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February 19, 2013
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  • Ore. panel endorses $3.4B Columbia River Crossing
    An Oregon legislative committee voted 14-2 to build the $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing, which would connect Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash. The approval sends a bill to the Legislature to authorize $450 million in bonds to pay for Oregon's share. Proponents expect Washington lawmakers to match funding, allowing federal appropriations. The Oregonian (Portland) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Complaint filed over construction issues with Seattle's $4.1B bridge
      
    Source: KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM
    A "systemic breakdown of engineering responsibilities and management" in the Washington State Department of Transportation has led to construction setbacks on the $4.1 billion State Route 520 floating bridge project, according to a state whistleblower. The complaint, submitted to the office of State Auditor and the state's Board of Professional Engineers, asks for a formal investigation. It cites a TV station's probe into the leaks and cracks in the Seattle bridge's massive concrete pontoons and questions the "structural integrity of the pontoons." KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Technology & Trends  
 
  • Construction apps advance use of BIM on job sites
    Professionals from the architecture, engineering and construction industry are using more applications custom built for the construction environment, a trend that is expected to continue. For example, Take Box is an app that, when integrated with the "GTeam cloud-based building information modeling collaboration service" of Gehry Technologies, lets users "access, manage, and share critical information like blueprints, CAD ... files, and contracts from the field, all in a secure manner." Constructech (free registration) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Sludge-cement mix from N.Y. canal could become concrete landmass
    Decontaminated sludge from New York's Gowanus Canal could be used to create a concrete landmass that would extend Brooklyn's Red Hook shore as part of a $500 million Superfund cleanup project of the Environmental Protection Agency. This is one of the options the federal government could take instead of "sending everything off-site," according to Superfund project manager Christos Tsiamis. The sludge would be mixed with cementitious materials and set inside a reinforced steel structure that could eventually expand a shipping terminal in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Paper (N.Y.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • 5 keys to building a front-line-focused organization
    Senior leaders who are committed to a front-line-focused organization must establish a vision that puts customers first, respect and encourage insight from front-line employees, and "obsess over talent," among other steps, write Noel M. Tichy and Chris DeRose in this book excerpt. Executives "must imagine what the ideal customer interaction will look like and ask where breakdowns may occur throughout the process, from generating customer awareness to building post-sale relationships," they write. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Obama works on backup plan for immigration reform
    President Barack Obama is drafting a backup proposal for U.S. immigration reform in case bipartisan negotiations in Congress over such a bill collapse, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said. Under Obama's draft plan, it would take about eight years for an illegal immigrant to become a legal permanent resident of the U.S. Reuters (2/17), USA Today (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Custom seminars available from ACI
    You can now bring ACI's training and education expertise right to your company by scheduling a custom seminar for your employees, customers, or members. Choose from a variety of topics such as: structural design, repair, troubleshooting, slabs-on-ground, and many more. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join the Concrete Legacy Society
    The Concrete Legacy Society, established in 2008, is a special group of individuals passionate about the concrete industry who have chosen to make a planned gift to ACI or the ACI Foundation. These donors are helping to ensure that future generations will have access to continued advancements in concrete knowledge -- advancements that ACI has been providing since its inception in 1904. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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