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February 4, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

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Products, Innovation & Technology:  Devices to monitor subsidence during tunnel building in Seattle  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Video: Powerful winds test the strength of concrete buildings 

Advancing Your Career:  Leadership tips from the Super Bowl coaches  (More stories below ...)

Hot Topics:  4 buildings swallowed by sinkhole in China  (More stories below ...)


  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Devices to monitor subsidence during tunnel building in Seattle
    Extensometers, crack gauges, automated survey machines, liquid level sensors, satellite-based interferometric radars and tiltmeters are just some of the technology tools being used to monitor signs of subsidence during the boring of Seattle's Highway 99 tunnel. Two hundred buildings above the tunnel route will be equipped with monitoring devices and about 700 devices will be added to sidewalks and streets. The Seattle Times (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Geodesign summit orients architects on new cloud innovations
    Architects and others learned how cloud computing technologies play a role in the emerging significance of geographic information systems, during the Esri Geodesign Summit in California, writes Russell Fortmeyer. For instance, Esri's Eric Wittner and Bern Szukalski spoke about the convenience of integrating geographical data into the cloud for an easier analysis of design projects in the built environment. ArchitecturalRecord.com (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction starts on $600M mixed-use project in Ga.
    Construction work has started on a $600 million mixed-use project in Alpharetta, Ga. The "Avalon" project will feature 250 townhomes, 101 single-family units and thousands of square feet of retail and office space. Alabama-based Hoar Construction is the general contractor and expects work to be finished during the summer of 2014. Two hotels and more retail and office space could be added later. American City Business Journals/Birmingham, Ala. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Video: Powerful winds test the strength of concrete buildings
      
    Source: WBTV-TV
    A demonstration by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety shows how powerful winds affect concrete-and-steel buildings built with different techniques. One building was constructed using traditional methods, while the second used better screws, steel cleats, wind-rated doors and walls reinforced with steel. The results of a wind test, shown in the video, show that the more strongly built building fared far better. WBTV-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Advancing Your Career 
  • Leadership tips from the Super Bowl coaches
    Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh aren't the "screaming field generals" once ubiquitous in football, writes Dov Seidman. Instead, the brothers represent the modern coach that listens to players, rather than yells at them, and aims not for absolute and unquestioned authority but rather for softer and more collaborative forms of power. "[O]ur world has transformed. And football provides us a great metaphor for how our leadership needs to change with it," Seidman writes. Time.com (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hot Topics 

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  SmartQuote 
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--Laozi,
Chinese philosopher


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