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95 Percent of Americans Believe There Are Serious Risks to the U.S. Infrastructure System
NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microdesk, a leading provider of business and technology consulting services to help firms successfully plan, design, build and operate land and buildings, today unveiled the results of its 2013 "State of the Industry" survey. The survey1 of over 2,000 U.S. adults age 18 and older, conducted online in August by Harris Interactive on behalf of Microdesk, asked questions regarding their sentiments on a wide range of issues, from what infrastructure is believed to be at greatest risk to how improvements should be facilitated.
Following a year in which Americans witnessed the devastating impact of natural disasters including Hurricane Sandy and infrastructure failures such as bridge and building collapses throughout the country, the survey revealed Americans are keenly aware of the country's failing infrastructure system.
Where U.S. Infrastructure Stands: Americans Recognize Dismal State
Infrastructure Challenges: Americans Show Concern on Bridges, Roads
Tools For Change: Americans Look to Technology, Government
"After a hard year in which Americans experienced the devastating effects of everything from hurricanes and tornados to bridge failures and train derailments, there is a strong awareness that our infrastructure system is in serious danger," said Michael DeLacey, President, Microdesk. "Our consumer survey shows that Americans are looking for a combination of government leadership and funding, along with new technologies, to get U.S. infrastructure back on its feet. This mirrors the sentiment we saw in our first State of the Industry survey2, as well as other recent polls of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry professionals. As consumer awareness grows, now is the time for a serious discussion around next steps."
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Microdesk is a design technology consultancy that combines the leading software tools from Autodesk, Oracle, Google, Adobe and ESRI, with the latest methods, including Building Information Modeling and Virtual Design & Construction, to provide business and technology consulting services to help firms successfully plan, design, build and operate land and buildings. Microdesk is a member of the Autodesk and ESRI Developer Networks, a leading Autodesk and Oracle Primavera partner, and operates Autodesk, Oracle and Google Authorized Training Centers. Microdesk has 11 offices nationwide, located in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago and Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.microdesk.com.
12013 Survey Methodology
The 2013 survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive via its QuickQuery omnibus product on behalf of Microdesk from August 16-20, 2013 among 2,045 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Ola Beilock at email@example.com.
22012 Survey Methodology
In 2012, more than 330 architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals from the Microdesk U.S. contacts database were surveyed during April 2012. The database is highly representative of senior managers, business owners and top-tier AEC firms throughout the nation. Understanding that infrastructure woes continue to plague the U.S., respondents were asked to provide their opinion about the key influences affecting the overall industry, along with their future views on a number of issues including the 2012 presidential election. The survey was commissioned by Microdesk.
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