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February 22, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • $1B, 73-story tower will become L.A.'s tallest by 2016
    The Wilshire Grand will become the tallest building in Los Angeles once it is completed in 2016. The $1 billion, 73-story skyscraper will stand 1,100 feet tall. It won't need a flat roof, something normally required by the city's fire code, because of its "improved building-core design." The structure will employ "a lateral system with a concrete-core shear wall" and be protected against building drift by "a series of outrigger columns and braces." Engineering News-Record (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $1.6B San Francisco development project takes step forward
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle/KPIX-TV
    The $1.6 billion mixed-use project being developed by the San Francisco Giants takes a step forward with its first tenant, Anchor Brewing Co. The brewery will occupy 212,000 square feet of the 27-acre development dubbed Mission Rock. The waterfront project, which could break ground in late 2014, includes plans for retail and office areas, a museum, parks and 1,500 apartments. San Francisco Chronicle (2/19) 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  
  • A look into MIT's CSHub
    The Concrete Sustainability Hub, or CSHub, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., is a large research project funded by concrete industry sponsors. Research at CSHub are at work on ways to make concrete more eco-friendly. In this article, Ivan Amato explains the recipes the researchers are working on, and looks briefly at what Ceratech is doing. Nature (free content) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • L.A. installs "earthquake-resistant pipes"
    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is conducting a test installation of earthquake-resistant ductile iron pipe from Japan. "It's good stuff -- never failed in Japan, in any earthquake in 40 years," said Satoshi Suenaga, a Kubota engineer. The pipes are designed to flex and bend when they're under pressure, thus reducing the chance of breaks or leaks. Daily News (Los Angeles) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • A look at 5 of the most talked-about smart-city projects
    This piece lists five projects that are using the power of technology to build the "cities of the future now." It includes the $35 billion Songdo city in South Korea; Abu Dhabi's Masdar City; Rio de Janeiro's city-wide operations center; smart street lights and other technologically advanced projects in Barcelona, Spain; and London's various projects, including sensors to monitor air quality, traffic flow and water supply. BBC (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Want a better job? Improve the one you have
    Innovators looking for a better job shouldn't jump ship too readily, writes Stefan Lindegaard. Few firms are increasing their innovation headcount, so it's better to stay put and focus on making your current gig more rewarding. "I know many very capable innovators who have been out of relevant jobs for years. This is not the time to take chances with your career," Lindegaard warns. (Denmark) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Obama and Republicans break silence and restart budget talks
    The White House and Republican leaders have restarted talks on how to avert across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect March 1. President Barack Obama spoke with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the conversations were "good" but didn't give any details. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 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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