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January 22, 2013
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  • Slope-stabilization project in Ore. uses 3,415 y3 of concrete
    A $13 million slope-stabilization project is under way in Oregon. It's expected to put an end to an "ancient" slow-motion landslide that has damaged the Sellwood Bridge for decades. "They are basically nailing the entire hillside into the slope, while using those same mechanisms to buttress the new bridge," said Scott Burns, a Portland State University geology professor. Forty shafts, each about six feet in diameter, have been bored into the ground from 56 feet to 88 feet deep and filled with 610 tons of reinforcing steel and almost 3,415 cubic yards of concrete. The Oregonian (Portland) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Technology & Trends  
  • Concrete makes "green" walls easy
    Green walls absorb carbon dioxide and can add to aesthetics. Now, there's a way to make those walls easier, with no need for supporting structures to hold the vegetation. A biological concrete created at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain is a regular concrete whose pH, porosity and texture have been tweaked to make it conducive for plants. FastCoExist (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $402M fourth bore of Caldecott Tunnel to open by year's end
    Crews are putting the finishing touches on the $402 million fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel in California, and the new two-lane tunnel is expected to open to traffic late this year. "You [will] see a big transformation in the fourth bore in the last half [of the] year," Contra Costa Transportation Authority Executive Director Randy Iwasaki said. Already, concrete is being poured almost daily, although the concrete Art Deco walls at the tunnel's entrance have yet to be formed. Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Shareway: The future of mobility in U.S. mega-cities in 2030
    Höweler + Yoon Architecture has developed the "Shareway," a concept that unites communities along Interstate 95 between Boston and Washington D.C., into a mega-region called "Boswash." The concept "focuses on community access and seeks to bundle transport into a highly technical, optimized and continually flowing main artery," Donna Taylor writes. The artery is like a stacked highway, with each level serving different transportation needs. "Through a combination of physical infrastructure (hardware) and intelligent networks (software), Shareway makes travel effortless and reconfigures the structure of cities and suburbs," the architects note. "Proximity is a function of time and location. Geography is negotiated by speed. Distance is displaced by access. Convenience is remapped through new forms of conveyance." Gizmag (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How quiet focus can make you a better leader
    Taking time to slow down at work can help you become calm, focused and notice when others need the same help, Mary Jo Asmus writes. She suggests building time into your day to set intentions, pausing before reacting and talking with co-workers, not at them. "Look them in the eye and listen deeper than you ever have," she suggests. "You might find that you really don't need to say much at all." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Get certified from ACI!
    ACI offers 17 certification programs designed to form a minimum qualification for personnel employed in the concrete construction industry. Certification examinations and optional training courses are conducted through an international network of over 100 Local Sponsoring Groups. Since 1980, ACI has administered exams to over 350,000 individuals, with over 90,000 certifications currently maintained by ACI. Learn more and get certified. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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