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February 18, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • Firms are addressing concrete delays in reactor projects, execs say
    Westinghouse Electric and South Carolina Electric & Gas are addressing delays in pouring the concrete for the foundation of reactors that are being constructed in South Carolina and Georgia, company executives said. The pouring has been postponed for months. "We have a high degree of confidence that when we get by some of these technical issues up front, the project teams will be able to execute and they'll get the construction done," said Stephen Byrne, SCE&G's chief operating officer. Platts (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Technology & Trends  
  • Massive tunnel borers at work to build U.K.'s Crossrail tunnels
    The first of eight enormous boring machines, each about 164 feet long and weighing almost 1,102 tons, is carving subway tunnels beneath London. It's part of the $23 billion Crossrail project that is adding 26 miles of track and new twin-bore tunnels. Tunneling is expected to be finished in 2014 and service to start in late 2018 or early 2019. The Sun (London) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Choosing the best surface for your concrete flooring
    This piece discusses various options to choose from when dealing with industrial concrete flooring, and provides tips on care and upkeep. Choosing the most sustainable material could also mean "(t)he best, greenest, material is no material at all," says Bill Butler of L&M Chemicals. A polished concrete floor doesn't increase the carbon footprint but "can offer increased thermal mass, and therefore lower heating costs. Butler said the floor can also reduce the number of light fixtures needed in a plant by increasing light reflectivity. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • NYC's Bloomberg aims to build a stronger, more sustainable city
    Three construction efforts are critical to New York City's future, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in his State of the City speech Sunday. They are the ongoing building of a $6 billion water tunnel, the second phase of which will be finished by year's end; rebuilding infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Sandy; and opening several new schools. The work will not only create jobs but will allow the city to "build back stronger. We will build back safer. We will build back more sustainably. But we'll build back here," Bloomberg said. Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (2/17), Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Manage your talent like a sports team, says former Tyco CEO
    Successful sports teams usually have a balanced roster of committed and talented players, says former Tyco International CEO Edward Breen. That's the same approach leaders should take in running their companies, Breen explains. "There's no one individual going to make a company. So I always want to put people around me who I think are better than me, who will challenge me," he says. Knowledge@Wharton (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • EPA reaches settlement with consortium on stormwater rule
    The Environmental Protection Agency says it will drop the numeric limit it set for stormwater runoff at construction sites. That move helps settle a lawsuit filed by the National Association of Home Builders, Utility Water Act Group, and Wisconsin Builders Association. "The proposed numeric limits were a 'one-size-fits-nowhere' approach that would have cost a fortune to implement and would not have improved water quality," said Jerry Deschane, WBA executive vice president. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Guide for Precast Concrete Wall Panels (533R-11)
    This guide presents recommendations for precast concrete wall panels. It should be used with ACI 318, "Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete." This guide discusses the basic principles of design, tolerances, and materials, as well as fabrication, installation, quality requirements, and testing. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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