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Want a peek at the future?

The top three winners of the 2017 ASCE Innovation Contest share the potential to go from concept to reality in just a few years.

From a diverse group of submissions, Innovation Contest judges selected three overall-award recipients and honored others for innovative aspects in five categories. The three major winners are:

Subsurface Utilities Made Visible Again,” by Larry Stolarczyk, of Stolar Global Imaging LLC, received the Overall Greatest Impact on Delivering the ASCE Grand Challenge Award.

The concept employs nondestructive and passive AM broadcast band radio readings as utility locator technology to assist pipeline-utility owners.

PE-Cool System,” by Utpal Datta, M.Sc., Samer Dessouky, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, and A. T. Papagiannakis, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, of the University of Texas at San Antonio, earned the Overall Best New Concept Award.

The PE-Cool (or Pavement Energy Harvesting and Cooling) System aims to capture the heat in asphalt pavement, convert it into electric power, and then cool down the surface temperature.

AquaCharge,” by Jonathan L. Bradshaw, EIT, S.M.ASCE, a Ph.D. candidate in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, earned the Overall Best Student Innovation Award.

AquaCharge is an optimization tool for enhancing water resiliency and sustainability by using stormwater and recycled wastewater to augment groundwater recharge.

ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council debuted the Innovation Contest in 2016 as part of the Society’s Grand Challenge initiative to significantly enhance the life-cycle performance of infrastructure by 2025. The contest aims to identify innovative ideas from civil engineers across the board, including students, educators, practitioners, and project managers.

The winners will gather in Reston, VA, June 20-22, for a series of events that will give them the opportunity to present their ideas to industry leaders and network with other innovative thinkers.In addition to the three overall-award winners, the contest recognized several category winners:

Green Engineering

• Best Value – “Water Harvesting from Unconventional Sources,” submitted by John R. Ackerman, P.E., P.G., BCEE, F.NSPE, M.ASCE, Twin Oaks Water Systems Inc.

• Most Innovative – “PE-Cool System,” submitted by Utpal Datta, M.Sc., Samer Dessouky, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, and A. T. Papagiannakis, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, University of Texas at San Antonio

• Most Efficient – “AquaCharge,” submitted by Jonathan L. Bradshaw, EIT, S.M.ASCE, Ph.D. candidate, Stanford University

Innovative Business Models and Technologies

• Most Innovative – “Global Food and Energy Security with Restorative Engineering,” submitted by Mark Capron, P.E., M.ASCE, Ocean Foresters

• Most Efficient – “Subsurface Utilities Made Visible Again,” submitted by Larry Stolarczyk, Stolar Global Imaging LLC

Internet of Things

• Best Value – “The Revolutionary Blockchain: An Opportunity for Engineering Stewardship,” submitted by Daniel Robles, P.E., MBA, Integrated Engineering Blockchain Consortium, and Matthew Bowers, P.E. M.ASCE, SC Solutions Inc.

• Most Innovative – “Two-Factor Authentication for Industrial SCADA Systems,” submitted by Michael Provencher

Next-Generation Transportation

• Best Value – “PE-Cool System,” submitted by Utpal Datta, M.Sc., Samer Dessouky, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, and A. T. Papagiannakis, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, University of Texas at San Antonio

• Most Innovative – “Hyperloop Transfer System: An Innovative Method for Mitigating Airport Congestion,” submitted by Timothy Klotz, EIT, A.M.ASCE, AECOM, North Carolina State University

Resiliency

• Best Value – “AquaCharge,” submitted by Jonathan L. Bradshaw, EIT, S.M.ASCE, Ph.D. candidate, Stanford University

• Most Innovative – “Subsurface Utilities Made Visible Again,” submitted by Larry Stolarczyk, Stolar Global Imaging LLC

• Most Efficient – “The Anti-Scour Pier Sheath,” submitted by Robie Bonilla-Gris, M.Sc.

Learn more about ASCE’s Grand Challenge and how you can get involved.

The Innovation Contest is sponsored by Pennoni, KCI, Mott MacDonald, Innovyze, Northrop Grumman, Clark Nexsen, Charles Pankow Foundation, and Kleinfelder.

1 Comment
  • We have created something called The Polar Pod & were looking for some kind of contest to get into to show off what we have created ………www.thepolarpod.com
    If you guys know of any invention conventions would you let us know (it’s a pretty COOL idea )
    Thanks
    Steve
    904 962 1793

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