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January 23, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

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Products, Innovation & Technology:  Global skyscraper completions down in 2012; upward trend for 2013  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Shareway: The future of mobility in U.S. mega-cities in 2030  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  How to get started with making your mark on LinkedIn 

News from CSI:  FREE CSI Certification Webinars 


  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Global skyscraper completions down in 2012; upward trend for 2013
    The number of tall buildings completed around the world declined in 2012, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Only 66 skyscrapers more than 656 feet tall were built last year, down from the 82 finished in 2011. The U.S. completed only two buildings. "As 2012 closes, the industry is on the cusp of another burst of tall building development," the report said. "It is likely the 2013 completion total will set a new record for tall building completions, surpassing the 2011 total." DesignBuildSource.com.au (Australia) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tackling "big data" in AEC firms
    The use of building information modeling has increased. This means AEC firms need to keep track of even more data than ever, and storing it in various places means not all can know what information is where. So some have turned to collaboration technology that lives in the cloud. Constructech (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Video: How Manhattan West deck is being constructed
      
    Source: The Atlantic Cities/Brookfield
    This animated video shows how the Manhattan West platform will be built in New York City. The first step involves building over the open tracks at the Penn Station rail yard using post-tension precast segmental bridge technology. This makes it possible to build above the site without disturbing train operations below. The segments will form a deck over the tracks, and then construction of two 60-story towers will begin. The Atlantic Cities (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Shareway: The future of mobility in U.S. mega-cities in 2030
    Höweler + Yoon Architecture has developed the "Shareway," a concept that unites communities along Interstate 95 between Boston and Washington D.C., into a mega-region called "Boswash." The concept "focuses on community access and seeks to bundle transport into a highly technical, optimized and continually flowing main artery," Donna Taylor writes. The artery is like a stacked highway, with each level serving different transportation needs. "Through a combination of physical infrastructure (hardware) and intelligent networks (software), Shareway makes travel effortless and reconfigures the structure of cities and suburbs," the architects note. "Proximity is a function of time and location. Geography is negotiated by speed. Distance is displaced by access. Convenience is remapped through new forms of conveyance." Gizmag (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • How to get started with making your mark on LinkedIn
    It takes just minutes to set up a LinkedIn page for your business, and a page can go a long way to help promote your company's services and improve your reputation, writes Susan Gunelius. Be sure to tout specific products and services on your page, starting with your star product, and make sure your page has an appealing cover image. It's also a good idea to solicit testimonials from fans on the network, she notes. Forbes/Work in Progress blog (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from CSI 
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    • CCCA 201 -- Jan. 29
    The CCCA 201 webinar is an opportunity to learn about the benefits of CSI's Certified Construction Contract Administrator certification. The webinar will cover the requirements and resources needed for successful exam preparation and study. Register now!
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    The CCPR 201 webinar is an opportunity to learn about the benefits of CSI's Certified Construction Product Representative certification. The webinar will cover the requirements and resources needed for successful exam preparation and study. Register now!
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    The CCS 201 webinar is an opportunity to learn about the benefits of CSI's Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) certification. The webinar will cover the requirements and resources needed for successful exam preparation and study. Register now!
    Exams will be offered April 1-27. The early registration deadline is Jan. 31. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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