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America’s Aging Assets

posted May 17, 2013, 10:39 AM by Andrew McCoy   [ updated May 17, 2013, 10:39 AM ]

Opportunities for electrical work in infrastructure 


Published: February 2013
By Fred Sargent and Andrew McCoy

Try not to think of pink elephants. That silly proposition makes us chuckle when we hear it because we know that, as soon as someone says, “pink elephants,” we will unavoidably visualize pink elephants. We think in pictures. Hearing or reading words triggers mental images of what they mean.

Even a nondescript term such as “infrastructure” conjures up something in our mind’s eye. Most people associate infrastructure with roads and bridges—a natural response in the automobile-centric society in the United States.

In the context of this article, we are talking about civil infrastructure. As a matter of fact, you might decide that a better term for it would be civilization infrastructure. That’s a mouthful, but it better conveys the idea that the level of civilization, which all of us are able to enjoy every day in this country, heavily depends on the integrity of our so-called civil infrastructure, which means more than roads alone.
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