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January 21, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • Energy firm plans $2.2B LNG production, export facility in La.
    Magnolia LNG plans to build a $2.2 billion natural gas liquefaction plant in Louisiana, where it will produce and export liquified natural gas. "Whilst the company remains focused on securing the appropriate contracts, agreements and permits, we expect to commence construction of our first U.S. venture by 2015," said Maurice Brand, Magnolia managing director and joint chief executive director. The firm will submit a prefiling application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in March to start the review process for construction authorization. SNL Financial (free content) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • A highway runs through it
    India may take a hint from Japan to help solve its road-infrastructure challenges. One of its ministry officials has suggested building roads through high-rise buildings, just as was done at the Gate Tower Building in Japan. That 16-story building has an expressway that occupies three floors. The road was built as a bridge and is secured by free-standing supports so that it is not attached to the tower. (Australia) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • D.C. authority proposes halting water tunnel projects
    Back in 2003, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority proposed building three tunnels to help manage sewer overflows. It now proposes suspending construction of the tunnels in favor of doing an eight-year study on green infrastructure to see if there are more sustainable options to deal with the problem. "At the end of that analysis, we will make a recommendation to the Environmental Protection Agency to do [an] all-green, all-tunnel or some hybrid program," said Pamela Mooring, the authority's external communications manager. The Hoya (Georgetown University) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How quiet focus can make you a better leader
    Taking time to slow down at work can help you become calm, focused and noticed when others need the same help, Mary Jo Asmus writes. She suggests building time into your day to set intentions, pausing before reacting and talking with co-workers, not at them. "Look them in the eye and listen deeper than you ever have," she suggests. "You might find that you really don't need to say much at all." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Mapping the economy as Obama begins his second term
    President Barack Obama faces a different economic landscape than he did four years ago. This post features interactive maps that show state and local data that shape national economic indicators such as unemployment and median household income, and it looks at demographic trends and how they will affect the U.S. for the next four years. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  ACI News  
  • Understanding Adhesive Anchors: Behavior, Materials, Installation, Design CD-ROM (SP-283)
    This CD-ROM contains 18 papers that were presented at sessions sponsored jointly by Committee 355 & 503 at the ACI 2010 Spring Convention in Chicago. The objective of the papers is to provide a reference document and give a better understanding of the performance, capability, and reliability of adhesive anchors installed in concrete. The papers present the design, installation, qualification, and inspection requirements. Other papers discuss the characteristics of sustained load behavior and other specific anchor installation and qualification considerations. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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