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November 13, 2012
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  Industry News  
  • Calif.'s $68B high-speed rail: The "project of the century"
    The 141-mile Bakersfield-to-Los Angeles section of California's $68 billion, high-speed rail project presents a monumental engineering challenge, as the rail will need to pass through the Tehachapi Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains and more than six earthquake faults. Football-field-long boring machines will need to be maneuvered into the mountain canyons to create access roads, viaducts and tunnels. "It is the project of the century," said Bill Ibbs, professor of civil engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Multiple mixed-use projects under way in Bethesda, Md.
    A $200 million mixed-use project that includes 250 residential units, 40,000 square feet of retail space and underground parking spaces for 1,200 vehicles is one of several projects being developed in Bethesda, Md. Projects under way in other areas of Bethesda include the Gallery of Bethesda and the replacement of the former Mid-Pike Plaza shopping center in North Bethesda. The Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How will we fund transportation infrastructure needs?
    There is not a lot of support for an increased gasoline tax to help fund transportation infrastructure, but President Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood "have a considerable opportunity to make a mark on transportation," says Mort Downey, a former deputy transportation secretary. Where the needed funding will come from is unknown. However, the public needs to be educated as to what's at stake, says Marcia Hale, president of Building America’s Future. "If you do the right type of organizing, people will come around on it." Bloomberg (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • New energy supply? Alaska's frozen methane hydrate
    The Energy Department and industry partners have extracted methane hydrate from a well on Alaska's North Slope and produced 1 million cubic feet of methane. Methane hydrate "looks like ice but burns like a candle if a match warms its molecules," and has potential to be a future energy source. The researchers used existing drilling techniques and were able to remove the substance without melting the ice structure it was trapped in. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How to win over a skeptical audience
    Persuasion is a key skill for any leader, writes former Ogilvy & Mather CEO Charlotte Beers. It takes an ability to speak with passion, humility, humor and flashes of unexpected wit to win over a tough audience or persuade skeptical employees to follow your lead. "Speaking with passion born of your own authentic experience and belief is always persuasive," Beers writes. Fast Company online (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Lawmakers: Drop light rail from $3.5B CRC bridge plan's design
    Several Republican lawmakers in Washington state have called for the removal of a proposed light-rail line of the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing after voters rejected a sales tax increase that would have funded it. The group has suggested a redesign that would focus on other forms of transit. However, getting rid of the rail line could mean the project would lose $160 million in funding since many of its milestones are tied to light rail. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Get certified from ACI!
    ACI offers 17 certification programs designed to form a minimum qualification for personnel employed within the concrete construction industry. Certification examinations and optional training courses are conducted through an international network of over 100 Local Sponsoring Groups. Since 1980, ACI has administered exams to over 350,000 individuals, with over 90,000 certifications currently maintained by ACI. Learn more and get certified. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join the Concrete Legacy Society
    The Concrete Legacy Society, established in 2008, is a special group of individuals passionate about the concrete industry who have chosen to make a planned gift to ACI or the ACI Foundation. These donors are helping to ensure that future generations will have access to continued advancements in concrete knowledge -- advancements that ACI has been providing since its inception in 1904. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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