August 2016, Vol. 71 No. 8


Infrastructure Vision 2050 Names “Dream” Phase Winners

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has announced five winners in the second, “Dream”, phase of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge.

Launched earlier this year, the three-phased competition challenges a community of innovators to reimagine personal mobility, freight movement, and utility infrastructure components and systems in the United States. The Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge is part of a larger thought-leadership initiative launched by AEM last year that will develop a long-term, national vision for U.S. infrastructure.

The “Dream” phase generated 30 submissions from individuals and teams in the U.S., Canada and throughout the world. A five-person panel of experts judged the submissions based on the degree to which the proposed solution improved infrastructure capacity, safety and connectivity, and on the innovativeness and viability of its implementation.

The winning “Dream” submissions include:

InfinitPipe: A Breakthrough for the Pipeline Industry – a new product and production method for the pipeline construction and repair industry to manufacture joint-less composite pipe onsite.

One Crack Away From a Disaster – a multi-component water infrastructure repair system that utilizes drones and virtual reality to conduct inspections and repairs.

AEM launched the third, “Build”, phase of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge on July 13. Submissions close mid-January 2017 and final winners will be featured at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 (March) trade show’s Tech Experience in Las Vegas, NV.

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