The community watering point in Wales in
September 2017. The water is diverted from a
creek near this location. There is no treatment
of the water before residents fill containers to
haul water to their homes.
Photo by Rebecca Venot, CRW Engineering
cost and time of transporting people and
freight safely is always a huge factor in any
Alaskan design since many villages are very
remote and hard to access.” He notes safety is
always the first priority for an engineer, and
one aspect of working in Alaska that constantly challenges safety is icy road conditions on state highways.
“There are many vehicle accidents on Alaskan highways each year due to ice and snow,
and road salt and sand just aren’t cutting it in
some areas,” Lund says.
Roadways and infrastructure are a focus
for Bailey because Alaska is still a relatively
young state in terms of infrastructure development.
“Connecting more of the state via upgraded and new roads and airports with advanced technology would allow easier access
overall,” says Bailey, who goes on to say many
remote areas still have basic unmet needs,
“Alaska does not receive very many hours of sunlight
in the winter months when the highway heating is needed,
so some kind of energy storage would need to be designed
to capture the sunlight in the summer time and store that
energy until winter. Heated highways may or may not be
the most practical solution to icy roadways, but it is
something that should be researched and looked into
Electrical Engineer, CRW Engineering Group
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