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December 3, 2012
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  • Cracks in concrete pontoons on Seattle floating bridge mapped
    Divers and engineers have mapped cracks found in Pontoon W, one of six concrete pontoons for the SR 520 floating bridge in Seattle that were exposed to incorrect drying temperatures. Although half the cracks are wider than 0.006 inch -- the Washington state Department of Transportation standard -- John Reilly, chairman of the project's expert-review committee, is not concerned. "Once you seal it, it's stable," Reilly said. The Seattle Times (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • $1.5B plan outlined to fix deficient sewer system in Fla. county
    Florida's Miami-Dade County has proposed a $1.5 billion, 15-year plan to reconstruct its aging sewage-treatment plants, pipes and pump stations in a bid to avoid a federal lawsuit and heavy fines for violating the Clean Water Act. The plan includes replacement or repair of a portion of the 7,500-mile network of sewer lines and a $555 million rebuilding of a wastewater-treatment plant on Virginia Key. The Miami Herald (free registration) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Thames Barrier: World's second-biggest movable flood defense
    flood barrier  
    Source: The Wall Street Journal
    London's $850 million Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world and it features 13-story-high gates designed to protect the city from flooding caused by storm surges and abnormally high tides. Proposals to build larger barriers are being debated to help the city prepare for future sea level rise. "The key thing is an adaptable plan," said Tim Reeder, regional climate change program manager for the U.K. Environment Agency. "We know that science will continue to change in terms of storm surge." The Wall Street Journal (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Experts offer financial, legal advice to firms planning expansion
    Construction firms that plan to expand beyond their usual geographical markets should be well-informed to avoid certain financial and legal risks of doing business in other states, according to experts. "I strongly recommend you use many resources around you to gather information and conduct research about operating in a new geographic location, especially one that's in a different state or country," said Dan Sielicki, Baker Concrete Construction's director of risk management. "The financial result of a mistake could be expensive." Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Calif. gets $2.75B to green its schools, public buildings
    California will have $550 million a year until 2018 -- a total of $2.75 billion -- to fund green-improvement projects at its schools and public buildings thanks to voters who passed Proposition 39. Upgrades are aimed at energy efficiency and include weatherization, replacement of leaking windows and adding insulation. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Slow down and start learning from your failures
    Failures should be part of a learning process, writes Henna Inam, CEO of Transformational Leadership. Rushing to avoid or cover up failures means missing an opportunity to grow wiser and stronger, Inam argues. "[W]e need to think about failure as a process we go through rather than an event to avoid at all costs," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 2 new adhesive anchor learning resources from ACI
The American Concrete Institute has launched two new learning resources on adhesive anchors for concrete and their installation. A one-day, in-person seminar, "Adhesive Anchors: Their Behavior and Code Design Requirements," and an online CEU program, "Adhesive Anchor Installation." Register today.

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  Policy Watch  
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  • Advances in FRC Durability and Field Applications CD-ROM (SP-280)
    This CD-ROM contains 10 papers that were presented at sessions sponsored by ACI Committee 544 at the Spring 2011 ACI Convention in Tampa, Fla. The topics of the papers cover durability aspects of fiber-reinforced concrete, ranging from permeability, shrinkage cracking, long-term behavior in chloride environment and resistance to chloride penetration, as well as applications of fiber-reinforced concrete for coupling beams for highrise core-wall structures, beams for bridges, panels and suspended foundation slabs. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strategic Development Council seeks concrete technologies to "showcase"
    The Strategic Development Council is currently seeking new concrete technologies to "showcase" at upcoming sessions. Technology Showcases allow companies and/or individuals the opportunity to showcase their new, interesting, or innovative technologies that have the potential to improve and advance the concrete industry. Each new technology that is introduced at SDC gains exposure and possible assistance to address barriers and obstacles that are preventing or slowing acceptance of the technology within the concrete industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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