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March 27, 2013
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  • Halliburton rejects BP's claims about cement samples in spill trial
    Halliburton said it didn't destroy key cement samples that could have been used as evidence in a civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, contrary to the accusations of BP. The U.K. oil major is seeking to redirect attention from its accountability in the incident, lawyers for Halliburton said. "There is no evidence that [Halliburton] acted deliberately or intentionally, or that the isolation of the [missing cement] was the result of anything other than a simple misunderstanding," the lawyers said. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.)/The Associated Press (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Forbes' 15 "Emerging Downtowns" undergo building booms
    Forbes has released a list of the top 15 cities tagged as "Emerging Downtowns" where populations have boomed and college-educated professionals are settling in. Among the cities with booming downtowns are Denver, Detroit, Atlanta, Cleveland, Los Angeles and New York City. Pedestrian walkways, bike paths and green housing are just some of the amenities the younger generations look for. "We carefully evaluate what the future workforce is looking for, and we incorporate those demands into what we are building," said Tami Door, chief executive of the Downtown Denver Partnership. Forbes (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Construction tech could help overhaul U.S. infrastructure
    Technology and processes such as BIM, finite-element analysis and other methods "will allow the construction industry to fix infrastructure with the money that is available," this article notes. Technology has the potential for helping the industry eliminate costs and improve collaboration. "As America searches for a way to improve its infrastructure, construction technology can help by providing the means to build structures as cost effectively and efficiently as possible," it notes. Constructech (free registration) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Giant downdraft tower might create 500 MW of power
    Solar Wind Energy hopes to construct a 2,250-foot-tall, wind-powered tower on the Arizona-Mexico border that would generate 500 megawatts of power. The project, which consists of the $1 billion tower, a plan to pipe desalinated water in from the Sea of Cortez in Mexico and a desalination plant, is expected to create 2,500 construction and transportation jobs. When water is sprayed into the hollow tower's opening, it creates very humid and heavy air, which sinks down the tower. The sinking air can accelerate to 50 mph and then exit the tower and spin turbines. Forbes (3/26), Forbes (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Be flexible instead of being the hero
    In an uncertain world, there's no place for "heroic" corporate leaders determined to fight the tide, writes Jane Perdue, and it's better to adapt to the situations you find yourself in. "Flexible leaders are both strong and vulnerable, provide both structure and managed chaos, and value hard and soft skills equally," Perdue writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Obama wants immigration reform to advance in Congress
    During a naturalization ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama said he expects debate over immigration reforms to "begin next month" in Congress. A bipartisan group of senators, the "Gang of Eight," has presented an outline for its vision of immigration reform but is still divided on some issues. The House of Representatives is expected to unveil its bill in the future. "The time has come for comprehensive, sensible immigration reform," Obama said. The Hill/Hill Tube (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  ACI News  
  • Concrete Industry Management Program releases Annual Report for 2011 - 2012
    The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program -- a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management -- is pleased to announce the release of their 2011-2012 Annual Report. Compiled by the National Steering Committee, the report was distributed last month at World of Concrete in Las Vegas, Nev. For more information about the CIM program and to download a copy of the annual report and executive summary, go to LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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