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March 13, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • Concrete basemat for S.C. nuclear plant is completed
    Crews have finished the 51.5-hour continuous concrete placement for the basemat of the new V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina. The milestone signifies the start of official construction of the country's "first new reactor in 30 years," according to this article. The project currently employs 1,550 workers, and the number will peak to 3,000 over the next three to four years. (3/12), World Nuclear News (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. Tollway to spend $922M for 2013 capital upgrades
    The Illinois Tollway will invest $922 million for capital improvements in 2013, with construction expected to start this spring. Among the planned projects are new ramps at the interchange of Interstates 294 and 57; the $2.2 billion reconstruction and widening of Interstate 90; and the $3.4 billion Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project. Rockford Register Star (Ill.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. governor previews post-Sandy rebuilding plan
    Of the $1.83 billion in post-Sandy, federal recovery aid for New Jersey, half will be spent to assist homeowners and business owners whose properties were damaged during the hurricane. Some of the money will be used to provide grants and loans for eligible residents for flood mitigation, resettlement, rebuilding and construction of new housing units, which is expected to create thousands of jobs. The Philadelphia Inquirer/Christie Chronicles blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Many uses seen for colorful, light-emitting concrete wall
    A wall in Germany, designed by the concrete manufacturer LUCEM, contains 136 concrete panels that contain optical fiber and color-changing technology. The result is a stunning display of color. The light-emitting concrete can be controlled remotely, and the technology "means any internal or external wall could be transformed into a display piece, creating opportunities for advertising and communication without adding flat screen televisions or sky-blocking billboards," writes Beth Buczynski. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $2B Seattle tunnel update: Pit for "Bertha" almost ready
    The launch pit and underground vault are almost set for "Bertha," the world's largest single-bore drill that will dig the Highway 99 tunnel in Seattle. A concrete floor is being poured to support the machine and huge cranes are being assembled to move the pieces of the borer into the pit. The machine is being shipped from Japan and is expected to arrive this month. The $2‚ÄČ billion tunnel is slated to open to traffic at the beginning of 2016. The Seattle Times (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Work continues on Abu Dhabi's sustainable Masdar City
    Now home to a campus for 120 students, Masdar City is again at work building a "futuristic environmentally friendly" city in Abu Dhabi. Global financial conditions have pushed the anticipated completion date back to 2025. The Masdar Institute for Science and Technology has completed its second construction phase, and buildings for General Electric and Siemens are being planned. "[T]he challenge is not to have Masdar or several Masdars, but to have the traditional infrastructure change and transform, and actual cities transform," said Laurence Tubiana of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations. Deutsche Welle (Germany) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How successful executives manage their time
    The best executives know how to organize their time into large chunks so they can make progress on big projects, Eric Barker writes, citing a book by management expert Pete Drucker. "If you're just doing what comes in, you're on the treadmill, not making a difference," Barker writes. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACI News  
  • Seminars offered by ACI this spring
    ACI is offering in-person seminars this spring around the U.S. Topics include: NEW -- Adhesive Anchors: Their Behavior and Code Design Requirements; Simplified Design of Concrete Buildings of Moderate Size and Height; Troubleshooting Concrete Construction; Concrete Repair Basics; and Concrete Slabs-on-Ground. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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