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September 5, 2012
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  Infrastructure Watch 
  • Companies plan $1B-plus Utica Shale pipeline system
    DTE Energy, Spectra Energy and Enbridge have struck a deal to build a natural gas pipeline system that would originate in Ohio and serve markets in the U.S. Midwest and Canada, according to Spectra Energy. The NEXUS gas transmission project's estimated cost could range between $1.2 billion and $1.5 billion, depending on the final size of the pipeline, said Enbridge spokesman Larry Springer. (9/4), Financial Post (Canada) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. county expects economic, job growth with $1B projects
    More than $1 billion in spending for four construction projects in San Diego County, Calif., will be a major benefit to employment and the region's economy in general, according to Marney Cox, San Diego Association of Governments' chief economist. "If it's true that more people and jobs would cross the border so that economic activity is accelerated, that has an immediate construction impact and an economic impact," said Cox. San Diego Union-Tribune (9/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2 Indiana projects may benefit from unspent earmarks
    Two Indiana state highway projects may benefit from the $473 million released last month by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The $415 million Hoosier Heartland project and the realignment of U.S. 31, which costs $224 million, could receive part of the unspent funds to move the projects closer to completion. Other states are already assessing projects that could benefit from the unspent earmarks before the Oct. 1 deadline. Construction Equipment Guide (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Construction spending fell 0.9% in July
    Overall construction spending slid 0.9% in July after three consecutive months of gains, but it continues to increase based on year-over-year figures, according to an analysis of federal data by the Associated General Contractors of America. "The July spending numbers send a very mixed message," said Kenneth Simonson, AGC’s chief economist. "Construction of new homes, apartments and most private nonresidential structures appears to be driving gains in construction activity even as the public sector continues to drag on broader sector growth." The Washington Post/The Associated Press (9/4), American City Business Journals/Boston (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Earthquake-hazard maps are lacking, study says
    Earthquake-hazard maps are in part to blame for damage from three earthquakes in the past few years around the world because such maps offered flawed predictions of earthquake risk, according to a study. "We're playing a complicated game against nature. It's a very high-stakes game," said Seth Stein, co-author of the study. blog (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Development 
  • USGBC's App Lab: A green tool for the AEC industry
    The U.S. Green Building Council created the App Lab as part of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Automation program that hopes to ease the transition of the architecture, engineering and construction industry to green infrastructure. Integrating third-party technology platforms to improve the LEED certification process will help teams document necessary information required for their project's certification. Constructech (free registration) (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing the Profession 
  • How collaboration makes companies more efficient
    Collaborative leadership is important to reducing organizational waste, write Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese. A culture of collaboration helps to ensure that individual managers don't hoard resources, helping the company as a whole to operate more efficiently. "By unlocking these trapped resources, organizations can more quickly and successfully pursue emerging market opportunities," Ricci and Wiese write. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 ways to stop innovation descending into chaos
    Top managers have an important role to play in keeping innovation initiatives on track, Jean-Philippe Deschamps writes. Executives must clearly identify research-and-development goals, supply sufficient resources to innovators, and constantly monitor the team's results. "The role of the top management team in this effort is critical," Deschamps writes. (Sweden) (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from ASCE 
  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: Railroad Trench to Ease Traffic, Prevent Collisions
     ASCE Civil Engineering magazine online
    A new railroad trench is being built in California as part of the Alameda Corridor-East project to prevent crossing collisions and ease congestion. See what the project entails, and find more fascinating, topical articles at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join in a survey to enhance Building Information Modeling
    As an ASCE member, you're encouraged to take part in an industry-wide survey on Building Information Modeling software, conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction. The survey of members of 14 U.S. construction-related associations examines BIM adoption and usage by architects, engineers, planners, contractors, specialty contractors, specifiers, estimators, construction managers, design-builders, fabricators, distributors, manufacturers and owners. The survey welcomes your professional insights even if you do not currently use BIM. You will be asked about your current attitude and potential future interest in BIM. If you are a current BIM user, you will be asked how much you value it. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes, and the results will be kept strictly confidential. Go to the survey. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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