If you work in infrastructure, and if you make an effort to keep up with the latest developments in our amazing industry, you’ve probably already realized two things:

• There is an incredible amount of innovation happening in infrastructure—actually, given the critical need to rehabilitate and replace aging infrastructure and all the new technologies rapidly becoming available, we seem to be experiencing a golden age of infrastructure.

• And, there is also an incredible amount of infrastructure information available! Infrastructure Digest tracks about 40 trade journals, and that’s just a start; blogs and newsletters, press releases, and content from vendors (like white papers and case studies) can easily double that amount of information.

Keeping up with the flood of innovation and the best practices of infrastructure professionals around the globe is practically a fulltime job… and the last thing you need is a fulltime job on top of your fulltime job!

That’s why I started Infrastructure Digest. The vast majority of the engineers, DPWs, land surveyors, contractors and other infrastructure pros that I meet daily in my work as a fulltime infrastructure writer (and previously, in my 17-year career as a licensed land surveyor) are extremely conscientious when it comes to their careers and customers. And, they get really frustrated when they see the magazines piling up on their desk or when they try to extract important information from the cluttered, badly organized websites of most infrastructure magazines.

And they get really really frustrated when they do make time to review magazines, and they have to wade through a seeming majority of articles that aren’t very interesting and don’t really address their needs.

So, if you’re one of those frustrated infrastructure professionals trying hard to keep up with a mighty river of information, Infrastructure Digest is for you. We survey as many relevant information sources as we can find, and write brief summaries of the material we find that we think is potentially useful. Then, you can take a look at the summary, see if the information is useful to you and, if it is, click on the provided link and go right to the article without negotiating a crowded website or a needlessly complex archiving system.

Take a look at the sample post below:

 

Oregon sign recycling project proves 41% savings in Phase I

By Infrastructure Digest on July 22nd, 2012

Posted in: Transportation, Tags: signagetransportation

“… the first phase of 500 hydrostripped and refaced aluminum street signs has proven a 41% overall savings within the state sign budget.” Saves money, is reasonably green, and provides some jobs; what’s not to like? Public Works, June 2012

 

As you can see, we keep it simple. The headline of the post is always the same as the article headline. The light gray text under that lets you know when the post went up—we’re currently aiming for five to seven posts per day. Then you see the post’s relevant category and tags; you can click on these to see pages containing all the posts we’ve published that deal with these subtopics. Then, in italics, a quote taken directly from the linked article and following that, in regular text, our quick summary of the article and maybe a suggestion to why you should read it. The last link will always tell you the publication where the article appeared, with a publication date, and you can always click on that to read the article immediately.

As you can see, we’re trying to be brief, relevant, daily, and free.

Basically, we’re trying to make keeping up easier. Please let us know if it’s working!