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November 2, 2012
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  Industry News  
  • Construction sector adds 17,000 jobs in October
    Non-farm payrolls in October increased by 171,000. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9%. The construction sector added 17,000 jobs, and the only sector that saw a decrease in jobs was government. The number of jobs added in September was revised -- up to 148,000 from the original 114,000. ABC News (11/2), Bloomberg Businessweek (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Harriet" begins boring $1B PortMiami tunnel’s second leg
    Harriet, the $45 million, German-made boring machine, has started drilling the second tunnel of the $1 billion PortMiami project. Work on the tunnel’s second leg is slated to be finished in April, said Chris Hodgkins, Miami Access Tunnel vice president. The entire twin-tunnel project is scheduled for completion in May 2014. The Miami Herald (free registration) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lights, work back on at NYC's 1WTC
    Generators have turned the lights back on at New York City's 1 World Trade Center after it was blacked out by superstorm Sandy. Water that poured in from the Hudson River during the storm has been pumped out, allowing construction crews to return to work. Bloomberg (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • BIM an "important tool" that supports best practices in P3s
    The use of BIM for infrastructure projects can help both public and private entities better understand the scope and complexity of their investments, according to this piece. BIM processes also enable transparency and accountability in the management of public resources. The technology "is an important tool" that allows participants to deliver projects in accordance with the owner's intended plan, according to Rick Ciullo of Chubb Surety. Constructech (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3-D printed bricks, tomorrow's building blocks?
    Brian Peters, co-founder of the Design Lab Workshop in the Netherlands, has created economical, interlocking bricks using a three-dimensional printer. He attached an extrusion head to the printer and used a "liquid slipcast earthenware recipe." Peters said the bricks can be made from cement, concrete or other materials. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Sustainable cities cannot ignore their use of global resources
    The ideal sustainable city must account for the worldwide movement of products and services, according to researchers based in Sweden. "Urban areas drive much of the global changes we see, whether in energy use, food supply, resource depletion or land-use change," said Sybil Seitzinger of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program. "The sustainability of a city can no longer be thought of in isolation from the combined resource use and impacts of cities globally," the researchers wrote. United Press International (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Crisis-management tips from Mayor Mike
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a master class in crisis management this week as superstorm Sandy hit the Big Apple, writes Scott Eblin. Bloomberg projected quiet confidence, was highly visible and was utterly consistent in his message. However, Bloomberg's pre-storm messaging, which at times downplayed the threat to New Yorkers, did come in for criticism. Level Blog (10/30), Gothamist (New York) (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACI News  
  • Behavior of Concrete Structures Subjected to Blasts and Impacts CD-ROM (SP-281)
    This CD-ROM contains 15 papers that were presented at sessions sponsored by ACI Committees 447 and 370 at the ACI Fall 2010 Convention in Pittsburgh, Pa. In this publication, engineers report on how they are approaching the challenging task of predicting the response of structures subjected to blast and impact loading. Both experimental and analytical efforts are represented, often in tandem. The analytical approaches taken include single-degree-of-freedom modeling, highly nonlinear transient dynamic finite element simulations, and coupled Lagrangian-Eulerian simulations. Papers in the publication cover the design and evaluation of new and existing structures, as well as techniques for strengthening existing structures. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACI/CRSI Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification Program
    ACI and the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute have announced the launch of the new Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification program. Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification is a new requirement in ACI 318-11, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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