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November 20, 2012
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  • Honolulu rail project nears $1.55B funding deal
    The federal government will sign a $1.55 billion funding agreement with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, said a congressional delegation. "This is the best holiday gift the citizens of Honolulu could possibly receive: the lean, clean, smart city of the future," said Mayor Peter Carlisle The law requires the Federal Transit Administration to inform Congress a month prior to signing the agreement for the $5.26 billion project. Honolulu Star-Advertiser (11/19), KITV-TV (Honolulu) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chicago-St. Louis HSR project could create 6,200 jobs
    The proposed Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project could provide more than 6,200 jobs. The project has moved closer to reality with federal approval of its environmental impact statement. "This historic achievement advances the crucial Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project while signifying that all environmental impacts and route alternatives have been analyzed to determine the best option," said Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. CivSourceOnline.com (11/19), ProgressiveRailroading.com (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • BIM helps companies execute complex projects
    The use of building information modeling helps companies execute complicated building plans, according to this piece. For instance, L.P.R. Construction used BIM to help it erect an extension to the Denver Art Museum that called for 2,750 tons of steel. AECOM Technology used BIM to handle the complex construction of an S-shaped building in the U.K. In each case, the company's use of BIM contributed to reduced costs and delivery times. Constructech (free registration) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Greenbuild Expo showcases sustainable products
    More than 1,000 booths showcased sustainable products at the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco. Some of the most innovative products, according to Andrew Michler, were "FilterPave," a 96% ground glass, porous paving material, and "Grasscrete," a concrete-filled paperboard that looks like a "big egg carton." Inhabitat (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Why it pays to be a servant leader
    Servant leaders have all the skills and competencies of regular leaders -- but they also have a clear vision for why they're leading, writes Mark Miller. That ultimately makes them more effective, Miller asserts. "Their effectiveness is ultimately rooted in their character," he explains. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Lawmakers make case for approval of Keystone XL project
    Eighteen senators have requested a meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the future of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. In a letter to Obama, the senators said politics should be cast aside and that the project should be approved. "The election is over, people want us to work together to create jobs, and one sure way we can create jobs right now is by moving forward with construction on the Keystone XL pipeline," said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Support the ACI Foundation
    Visit www.ACIFoundation.org for details on all of our programs, donation opportunities, and a chance to learn about our funding recipients and donors. Your donation will help important programs like the Concrete Research Council and the Scholarship Council. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Custom seminars available from ACI
    You can now bring ACI's training and education expertise right to your company by scheduling a custom seminar for your employees, customers, or members. Choose from a variety of topics such as: structural design, repair, troubleshooting, slabs-on-ground, and many more. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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