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January 8, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • Time-lapse video shows rise of east span of Calif.'s Bay Bridge
    Source: The Atlantic Cities/YouTube/EarthCam
    A time-lapse video lets viewers see the around-the-clock work from April 2009 to November 2012 on the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California. The project has cost more than $6 billion so far, much of that going to the extensive techniques to make the bridge earthquake resistant. The bridge is expected to last 150 years. The Atlantic Cities (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Slide show: 10 of the tallest broadcasting towers in the world
    The slide show in this piece features 10 of the world's tallest freestanding towers. It includes Japan's 2,080-foot-tall Tokyo Skytree; China's 1,969-foot-tall 2 Canton Tower; and Canada's 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower. Each was built to enhance broadcast transmissions and most also have observation decks and restaurants. Engineering News-Record (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • New material helps strengthen older buildings against quakes
    A "glass fiber plastic fabric material" developed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany could reinforce old buildings to make them resistant to earthquake damage. The material can be applied to external stone or brick walls and is expected to provide a cost-efficient and effective method to retrofit older buildings, said Moritz Urban, the product's co-developer. "Thanks to the reinforcement, collapsing of walls due to earthquakes can be delayed and, in the ideal case, be avoided completely," Urban added. Mashable/Geekosystem (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Core-Locs used to build Oman's offshore artificial reef
    "The Wave, Muscat" in Oman is a luxury mixed-use development that covers about 640 acres. It is under construction and will have a 300-berth marina, yacht club, hotels, retail and restaurant outlets. But it needs protection from the ocean. Engineering firm WS Atkins created a man-made reef about 1.2 miles long to provide the protection. It is made of 20,000 Core-Locs and is built on a base of rock about 230 feet wide and 56 feet high. (Australia) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How to lead a team of your peers
    It's hard enough leading your subordinates -- but leading a team of your peers is especially difficult, writes John Baldoni. Authenticity and passion are vital if you're to win over a peer group, Baldoni explains. "Leading those who can say 'no' to you is always a huge challenge, but if you can convince them by your actions and your enthusiasm, then they might believe in what you are doing," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Calif. rail project gets $135M grant from USDOT
    A $270 million light-rail expansion project in Sacramento, Calif., will receive a $135 million federal grant from the Transportation Department. The 4.3-mile project will extend the city's Blue Line network and create an estimated 1,000 jobs over a two-year period, according to Sacramento Regional Transit. "Extending the Blue Line will improve access to the area's major employers and encourage new retail and residential development in specially zoned areas," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The Hill/Transportation blog (1/7), (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Cement tester training from ACI
    ACI recently began offering a new custom seminar titled Physical Tester -- Basics of Cement Testing. This four- to five-day program is presented at the customer’s testing lab for up to 10 people. It provides both classroom and hands-on training in the most common procedures used to test cement and supplementary cementitious materials. See a detailed list of the topics covered in the seminar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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