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September 27, 2012
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  • Company to build 220-story prefab building in 7 months in China
    China's Broad Sustainable Building plans to start construction on a 220-story prefabricated building in November. It plans to finish it in just seven months. The tower, which would be the world's tallest prefab building, is designed to accommodate 100,000 people. The builder aims to employ the same methods it used in the construction of a 30-story structure that took 15 days to erect, and those methods are detailed by Wired. (9/25), TreeHugger (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure Watch 
  • Dallas transit authority OKs $1.07B budget
    A $1.07 billion budget for fiscal 2013 approved by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's board of directors will help fund the expansion of the Orange and Blue lines. It will also go toward work on constructing a connector to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. RT&S online (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Rethinking design for more resilient infrastructure
    Weather extremes are putting U.S. infrastructure to the test and have engineers looking for ways to improve designs. “We need to rethink how we protect infrastructure,” said Joseph Schofer, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northwestern University and director of the Infrastructure Technology Institute. "As civil engineers seek to improve the resistance and resilience of the nation’s infrastructure to disasters, expect a greater role for increasingly complex models that can help evaluate the regional impacts of designs before they receive real-world tests," Bob Drake writes. CE News (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Development 
  • Expert: 3 ways to make best use of water we have
    There are three steps the U.S. can take to make the best use of its water while waiting for future technologies, suggests Dr. Emma Watson, a member of the Low Carbon Taskforce of the World Economic Forum and head of Autodesk's industry sustainability solutions. First is to update the country's water pipes, then reduce consumption and use biomimicry to design water infrastructure. Forbes (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • America's airports: Sustainability from the ground up
    Airports across the U.S. have worked to lower their carbon footprint, and they have done so in large part by using solar power and attaining LEED certification. This piece looks at several projects, including San Francisco International Airport’s new Terminal 2 and Denver International Airport, the latter of which boasts a solar farm. (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing the Profession 
  • When to tell employees what to do
    Telling employees how to get things done is a management style of the past, even though it is a default style for many executives, writes Brian Evje. It's OK to take a prescriptive tone when there is a crisis or in the early stages of a turnaround. But generally, executives should be more collaborative because complex business problems are rarely solved alone. Inc. online (free registration) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: Great Lakes Agreement Addresses New Concerns
    ASCE Civil Engineering magazine online  

    Under the terms of a recent agreement with Canada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has committed to addressing a series of threats to the Great Lakes that have arisen since the accord was last updated 25 years ago. Discover the provisions, then discover more fascinating, topical articles at

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  • Don't delay -- submit a nomination for EWRI Awards by Oct. 1
    It's your last chance to nominate a deserving peer, professor or colleague for their dedication to the profession, significant research, and/or outstanding paper in 2012. ASCE's Environmental & Water Resources Institute grants awards to recognize specific contributions to the profession, Institute, or other outstanding achievements in the field. Winners will be notified in February and will receive their awards at the 2013 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, to be held in Cincinnati in May. Review the awards, download forms, and submit them by this Monday, Oct. 1LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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