Court rejects permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline | Construction underway on Purple Line in Md. | $16.8B project moves forward to deal with waste at Hanford Site
August 7, 2018
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Court rejects permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline
The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the US Fish and Wildlife Service was "arbitrary and capricious" when it did not set limits on environmental impacts for construction of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The court rejected two permits in its ruling, and the developer of the project, Dominion Energy, said it will work with the agency to resolve the dispute.
CNBC/The Associated Press (8/6) 
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A smarter way to create a BIM model for concrete reinforcement
In this live webinar, we will describe the industry's move from 2D to 3D modeling, and explain how structural engineers, rebar detailers, and project managers can seamlessly integrate 3D and BIM into existing 2D workflows. We will show a short demonstration of how to do 3D modeling of reinforcement. Register here.
Infrastructure Watch
Construction underway on Purple Line in Md.
Workers have tunneled about 150 feet for the $2 billion Purple Line light rail that will connect a number of cities in Montgomery County, Md. The 16-mile line, due to open in 2022, is expected to ease commutes for thousands of people.
WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.) (8/6) 
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$16.8B project moves forward to deal with waste at Hanford Site
A plan to treat the radioactive and chemical waste at the Hanford Site in Washington is underway, and five of the buildings have moved into commissioning. The entire Hanford Vit Plant to treat the waste will cost $16.8 billion, and the court has required a significant project milestone to be reached by 2023.
Engineering News-Record (8/6) 
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Tenn. university building $1.1B worth of projects
The University of Tennessee has $1.1 billion of projects in phases from conception to construction. A new student union, parking facilities and two residence halls are among them.
WATE-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (8/6) 
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Trends & Technology
Manufacturing group starts campaign to push for infrastructure investment
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has started a campaign to urge President Donald Trump to keep his campaign promises to rebuild the nation's infrastructure. The group is running television ads, holding town hall meetings and using social media to spread its message.
BloombergQuint (India) (8/6) 
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Photos: $100M renovation completed at iconic Space Needle
Photos: $100M renovation completed at iconic Space Needle
A $100 million project to add what is believed to be the world's only revolving glass floor and renovate the Space Needle in Seattle has been finished. The floor features 37 tons of glass arranged into 10 layers, six of which constitute the revolving section that sits on 48 rollers connected to electric motors.
New Atlas (8/6) 
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Firms should use BIM data to go beyond basic design
Ninety-six percent of large architecture firms use building information modeling software, according to a 2016 report from the American Institute of Architects. Now that the industry is on board, firms should focus on using BIM data to gain insight about a particular building from initial design throughout its entire life span, says Natasha Luthra, virtual design and construction director of emerging technologies at Jacobs.
Architect Magazine online (8/1) 
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Sustainable Development
Texas flood control district proposes 237 projects with bond measure
The Harris County Flood Control District in Texas is seeking voter approval for a $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond proposal for 237 projects. If approved, it would be the county's largest investment in flood infrastructure since the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (8/7) 
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3D sand printing merges with strength of concrete
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed a 3D sand printing technology that leads to quick molding and material recycling. The researchers first used the "Smart Slab" technique at the DFAB House to merge 3D printing with the structural strength of concrete.
ArchDaily (8/3) 
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Advancing the Profession
Delegate without abdicating your responsibility
Delegating is a great way to manage time better, build people's skills and discover leadership potential, but crisis management, responsibility for outcomes and modeling the desired culture are the jobs of leaders, writes Dan Rockwell.
Leadership Freak (8/5) 
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ASCE News Daily
Volunteer your talents to help struggling communities
Volunteer your talents to help struggling communities
Community Engineering Corps connects volunteer engineers with infrastructure projects needing help in underserved U.S. communities. ASCE members - as individuals, or through their Sections, Branches, or Student Chapters - can contribute to one of the ongoing CE Corps projects around the nation, or members can form a project team for new work. See how you can help.
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Get in on ASCE's P.E. exam review courses
ASCE's P.E. Civil, Structural, and Environmental review courses will prepare you for exam day. Feel confident and ready to pass with the interactive courses taught by experts. Reinforce your prep with 24-7 access to recorded webinars and references. Courses began last week, but with archived materials, you'll catch up right away. Get started now.
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