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September 25, 2012
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  • Alaska wants to build LNG pipeline, export complex for up to $50B
    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell wants to build a natural gas pipeline and export complex for between $40 billion and $50 billion. Rising demand for fuel in Asia could mean export opportunities worth an estimated $20 billion annually for the state. Parnell has asked a joint venture of Exxon Mobil, BP and ConocoPhillips to submit plans for an 800-mile pipeline and liquefaction plant. Bloomberg (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure Watch 
  • Work on $2B master-planned Texas community advances
    The $2 billion Viridian mixed-use project in Arlington, Texas, is progressing rapidly, and the second phase of the project could begin soon. The 2,300-acre development will have 3,500 single-family homes; 1,500 condo units, town houses and apartments; a 400,000-square-foot town center; and medical, retail and office space. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. airport launches 6-year, $450M terminal expansion
    Passengers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida next month will start to see work on a six-year, $450 million project that will double the size of the airport's Terminal 4. The project also includes construction of four additional gates. "We're going to convert it from the 1980s into a modern terminal," said Greg Meyer, airport spokesman. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Company to shave 18 months off Kan. campus project
    Cerner Corp. has decided to speed up construction of its new office campus in Kansas City, Kan., to save money. The first of two nine-story towers has been topped off, and work on the next building will start in two weeks. They should be ready for occupancy in early 2014 instead of mid-2015 as originally planned. The towers are the key elements of a $414 million, 660,000-square-foot development. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Avant-garde construction projects, what's next?
    The $279 million IceCube Observatory at the South Pole that required Enhanced Hot Water Drill technology, and the $19.4 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in France that will operate on nuclear fusion are two "marvels" of construction, according to Ben Freund. A third marvel is Dubai's planned Water Discus Hotel, which would have 21 rooms 33 feet below the ocean's surface. Construction Informer blog (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Updated platform organizes BIM information more efficiently
    The amount of data building information modeling generates can be difficult for users to organize and use. But software companies are working to make it easier. Assemble Systems recently upgraded its Assemble Platform product with Smart Filters, which provides customized information for architects, engineers and contractors, according to the company. Meanwhile, Gehry Technologies launched a similar product this year that offers better management of BIM-related data. Constructech (free registration) (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Development 
  • Green building: Where reality becomes a game
    It's said that art imitates life, but in this instance a board game imitates the realities faced by those who build sustainably. Players of GBO Hawaii can invest in renewable energy, follow LEED guidelines, cut utility bills, fight oil-industry lobbyists and work toward making Hawaii more sustainable. Get the best triple-bottom line returns on your investments and build the most well-rounded portfolio to be the winner. Green Building Elements (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing the Profession 
  • Reshaping the engineering discipline
    civil engineering student  
    Source: USA TODAY
    One way to reshape the engineering discipline is to get engineering students out of the classroom and into the world, involved in an engineering project. "We have done a miserable job, by and large, of explaining just how engineering is essential and can change the world," said Charles Vest, National Academy of Engineering chief. "We have to get them out of the lecture hall and show them how engineers do just that." USA TODAY (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Should you be more theatrical?
    The best leaders don't simply tell people what to do -- they communicate in a way that wins over the hearts and minds of their followers, writes John Baldoni. That requires a sense of the dramatic and a commitment to authenticity. "Good leaders understand that public leadership is public theater, and rather than shy from it, they embrace it," Baldoni explains. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  News from ASCE 
  • Save now for ASCE's Annual Conference next month

    ASCE's 142nd Annual Civil Engineering Conference is rapidly approaching, Oct. 18–20. Are you attending? View the preliminary program today (PDF) and register before Oct. 4 to receive advance registration savings of up to $100.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: New York City Publishes First Energy Benchmark Report
    ASCE Civil Engineering magazine online  

    A comprehensive look at energy usage in 1.7 billion square feet of built space reveals a complex mosaic in which older buildings use less energy than newer ones. Explore the unexpected results, then discover more fascinating, topical articles at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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