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March 22, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • Deck cracks appearing on precast composite slab bridges in Minn.
    The Minnesota Department of Transportation began using the "precast composite slab span system" in 2005 with the goal of quickly building short bridges in rural areas. Now, surface cracks are appearing on those bridge decks more frequently than on conventional bridges. They don't hamper the structural integrity of the bridges but do increase maintenance costs. Now, MinnDOT is adjusting the concrete mix to try to minimize future cracking. Finance and Commerce (Minneapolis) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction, design errors found at Alaska port work
    The Open Cell Sheet Pile foundation system that supports the northern expansion of Alaska's Port of Anchorage was "not adequately designed to meet global stability and seismic displacements based on the design criteria," according to a study by CH2M Hill. Additional problems were found with installation of sheet piles. A third party will be hired to review CH2M Hill's studies before a final decision can be made on how to move ahead with the project. Alaska Journal of Commerce (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • U.S. economic indicators point up
    The economy appears on track for further gains in the next three to six months, according to an index of leading indicators compiled by The Conference Board. A 0.5% increase for February was identical to January's reading and topped expectations. "This reading increases hope that [the economy] may pick up some momentum in the second half of the year," said Ken Goldstein, a Conference Board economist. Bloomberg (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Mass.' Cape Wind project catches a breeze from Japan
    The Cape Wind project is set to move ahead with funding of $2 billion from the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. The wind farm of 130 turbines in Massachusetts' Nantucket Sound is expected to have a maximum theoretical output of 468 megawatts, which would rank it among the largest offshore installations. It could provide three-quarters of the energy needed by Cape Cod and the Islands. Gizmag (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Getting the greatest effort from your employees
    Many employees will acknowledge that they aren't fully dedicated to their jobs, Julie Winkle Giulioni writes. Fixing that requires a different approach to increasing productivity, including prioritizing the tasks of human resources and the need for persistent training. "Supply the equipment, tools, and resources to support excellence," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACI News  
  • Student Lunch
    Join students and other ACI attendees as Mete Sozen, Kettlehut Distinguished Professor, Purdue University, delivers an enlightening presentation titled "To Know What One Knows or to Know What One Does Not Know, That is the Question." Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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