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January 15, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • Mass. to unveil 10-year, $13B plan for transportation projects
    Road, bridge, subway and other transportation repairs and projects in Massachusetts will need about $13 billion over the next decade, according to the state transportation department. Higher gas taxes, electronic tolling and a fee for vehicle miles traveled are some actions under consideration to pay for the program. Gov. Deval Patrick will unveil his proposal on Wednesday. (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 13 wide-ranging transportation projects to watch in Ill.
    The Illinois Tollway, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace are spending billions on new roads and facilities in Illinois. Thirteen of these projects are outlined in this piece, including construction of a $719 million interchange to connect Tri-State Tollway to Interstate 57; the $425 million project to replace tracks and signals on the CTA Red Line; and the $415 million reconstruction and widening of the eastbound lanes of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Technology & Trends  
  • Survey points to 2013 as possible recovery year for industry
    This year could show "tentative recovery" in the building sector, according to a survey by the Associated General Contractors of America, cosponsored by Computer Guidance Corp. About 1,300 AGC-member firms were surveyed, and many were "cautiously optimistic." This piece looks at which sectors might grow, where the work is and what challenges are ahead. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A concrete love affair
    About 100 years ago, a farmer in Kansas was going through so much Portland cement that the Portland Cement Association did a story on it. The farm featured a concrete barn, concrete chicken coop, concrete garage, concrete watering tanks, concrete porch, concrete wood stove and other structures, such as the concrete arches that supported the grape arbor. "[My grandfather] was a great believer in cement," says grandson C.J. Ballou said, "because of the permanence, I think." The Salina Journal (Kan.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • How to retrofit a building to make it net zero energy
    Designing a net zero energy building from the outset is easier than retrofitting an existing building, according to this article, but retrofits are indeed possible. It looks at four buildings that were retrofitted to become net zero energy. "Retrofitting existing buildings can be expensive, but the price is worth it to achieve sustainability," Kristen Avis writes. "New buildings can be strategically designed to achieve zero energy status without being extremely expensive. Both are a smart investment for the future of the planet." (Australia) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How to bake career development into your regular routine
    Career development shouldn't be relegated to annual employee-review sessions, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. It's better to recognize and discuss small successes and learning opportunities as they happen throughout the year. "Effective leaders do it a little every month, week, day -- embedding it right in the workflow and treating it like the organic part of work that it really is," Giulioni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  ACI News  
  • ACI/CRSI Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification Program
    ACI and the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute have announced the launch of the new Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification program. Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification is a new requirement in ACI 318-11, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Behavior of Concrete Structures Subjected to Blasts and Impacts CD-ROM (SP-281)
    This CD-ROM contains 15 papers that were presented at sessions sponsored by ACI Committees 447 and 370 at the ACI Fall 2010 Convention in Pittsburgh. In this publication, engineers report on how they are approaching the challenging task of predicting the response of structures subjected to blast and impact loading. Both experimental and analytical efforts are represented, often in tandem. The analytical approaches include single-degree-of-freedom modeling, highly nonlinear transient dynamic finite element simulations, and coupled Lagrangian-Eulerian simulations. Papers in the publication cover the design and evaluation of new and existing structures, as well as techniques for strengthening existing structures. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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