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March 18, 2013
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  • First details of Calif.'s $23B water plan released
      
    Source: KGO-TV
    The first four chapters of California's $23 billion plan that includes construction of two tunnels to distribute water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to cities and farmlands have been released by the California Resources Agency. The documents include a description of the proposed 35-mile twin-tunnel project that would cost $14 billion. "This plan isn't about waging war," said Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources. "It's about resolving some of the most critical resource conflicts in California." KGO-TV (San Francisco)/The Associated Press (3/14), The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Calif. port spends $1B for rail capacity expansion, upgrades
    A $1 billion expansion and development program for on-dock rail facilities at the Port of Long Beach, Calif., is under way. The goal is to help the port keep up with its competitors such as the Port of Prince Rupert in Canada and the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico, said J. Christopher Lytle, Port of Long Beach executive director. DC Velocity online (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Va.'s Silver Line tunnel settles an inch
    A portion of a new rail tunnel in Tysons Corner, Va., has settled about an inch, but recent tests show there is still the necessary clearance for a Metro train to pass, according to an inspection report. The tunnel is part of the first phase of the $5.6 billion Silver Line rail line project. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority engineers and the Metro will review the findings in coming weeks. "At this point in time, right now, it looks all right," said Pat Nowakowski, chief construction manager on the Silver Line for MWAA. "It was built in accordance with the requirements." The Washington Post (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get It Right: Pricing Strategies That Work
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  • New tools signal evolution of BIM use
    New hardware tools, including 3D laser scanners and robotic total stations, are now part of the BIM tool set. For instance, Crate&Barrel's use of total stations has helped it do precise layouts from a model. "Maturing from a process that was long thought to only be associated with design and clash detection [BIM], it is encouraging to see tools like laser equipment, total stations, robotic total stations, and 3D laser scanners transforming the market from a hardware perspective," notes the author of this article. Constructech (free registration) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Leadership & HR  
 
  • Leaders must be creators
    A good leader is a creator and not just a critic, Mike Figliuolo writes. This means not stopping simply with your opinion. "Give people the coaching, feedback, and resources to improve their average pieces of junk," he writes. "Identify opportunities to connect ideas and people so they can build something greater. Be part of the solution rather than simply pointing out the problem." ThoughtLeaders blog (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Obama's pick for Interior chief offers insight about fracking
    Natural gas has an important role in the country's energy economy, but the public needs to have full confidence that hydraulic fracturing is carried out safely, said Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of the Interior. Jewell said she would urge the Bureau of Land Management to concentrate on "reasonable requirements" for the drilling technique. "I would encourage knowledge-sharing between the BLM and states to assure that the best available science is used to support safe and responsible resource development," Jewell said. Platts (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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