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February 20, 2013
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  • Automated TBM tracking improves productivity, saves cost
    The Virtual Laser Target Board, an automated tunnel-boring machine tracker, is being used to help dig a $14 million, 8-foot-diameter sewer tunnel in Edmonton, Alberta. It is a "geomatics-based survey guidance system" that can reduce the duration and cost of the project. It also minimizes "interruptions in surveying while delivering real-time as-builts of the tunnel's interior," according to this article. "With the new system, we get readings in moments, and it only takes about 30 minutes to move the device down the tunnel and set it up again," said engineering manager Siri Fernando. Engineering News-Record (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Texas mayors support bill creating $2B water development fund
    Texas mayors in Austin, Dallas, Houston and Mesquite support a proposal to create a $2 billion revolving fund to finance state water projects. However, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wants the permitting process for the construction of new water facilities to be revised. "The lengthy permitting process creates a situation where local governments must make a wager on getting water," Rawlings said. "If we don't deal with these water needs, in 2060 it will cost us about half a million jobs in the area and $64 billion in projected income." Associated Press (2/19), The Dallas Morning News (free content) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Leadership: The difference between life and death at the South Pole
    Polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott believed in the power of noble intentions -- but that led him to set overly ambitious goals, to fail to plan effectively and, ultimately, to perish, writes Art Petty. By contrast, Roald Amundsen took a more pragmatic approach to exploration and was able to guide his team to success. "Don't get caught up in the nobility of your tactics, when there may well be a better, less-elegant approach to save the project, your job or in Scott's case, his life," Petty writes. (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Obama warns of harm to economy from automatic cuts
    Thousands of jobs and the U.S. economy will be put in danger if budget sequestration takes effect March 1, imposing $85 billion in spending cuts, President Barack Obama says. He appealed to Republican lawmakers to back a debt-reduction plan that relies on a combination of revenues from eliminating tax breaks for the wealthy and a spending reduction. Republicans said Obama was merely trying to shift the blame for the sequester. USA Today (2/19), NBC News/First Read blog (2/19), The Washington Post (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Infrastructure fund could help boost Texas DOT's annual budget
    The Texas Department of Transportation needs to boost its $10 billion annual budget by $4 billion to cover the cost of maintenance and expansion. One option to address the deficit would be to create a state transportation infrastructure fund, which TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson supports. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst suggested that shifting "$1 billion or more from the state’s rainy day fund" would advance several transportation projects. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (2/17)
  ACI News  
  • Support the ACI Foundation
    Visit for details on all of our programs, donation opportunities, and a chance to learn about our funding recipients and donors. Your donation will help important programs like the Concrete Research Council and the Scholarship Council. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • International Conference on Concrete Sustainability
    The International Conference on Concrete Sustainability will take place in Tokyo, Japan, May 27 to 29. Join industry leaders as they join together to discuss environmental impact reduction technologies, sustainability aspects in durability, environmental design, evaluation, and systems, social and economic aspects, and case studies of sustainable concrete materials and structures. Abstracts for the event are being accepted now. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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