Los Angeles Times: Thousands of L.A. apartments aren’t ready for the next earthquake. Is yours?. “In 2016, Los Angeles launched a program to find and fix ‘soft-story’ apartment buildings — those perched above parking spaces with little support and at risk of collapse in a major earthquake. The city identified about 11,400 apartment buildings in need of retrofitting. So far, only a quarter have done the work. ”
The College of New Jersey: Civil engineering students and their professor apply big data to understand New Jersey’s bumper-to-bumper lifestyle.. “On a 100-degree day in late July, civil engineering professor Tom Brennan and three students in his research lab made it snow. No, indoor precipitation was not in the forecast: the snow storm was a computer simulation of an actual one that blew in pretty much out of nowhere on the afternoon of November 15, 2018, creating traffic nightmares throughout New Jersey.”
Total Telecom: Google announces the completion of Curie Cable, connecting US and Chile. “Google has announced that its trans-Continental Curie cable, which connects Chile with the US, has been successfully installed and tested. The cable is expected to go live in the second quarter of 2020.”
Fast Company: The first map of America’s food supply chain is mind-boggling. “My team at the University of Illinois just developed the first high-resolution map of the U.S. food supply chain. Our map is a comprehensive snapshot of all food flows between counties in the U.S.—grains, fruits and vegetables, animal feed, and processed food items.” I don’t want to get into a whole compare/contrast thing, but I do want to note that Arizona State University released a food supply chain tool in April.
New-to-me, from Esri: Web Maps Share Detailed Submarine Cable Data. “The Submarine Cable Database enables analysis for the Submarine Cable Almanac, Cable Map, Industry Tender Package, and Industry Newsfeed. The Submarine Cable Database was developed in 2013 and modified with real-time data thereafter. It tracks more than 400 current and planned domestic and international cable systems, including project information suitable for querying filtered by client, year, project, region, system length, capacity, landing points, data centers, owners, and installers.” I don’t know if there are any paywalled information sets, but I was able to browse around without registering/logging in and found a fair amount of information.
University of Chicago: In fight against global poverty, researchers map fast-growing informal settlements in Africa. “Urban scientists at the University of Chicago’s Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation on Oct. 23 launched the Million Neighborhoods Map—a groundbreaking visual tool that provides the first comprehensive look at informal settlements across Africa, helping to identify communities most in need of roads, power, water, sanitation and other infrastructure. Updates for Central and South America, India, and parts of Europe and Asia will come online over the next several weeks.”
Techdirt: Why Navigation Apps, Working Properly, Can Make Traffic Flows Worse — And What To Do About It. “Techdirt has just written about how advanced digital technology can be used for less-than-benign purposes, simply because it is a tool that can be applied in both good and bad ways. A fascinating analysis by Jane Macfarlane in IEEE Spectrum explores something similar: how new technology being used as designed, and with only the best intentions, can nonetheless give rise to potentially serious problems.”