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February 18, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Metamaterials inspire earthquake bumpers for buildings
    Metamaterials used to manipulate electromagnetic waves are the inspiration behind a new method that could mitigate the effect of earthquakes on buildings. It would involve making strategically located holes in the earth around buildings to act as a kind of shock absorber. "It's very cool stuff. It's a step toward manipulating seismic waves and done in a genius way," said Ulf Leonhardt, a theoretical physicist at the University of St. Andrews in the U.K. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  Massive tunnel borers at work to build U.K.'s Crossrail tunnels  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  NYC's Bloomberg aims to build a stronger, more sustainable city  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  3 ways your smartphone can help you find a job  (More stories below ...)

Hot Topics:  Design of L.A.’s new $1B skyscraper unveiled  (More stories below ...)

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Massive tunnel borers at work to build U.K.'s Crossrail tunnels
    The first of eight enormous boring machines, each about 164 feet long and weighing almost 1,102 tons, is carving subway tunnels beneath London. It's part of the $23 billion Crossrail project that is adding 26 miles of track and new twin-bore tunnels. Tunneling is expected to be finished in 2014 and service to start in late 2018 or early 2019. The Sun (London) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Norway's $24.5B infrastructure plan includes 2 unique structures
    Construction of a floating bridge and floating tunnel along the E39 coastal highway in Norway is part of the country's $24.5 billion infrastructure program. The nearly 2.5-mile-long bridge is expected to achieve the world record for the longest floating span, while the tunnel, also about 2.5 miles long, would be the first of its kind in the world. The bridge project should set a new benchmark in construction design, according to government engineers. Engineering News-Record (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • NYC's Bloomberg aims to build a stronger, more sustainable city
    Three construction efforts are critical to New York City's future, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in his State of the City speech Sunday. They are the ongoing building of a $6 billion water tunnel, the second phase of which will be finished by year's end; rebuilding infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Sandy; and opening several new schools. The work will not only create jobs but will allow the city to "build back stronger. We will build back safer. We will build back more sustainably. But we'll build back here," Bloomberg said. Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (2/17), Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adaptable, self-maintaining skyscrapers envisioned for 2050
    Smart, modular buildings plugging into smart urban infrastructure may be the future of architecture as envisioned by engineering firm ARUP. Built-in robots would maintain the structures, which would connect directly with urban transportation in the year 2050, when constant change in the city environment is the expected norm. Gizmag (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • 3 ways your smartphone can help you find a job
    CareerBuilder and other job sites offer mobile applications so that you don't need to conduct job research while sitting in front of a computer, Debra Aurbach writes. Also, smartphones make networking much easier, as apps are available to help you save people's business cards and update your online profiles while on the go, she writes. The Work Buzz (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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