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January 7, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • A look at design of east end of Ohio River Bridges Project
    Ohio River Bridges  
    The Courier-Journal
    The East End Bridge, the Indiana portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project that spans the river between Ohio and Kentucky, will feature a design that could better resist "wind, seismic and other load demands, and is a more redundant and robust structure" than the previous proposed design, according to WVB East End Partners. The "convex diamond-tower cable-stayed structure" will have a cable system that could last for up to 75 years. Construction of the eastern span and the roads leading to it will cost about $763 million. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Technology & Trends  
  • Construction industry will grow modestly, economists say
    Several key markers of growth in the construction industry, including the 30,000 jobs added in December, could be attributed to an improving economy, but economists are cautious about calling it a rebound. Ken Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, and several other economists said they expect modest growth for the industry in 2013. The Washington Post (1/4), CoStar Group (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Biomimicry could provide "fresh solutions" post-Sandy
    Biomimicry principles could offer "fresh architectural solutions" for coastal areas susceptible to flooding, according to this piece. "The notion is that the next generation of waterfront designs could draw inspiration from the intricate ways that plants and animals have adapted to their situations over hundreds of millions of years," Sarah Amandolare writes. "Nature is a dynamic entity, and we should be trying to design our buildings, our landscape and our cities to recognize that," said Thomas Knittel, a biomimicry specialist at architecture firm HOK. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Green blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • It's time for leaders to get real
    Leadership should be about facing up to uncomfortable realities, not about burying your head in the sand, writes George Ambler. Only reality-based leadership can inspire employees or bring long-term strategic success. "Convincing ourselves that things are better or different from reality is never a good idea," he writes. George Ambler blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Small-business owners face taxes, health care law
    Some small-business owners will have to deal with higher taxes this year, and the implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law is set to continue. Company owners who exceed the 50-employee threshold in the law will have to decide whether to provide insurance or pay a penalty beginning in 2014. "It's when you are running something with 40 employees that is where you have to be careful, because there are significant costs for crossing the threshold," said Edmund F. Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation. Fox Business Small Business Center (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 2012 Manual of Concrete Practice now available
    ACI is offering four in-person seminars throughout October, November, and December, 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; and Troubleshooting Concrete Forming and Shoring. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adhesive Anchor Installation Online CEU Program
    ACI is offering a flexible and convenient way to learn about adhesive anchors through its newest online CEU program titled, "Adhesive Anchor Installation." The resources introduced in this program are intended to provide an introduction to adhesive anchor installation, what constitutes an adhesive anchor, installation requirements for adhesive anchors, adhesive curing, and applications for use. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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