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December 17, 2012
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  • Utah completes 2 key road projects worth $2.46B
    The $1.73 billion project to rebuild 24 miles of Utah's Interstate 15 and replace asphalt with concrete has been finished. Also finished is the first phase of the $730 million Mountain View Corridor. It's like "we have delivered the World Series and ... the Super Bowl all in one day," said John Njord, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. DOT launches RAMP to expedite its construction program
    The Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a new program dubbed Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships or RAMP. "Efficient and effective use of public money is at the core of this effort," said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. "The program doesn’t solve the state’s long-term transportation needs, but it does accelerate many projects that might otherwise have had to sit longer." American City Business Journals/Denver (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • 2 net-zero buildings offer insight into possibilities
    Two presentations about net-zero-energy buildings led Raksha Vasudevan to focus on how understanding ways the buildings were designed could shape how we view building sustainable communities. Life-cycle analysis comes into play, as do integrated design, plug-load issues and the potential of passive design. CitiesSpeak blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • 12 steps to help leaders to keep stress in check
    Too many CEOs are overloaded with stress, writes Carole Spiers, a stress-management consultant. To avoid burning out, it's important to stay focused, to make time for yourself and to learn to switch off whenever you get the chance, she writes. "Remaining disciplined by managing both time and productivity well, is the key to good stress management," Spiers writes. Management-Issues (U.K.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Survey: Federal contracting turns into a "high-risk business"
    Federal contracting is becoming a "high-risk business" because more government agencies are requiring fixed-price contracts due to tighter budgets, consulting firm Grant Thornton said after conducting a survey of federal contractors. "We certainly are in a different economic time right now than we have been in the last many years," said Mary Davie, acting commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service. "That’s reflected in contracts and the budget and changes we’re making in how we spend our money." NextGov (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Cement tester training from ACI
    ACI recently began offering a new custom seminar titled Physical Tester -- Basics of Cement Testing. This four- to five-day program is presented at the customer’s testing lab for up to 10 people. It provides both classroom and hands-on training in the most common procedures used to test cement and supplementary cementitious materials. See a detailed list of the topics covered in the seminar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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