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November 1, 2012
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  • Bid deadline extended for initial segment of Calif.'s high-speed rail
    The deadline for submitting bids to design and construct the first segment of California's high-speed rail project will be extended to Jan. 18, according to the state's High-Speed Rail Authority. The five consortia interested in the project have asked for more details and more time. The initial phase, estimated to cost between $1.2 billion and $1.8 billion, will include construction of a bridge, elevated railway, tunnel and a 28-mile rail line to be built northeast of Madera to Fresno. The contract is expected to be awarded by June. The Fresno Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Forecast: After Sandy, reconstruction's impact will be "minimal"
    Rebuilding after the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy will cause "localized spikes in construction employment throughout November and the winter," according to Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America. However, the overall impact "is likely to be minimal" because reconstruction needs will mean planned projects are postponed, he added. Meanwhile, AGC released its analysis of employment data, which showed a decline in construction employment in 160 of 337 metro areas between September 2011 and September 2012. American City Business Journals/Albuquerque, N.M. (10/31), Bloomberg (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Engineers explore ways to improve concrete high-speed rail ties
    Kyle Riding, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Kansas State University, has won a grant of more than $1.2 million from the Federal Railroad Association. Riding, working with Canadian National and others, is looking at how to make concrete high-speed rail ties more resistant to freezing and thawing. "This is a good way to take fundamental science and apply it to a real-world application that will affect our transportation infrastructure and our communities," Riding said. "Plus, who doesn't like trains?" RT&S online (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Column: 4 tips to ensure sustainability of green building
    To keep the green-building movement sustainable in the long term, architects and contractors should design structures for the future, taking into consideration how they will be used, writes Paul Krumrich, founder and president of Spyeglass. In this article, he describes four best practices that can help contractors ensure that a green building will be sustainable for years to come. Sustainable Industries (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How CEOs weathered the superstorm
    Chief executives were forced to improvise as Sandy lashed the East Coast. Lands' End CEO Edgar Huber converted a room in his mother-in-law's apartment complex into a makeshift corporate headquarters, while Foot Locker chief Ken Hicks kept on working despite power outages at his Manhattan office and home. "You can be reasonably self-sufficient with a cellphone and a lantern," he says. The Wall Street Journal (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Business interruption claims require careful documentation
    It will be several weeks before losses from business interruption because of superstorm Sandy will be calculated. Companies need to be careful with their documentation as they estimate their losses for their insurers. "They need to preserve a lot of documents that in the normal course of business may get overwritten or discarded," says Stan Johnson, a forensic accountant at Navigant Consulting. The Wall Street Journal/CFO Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  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
  • Advances in FRC Durability and Field Applications CD-ROM (SP-280)
    This CD-ROM contains 10 papers that were presented at sessions sponsored by ACI Committee 544 at the Spring 2011 ACI Convention in Tampa, Fla. The topics of the papers cover durability aspects of fiber-reinforced concrete, ranging from permeability, shrinkage cracking, long-term behavior in chloride environment and resistance to chloride penetration, as well as applications of fiber-reinforced concrete for coupling beams for highrise core-wall structures, beams for bridges, panels and suspended foundation slabs. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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