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January 18, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • Quality concerns arise at $12 billion Hanford site in Wash.
    The top engineer at the $12 billion Hanford nuclear waste treatment plant in Washington suggested in December that "all activities affecting engineering design, nuclear safety, and construction and installation of all structures, systems and components be stopped" because of quality concerns. He has since left his position. However, the Department of Energy says the project's "technical uncertainties" have been dealt with, the project will continue and the department "as appropriate, will ramp up construction work not impacted by the remaining technical issues." The Oregonian (Portland) (1/16), Engineering News-Record (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • L.A. council OKs $2B mixed-use project
    A $2 billion plan to build twin 46-story residential skyscrapers, a retail plaza and more than two acres of open space and restore the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles has been approved by the City Council. The 1.5-million-square-foot project is projected to create more than 3,500 construction and permanent jobs. Commercial Property Executive (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. DOT plans $1.8B expansion of I-94 freeway
    A proposal by the Michigan Department of Transportation to widen Interstate 94 in Detroit will cost an estimated $1.8 billion. The project would entail the addition of a new lane in each direction and is intended to reduce congestion. Some critics claim the project is too expensive considering the city has a $350 million budget deficit. (1/17), Metro Times (Detroit) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • 1,750 y3 of concrete placed for wind-testing site's test rig
    It took 12 hours to place 1,750 cubic yards of concrete that will be the foundation of the test rig for Clemson University's Wind Technology Testing Center in South Carolina. "The pre-planning for this took about four months, just the logistics," said Jim Tuten, project manager of the Restoration Institute’s Wind Turbine Drive Train Testing Facility. "Not only did we have to get the concrete here, we had to perform quality tests on the concrete as it was coming on site, as it was being poured." The foundation is built to withstand wind forces from blades that are 500 feet in diameter that are being tested there. South Carolina Radio Network (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Lafarge France develops eco-friendlier clinker
    The research and development teams of Lafarge in France have developed a clinker called Aether, which it says produces 25% to 30% less carbon dioxide emissions. The Aether project will lower CO2 emissions per tons of cement by 33% by 2020, in line with the company's goals based on its Sustainability Ambitions 2020 program. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Ask yourself: Are you a deluded leader?
    Many leaders believe they're doing the right things but are led astray by illusion and delusion, Dan Rockwell writes. He suggests taking an attitude of service toward those you're leading. "Conform to them rather than demanding they conform to you," he writes. Leadership Freak blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • 6 House members named chairmen of House T&I subcommittees
    Six House lawmakers were recently appointed by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., as chairmen for the panel's subcommittees. The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials will be under the leadership of Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. "I look forward to working together to promote competitiveness and economic growth, reform programs, and strengthen our nation's infrastructure," Shuster said. The Hill/Transportation blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Report on Grouting Between Foundations and Bases for Support of Equipment and Machinery (351.1R-12)
    This report provides an overview of current practices of grouting for support of equipment and machinery. Materials and installation methods are described for epoxy and cementitious-based grouts used as the load-transfer material between equipment bases and their foundations. Characteristics of placed material, test methods for forecasting long-term performance, qualification of grout materials, foundation design and detailing considerations, and installation procedures are described. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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