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January 14, 2013
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  • BIM-, GIS-experienced firms could benefit from MAP-21
    Firms that are knowledgeable in both geographic information systems and building information modeling technologies and can deliver projects efficiently could benefit from the $105 billion Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21, Jeffrey Yoders writes. "BIM, LIDAR, and GIS projects will be funded much more easily by the federal government than non-modeled, non-mapped projects," Yoders notes. CE News (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japanese Tecorep system keeps demolition work neat, quiet
    Source: YouTube/The Japan Times
    A demolition system developed by Japan's Taisei Corp., called the Taisei Ecological Reproduction System, or Tecorep, turns demo work into a relatively clean and quiet affair. Work begins at the top -- on the inside of the building -- and as floors and walls are removed, the building becomes less tall. "It's kind of like having a disassembly factory on top of the building and putting a big hat there, and then the building shrinks," said one Taisei engineer. The Atlantic Cities (1/10), The Japan Times (1/8), YouTube/The Japan Times (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • GSA's Green Proving Ground program pushes energy efficiency
    The General Services Administration manages a federal buildings' portfolio of almost 10,000 assets, and the agency sees technological advances as key to energy efficiency and cost savings. For this reason, the Green Proving Ground program was developed, and it "leverages GSA's own real estate portfolio as a test bed to evaluate the viability of emerging building technologies and practices to save energy, water and reduce operational costs," said Eleni Reed, chief greening officer at GSA. AOL Government (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Being disciplined doesn't have to be a downer
    Maintaining discipline and serving customers well doesn't have to involve constant oversight and harsh punishments for transgressors, writes Irv Rothman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Financial Services. It's more important to be proactive, training workers thoroughly and then trusting them to do their jobs well. "Overemphasis on the punitive aspects can be counterproductive, especially if it's in sharp contrast with the way employees are otherwise treated," Rothman writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Several names appear as potential successor if LaHood leaves
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is not listed in President Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet, and it is unclear whether he will stay on. Several names have emerged as his potential successor. Among the likely candidates are Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire; former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; former Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio; former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell; former Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn.; and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The Hill/Transportation blog (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 303R-12: Guide to Cast-in-Place Architectural Concrete Practice
    This guide presents recommendations for producing cast-in-place architectural concrete. The importance of specified materials, forming, concrete placement, curing, additional treatment, inspection, and their effect on the appearance of the finished product are discussed. Architectural concrete requires special construction techniques, materials, and requirements that are unique to each project. The specific recommendations and information presented in this guide should be used accordingly. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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