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September 21, 2012
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  • Atlanta officials seek 13-year extension for sewer upgrades
    City officials in Atlanta have asked District Judge Thomas Thrash to give them 13 more years to complete compulsory sewer upgrades instead of meeting a July 1, 2014, deadline. The extra time "would save millions of dollars in construction expenses by freeing the city from paying top dollar for work under a tight deadline," Atlanta officials say. Sewage overflow volume declined by 97% between 2004 to 2011 after the city invested more than $1.5 billion in upgrades. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure Watch 
  • $700M development program planned for Calif. ports
    An estimated $700 million project to enhance rail infrastructure is being planned for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. The initiative aims to create more on-dock rail capacity that would reduce traffic congestion from trucks, said Carlo Luzzi, an engineer for the Port of Long Beach. (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • P3 for N.Y.'s $5.4B Tappan Zee Bridge to be discussed
    New York state Sen. Greg Ball will host a discussion today to discuss how public-private partnerships could help fund the $5.4B replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River north of New York City. "We live in a powerful state that is home to the greatest financial market in the world," Ball said. "The search for federal debt-based funds and our clamoring to finance the transit option on the Tappan Zee Bridge is symptomatic of a previous lack of both creative thinking and innovative finance models." Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (subscription required) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Detection sensors miss most of pipeline spills in U.S.
    Remote sensing technology detected only 5% of pipeline spills in the U.S. between 2002 and July 2012, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Remote detection systems "are good at detecting large spills and ruptures, but they're not so good at detecting smaller spills," experts say. "Leak detection systems are imperfect," said Andrew Black, Association of Oil Pipelines president. This analysis looks at the good and bad with the sensing technology. (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile construction technology
    The fast-paced development of mobile technology makes it challenging for builders to adopt strategies through a single platform. "Seamless mobility across multiple devices is critical to the efficiency and productivity of end-to-end project management in a collaborative environment," says Leigh Jasper, chief executive officer of Aconex. Constructech (free registration) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Development 
  • Several ideas to help ease a growing water crisis
    By 2025, the U.S. will need 165% more water than what it used in 2000, according to an IBM report. There are many ways to address the increasing global water crisis, according to this piece, one of which could be a water trading system. Other options include the use of cloud computing for the management of water systems, the use of green infrastructure and other conservation measures. "Water is posed to be the commodity of the 21st century," said Richard Sandor, Environmental Products analyst and founder of Chicago Climate Exchange. (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing the Profession 
  • Are you making poor excuses for your lack of success?
    It's easy to blame upper management for your company's problems, but the truth is that senior executives have a surprising lack of power, consultant Ron Ashkenas writes. "If conditions don't allow you to speak up and exert your influence, go somewhere else. But waiting for senior leaders or the CEO to make things better is probably not going to be a very effective strategy," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smart bosses know that success breeds failure
    After every big triumph, bosses need to fight the urge to rest on their laurels -- or to allow their workers to do the same, writes Art Petty. "Success breeds hubris. ... The best leaders recognize that in victory, their next task is the hard work of guiding their teams back to that place where hunger and drive fuel their pursuits," Petty argues. (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from ASCE 
  • ASCE is seeking the most talented students to be New Faces
    Be recognized as a potential civil engineering star! ASCE's New Faces of Civil Engineering, College Edition will be recognizing talented third- fourth- and fifth-year engineering students poised to launch their careers with an impact. Think that's you, or someone you know? Students chosen as ASCE's collegiate New Faces will be announced in late January on Facebook, plus gain exposure to readers of ASCE's other online and print venues. One of the New Faces will receive further recognition in April as a National Engineers Week Foundation New Face of Engineering, College Edition, representing all of civil engineering, plus receive a $500 scholarship. Applications will be available starting this Tuesday at Deadline is Nov. 16. College Edition is a program of the National Engineers Week Foundation (EWeek) and its partners, including ASCE.

    ASCE is also looking for promising young engineers who have just started out and have shown the potential for great careers. Know someone who might fit? Nominate them as one of ASCE's 2013 New Faces of Civil Engineering–Professionals. Get details and a nomination form. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 19.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: Navajo-Gallup Pipeline Progresses
    ASCE Civil Engineering magazine online  

    Work will soon begin on a long-proposed pipeline in the New Mexico desert to bring water to 230,000 people living on or near Native American lands. Examine the plans, then discover more fascinating, topical articles at

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