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December 13, 2012
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  • Defective pontoons to delay completion of 520 bridge project
      
    Source: KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM
    Leaks and cracks in the first set of concrete pontoons made for the new State Route 520 bridge in Washington state have added a delay to the project. A final fix to the problem has not yet been determined. The 2014 deadline won't be met, but the project could be finished in the summer of 2015. KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • $3.6B Elgin-O’Hare project in Ill. gets approval
    The Illinois Tollway can start to build the $3.6 billion toll road replacement for the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway after receiving approval from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. Work includes extending the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway east, widening it and converting it to a toll road. The project is expected to be completed in the next 12 years. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • How BIM is transforming the construction industry
    The role of building information modeling in design and construction projects is evolving from an efficient project delivery tool into a "disruptive" kind of technology, writes John Tobin, director of architecture for EYP Architecture & Engineering. "Our best strategy is to embrace the full power of BIM, to recognize its disruptive potential, and to explore its power to address many of the issues we currently face as we attempt to re-imagine design and construction," Tobin writes. Building Design + Construction (free registration) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • It's slime's time to shine, says Sapphire Energy
    Sapphire Energy, which produces oil from algae, has spent $60 million constructing 70 football-field-sized slime ponds and is refining its first barrels of bio-oil. The facility will produce about 100 barrels of oil a day for now, with commercial-scale production of up to 10,000 barrels a day hoped for by 2018. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How to excel as an authentic leader
    If a leader pretends to be someone he or she is not, eventually subordinates will realize it, writes Charalambos A. Vlachoutsicos, an adjunct professor at Athens University in Greece. However, authenticity doesn't mean shooting from the hip and saying whatever one pleases. "Authenticity, then, is about giving a message about your true self -- one you must continually shape and deliver by thoughtfully choosing your words and behaviors to suit the people you interact with and the specific purpose at hand," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Rep. Shuster announces 10 new members of House T&I committee
    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will welcome 10 new Republican members, said Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. "The addition of these new members complements the skills and knowledge of our existing members, and I look forward to working together on the committee to reform programs and strengthen America's transportation networks to make us more efficient, more competitive, and more prosperous," Shuster said. The Hill/Transportation blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 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
  • International Conference on Concrete Sustainability
    The International Conference on Concrete Sustainability will take place in Tokyo, Japan, May 27-29, 2013. Join industry leaders as they join together to discuss environmental impact reduction technologies, sustainability aspects in durability, environmental design, evaluation, and systems, social and economic aspects, and case studies of sustainable concrete materials and structures. Abstracts for the event are being accepted now. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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