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April 2, 2012
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  Infrastructure Watch 
  • $10.2B nuclear plant expansion in S.C. wins NRC approval
    Scana’s proposal to build and operate two nuclear reactors at its Virgil C. Summer plant in South Carolina has been approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The project is expected to cost about $10.2 billion. "This will be one of the largest construction and engineering projects in South Carolina history," said Marvin Fertel, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute. "It will create thousands of well-paying jobs during construction and provide careers for several hundred more people over the decades that the new reactors will generate electricity." The Hill/E2 Wire blog (3/30), Bloomberg (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Revised plan lowers cost of Calif. bullet train to $68B
    The cost of California's proposed high-speed rail plan is now $68 billion, $30 billion less than the original estimate, according to the governor's office. A revised plan makes use of much current commuter rail track in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas. "We are striving mightily to get a plan that can pass muster and work, and get the train built," said Gov. Jerry Brown. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (3/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • One WTC soars 100 floors into the sky -- sort of
    Last week, One World Trade Center in New York City was at 93 stories, about 1,240 feet above ground level. Now it's at 100 stories, even though only one additional story was added. That's because some of the upper floors have higher-than normal ceilings and developers often number floors based on their heights and usability. "It is fairly common practice in the design of high-rise towers to see variable floors counts," a Port Authority spokesman said. The Wall Street Journal/Developments blog (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Development 
  • Deep ocean water to cool $3.5B resort in Bahamas
    A $100 million, 12,000-ton seawater district cooling system will provide air conditioning at the $3.5 billion Baha Mar Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. The system, supplying chilled water from a depth of more than 3,600 feet in the open Atlantic Ocean, will cool the resort using only 10% of the energy needed by traditional cooling technology and will cut carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 tons annually. Engineering News-Record (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flat Tower: A green solution to building large-scale developments
    A team of French engineers came up with the concept of the Flat Tower, a dome-shaped, medium-height, high-density structure that harnesses solar energy and collects rainwater. Skylights provide natural light for the green areas at ground level, while living units are higher up. The tower features an "automated transportation system" that links "all the units, which are different shapes according to their program," the design team said. "It is also possible to combine clusters of cells to create larger areas for different activities.” EarthTechling.com (3/31), eVolo Magazine online (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Election 2012 
  • Supporters see no long-term transportation bill before election
    Supporters of a long-term transportation bill say it is unlikely a bill will be passed before the presidential election. The 90-day extension signed Friday by President Barack Obama extends funding until June 30. “While we are disappointed that Congress was unable to pass a transportation bill before the end of the current extension, the [continuing resolution] will at least prevent a disruption of the federal transportation program and ensure millions of Americans continue to work by building and repairing our roads, bridges, and transit systems," said James Corless, Transportation for America director. The Hill/Transportation blog (4/1), Google/The Associated Press (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing the Profession 
  • 3 ways young people will change workplace leadership
    Up-and-coming leaders are set to change the workplace in major ways, Vivian Giang writes. The next generation of leaders will be empowered by technology and more diverse than ever. They'll also expect to be coached, not mentored. That means today's senior executives will need to learn to ask more questions instead of dictating solutions. The Business Insider (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from ASCE 
  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: New Research Establishes Impact of Ice-Age Effects
      
    Now at asce.org/cemagazine: A new study published recently in the journal Nature argues that the geologic record in the tectonically stable islands of Bermuda and the Bahamas was contaminated by previously unknown ice-age effects, leading researchers to overestimate the sea level heights that occurred 400,000 years ago. Enjoy this article today at the online Civil Engineering website with your member login. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    ASCE has made it easier to take advantage of the Society benefits available to you as a member. The newly redesigned, easy-to-use ASCE Member Benefits portal helps you access everything from educational and technical information to discounts on products and services from ASCE partners. You'll also find easy access to the 2011-12 Member Resource Guide. Check out the convenience of asce.org/memberbenefits and add it to your browser's bookmarks today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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