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September 14, 2012
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  • ASCE: U.S. ports need $30B over 20 years to remain competitive
    The American Society of Civil Engineers says U.S. ports and waterways need $30 billion over the next two decades to make way for bigger ships and efficiently handle exports and imports to stay competitive. If the investment isn't made, we could see "export losses of $270 billion by 2020 and a $697 billion drop in gross domestic product," the report said. The Washington Post (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure Watch 
  • Joint venture plans $3B-plus biofuel/bioenergy projects in Calif.
    Three entities have agreed to a "multi-feedstock, multi-technology" set of biofuel-bioenergy projects over a 10-15-year period that will cost more than $3 billion. The Council of Energy Resource Tribes of California, BioJet and Tartoosh Environmental will build 10 biofuel and bioenergy projects on tribal lands. (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FERC gives key approval for $3.5B Okla. transmission line project
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given Clean Line Partners permission to start negotiating with potential customers for its proposed $3.5 billion Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission project, which would have an initial capacity to carry 3.5 gigawatts of wind-generated power. The nearly 800-mile-long transmission line would deliver power from western Oklahoma turbines to Tennessee. The initial phase is scheduled to go online in 2017, Clean Line said. Tulsa World (Okla.) (9/13), (tiered subscription model) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ga. county mulls $1B transit project to reduce traffic congestion
    A $1 billion rapid transit bus network from Acworth, Ga., to midtown Atlanta is being planned to ease traffic congestion. Financing remains uncertain, but Cobb County sponsored a $1.8 million feasibility study in anticipation of federal funding. "You do the feasibility studies needed so when those funding opportunities do come along, you're shovel ready," said Faye DiMassimo, director of the county's Department of Transportation. WGCL-TV (Atlanta) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Sustainable Development 
  • Group: Decisive action is needed to protect Gulf Coast states
    The federal government must provide major, long-term assistance to protect the ecosystem and industries in Gulf Coast states as the region could suffer an estimated $350 billion in economic losses from human activities and natural occurrences in the next two decades, according to a report from the America's Wetland Foundation. "Unless we act decisively and boldly, coastal degradation will continue to accelerate and will outpace our efforts to combat it. And the region's irreplaceable resources ... will be gone in a matter of decades," said R. King Milling, the group's chairman. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What can be learned from the Empire State Building's retrofit?
    The energy-efficient retrofit at the Empire State Building in New York meant its owner saved $2.4 million and reduced carbon output by 4,000 metric tons in the first year, writes Victor Olgyay. The energy upgrade showed that retrofits can help existing buildings cut costs, energy use and vacancy rates and increase tenant satisfaction, Olgyay notes. "What we’re really doing here is providing a very real model about what the economic incentive is to owners and tenants that will yield paybacks," said Anthony Malkin, president of Malkin Holdings. (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Election 2012 
  • Sen. Hoeven unveils initiative to clear Keystone XL project
    An amendment that Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., included in a veterans bill would accelerate the approval of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. Under the federal commerce clause, Congress has the authority to clear the project, Hoeven said. "We want American veterans to have real job opportunities in the United States," he said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing the Profession 
  • Why bosses should be both managers and leaders
    Bosses should be managers and leaders, writes Ming Ong. That means creating structure and maintaining control over your team, but also inspiring workers to strive for audacious goals in the service of the company's vision. "What our businesses today need are managers who lead. ... Relying too heavily on one or the other can be detrimental to a business," Ong writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from ASCE 
  • Your vote can help Engineers Without Borders USA win $250,000
    ASCE has shown its support for Engineers Without Borders USA since 2007. Here’s a chance for you as a member to demonstrate that right now -- vote online for EWB-USA to win as much as $250,000 in Chase Bank’s Community Giving program competition. The winning formula is simple: charities with the most votes get the largest rewards. EWB-USA intends to use its award to match donations raised during its year-end giving campaign. Vote now at the Chase Community Giving page on Facebook. No fee or donation is required. If you are a Chase customer, your vote can count twice by going to Get your colleagues and friends to vote, too -- the deadline is next Wednesday, Sept. 19. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: German High Speed Rail Bridges Feature Unusual Design
    ASCE Civil Engineering magazine online  

    Two new high-speed rail bridges in Germany use continuous, multispan prestressed concrete girders and monolithic connections to reduce maintenance costs and increase robustness. See how they made it work, then discover more fascinating, topical articles at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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