2019’s 19 Most Click-Worthy Stories
From robots and digital twins to an Italian first and big-name conferences (both before and afters!), you won’t want to miss these stories the second time around.
Catch up (or refresh your memory) on some of our top Jacobs.com content from 2019.
- How Imagining Life on Mars is Made Possible Through 3D Printing
Jan. 30 – One of our first, and perhaps most awe-inspiring “What If” features, this story highlighted how we’re partnering with NASA scientists to explore planetary habitat manufacturing and assembly technologies, such as 3D printing, to develop options for practical, affordable and flexible structures capable of thriving whether on land or in space.
A third of urban dwellers – some 1.6 billion people – could struggle to secure decent housing by 2025. Smart options for affordable, livable structures, both on land and in space, are critical for society and for future exploration.
- World’s Premier Global Space Event Attracts the Who’s Who of Space
Oct. 19 – In 2019, humanity celebrated the 50th anniversary of a feat once thought impossible: humans walking on the moon. And in honor of the milestone, this year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) commemorated that “one giant leap for mankind.”
This piece profiled our participation at the 70th annual IAC – which attracts more than 4,000 global participants each year, making it the world’s largest space congress – including highlights from our variety of briefings, forums, panel discussions and technical presentations.
- How the Fastest Growing U.S. Metro Area is Managing High Density Traffic
Feb. 19 – Straight from our own backyard, this “What If” feature explored how we’re working with agencies in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex to study Automated Transportation System (ATS) technologies.
The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area gained 146,000 new residents in 2017, the largest jump in population of any U.S. metro area. ATS technologies could be the city’s best response to connecting Dallasites, keeping them (and us!) on the move for years to come.
- Technology and Sustainability Unite to Help Seniors Thrive in an Urban Setting
Oct. 9 – Did you know we’re leading design and planning for a proposed high-rise that’s using technological innovation to drive better healthcare outcomes while redefining senior living and care?
This article profiled how, in one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S., we’re doing just that – and advancing sustainable growth with a mixed-use urban high rise called Vertical Medical City - Orlando.
- Discover Italy’s First WELL-Certified Building, A Jacobs Office
March 8 – The renovation at our office in Milan helped the location become the first WELL-certified building in Italy.
Go inside the improvements that most of our surveyed respondents say make the new office more comfortable and healthier, too, in this article.
- How 4D Imaging and Robots Contribute to Safe Cleanup of Hanford Site
Oct. 8 – During the last decade, we’ve safely managed the environmental cleanup of the Central Plateau at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site, which for more than 40 years, was home to reactors that produced plutonium for America’s defense program.
In this “What If” feature, we highlighted how the Hanford team’s using tools such as 4D imaging and robotics to safely perform one of the largest environmental protection programs in the world.
- Tips on Fostering Inclusion to Become the Status Quo: Women in Construction USA 2019 Conference Recap
Oct. 23 – Imagine being a presenter to a sold-out, primarily female audience at the first 2019 Women in Construction USA Conference in San Francisco. The energy is high, people are engaged and excited to listen, reflect and share their experiences about being more inclusive and diverse in the construction industry.
In this article, two of our presenters, Project Manager Preeti Parthasarathy and Senior Vice President Tom Price, share highlights and practical tips from their sessions and experience.
- ENR Names Jacobs as No. 1 Design Firm
June 27 – For the second consecutive year,Engineering News-Record ranked us No. 1 in its list of Top 500 Design Firms in the world.
We’ve held a top five position in the Top 500 list since ENR’s rankings began in 2003, and this year we also secured top spots in 19 ENR market sectors, including aerospace, manufacturing, airports, health care, government offices, ports & maritime and wastewater treatment plants — just to name a few.
- How This Community Shifted its Views to Build for Tomorrow
May 10 – The Great Lakes represent more than 20% of the world’s surface freshwater.
This year during Infrastructure Week, we shared how NEW Water’s new solids handling facility, designed by us, is protecting this valuable resource, changing how the community views its waste and providing reliable infrastructure for the future.
- “Mulembe” from Kibembe!
Aug. 12 – This summer, one of our transportation engineers and project manager Erin James and nine other women from across the industry joined forces to build a bridge to a safer, healthier future for the 1,700 people who call Kibembe home.
Erin reflected on her experience on the first-ever Bridges to Prosperity Women’s Suspension Build in this thoughtful blog.
- How Parametric and 3D Design Helped a Drought-Plagued Megacity Explore its Water Future
Aug. 21 – Between 2014 and 2015, the worst drought in a century affected every aspect of Brazilian livelihood – from coffee production to critical infrastructure and water services.
In this “What If” feature we demonstrate how Replica, Jacobs Digital Twin Solutions software converged to help São Paulo explore options – in 3D – for a more resilient, drought-proof and secure future water supply.
- What Motivates You? 3 Outstanding Jacobs Women Share Their Stories
July 15 – This year, the Women Builders Council honored three of our employees as “Next Generation of Women Builders” and “Outstanding Women of 2019”.
In this article, these bold women shared how they’re fostering empowerment and creativity through courage to build for the future.
- How Digital Twin and Analytics Improve Operations, Minimize Costs
Feb. 5 – Researchers predict that companies using digital twins of IoT-connected assets will achieve gains of up to 25% in 2020.
In this “What If” feature, we showed how Jacobs-designed simulation platform (Replica) and digital analytics are rapidly developing digital twin models – already – for water and industrial water-related processes, helping a customer improve operation performance, while minimizing energy and chemical usage.
- Best of the Best: Jacobs-Designed CDOT US 34 Repair Project
March 15 – Following devastating floods in Colorado, we teamed up with the Colorado Department of Transportation and Kiewit Infrastructure to help affected mountain communities build back better than before.
In 2019, ENR selected the US 34 Big Thompson Canyon Permanent Repair project as the 2018 Overall National Best of the Best Project.
- Digital Showcase: Windara Reef Restoration
Feb. 22 – Along the Australian coast, 99% of native shellfish reefs have disappeared from exploitation.
Serving as lead engineer for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in its partnership to develop the continent’s largest-ever reef reconstruction project, we designed the second phase of Windara Reef’s construction, expanding the reef to 20 total hectares, or the equivalent of 20 American football fields in length.
With this project showcase on our website, the project (and its benefits) can shine on.
- How Australia’s Largest Metro Area Got Clever for Commutes
Jan. 9 – As we prepare for a new decade, consider the global and social progress we’ve witnessed in the last two decades.
It’s easy to see how much can change and why many cities and infrastructure owners are developing visionary master plans to carry their systems and assets forward, especially with population growth impacting everything from water supply and educational needs to power grids and roads.
Our first “What If” feature of 2019 highlighted how implementing smart motorway schemes, with support from our team, is helping one agency drive an approach to reduce congestion and improve travel reliability in greater Metropolitan Sydney ahead of future change.
- 2 Bright Jacobs Minds Recognized for Positively Influencing the Future
Feb. 15 – We think differently about the future. We start with “what if” to surface new possibilities and harness deep technical expertise to bring bold solutions to fruition.
During Engineers Week 2019, we asked Andrea DuMont and Monica Morales – two bright Jacobs leaders, both named 2019 New Faces of Civil Engineering by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – to share their own stories of how asking “what if” inspired them to make an enduring, positive difference in the world.
- Energizing Tomorrow’s STEM Minds and Vibrant Communities
July 15 – In this article, discover a handful of ways we’re promoting science, technology, engineering and math education and the building of strong communities for a more connected, sustainable world for future generations.
- 3 Lessons on Resilient Sewer Infrastructure: A WEFTEC 2019 Sneak Peek
Aug. 18 – In September, we headed to Chicago once again for the 92nd Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference.
Ahead of this year’s event, our Global Conveyance and Storage Solutions Director Susan Moisio shared a sneak peak of her presentation on resilient sewer infrastructure. Susan joined our water professionals sharing expertise in WEF’s Words on Water podcast, 5 workshops and more than 30 sessions this year at WEFTEC.