    WOLFSBURG, Germany—Two top Volkswagen engineers who found they couldn’t deliver as promised a clean diesel engine for the U.S. market are at the center of a company probe into the installation of engine software designed to fool regulators, according to people familiar with the matter. The two men, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi ’s chief engineer, and Wolfgang Hatz, developer of Porsche’s winning Formula One engines, were among the engineers suspended in the investigation of the emissions cheating scandal that sank the company’s market value by 43% since Sept. 18 and triggered a world-wide recall to refit the engines to meet clear-air...
  • Big Oil May Be Caught Off-Guard By Wave Of Retirement

    05/18/2015 11:12:48 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies ^ | 18-05-2015 | Oil Jobs
    While we constantly analyze short-term data, the industry has a longer-term problem. And it is not related to what lies below the ground. There is a retirement tidal wave that could wash over the oil and gas industry over the next few years. The seeds of this crisis were planted in the late 1980’s after the last major oil bust. Oil prices crashed after Saudi Arabia became fed up with losing market share, and beginning around 1986, it pumped flat out in order to force out other producers. The price of oil crashed and a lot of US drillers cut...
  • Fort Bragg soldiers to help contain Ebola in Africa

    10/06/2014 8:29:18 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    ABC News ABC Inc., WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham ^ | October 3, 2014 | Greg Barnes
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) -- More than 100 Fort Bragg soldiers will join the fight to keep the Ebola virus from spreading. Friday, the Pentagon announced that about 120 Fort Bragg troops will deploy to Africa on a humanitarian aid mission. The soldiers are engineers. They repair and replace roads and bridges, and build new structures. Military support personnel from the 44th Medical Brigade are also going, as well as a company of Military Police. A Pentagon spokesman says the troops will help support medical efforts and security in Africa. "We are not treating patients," said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear...
  • Don't Believe President Obama's Hype About An Engineer 'Shortage'

    09/15/2014 3:26:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/15/2014 | John Tamny
    [SNIP] All of which brings us to the latest popular lament among pundits, politicians, and even some in the business world: the perceived lack of engineers and/or ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates. President Obama has said “We need more engineers,” so has Hillary Clinton, and then Lockheed Martin executive Stephanie Hill recently stated that “we’ll lose” if we don’t produce at least 1 million more ‘STEM’ grads. About all the handwringing, readers can relax. Indeed, there’s nothing to this story or alleged shortage. Price signals work. They always do, and they do because one of the underlying purposes...
  • Indian Engineering needs Cleansing?

    01/24/2014 10:53:33 AM PST · by ND23 · 10 replies
    BrkDSilence ^ | BrkDSilence
    Indian engineering education is draped in a cloth that needs a proper wash! While scanning the list of alumni of IIT recently, I came across a few names that have peppered the leaves of successful men’s list but their contributions are far away in foreign lands. While combing through the facts I found that most of these elite men do not reside in their own land, and a major chunk is holding high profiles in the Unites States of America.
  • Are There Real Life People Who Look Like the Engineers from "Prometheus?"

    07/27/2013 7:57:36 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    Self | July 27, 2013 | PJ-Comix
    Years ago I spotted someone walking out of a store who looked just like a Metalunan from "This Island Earth" of which the best known one was Exeter. He had the same high bulging forehead with white hair and thick bushy white eyebrows. I really wanted to yell out, "Hey, how ya' doin', Exeter?" but I decided to spare him the embarrassment. Okay, so what I want to know is this: Is there anybody who looks like one of the Engineers from the movie "Prometheus?" They would have to have shaved heads and really pale skin. Out of over...
  • Seven Foreigners Arrested After Trespassing at Quabbin Reservoir (Video)[Massachusetts terror?]

    05/15/2013 8:27:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 15, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Seven foreigners from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore were arrested for trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir on Tuesday. The Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts is one of the country’s largest man-made water supplies. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) CBS Local reported, via Free Republic: Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir. State Police say the five men and two women are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and “cited their education and career interests” for being in the area. The men told police they were chemical engineers and recent college graduates....
  • When Engineers Have Dogs (Video)

    03/27/2013 9:09:39 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 17 replies
    Kids Prefer Cheese ^ | March 13, 2013
    Video at link.
  • OBAMA THE JOB ROBBER: Quietly Extending H-1B Visas of Foreign Workers, leaving US Engineers Jobless

    03/26/2012 8:58:43 AM PDT · by geraldmcg · 21 replies · 7+ views ^ | 03/26/2012 |
    At a time of high unemployment and with a struggling economy, why on earth would Obama go out of his way to push to extend the H-1B Visas of foreign workers while millions of American engineers are without jobs? That is the question being asked by Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly...
  • OBAMA THE JOB ROBBER: Extending H-1B Foreign Worker Visas, leaving millions without jobs

    03/22/2012 12:12:03 PM PDT · by geraldmcg · 2 replies ^ | 3-22-12 | Phyllis Schlafly
    At a time of high unemployment and with a struggling economy, why on earth would Obama go out of his way to push to extend the H-1B Visas of foreign workers while millions of American engineers are without jobs? That is the question being asked by Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly. According to Schlafly, when pressed on this issue, Obama feigns shock that any American engineer was out of work, saying that there’s such a high demand for engineers. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that, counting only U.S.-born individuals, there are 101,000 with an engineering degree who are unemployed, another...
  • A second Iranian nuclear facility has exploded, as diplomatic tensions rise

    11/30/2011 5:10:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 92 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11/30/11 | Sheera Frenkel
    AN IRANIAN nuclear facility has been hit by a huge explosion, the second such blast in a month, prompting speculation that Tehran's military and atomic sites are under attack. Satellite imagery seen by The Times confirmed that a blast that rocked the city of Isfahan on Monday struck the uranium enrichment facility there, despite denials by Tehran.
  • Libya: Gaddafi 'running out of commanders'

    07/18/2011 9:38:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/17/2011 | Ruth Sherlock in Yefren
    A Libyan colonel that defected to the rebel side last month has said that the regime has had to use soldiers from its elite special forces to command popular militias after suffering months of desertions. The officer escaped from a government town in the plains below the country's Western Mountains. Lying only 60 miles from Tripoli, the rebels have launched repeated offensives in the effort to reach the capital. Leaders of the elite fighting force belonging to Gaddafi's son Khamis had left their brigades to fight elsewhere and came to man this front line reported the Colonel. "The leaders are...
  • Legislation Will Protect Gun Rights on Army Corps of Engineers Land

    07/14/2011 5:02:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views
    GOA ^ | 13 July, 2011 | GOA
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) plans to offer an amendment this week protecting gun rights on land controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Currently, guns are prohibited on Corps land, even when gun possession is otherwise allowed by state law. Rep. Gosar’s legislation would simply remove federal restrictions and allow for the law of the states (in which such land is located) to govern firearms possession. The Gosar amendment, modeled after the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act (H.R. 1865) introduced by pro-gun Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), is similar to a 2009 law repealing the gun ban on National Park Service...
  • Driven off the Road by M.B.A.s

    07/10/2011 10:22:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies
    Time ^ | 7/10/11 | Rana Foroohar
    Bob Lutz, the former Vice Chairman of General Motors, is the most famous also-ran in the auto business. In the course of his 47-year rampage through the industry, he's been within swiping range of the brass ring at Ford, BMW, Chrysler and, most recently, GM, but he's never landed the top gig. It's because he "made the cars too well," he says. It might also have something to do with the fact that Maximum Bob, who could double as a character on Mad Men, is less an éminence grise than a pithy self-promoter who has a tendency to go off...
  • Obama pushes jobs plan in North Carolina [10,000 new American engineers every year]

    06/13/2011 11:50:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 13, 2011 | Jim Kuhnenn
    DURHAM, N.C. — President Barack Obama promoted job creation in politically important North Carolina Monday, trying to assure Americans he's focused on their No. 1 concern — and his greatest political weakness — as his potential GOP presidential opponents prepared to target his economic policies in their first major debate. [snip] "I am optimistic about our future," the president said, even while acknowledging that "we can't be complacent." Obama announced details of a program to train 10,000 new American engineers every year, saying private companies will join the government to promote education in science, technology, engineering and math. They'll offer...
  • Found Engineers For Fukushima!

    04/17/2011 10:46:07 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 14 replies
    Mind of Niuhuru | April 17, 2011 1:35 PM | Niuhuru
    Well, having recruited a couple engineers I now need help in getting permission to go and help out, plus if anyone knows of any inexpensive inns in Japan, it would be a great help.
  • China's skyscraper boom buoys global industry

    12/05/2010 10:21:50 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 5, 2010 | JOE McDONALD
    BEIJING – The 121-story Shanghai Tower is more than China's next record-setting building: It's an economic lifeline for the elite club of skyscraper builders. Financial gloom has derailed plans for new towers in Chicago, Moscow, Dubai and other cities. But in China, work on the 2,074-foot (632-meter) Shanghai Tower, due to be completed in 2014, and dozens of other tall buildings is rushing ahead, powered by a buoyant economy and providing a steady stream of work to architects and engineers. The U.S. high-rise market is "pretty much dead," said Dan Winey, a managing director for Gensler, the Shanghai Tower's San...
  • An Engineer's Guide to Cat Yodeling (with Cat Polka)

    11/28/2010 1:15:27 PM PST · by Immerito · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | 5/02/2009 | Paul & TJ
    Finally! Another Cat Video! Cat Yodeling Tutorial with an introduction to Cat Polka. Cat Yodeling will soon take over the universe and you don't want to get left behind! "Aspect Ratio" sequence near the start is a spoof of a video called "Free Hugs." Ending music is "Can Can" by Offenbach.
  • Regional Guard Brigade Soldiers graduate Iraqi Army Engineer School

    09/16/2010 4:15:52 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 1+ views
    United States Forces-Iraq, Advise and Train (formerly MNSTC-I) ^ | 16 September 2010 | Mark Altman, United States Forces - Iraq, ITAM-Army
    BAGHDAD – Thirty-three Regional Guard Brigade Soldiers graduated from the Iraq Army Engineer School at Camp Taji Sept. 15. As part of an introduction to the Iraqi Army, the Peshmerga officers and enlisted soldiers became familiar with current tactics, techniques and procedures being used by Iraqi Army engineers. The 30-day course covered the most high-profile aspects of combat engineering, including route clearance and mine identification and detection. Students learned and conducted practical exercises on mounted and dismounted route clearance, mine-detecting robots and the capabilities of the Badger, an Iraqi Light Armored Vehicle. “Our knowledge of engineering has grown tremendously through...
  • Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret: It’s All About Age (age discrimination in the tech sector)

    09/01/2010 8:33:44 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 71 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 1 Sep 2010 | Vivek Wadhwa
    An interesting paradox in the technology world is that there is both a shortage and a surplus of engineers in the United States. Talk to those working at any Silicon Valley company, and they will tell you how hard it is to find qualified talent. But listen to the heart-wrenching stories of unemployed engineers, and you will realize that there are tens of thousands who can’t get jobs. What gives? The harsh reality is that in the tech world, companies prefer to hire young, inexperienced, engineers.And engineering is an “up or out” profession: you either move up the ladder or...
  • Engineers Work to Train Leaders in Afghanistan

    06/17/2010 10:38:39 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 158+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 – Engineers with NATO Training Mission Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan are working with their Afghan partners to build infrastructure to support the growth of the Afghan national security forces, a senior officer involved in that effort said yesterday. During a “DoD Live” bloggers roundtable, Army Col. Mike Wehr, director of the Combined Joint Engineer Office for the training commands, said Afghanistan cannot sustain itself without the proper infrastructure in facilities and governance. Wehr’s office ensures adequate facilities are available, develops engineer leadership at the ministerial level and builds sustainable capacity and capability to...
  • Shelved Oil Spill Cleanup Invention Could Have Helped In Gulf

    06/10/2010 11:43:46 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 17 replies · 741+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 28, 2010 | James Ottar Grundvig
    The U.S. Coast Guard has complained that there is not enough plastic tubing in the United States to construct the booms needed to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And neither BP, the Coast Guard, nor any other part of the U.S. government seems to understand how to effectively clean up the fouled Gulf. A technology that could effectively and actively remove oil from the surface of the ocean in all weather conditions would be a huge advance for the efforts going on in the Gulf right now. In fact, such a technology was designed and tested in the...
  • First in, last out: Members of first RED HORSE squadron back in Iraq

    05/17/2010 6:22:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 285+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Master Sgt. Darrell Habisch, USAF
    5/17/2010 - ALI BASE, Iraq (AFNS) -- Members of the 200th Rapid Engineering Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer Squadron have arrived here to draw down the 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron from Iraq. As they complete the last construction and engineering projects and pack up their equipment and materials in the yard, they are part of the last RED HORSE rotation operating under Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2010. Several civil engineers currently at Ali Base were part of the original 2005 rotation charged with constructing the infrastructure necessary to conduct and sustain operations throughout Iraq, including Ali Base. In...
  • Civil engagement program helps prepare Iraq for future

    03/22/2010 6:16:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 140+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Senior Airman Wes Carter, USAF
    3/22/2010 - JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (AFNS) -- As U.S. officials prepare to draw down troops in Iraq, efforts are being made to ensure the effect on the country's infrastructure is minimal. Joint Base Balad's civil engagement program maximizes the base's resources and abilities and helps more than 800,000 Iraqis in the Salah ad Din Province. The program is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of State, the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing and the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment based at JB Balad. "The program provides a communication channel between the three entities, which have different missions to support...
  • Engineering Grads Earn The Most

    03/13/2010 5:59:10 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 160 replies · 2,324+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 12, 2010 | Joe Walker
    New college graduates may be entering the worst job market in decades, but there are still some majors that pay off—and all of them are in the applied sciences. A new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers finds that eight of the top 10 best-paid majors are in engineering, with petroleum engineering topping off the list at $86,220. "Petroleum engineering has been at the top for the last three years," said Edwin Koc, director of strategic and foundation research at NACE. "The oil industry for the last couple of years has been a bit more active and...
  • NASA plans more outreach to Muslim countries

    03/12/2010 7:19:00 PM PST · by myknowledge · 37 replies · 751+ views
    Orland Sentinel ^ | February 16, 2010 | Mark Matthews
    WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has asked him to “find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries” as the White House pushes the space agency to become a tool of international diplomacy. “In addition to the nations that most of you usually hear about when you think about the International Space Station, we now have expanded our efforts to reach out to non-traditional partners,” said Bolden, speaking to a lecture hall of young engineering students.
  • The Link Between Engineers and Jihad

    02/28/2010 7:31:22 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 20 replies · 582+ views
    Newsweek Wealth of nations ^ | Friday, February 26, 2010 9:00 AM | Newsweek
    Intelligence agencies tasked with profiling the terrorist mind, and figuring out where future extremists might be found, have begun focusing on a surprising target: science students. As it turns out, many recruits in extremist groups such as Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbullah, and Hamas have backgrounds in medicine, engineering, and other hard sciences. In one study by Oxford sociologists -Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog, who will be publishing a book on the subject next year, out of 178 terrorists with higher education, almost half studied math or science. And the phenomenon is not limited to Islamists--strong links to science...
  • Army, Iraqi engineers build, learn together

    02/24/2010 7:02:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 125+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Brian Moore, USA
    BAGHDAD –American 317th Engineer Company and 17th Iraqi Army Division engineers worked together here recently to complete a road leading into Joint Security Station Deason, providing each the opportunity to train with and get to know their counterparts. Upon arrival to JSS Deason early this month, the American Soldiers met their partners from the 17th IA, Soldiers they would be working with throughout the duration of the project. "Some of our Soldiers had never met Iraqi Soldiers,” said Sgt. Steve Balamut, the Assistant Project Manager for this mission. “The Iraqis were eager to learn what we had to say and...
  • Afghans Reach Out to U.S. Route-Clearance Patrol

    02/16/2010 7:09:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 205+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2010 – As Army 1st Lt. Phil Kirk pulled the walkie-talkie from his hip, disappointment was obvious on his face and in his voice. “Did you hear that?” Kirk asked, shaking his head. “Sounds like medevac is ‘red.’ We’re not going anywhere.” The lieutenant was referencing radio traffic from the tactical operations center informing him that his newly formed route clearance patrol’s first mission would be delayed for several hours because helicopters were unable to fly, presumably due to poor weather. The unit, nicknamed the “Black Jacks,” was pieced together last month with...
  • Engineers Wire Up New Living Areas in Iraq

    01/14/2010 4:08:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 174+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. April Mota, USA
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 14, 2010 – Soldiers from 317th Engineer Company and 808th Engineer Company are providing electricity to the future living spaces of U.S. forces as they prepare to hand off their current housing to the Iraqi army. Army Spc. Brandon Burgess makes sure all connections are secure while Army Pfc. Sean Carroll observes the process at Contingency Operating Station Carver, Iraq, Jan. 8, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. April Mota  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The move will happen as soon as soldiers from 1434th Engineer Company complete the new joint operations center at Contingency Operating...
  • Engineers Bring Light to Fallujah

    01/13/2010 3:55:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 278+ views
    FALLUJAH, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2010 – More than 22 miles of roadway here and in surrounding communities are now fully lighted with 1,200 solar powered street lights, thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region District. Solar-powered street lights recently installed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers illuminate what was once a dark and dangerous neighborhood in Fallujah, Iraq. U.S. Army photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The third and final phase of the project was completed recently by project engineers at Al-Anbar Resident Office, based in Ramadi. “The administration of this project is an...
  • Clearing the Way: Engineers Hunt Roadside Bombs

    01/04/2010 4:05:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 397+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty, USA
    NEAR FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, Jan. 4, 2010 – While there may be no place in Afghanistan that is completely safe for U.S. and coalition forces, some regions certainly are much more dangerous than others. In those risky locales, the 1141st Engineer Company’s sappers -- combat engineers – who are part of the Missouri Army National Guard’s 203rd Engineer Battalion, are keeping Afghan roads clear of improvised explosive devices. The vast majority of vehicular traffic – military and otherwise – seeks to avoid contact with IEDs, but it is the job of these Missouri Guardsmen to hunt them like...
  • Corps of Engineers Prepares for Iraqi Elections

    12/11/2009 3:13:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 196+ views
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 11, 2009 – In preparation for the upcoming Iraqi national elections, the Gulf Region District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is serving as the managing partner for the construction of 15 “expedient police stations” in northern Iraq. Army Col. Dan Anninos, center, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region District, inspects the progress of an expedient police station in Mosul, Iraq, with project engineer Navy Lt. Cmdr. Frank Carroll, left, Larry Petrosino, the district’s deputy of program management. U.S. Army photo by Scott Harris  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The police station...
  • Corps of Engineers Preps for Afghan Surge While Looking Long-Term

    12/04/2009 3:06:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 260+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2009 – As 30,000 additional troops move into what admittedly will be “pretty austere conditions” in Afghanistan, the Army Corps of Engineers is working in partnership with unit-level engineers and contractors to provide basic creature comforts -- while focusing heavily on longer-term projects considered critical to their ultimate success there. U.S. Army Col. Kevin Wilson, commander of Afghanistan Engineer District – South, right, chats with U.S. Air Force Maj. Bryan Opperman, officer in charge of the Qalat resident office, at the construction site of a new Afghan National Police station. U.S. Army photo by Patricia Ryan   (Click...
  • Army engineers tackle Kirkuk road projects

    11/23/2009 4:02:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 201+ views
    KIRKUK — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Gulf Region District, Kirkuk Resident Office is seriously delving into the road construction business. The Kirkuk office is serving as construction design manager for the Kirkuk Ring Road project and the manager of “Village to Market” road repair project. The $130 million, two-year Kirkuk Ring Road project is an aggressive 31-kilometer highway extension, designed to create a southern access bypass road from the Sulamaniya Interchange to the Taza Road Interchange. The three-phase project is being funded by oil revenues from the provincial government. USACE, through the Economic Support Fund, provided $4.3...
  • American engineers conduct quality assurance training in Afghanistan

    11/23/2009 3:51:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 280+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Capt. Angela Webb, USAF
    11/23/2009 - KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Khost Provincial Reconstruction Team engineers conducted quality assurance training for more than 30 Afghan contractors, foremen and engineers at the Civil-Military Operations Center in downtown Khost, Afghanistan recently. The engineers conduct monthly training to address issues found during project site audits throughout the 12 districts and one municipality of Khost. This training, the third session held by the PRT, concentrated on brick masonry, material storage and project administration. Previous topics included concrete preparation and processing, and plaster and mortar finishing techniques. "We are addressing recurring quality issues in our training sessions," said U.S....
  • Iraqi Engineers Prepare to Work Independently

    11/20/2009 3:05:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 251+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Benjamin R. Kibbey, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, Nov. 20, 2009 – A Basra, Iraq, native brings 50 years of experience as an architect, a master’s degree and a resume that reads like a travel guide ranging across Europe and the Middle East and even Japan to his job as leader of the Iraqi facilities engineering team here. A worker at the Anzio logistics site on Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq, bends rebar to be used in the placement of housing trailers for U.S. troops Nov. 14, 2009. The work at the site is being overseen and planned by an Iraqi facilities engineering...
  • Engineer Soldiers teach carpentry to IA

    11/18/2009 4:43:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 259+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Tracy Knowles, USA
    Sgt. James Glomski, of Alpena, Mich., with the 1434th Engineer Company, observes Iraqi Pfc. Omar Khodair Abbas making his first cut using a circular saw during a "train the trainer" carpentry course for the Iraqi Army in Baghdad, Nov. 14. Photo courtesy of the 16th Engineer Brigade. BAGHDAD — Iraq Soldiers here ended two days of basic carpentry training with a practical exercise of building dormitory-style rooms in the old Ministry of Defense, Nov. 14. Soldiers of the 1434th Engineer Company taught a "train the trainer" course to the 11th Field Engineer Regiment, 11th Iraqi Army Division, so the IA...
  • Engineers in Iraq Take on New Role

    11/09/2009 3:23:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 169+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1st Lt. Brendon Hischar, USA
    JOINT SECURITY STATION CONDOR, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2009 – For most soldiers assigned to the 1st Armored Division’s 4th Brigade “Highlanders,” the unit's “advise and assist” mission requires a rethinking of traditional roles in a stability operations environment. Soldiers train on proper sweeping techniques with a mine detector on one of several training lanes at Joint Security Station Condor in Iraq’s Maysan province, Oct. 17, 2009. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Brendon Hischar  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The engineers of 2nd Platoon, Company E, 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, are no different. Some people associate engineers with...
  • Iraqi Army Engineers Improve Skills

    11/06/2009 3:18:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 166+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hann, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE GARRYOWEN, Iraq, Nov. 6, 2009 – Iraqi army engineers put their training to good use Oct. 18 on a reconnaissance mission to evaluate a local bridge. Army Sgt. Ryan Loseby, an Iraqi soldier and their interpreter review measurements as Army Pfc. Garrett Childress, far left, looks on during a reconnaissance mission to evaluate a bridge near Contingency Operating Base Garryowen, Iraq, Oct. 18, 2009. U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hann  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Engineers from the 10th Iraqi Army Field Engineer Regiment Detachment joined their trainers from Company E, 4th Battalion, 6th...
  • Air Force engineers help keep Afghan roads safe for travel (RED HORSE)

    11/03/2009 4:28:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 258+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Joseph Kapinos, USAF
    11/3/2009 - ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- "Roads bring people. People bring business and business improves life for everyone." These words, spoken in 2006 by Canadian Brig. Gen. Daniel Pepin, then the deputy general for reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, have proven prophetic, as, three years later, the ability to move vehicles and goods along roads here has been greatly enhanced, improving the lives of Afghans across the country. In response, Taliban insurgents routinely target the newly-built infrastructure. Air Force engineers assigned to the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team have countered, along with Army security forces, by conducting missions along Highway One,...
  • Engineers Assess Construction Projects in Afghan Province

    10/01/2009 4:42:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 177+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Tony Wickman, USAF
    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 1, 2009 – Members of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District North performed site assessments and a helicopter flyover to view construction and road projects here Sept. 20. Col. Ayoub, Afghan National Border Patrol commander, left, discusses a project in the Sarkani district of Afghanistan’s Kunar province that will house 90 to 100 border policemen, Sept. 20, 2009. With him, left to right, are Martin Reed, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District North construction representative and quality assurance lead, a translator, and Army Maj. William Lewis, the district’s resident officer in charge....
  • Bay Bridge crews scuttle to fix span by Tuesday

    09/06/2009 10:29:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies · 1,648+ views
    Chronicle ^ | September 6, 2009 | Rachel Gordon,
    Hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters remain in limbo today as crews scramble to complete an emergency repair to the workhorse Bay Bridge. The 73-year-old bridge, crossed by more than 260,000 cars and trucks a day, was shut down for a larger, unrelated seismic upgrade project. Now, crews are working to fix a cracked steel link, called an eyebar, that helps hold up the east span. Inspectors discovered the problem Saturday afternoon, setting in motion a dash to fix a problem that - by itself - would have forced officials to shut down the bridge. "There's a lot of...
  • Joint Engineer Mission to Span the Tigris (ESSAYONS)

    08/07/2009 4:14:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 224+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Rebekah Malone, USA
    The Soldiers of 277th Engineer Company, 46th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade, work on the first step of a many step process to build a Mabey Johnson Float Bridge near Taji, Iraq. The huge undertaking requires 6,000 cubic yards of dirt to be moved to level the ground for the bridge. That is nearly 400 dump truck loads of dirt. Photo by Sgt. Rebekah Malone. BAGHDAD — The Tigris River, or in Arabic Nahr Dijlah, winds itself through the very heart of Baghdad. For centuries, it has provided life-sustaining water and enabled trade in Mesopotamia.Traversing the fabled waterway is what...
  • Basrah Project Provides Job Skills, Employment Opportunities

    08/07/2009 4:07:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 223+ views
    Lt. Col. Humberto Ramirez, GRS Basra Area Office deputy commander, and Todd Harter, GRS construction representative, discuss the construction progress at the Al Basra Institute for Vocational Training renovation project with Iraqi project engineers. GRD photo by A. Al Bahrani. BASRAH — A vocational school renovation project here is slated to help residents of Al Hyyaniya, a densely-populated neighborhood in Basrah, learn job training skills that should increase their employment opportunities.Funded by the Commander’s Emergency Relief Program, the $2.5 million Al Basrah Institute for Vocational Training renovation project is being managed by the Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of...
  • Engineer Corps Begins Merging Districts

    07/25/2009 1:24:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 365+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Release
    COB SPEICHER — The Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers here began its transformation as part of the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq when it discontinued two of its three subordinate districts and merged them into the Gulf Region district, July 20. The Division’s Gulf Region North and Gulf Region Central districts became the newly-formed Gulf Region district. The new district, along with the division’s South district, will continue to provide full-spectrum construction management in support of the U.S. government and the government of Iraq. The consolidation began at a discontinuance ceremony where Col. Margaret W....
  • Building Bridges With Iraqi Army Engineers (ESSAYONS)

    07/15/2009 4:29:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 336+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Vanessa Bowman, USA
    TAJI — Iraqi Army (IA) Field Engineer Soldiers partnered with U.S. Soldiers to train on Mabey and Johnson Bridge emplacements at the Iraqi Army Engineer School here, July 3-13. Like most training the IA receives, a “train the trainer” approach was taken. Students from previous classes can now help new students learn these skills. The IA Engineer School trains 400-500 Engineers each rotation. The 50th Multi Role Bridge Company (MRBC), which supports 555th Engineer Brigade, assists this effort by instructing groups of 20 to 30 IA Engineers during ten-day blocks of classroom and hands-on bridge training. The combined IA and...