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February 7, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • PCA at WOC: "Willingness to spend" is key to recovery
    At the press conference of the Portland Cement Association at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas, journalists were given sunglasses, a symbol of the "bright future" ahead, according to Ed Sullivan, the PCA's new president and its chief economist. Sullivan sees tepid growth for the next six months, but the pent-up demand created by the recession is expected to trigger a readiness to spend as businesses and banks re-evaluate old strategies. "The pendulum is swinging back," contends Sullivan. "By this time next year, you’ll be wearing your sunglasses." (2/5), Engineering News-Record (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $4.8B modernization plan for L.A. airport advances
    The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has approved the conceptual plans and final environmental impact statement for modernization work at Los Angeles International Airport. The estimated $4.76 billion project includes construction of a new taxiway, terminal additions, a transportation center, new parking areas, and possibly, links to a light-rail station. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $1.65B clean-coal project in Ill. moves to next phase
    A $1.65 billion FutureGen 2.0 clean-coal project in Illinois will advance to the design stage after it received approval from the Department of Energy. The project's storage capacity is estimated to reach more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide per year. "This groundbreaking project will help pave the way for other cleaner and more sustainable advanced coal-burning power plants," according to the DOE. The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • New equipment unveiled at WOC 2013
    Terex Roadbuilding, Western Star Truck, Freightliner and Cummins are some of the companies that showcased their latest construction equipment at the convention. Terex unveiled two new front-discharge mixer trucks; Western Star has its 4700SB Crane and 4900SF Mixer available for test drives; Freightliner is showcasing its first compressed natural gas-powered concrete mixer; and Cummins has its 2013 engines on display, including two clean diesel engines and a natural gas engine. (2/6), (2/6), (2/6), (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2030 forecast: A technology-driven building industry
    By 2030, technological advances such as building information modeling, three-dimensional printing and assembly-type building materials will facilitate project completion by 50%, according to this article. "Increased precision, energy performance, and sustainable construction will result, with better quality control and much less job-site waste" that will make construction more similar to a manufacturing process, writes Phillip Bernstein. Engineering News-Record (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Holistic approach could produce more sustainable buildings
    A holistic approach to building is needed, writes engineer Dino Green. Because buildings are a major energy hog, we need to build green, but at the same time provide structures that improve quality of life, he says. In this piece, Green looks at some solutions such as the elimination of "energy waste" and adoption of a "greener lifestyle" that would integrate with energy-efficient structures. Green Building Elements (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Why good leaders ask "power questions"
    Smart leaders are good conversationalists, which means they know it's better to ask questions than to talk incessantly, says business author Andrew Sobel. Your curiosity will empower the other person, allowing you to make a good impression and to learn. "When you ask thoughtful questions, you supercharge your conversations," Sobel explains. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • LaHood: "Think outside the box" on funding transportation
    Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the next secretary should push Congress toward considering new funding mechanisms for transportation. "The next decisions that will be made by this Congress, by this administration, will have to be bold if we're going to continue our efforts to fix up our roads, keep our highways in a state of good repair, to fix up unsafe bridges," LaHood said. "We need a bold plan, and a bold way to fund it." The Hill/Transportation blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • ACI/CRSI Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification Program
    ACI and the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute have announced the launch of the new Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification program. Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification is a new requirement in ACI 318-11, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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