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March 27, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • 3D printing speeds crazy ideas into testable prototypes
    3D printing, used to make a variety of finished items, is being used in a range of industries to quickly produce and test product prototypes. Ford, for instance, used a 3D printer to produce a testable prototype for a hybrid transmission from aluminum powder. Said Charles Sprinkle, a systems engineer for loudspeaker maker Harman America, "This has more than cut in half the time it takes to go from a crazy idea in someone's head to a part that's ready for production." USA Today (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Products, Innovation & Technology:  Diagonally cut pylons chosen for Tappan Zee Bridge design  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Unobtrusive structures could bring more functionality to urban parks  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  Get a productivity boost from your network  (More stories below ...)

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  Products, Innovation & Technology 
 
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Unobtrusive structures could bring more functionality to urban parks
    Getting urban dwellers to make better and more frequent use of their limited green spaces is the objective of the London-based company Invisible Works, which envisions using "biomimetic" infrastructure to unobtrusively bring things such as shows, screenings and restaurants into parks. "We’re really saying that people need to be able to use this space, and people are living in a technologically developed city. How do we integrate these two things together without harming the environment but enhancing it?" said project director Ed Shuster. FastCoExist (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: U.S. labs lack standards for design, construction
    Bioterror laboratories and other labs that study pathogens in the U.S. are at "increased risk for accidents" because there are no national standards for their design, construction and operation, according to the Government Accountability Office in a followup to a 2009 study on the labs. "In the absence of some fundamental criteria, each laboratory can be designed, constructed, and maintained according to local requirements. This will make it difficult to be able to assess and guarantee safety," the GAO said. USA Today (3/25), GlobalPost.com/Agence France-Presse (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • Get a productivity boost from your network
    Develop a "growth team" consisting of people you admire and who care about your success, Jason Womack writes. "These are the people you can share your challenges with and turn to for ideas on how to increase productivity," he writes. Entrepreneur online (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from CSI 
  • CSI Academies customizable onsite training
    Looking for customizable onsite training without the hassle and cost of having employees travel? The Academies customizable onsite training brings individual sessions from the CSI Academies and delivers a tailored program for your organization. For more than 60 years, CSI has focused on improving construction communication between architects, specifiers, product reps and others to save money, time and stress for all the parties. The CSI Academies are your chance to learn the construction industry skills that can improve your performance. Let us train your team! Contact CSI’s Professional Development Director Erica Smedley-Cox for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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