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March 18, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • New tools signal evolution of BIM use
    New hardware tools, including 3D laser scanners and robotic total stations, are now part of the BIM tool set. For instance, Crate&Barrel's use of total stations has helped it do precise layouts from a model. "Maturing from a process that was long thought to only be associated with design and clash detection [BIM], it is encouraging to see tools like laser equipment, total stations, robotic total stations, and 3D laser scanners transforming the market from a hardware perspective," notes the author of this article. Constructech (free registration) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  First details of Calif.'s $23B water plan released  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  The roads of the future?  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  Bedrock principles for success 

Hot Topics:  Concrete Canvas Shelter has "far-reaching" implications  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  Sustainability Practice Group meeting 

Give a Salute to Air Barrier Excellence: March 26-28, 2013
Come learn about recent code changes and how they affect you! The top consultants in the Air Barrier Industry will present over 40 compelling sessions & workshops during three exciting days. Earn AIA HSW Credits while attending the Conference that brings you the largest variety of Air Barrier Industry resources, all located in one place! Don't miss this one!
  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • First details of Calif.'s $23B water plan released
    Source: KGO-TV
    The first four chapters of California's $23 billion plan that includes construction of two tunnels to distribute water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to cities and farmlands have been released by the California Resources Agency. The documents include a description of the proposed 35-mile twin-tunnel project that would cost $14 billion. "This plan isn't about waging war," said Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources. "It's about resolving some of the most critical resource conflicts in California." KGO-TV (San Francisco)/The Associated Press (3/14), The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Calif. port spends $1B for rail capacity expansion, upgrades
    A $1 billion expansion and development program for on-dock rail facilities at the Port of Long Beach, Calif., is under way. The goal is to help the port keep up with its competitors such as the Port of Prince Rupert in Canada and the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico, said J. Christopher Lytle, Port of Long Beach executive director. DC Velocity online (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • The roads of the future?
    This article presents two ideas for the roads of the future that use solar power and magnetic induction to energize transportation in the coming decades. The Solar Roadway was developed with the idea that a layer of concrete or asphalt used on regular roads could be replaced with "solar cells beneath a layer of glass." Installed on all U.S. roads and operating at just 15% efficiency, this could meet "more than four times our current electricity needs." Magnetic induction would be used in a system that keeps electric buses charged wirelessly through power-transfer systems in the road. FastCoExist (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Big Wood: A vision for more sustainable skyscrapers
    Architect Michael Charters has developed "Big Wood," a model for a large-scale timber skyscraper that could be built along the Chicago River in the city's South Loop. The mixed-use complex, with "acres of green roofs," would "serve as a sustainable alternative to standard building materials," writes Mark Boyer. "Similar to the rapid innovation in building technology that occurred in the early 1900s, 'Big Wood' is positioned to be a catalyst for a new renaissance in high-rise construction, changing forever the shape of our cities," Charters said. Inhabitat (3/16), (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • Bedrock principles for success
    Management trends come and go, but certain business principles will be true forever, Jeff Haden writes. Own up to every one of your mistakes, stay focused on your next project and continually strive to connect with knowledgeable people. "Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Explore. Indulge a curiosity," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from CSI 
  • Sustainability Practice Group meeting
    Topic: High Performance Buildings
    March 19, 3 p.m. ET

    Most agree that a sustainable future requires high performance buildings, but by whose definition? Our industry expert will discuss the definition of building performance, a critical set of measurable parameters, and critical values for those parameters to assure delivery and operations. With Q&A we will also discuss who is accountable for assuring building performance, and how do we get there from here. Learn more, or join this practice group. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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