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March 8, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • "Bertha" being loaded onto a ship in Japan for Seattle trip
    Source: KING-TV
    The 5-story-tall tunnel-boring machine named "Bertha" is being loaded in 41 pieces onto a ship in Japan for its trip to Seattle. The machine, which is expected to arrive in the city later this month, will be used in the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. Meanwhile, crews at the Seattle site are 80% finished with work on what will become a 400-foot-long, 80-foot-deep launch pit where the borer will be assembled. KING-TV (Seattle) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • San Francisco proposes $25B in capital projects over 10 years
    San Francisco's latest capital plan recommends spending $25 billion on capital projects over the next 10 years. The plan, which is expected to create 223,000 new jobs, includes waterfront redevelopment; rehabilitation of the city's water and sewer systems; and completion of the Transbay Center, Central Subway and San Francisco General Hospital's acute care wing among other projects. However, "aligning the city's capital budget with the plan's recommendations will require more creativity and strategic thinking around potential revenue sources." San Francisco Chronicle (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • CCCP solution works well for sewer pipe replacement in Kan.
    A centrifugally cast concrete pipe reconstruction system that was used for stormwater sewer repairs in Hays, Kan., proved to be effective, said Nicholas Willis, the city's stormwater and conservation superintendent. Although a few hundred yards required trenching, Willis chose the CCCP for the bulk of the citywide work because it was a trenchless method. "For efficiency and cost, this has been a great solution for us," he said. "Actually, given our time frame and revenue, I don't see how we could do without something like this. To any cities or agencies on the fence about it, I certainly recommend giving it a try." Trenchless Technology (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Sustainability index aims to evaluate REITs
    The release later this month of a sustainability index that measures the portfolios of real estate investment trusts is expected to reduce environmental and social risks for investors in "green" properties. FTSE Group, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the U.S. Green Building Council are working together on the index to provide transparency about LEED certification and Energy Star ratings. The index is scheduled to be launched on March 21, said Chris Pyke, USGBC vice president of research. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How to lead like Henry V
    A famous speech from Shakespeare's "Henry V" holds lessons for modern leaders, writes Nigel Roberts. Henry's soaring rhetoric provides an upbeat call to action based on a higher goal -- the same strategy CEOs should use to win over their employees. "[T]he Bard managed to capture some universal truths about human nature and the complex way that individuals relate to each other which can provide useful lessons for today's corporate leaders," Roberts writes. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACI News  
  • Strategic Development Council seeks concrete technologies to "showcase"
    The Strategic Development Council is currently seeking new concrete technologies to "showcase" at upcoming sessions. Technology Showcases allow companies and/or individuals the opportunity to showcase their new, interesting, or innovative technologies that have the potential to improve and advance the concrete industry. Each new technology that is introduced at SDC gains exposure and possible assistance to address barriers and obstacles that are preventing or slowing acceptance of the technology within the concrete industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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