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June 12, 2012
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  • Calif. determined to begin construction of $68B HSR project this year
    The California High Speed Rail Authority is at work to ensure that initial construction of the $68 billion high-speed rail project begins this year. Despite funding issues, the project moved ahead with a finalized proposal that helped reduce costs through a "blended" rail system by using existing infrastructure as well as gaining political support. "Having the governor's support was absolutely essential," said CHSRA Chairman Dan Richard. "Without that, I don't think the project would have progressed." Progressive Railroading (6/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 1,000 workers on site at $4.15B N.M. plant expansion
    Urenco USA continues to expand its uranium enrichment facility in New Mexico, and about 1,000 construction workers are on the job. The company is spending $3.15 billion in the project's first two phases, and $1 billion in the third phase, all aimed at boosting capacity. The final build-out, however, still needs approval from Urenco's parent company, said Brenda Brooks, the company's community affairs director. American City Business Journals/Albuquerque (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Sequester likely will destroy more U.S. jobs, report says
    The more than $1 trillion of spending cuts set to automatically take effect at the end of this year will eliminate more than 1 million jobs and slow economic growth in the U.S., according to a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center. At the same time, the cuts will do almost nothing to reduce the budget deficit, the report said. (6/8), (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Traversing the Greenroads to sustainable roadbuilding
    The first Greenroads certification has been awarded to a bridge project in Bellingham, Wash. Similar to LEED, Greenroads is a rating system for roadwork that has 11 project requirements, 37 voluntary credits and four certification levels. There are currently 18 projects in the U.S. that have applied for Greenroads certification. The Greenroads Foundation expects to develop an accreditation program to help people become expert in the rating system. Journal of Commerce (Canada) (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Solve problems by first saying, "I was wrong"
    Senior leaders can feel safe owning up to failures -- even indirect ones -- with an admittance of responsibility, even in front of a subordinate, John Baldoni says in this video. "It's a necessary step when you're seeking to turn around a situation. Sure, it shows vulnerability. To me, it also demonstrates strength of character," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Proposed measure seeks gradual approach to minimum-wage hike
    Another "raise-the-minimum-wage" bill is being readied for the House of Representatives, this time calling for a gradual increase from $7.25 per hour to $9.80 per hour over three years. Still, some prefer an immediate increase. The bill likely won't be acted on until after the elections in November. The Hill (6/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Behavior of Concrete Structures Subjected to Blasts and Impacts CD-ROM (SP-281)
    This CD-ROM contains 15 papers that were presented at sessions sponsored by ACI Committees 447 and 370 at the ACI Fall 2010 Convention in Pittsburgh. In this publication, engineers report on how they are approaching the challenging task of predicting the response of structures subjected to blast and impact loading. Both experimental and analytical efforts are represented, often in tandem. The analytical approaches taken include single-degree-of-freedom modeling, highly nonlinear transient dynamic finite element simulations, and coupled Lagrangian-Eulerian simulations. Papers in the publication cover the design and evaluation of new and existing structures, as well as techniques for strengthening existing structures. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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