Trump supports gas-tax increase for infrastructure funding | Ore. airport considers $1.3B expansion and renovation | Drone video: Concrete being placed at Oroville spillway
July 17, 2017
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Trump supports gas-tax increase for infrastructure funding
President Donald Trump is open to a gas-tax increase and "nothing is off the table" to fund a 10-year infrastructure plan, said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. She also said that public-private partnerships are an important part of the plan, although they aren't suitable for all projects.
WDRB-TV/WMYO-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (7/14) 
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Ore. airport considers $1.3B expansion and renovation
Airlines are expected to vote in the fall on a $1.3 billion plan to overhaul the terminal at the Portland International Airport. Construction on the five-year project could begin in 2020 and would include a $215 million renovation and expansion of one of the concourses and a $265 million addition to the parking garage.
The Oregonian (Portland) (7/15) 
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Drone video: Concrete being placed at Oroville spillway
Repairs are continuing at the Oroville spillway in California, and a drone video shows concrete being placed for the foundation. Kiewit is expected to complete the project by Nov. 1
Mercury-Register (Oroville, Calif.) (7/15) 
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Time-lapse video: Crews disassemble TBM Bertha
Tunnel boring has ended under the streets of Seattle, and Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners has been disassembling Bertha, the machine that did the tunneling. Crews are about halfway done breaking the machine into parts, and a time-lapse video shows the progress.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (7/14) 
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Trends & Technology
Commentary: Design-build encourages collaboration
The Korte Co.'s business development director, Jody Luke, discusses the advantages of a design-build over traditional construction contracts. Luke says the method encourages everyone, including the owners, to be involved in the process and can bring all stakeholders into better alignment.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Atlanta (7/16) 
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AI used to scan construction photos for problems
Smartvid.io, which has developed artificial intelligence technology to scan construction photos and look for any potential safety issues, has landed a $7 million investment from Autodesk and several other investors. Although worker safety is a key goal, the technology can also be used to find cracks in concrete.
Engineering News-Record (7/13) 
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How technology helps build sustainable practices
Harriet Langford, founder of the Georgia-based nonprofit the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, is helping build the future of sustainable transportation on part of Interstate 85 near the city of LaGrange, Ga. In addition to this solar highway, Langford is working on technologies such as a sensor data network that uses blinking lights to communicate, and she's investigating how to use drones to help first responders or to monitor air pollution.
GreenBiz (7/14) 
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Sustainable Development
Computer simulations show bridge can withstand extreme weather
As many as 30 concrete pilings will anchor the foundations of the $250 million Bonner Bridge replacement in North Carolina, which is 50% complete. Engineers have run computer simulations of the new bridge and say it can withstand anything Mother Nature can throw at it.
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (7/16) 
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Advancing the Profession
How to tell if advice is worth listening to
Be wary of taking advice that isn't tailored specifically to you or that comes from someone who isn't qualified to advise you. In addition, pay little attention to advice that is focused on the final result but provides no information on the steps to get there, says Jeremy Greenberg, a business strategist.
Fast Company online (7/13) 
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New resilience-focused ASCE Congress on Technical Advancement coming in September
New resilience-focused ASCE Congress on Technical Advancement coming in September
If you're involved or interested in the areas covered by ASCE's Aerospace Division, Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, Cold Regions Engineering Division, Construction Institute, Energy Division, Forensic Engineering Division, or the Infrastructure Resilience Division, you won't want to miss ASCE's first Congress on Technical Advancement. Discover the new things you'll learn in Duluth, Minn., Sept. 10-13. The early-bird discount is about to close. Register today.
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Help bring power to refugee camps totaling 250,000 in Ethiopia
Help bring power to refugee camps totaling 250,000 in Ethiopia
In 2011, devastating drought brought on by a La Nina forced a quarter of a million people to flee Somalia to Ethiopia. ASCE's partner Engineers Without Borders USA is providing technical support to a UN effort to deploy solar-based minigrids across the camps. You can offer help on-site or remotely. Join a field assessment later this month. Write to EWB-USA for more details and to express your interest.
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