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January 28, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • "Mega-events center" proposed for Las Vegas campus
    The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Majestic Realty, a private developer, are proposing construction of a "mega-events center" on campus that would be a key component of a redevelopment project called UNLVNow. The project, worth an estimated $800 million to $900 million, would include building 2,000-3,000 dorm units and retail space, along with a domed stadium that will have a seating capacity of 60,000. Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • New "internally cured" concrete could help bridges last longer
    A new "internally cured," high-performance concrete has been developed by researchers at Purdue University in Indiana. Testing indicates that the concrete is "less prone to cracking and damage caused by deicing salt," a factor that could extend the lifespan of bridges made with the concrete and reduce maintenance costs. A bridge on State Road 933 in St. Joseph County in Indiana will be the first to use the concrete. WISH-TV (Indianapolis)/The Associated Press (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concrete roof has jaws dropping at Canadian public library
    The concrete roof at the Jasper Place Library in Edmonton, Alberta, stands without support from columns or beams. The roof, which is about 12 inches thick, gains its balance from being "folded" through the use of peaks and troughs. "If you use concrete in the right way, it can do some pretty remarkable things," said architect Michael Dub, who works with one of the designers of the building. "The structure is incredibly [rigid]. It will barely move over time. All structures move. This one won't." The Edmonton Journal (Alberta) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Calif. 49ers stadium to be net-zero energy facility
    Several types of solar technology will be installed at the $1.2 billion new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. Enough will be installed to make the stadium "the first professional sports venue in California to achieve net zero energy performance," according to the team. Plumbing will focus on water efficiency, and recycled materials are being used to build the stadium. American City Business Journals/San Jose, Calif. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Executives see collaboration as an important strategy
    Two-thirds of more than 2,000 decision-makers from around the world said they had worked closely in collaboration with at least one other organization in the previous 12 months, a survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch found. Forty-four percent said they expect they will collaborate even more over the next five years. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Engineers included in preliminary immigration reform
    A bipartisan group of senators has proposed a legislative framework on immigration that would provide a "tough, but fair" pathway to U.S. citizenship for undocumented workers. In addition, it's expected that "border enforcement, employer enforcement, [and] handling the future flow of legal immigration (including temporary agriculture workers and high-skilled engineers)" will be addressed. A bill could be drafted in March and voted on in the Senate before the August recess. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/25), The Wall Street Journal (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Adhesive Anchor Installation Online CEU Program
    ACI is offering a flexible and convenient way to learn about adhesive anchors through its newest online CEU program titled, "Adhesive Anchor Installation." The resources introduced in this program are intended to provide an introduction to adhesive anchor installation, what constitutes an adhesive anchor, installation requirements for adhesive anchors, adhesive curing, and applications for use. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cement tester training from ACI
    ACI recently began offering a new custom seminar titled Physical Tester -- Basics of Cement Testing. This four- to five-day program is presented at the customer’s testing lab for up to 10 people. It provides both classroom and hands-on training in the most common procedures used to test cement and supplementary cementitious materials. See a detailed list of the topics covered in the seminar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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