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April 19, 2012
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  • Two Japanese firms to invest in Sempra's new $6B La. gas terminal
    Japanese firms Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsui & Co., have agreed to invest in Sempra Energy's construction of a $6 billion natural gas terminal in Louisiana in exchange for each company getting a third of the terminal's expected daily output of 1.7 billion cubic feet of gas. The final value of the two firms' investments has yet to be determined, but Sempra will retain 50% ownership of the project. Sempra is still awaiting approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build the new terminal at its existing plant in Hackberry, La. Bloomberg (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Planned $1.3B sports complex in Nev. moves closer to construction
    A proposed $1.3 billion sports complex in Henderson, Nev., could break ground by October after securing a $650 million construction loan from a China-based investment firm to build the first of four stadiums, according to developer Chris Milam. Milam still needs to bid for the land on which to build the project. Las Vegas Sun (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TransCanada files reroute proposal for Keystone XL pipeline
    TransCanada submitted a proposed new route for its Keystone XL pipeline to the Nebraska state government. The revised route will avoid the Sandhills region, which is considered environmentally sensitive. The company is waiting for the right opportunity to reapply for a State Department permit for the project, a spokesman said. The Wall Street Journal (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Augmented reality technology: A tool for construction planning
    An augmented reality system for the AEC industry has been developed by VTT of Finland. “Using this technique, the overall concept can take shape at the proper scale and far more realistically than with the 3D imagery and modeling of traditional design software," said Charles Woodward, research professor for VTT. "Although principally a design tool, augmented reality is also a tool for communication, one that can be used to disseminate a more realistic picture of construction projects in support of resident feedback and decision making.” Constructech (free registration) (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainable Development 
  • Use of innovative wastewater treatment to qualify for LEED rating
    This piece takes a look at LEED for New Construction, Neighborhood Development and the LEED Volume Program and offers some ways to achieve LEED points in each category when dealing with wastewater treatment. "Community systems for wastewater treatment will be a leading approach for wastewater treatment in LEED projects and have been at the forefront of new approaches to environmental sustainability in development," writes Dennis Hallahan, technical director with Infiltrator Systems. CE News (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. Delta faces flooding risk because of aging levees
    Big investments have gone toward upgrading levees in the Delta of central California to meet federal standards, but many experts are concerned that the risk of flooding remains because of the region's century-old levees. The levees are vulnerable to earthquake damage, the experts said. "I think the Delta is the single most serious seismic vulnerability in the state," said Jonathan Stewart, an earthquake expert at UCLA. Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing the Profession 
  • 2 perspectives on why GIS conferences matter to you
    Engineers should attend conferences on geographic information systems to share their experiences about aspects of GIS and discuss challenges encountered and solutions that should be adopted, write Janet Jackson, president of INTERSECT, and Brent Jones, global industry manager in AEC, Survey and Cadastre for Esri. "GIS gives engineers new tools to enhance [their] creativity, and a GIS conference is the ideal setting to explore the GIS tools available to engineers," Jones notes. CE News (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 steps that will take you from being a manager to a leader
    Being a true leader requires flexing the right muscles, Todd McKinnon writes. Flexing your leadership muscle lets you set your ideas apart from others and establish the culture to support them. You also need to practice communicating like a manager. Good communication helps a team "believe they can do something -- even something crazy -- and that they can win against all odds," McKinnon writes. Fast Company online/FC Expert Blog (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from ASCE 
  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: Researchers Test Reinforced Masonry
    Among the great new articles only at Civil Engineering magazine's website: A professor in Canada puts reinforced masonry to the test and finds some surprising results about how structural components interact during seismic events. What are they? Find out with your member login. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concrete Canoe celebrating 25 years with new, interactive website
    See how civil engineering students apply the engineering principles learned in the classroom, along with team and project management skills, in an all-new website for the 2012 National Concrete Canoe Competition. The portal allows you to stay up to date on this year's participants as they get ready for and take part in the competition, June 14-16 at the University of Nevada, Reno. Learn about the 25-year history of the National Concrete Canoe Competition, and if you're an alum, add to that history by sharing your experiences. Click on the year you competed; we will also post photos sent to The National Concrete Canoe Competition was funded by a generous grant from the ASCE Foundation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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