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November 5, 2012
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  • Wash. DOT likely to accept pontoons for SR 520 project
    The Washington state transportation secretary says the state will accept delivery of the concrete pontoons for the State Route 520 floating bridge, despite some issues with cracks in the pontoons. Washington DOT Secretary Paula Hammond says the flaws are not "fatal," and "apparently the concrete continues to heal" and be watertight. There's a question of whether the condition of the pontoons could affect maintenance costs of the life span of the bridge. The Seattle Times (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Engineers: Flood barrier may save NYC from future flooding
    Some engineers and scientists say New York City should consider building flood barriers to protect it from repeated disastrous damage. "Look, the city is extremely vulnerable to damaging storm surges just for its geography," said Climate Central's Ben Strauss. "Having had two storm surges within one year, and their both being major ones, I just find it very difficult to think the city could not go ahead and act," said Robert Trentlyon, a community activist in New York. CBS News (11/1), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/30), Slate (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Technology & Trends  
  • Giant inflatable plugs: A tool to stop subway flooding?
    Flooding at some of New York City's subway tunnels could have been blocked off with massive inflatable plugs, plug manufacturers said. The plugs, which are currently in development as tools to protect subway tunnels from terrorist attacks, were found to successfully hold back water earlier this year. "I think they could have stopped a fair amount of incursion of water in the transit system," said Dave Cadogan of ILC Dover. CNN (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • "eVortex:" Generating power from sewer flows
    Source: KNOE-TV
    Erez Allouche and his team at Louisiana Tech University have developed the "eVortex Generator," which has the potential to turn sewage and stormwater into a source of energy. A pipe, vessel to capture the liquid, generator and four blades work together to increase the velocity of the water and convert it into energy. The group has been working on a second prototype to test it in real sewers. KNOE-TV (Monroe, La.) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

  Leadership & HR  
  • 7 steps to leading past your fears
    It may be impossible not to feel scared sometimes, but leaders must work through that to keep team members brave and on track, Kevin Eikenberry writes. Among the seven step he advises taking: "Acknowledge the team's emotions. If the team is scared, let them know it is OK; and be genuine with them about your feelings too," he writes. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is your team fighting? Maybe it should be
    Bosses should pick more constructive fights, and encourage their employees to do the same, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Healthy conflicts boost innovation, help cut through analysis paralysis, and make it easier to get honest feedback, Asmus explains. "Setting aside time to dialog with your team about the value of conflict and what it means to have healthy, respectful conflict is a first step," she writes. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACI News  
  • The Leading Edge of Pervious Concrete CD-ROM (SP-282)
    This CD-ROM contains seven papers that were presented at sessions sponsored by ACI Committee 522 at the ACI Fall 2009 Convention in New Orleans, La. The aim of this SP is to present some of the latest research findings on pervious concrete and to provide state-of-the-art examples on the use of pervious concrete. The papers in this SP present the latest research results from both experimental and numerical studies on various aspects of pervious concrete. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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