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November 5, 2012
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  Industry News  
  • 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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  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
  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

  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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