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November 9, 2012
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  Industry News  
  • Nev. to explore alternative ways to build $1.8B highway
    The Nevada Transportation Board has approved $3 million for financial and legal advice on the $1.8 billion Interstate 15 improvement project. The consultants will examine construction and funding options for Project Neon, which is slated to begin in 2015 and be finished in 2017. The project is expected to create 4,100 jobs. Las Vegas Sun (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Visually tracking stimulus projects
    This piece showcases some projects in California paid for with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Projects include wetlands restoration in Huntington Beach, solar panel installation on Alcatraz Island, an affordable housing project in San Diego and wind, solar and other clean energy projects. "On the individual level, the void between paying your taxes and the where, why and how these funds are spent is quite large," said Chad Ress, who photographed some of these projects to fill that void. Inhabitat (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • MIT research update: C-S-H particle size in cement
    The calcium-silicate-hydrate molecules that comprise the nanoscale unit of cement are not homogeneously sized but randomly sized, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Concrete Sustainability Hub. "The researchers hope this understanding will allow materials scientists and concrete engineers to alter the C-S-H particles at the molecular level to develop stronger, more durable concrete that will have a reduced environmental footprint," writes Denise Brehm. MIT News Office (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • 4 ways to improve employee engagement
    Research has suggested that 65% of the workforce is "underengaged," with 41% reporting confidence in senior leadership, a clear indication that HR and other company leaders need to make improvements, Ryan Estis writes. Among his suggestions are improved communication and investments in career development. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Policy proposals to help strengthen U.S. cities
    This article discusses eight federal urban policy ideas that the authors say President Barack Obama should consider in order to jump start the U.S. economy and strengthen cities. These include funding high-speed rail, creating an infrastructure bank and funding measures for coastal protection and sea-level rise. The Atlantic Cities (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CBO: "Fiscal cliff" will trigger recession if left unaddressed
    The Congressional Budget Office has issued a stark warning that failure to avert the "fiscal cliff" will send the U.S. into a recession and drive joblessness up to 9.1% by the end of 2013. The nonpartisan CBO said the combined effects of higher taxes and reduced federal spending would cause the economy to contract by 0.5% next year and warned that the U.S. can't afford to allow its debt burden to continue growing. CNNMoney (11/8), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/8), Forbes (11/8) 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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