Boring Co.'s Chicago Deal Shows We Haven't Yet Hit Peak Musk

Forbes - Tech

A rendering of the O'Hare International Airport station for the proposed high-speed transit line the company aims to build. Chicago's plan to let Elon Musk's Boring Co. have a crack at building a high-speed, subterranean transportation line to whisk passengers between the city's center and O'Hare International Airport is a coup for the fledgling infrastructure firm and speaks volumes about confidence in its billionaire founder--who hasn't actually built such a system before. The project includes drilling tunnels from Chicago's Loop to the airport in which autonomous electric pods, built by Tesla and derived from its Model X crossover platform, would carry up to 16 passengers each and travel at up to 150 miles per hour. The Boring Co. is to cover construction costs and recoup its investment from passenger fares of as much as $25 for the 12-minute ride. The total cost and timeline for construction haven't been set, though it's "very likely" to take at least three years, Musk said.


A Knowledge System for Decision Support in the " Digital Oil Field "

AAAI Conferences

The AKSIO project is developing an integrated operations system to achieve cost efficient drilling and increased recovery from offshore oilfields. The system will provide timely and contextual knowledge for work processes. It supports decision-making by continuously updating an assessment of the drilling situation and ranking the available options for actions. AKSIO supports collaborative work in teams with members from the offshore platform, onshore operations centre, individual specialists, and suppliers. It links databases, applications, specialist knowledge networks, and real-time data from the field to a visual representation of the work process, situation, and decision context. The concept is to be demonstrated at an Onshore Support Centre (OSC), equipped with fiberoptic links to the field and state-of-the-art display and communication facilities.


JR Central unveils tunnel for maglev shinkansen line

The Japan Times

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) has unveiled the inside of a tunnel under construction in Gifu Prefecture for use as part of its maglev ultrahigh-speed train line, scheduled to go into service in 2027. A section of the Hiyoshi tunnel that is currently being drilled was shown to reporters Tuesday. It was the first time for JR Central to unveil the inside of a tunnel to be used for the Chuo Shinkansen line. The mountainous construction zone of Minamigaito in the city of Mizunami, Gifu Prefecture, is 7.4 kilometers long and 14 meters wide. The construction of the tunnel started in December 2016 and the drilling work began in October last year.


That Dakota Access Pipeline leak isn't the builder's only problem

Mashable

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline warned this would happen. They probably didn't expect it to come so soon, however. The newly completed conduit, which cuts across a reservoir relied on by members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, leaked 84 gallons of crude oil in South Dakota in early April, recent media reports indicate. Members of the tribe, who fought hard to block part of the pipeline's construction, said the relatively small spill bolsters their argument that Dakota Access threatens their water supplies and livelihoods. The April 4 leak was cleaned up but not widely publicized at the time.


Judge rejects tribes' request to temporarily halt construction of Dakota Access pipeline

FOX News

WASHINGTON – A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by two American Indian tribes for an emergency order halting construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, in Washington, D.C., said that as long as the oil isn't flowing through the pipeline, there is no immediate harm to the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes, which are suing to stop the project. But he said he'd consider the arguments more thoroughly at another hearing on Feb. 27. The tribes requested the temporary injunction last week after Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners got federal permission to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. That's the last big section of the $3.8 billion pipeline that would need to be constructed before it could carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois.