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December 7, 2012
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  Industry News  
  • Billions needed to repair Northeast transportation networks
    Rail and other transportation networks in the Northeast that were damaged by Sandy will cost billions of dollars to repair -- and billions more to upgrade to withstand future storms and floods. "Estimates of the damage have reached more than $7 billion," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. "Across the region, train tunnels, stations and rail yards were flooded, rail tracks were damaged and critical equipment was ruined," he added. "We are facing hundreds of millions of dollars in immediate repair costs and billions more in mitigation and resiliency measures," said Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Reuters (12/6), Bloomberg (12/6), Capital New York (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction update: San Francisco 49ers stadium
    This article provides the latest update on work at the new San Francisco 49ers stadium, which "will have 10,000 steps and landings." Crews have poured 29,000 cubic yards of concrete, and 50 miles of underground pipe have been laid. In the end, 14,000 pieces of steel will support the stadium. SB Nation (12/5) 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  
  • Construction sector loses 20,000 jobs in November
    The private sector added 146,000 jobs in November. This brings the unemployment rate down to 7.7%. The numbers are better than had been expected in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but the number of jobs added in September and October was revised downward. The construction industry lost 20,000 jobs in the month. Bloomberg (12/7), MarketWatch (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • 1 WTC: A green building rising over NYC skyline
    One World Trade Center in New York City will include a range of sustainable features to help minimize the building's environmental impact. Low VOC paint, a wind farm over an observation deck, and glass that lets in daylight but keeps out heat will all be used. There's also a system to collect and reuse rainwater for cooling and irrigation. Green Building Elements (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Do you have a need to lead?
    The best leaders are those who have a real calling, writes Mary Jo Asmus. It's not always comfortable to be the boss, but when your values and abilities coincide with opportunity, it's important to step up. "The calling sometimes whispers very softly, so you have to open your ears and heart to hear what it's asking of you," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • What to expect with Shuster as chairman of House T&I committee
    William "Bill" Shuster, R-Pa., will assume the chairmanship of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in January. Engineering News-Record says Shuster will likely focus on a new surface-transportation bill, a Water Resources Development Act and reauthorization of passenger-rail funding. ENR says the water act will probably be tackled first. Engineering News-Record (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Report on Grouting Between Foundations and Bases for Support of Equipment and Machinery (351.1R-12)
    This report provides an overview of current practices of grouting for support of equipment and machinery. Materials and installation methods are described for epoxy and cementitious-based grouts used as the load-transfer material between equipment bases and their foundations. Characteristics of placed material, test methods for forecasting long-term performance, qualification of grout materials, foundation design and detailing considerations, and installation procedures are described. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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