Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin has ordered flags around Vermont to fly at half staff in honor of Steven L. Lapierre, a longtime firefighter and fire warden who passed away in the line of duty last week. The Vermont flag will be lowered Saturday at sunrise and will return to full staff Tuesday at sunrise. The governor will attend calling hours for Lapierre on Friday in St Albans. Governor Shumlin issued the following statement.”My thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Lapierre at this difficult time. His long and distinguished history of service to his community and state should serve as an example to all of us. I know the tight-knit community of firefighters and first responders, of which Mr Lapierre was such an integral part, is especially touched by this loss. At a time like this, Vermonters are reminded of the sacrifice that firefighters, first responders, and others make to keep us safe. On behalf of Vermonters, I thank them all for their service and express my condolences for this loss.”
DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts, launched its guideline “Subsea power cables in shallow water renewable energy applications” (DNV-RP-J301), which provides a comprehensive review of subsea power cable practice and advice for managing the risk commonly associated with the cables.Problems with subsea cables have affected many offshore wind farms and damage to cables has been identified as a major insurance risk for the offshore wind industry. Cable related problems are costly and most often arise from inadequate risk identification, lack of planning, sub-standard design and deficiencies in how procedures are applied. To date, cabling failures have cost millions of euros in delays and numerous legal disputes.In order to address these problems, a guideline was developed by the Joint Industry Project (JIP) known as ‘CableRisk’, which was established in August 2012 by DNV GL and 15 partner organisations, including:– Bohlen & Doyen,– Boskalis Offshore,– DONG Energy,– Electrabel GDF SUEZ,– Iberdrola,– Inch Cape (EDPR, Repsol),– JDR Cable Systems,– Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke,– Offshore Marine Management,– Siem Offshore Contractors,– Tekmar Energy,– Tideway Offshore Solutions,– Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects,– VSMC .The subsea power cable guideline is a comprehensive technical guide that covers all project phases of subsea cable projects. It applies to the entire length of the cable and its surroundings including assessment of project conditions, planning and execution of works as well as asset management. Important sections of the 145-pages document cover design of the physical interfaces at offshore units and in the landfall area.Thomas Boehme, Principal Engineer with DNV GL and Project Manager for the JIP commented: “The guideline that we’ve developed under the ‘CableRisk’ project is an important step in the right direction to address design questions and manage risks surrounding subsea power cables. Major themes of the guideline are improvement of communication between stakeholders, clarification of what is required and pointing to possible solutions without limiting the options for implementation.”Kim Mørk, Vice President and Global Technical Manager, DNV GL Renewables Certification and project sponsor for the JIP added: “The guideline will benefit the entire offshore wind industry, from developers and contractors through to owners and operators. Working with subject experts as part of ‘CableRisk’ has enabled us to develop a detailed and credible document, which will provide the industry with crucial insight into this often underestimated part of offshore wind development.”Press Release, March 10, 2014
Sierra Wireless has announced that the AirPrime EM7565 LTE-Advanced Pro Embedded Module has been granted FCC approval and is the first embedded module available for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) networks in the U.S. This enables organizations to operate their own LTE networks in areas such as colleges and corporate campuses, arenas, airports, ports, and warehouses.The Sierra Wireless module is approved to operate in the 3.5 GHz CBRS radio band which was traditionally used by U.S. Navy radar systems. This band has now been made available for private LTE (and other technology) networks or for cellular carriers to augment their existing services. The 3GPP has authorized the use of Band 48 for CBRS so that LTE products can use the new CBRS band in addition to the U.S. cellular carrier bands. Outside of the U.S. and not considered CBRS, the 3GPP has defined other 3.5 GHz bands that are expected to quickly enable 5G services in regions where these bands are available, including Europe, Japan, and Brazil.As the CBRS ecosystem of infrastructure, carriers, and modules roll out, it becomes much easier for organizations to operate their own LTE networks with more device and service options for users. For example, a college campus could deploy a CBRS network to provide unlimited data to users while on campus, or an oil and gas company could provide LTE coverage to connect tablets, rugged handhelds, routers, and other equipment in a remote oil field. Seen as a more secure alternative to Wi-Fi, CBRS networks can support both low and high-bandwidth applications, do not require spectrum licenses and are expected to reduce the cost of data transmission.Part of the AirPrime EM75 Series, the EM7565 embedded module now supports emerging CBRS networks with the EM7511 expected to complete FCC approval shortly. In addition to providing 4G LTE Advanced Pro Cat-12 coverage, including FirstNet LTE Band 14, the EM75 Series has 3G fallback, integrated GNSS and support for secure, authenticated firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) updates and offered in the PCI Express M.2 form factor. For more information, click here.
SALT LAKE CITY — Most games, Ute centers David Foster and Jason Washburn are looking down at their opponents, who are sometimes as much as six to eight inches smaller.For a change, they’ll be playing against someone their own size tonight (7 p.m.) when Montana comes to town for a game at the Huntsman Center.The Grizzlies, who went to the NCAA Tournament last year after knocking off Weber State in the Big Sky tournament, are led by 6-11 Brian Qvale and 7-foot forward Derek Selvig, who both start on the frontline.”Both of these guys are very skilled strong big men, who can shoot the ball, who are both really good passers,” said the 7-foot Washburn, who is expected to start at center for Utah.”It looks like the two bigs know how to play with each other very well,” added Foster, last year’s starter at center. The 7-3 Foster has been hampered by a sore knee this fall, but is expected to play.Montana, which went 22-10 last year, is coming off an 81-66 loss at Nevada in a game they led by two at halftime.”They’re a veteran team that’s been to the tournament with two terrific inside guys,” said Ute coach Jim Boylen. “Qvale is a post-up 5, who is a physical presence who can score and may be the best passer in the post we’ll play against. Selvig is a 4-5, who can make threes, but also play inside. They’re both very skilled and very tough.”Besides those two, the Grizzlies have returning starting guard Will Cherry along with junior guard Shawn Stockton, the nephew of former Jazz star John Stockton. The other starter is expected to be Jordan Wood, a 6-3 guard prepped at Cedar City before playing for Snow College.Besides Washburn in the middle, the Utes are expected to start JC transfers Josh Watkins and Will Clyburn at guard and sophomore Shawn Glover and freshman J.J. O’Brien at forwards with senior Jay Watkins coming off the bench.The last time Utah and Montana played was in 1969 when Utah won 109-93 in Salt Lake.After tonight’s game, the Utes will play Weber State at home Saturday night before taking their first road trip, to Logan Wednesday night. The Grizzlies play Montana Tech at home Friday night.Utes on the airMontana (0-1) at Utah (1-0)Today, 7 p.m.Huntsman CenterTV: noneRadio: 700 AMe-mail: [email protected]