The Infrastructure Show consists of monthly podcasts in which some of the nation’s top infrastructure experts discuss with host Professor Joseph Schofer of Northwestern University the condition of our infrastructure today, and what can be done about it. While many subjects are addressed, including repairs, upgrades and new construction, there is an emphasis on the topics of preventive and predictive maintenance, as well as “structural health monitoring” – a special focus of the Northwestern Infrastructure Technology Institute, of which Dr. Schofer is Director.
The Bay Lights – Bridges as Art
Spectacular bridges can be focal points of their host cities, reminding us that unique infrastructure can also be unique art. Lighting those bridges can carry their aesthetic value into the night. In 2013, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was
The Port of Duluth-Superior – Our Largest Freshwater Seaport
The Port of Duluth-Superior, located at the western end of Lake Superior, is a national and international cargo hub, serving the Great Lakes and, through the St. Lawrence Seaway, the rest of the world. It supports flows of bulk cargoes such as grain,
Giving Streets Back to People – Tactical Urbanism in Atlanta
Some U.S. Cities are taking back streets from exclusive use by motor vehicles to protect and prioritize vulnerable road users – pedestrians and bicyclists – and to enhance neighborhood livability. This process is advanced under the banner of
Getting PFAS Out of Our Drinking Water (fixed)
PFAS, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the forever chemicals, are commonly used as protective coatings because they resist heat, stains and water. Because PFAS do not normally degrade in the
PennDOT Rebuilds I-95 with Recycled Bottles in 12 Days
On June 11, 2023, a gasoline truck caught fire under I-95 in Philadelphia, essentially melting a major section of the primary roadway through the center of the Northeast Corridor. Facing what looked like a months-long reconstruction process, the
Low Water on the Mississippi Blocks Farm Trade
Fluctuations in water levels on our inland waterways system can affect the movement of bulk freight, particularly agricultural products. Low waters, as occurred in the fall of 2022 on the lower Mississippi River, limited the flow of freight and
Love this show!
I work in the electric infrastructure field in California and I love learning more about the built environment, trends, and developments happening in infrastructure. This show is well thought out, produced, and informative.
Solid podcast with just enough information to keep you engaged. I enjoy learning about infrastructure so it’s a great listen. My feedback would be to do an episode or a mini series on “green” cities or sustainable cities or whatever that looks like. I know we can have amazing cities but have more efficient ones too.
Concise and Interesting
Very concise and informative interviews. I enjoy listening to technical interviews concerning infrastructure, but it’s hard for me to give them my full attention after a while. However, the roughly 20 minute time limit of this podcast helps keep me engaged and interested. I am looking forward to learning what else is new in the field I work in.