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December 5, 2012
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  • Ross: Hudson Yards is "needed for New York for the future"
    Source: CNBC
    The Hudson Yards project on Manhattan's Far West Side along the Hudson River broke ground on its first tower on Tuesday, according to Stephen Ross, chairman of The Related Cos. The project will create 15 million square feet of mixed-use buildings. "It's really the start of creating what I think is the new heart of New York," Ross says. The project is expected to create 23,000 construction jobs. CNBC (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Corroded connectors may be to blame for tunnel collapse in Japan
    Experts say connecting hardware corroded and weakened by decades of seeping groundwater, acidic exhaust gases and vibration may have given way in the Sasago Tunnel in Japan last weekend, causing more than 270 tons of concrete panels to collapse onto the roadway below. The disaster occurred only days after officials of Nippon Expressway Co. set up a committee to find the best ways to address deterioration caused by aging in tunnels and other structures. Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • How AEC firms become and stay globally competitive
    There are two keys to help the architecture, engineering and construction industry become and remain globally competitive, according to Virginia Tech civil engineer John Taylor. They include using a Global Self-Assessment Tool, or G-SAT, and having an employee who acts as a "cultural boundary spanner," he says. "[A]s multicultural teams adapt, their performance rapidly improves and can even possibly outperform a homogenously cultural and lingual group." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concrete buildings half built in Middle East raise concern
    Stalled construction projects in the Middle East are causing some concern since most of the buildings are concrete and the environment is full of sun, sand and salt because most of the development is occurring in coastal areas. The quality of the concrete determines its durability, says Laith Haboubi, business development director at adhesive producer Mapei. "There is a point where all this just becomes economically unviable, and older structures are not worth keeping," Haboubi says. "Some 90 to 95 percent of the time they are still economically viable to restore the structural integrity of works." The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Will Sandy be another warning to be ignored?
    Government scientists, urban planners and academics worry that the fundamental lessons of Superstorm Sandy will be ignored. They met in New York to discuss ways to avoid that and to explore options that could mitigate future disasters. New York City, "as with any city, has faced numerous other crises and has overcome them through forward-thinking, largely transformative sets of policies, oftentimes on the back of a large infrastructure revision of what the city could be," said William Solecki, director of the City University of New York's Institute for Sustainable Cities. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Let's party -- but not too hard, CEOs say
    Nine out of 10 companies plan to throw a holiday party this year, the most since the recession hit and up from less than 75% last year, according to a Battalia Winston survey. Still, many parties will be low-key, low-budget affairs, with almost half held at lunchtime rather than in the evening. "You can't be Scrooge forever," says Battalia Winston CEO Dale Winston. "It's not that business is booming; it's just that [firms] don't want to keep skimming everything down." The Wall Street Journal/At Work blog (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACI News  
  • The Leading Edge of Pervious Concrete CD-ROM (SP-282)
    This CD-ROM contains seven papers that were presented at sessions sponsored by ACI Committee 522 at the ACI Fall 2009 Convention in New Orleans, La. The aim of this SP is to present some of the latest research findings on pervious concrete and to provide state-of-the-art examples on the use of pervious concrete. The papers in this SP present the latest research results from both experimental and numerical studies on various aspects of pervious concrete. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Attention students: Free E-membership from ACI
    In an effort to provide students worldwide with the connections, resources, and opportunities to be successful in their studies and -- ultimately -- in their careers, the American Concrete Institute has made membership free and easily accessible... electronically. Please take a few moments to learn more and apply for free membership today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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