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April 23, 2012
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  Infrastructure Watch 
  • P3 could help expand transportation projects, experts say
    If Congress passes longer-term transportation funding legislation instead of more temporary extensions, numerous public-private partnerships could be formed to help fund infrastructure work, according to a panel of experts at a Federal Association of Municipal Analysts conference. Federal and local governments face tight budgets, but "there is ample [private] capital available to invest in revenue-backed U.S. infrastructure projects," said Richard Little of the University of Southern California. Reuters (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lawsuit cites cost overruns of $8.5B CityCenter project in Vegas
    An amended class-action lawsuit has been filed by MGM Resorts International shareholders and bondholders. They say the value of their investment in the company declined because of cost overruns and alleged construction defects at the $8.5 billion CityCenter complex in Las Vegas. They say constant design changes and underrated construction estimates caused the project's costs to balloon. (Las Vegas) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC's WTC: A beacon among America's skyscrapers
    Source: Canberra Times/ The Associated Press
    As One World Trade Center rises into the Manhattan skyline to become the city's tallest building, Ted Shaffrey, an Associated Press video journalist, includes interesting bits about the "Freedom Tower" against the backdrop of information about several other American skyscrapers. The video also includes an interview with Carol Willis of The Skyscraper Museum. The Canberra Times (Australia)/The Associated Press (free registration) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Honolulu begins work on concrete columns for $5.3B rail project
    Construction of concrete foundation shafts and support columns for Honolulu's $5.3 billion rail project is scheduled to begin today, according to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. Kiewit Infrastructure West will start work on the initial stage of the 20-mile project, which is a "significant milestone," according to HART CEO and Executive Director Daniel Grabauskas. However, opposition to the project and unclear funding are still issues to be resolved. (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Technology improves BIM platform interoperability
    A technology created by Assemble Systems designed to improve interoperability among BIM platforms has been launched by Assemble Systems. It's intended "to bring design and construction software together, addressing a big need for interoperability in the AEC industry," this article notes. Constructech (free registration) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utilities to use 3-D technology to study seismic risks at Calif. plants
    Pacific Gas & Electric and Edison International plan to spend $128 million and use the oil and natural gas industry's 3-D seismic technology to study the earthquake risks for their nuclear plants in California. Research data will help state regulators decide whether the facilities can safely operate through 2042. "Modern geologic thought sees the movement of the earth in much more complex terms than was understood 30 years ago," when the units were constructed, said state Sen. Sam Blakeslee. Bloomberg (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CIRS: Canadian building shows possibilities in sustainable design
    The Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, is designed to be the most energy-efficient structure in North America. The 65,000-square-foot structure "will demonstrate that a building can be regenerative," UBC Professor John Robinson said. It will draw much of its energy from photovoltaic cells and waste heat and "is designed to be net positive in four ways for the environment and three ways for human health," Robinson added. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Do you know your own prejudices?
    You don't have to be a racist to discriminate against people, writes Leigh Steere. Many people bring subconscious biases into their business dealings, and it takes effort to root out and erase those prejudices. "Because each of us harbors unique biases, based on upbringing, culture and schooling, one-size-fits-all corporate programs may not help you truly appreciate and respect diversity," Steere warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: Context Influences Dallas's Light-Rail Designs
    Among the great new articles only at The bridges and station that comprise the latest extension to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Blue Line were designed to complement their surrounding communities. Get the details with your member login. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Be ASCE's next Henry L. Michel Award winner
    The Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research celebrates visionary leaders whose work has had an impact on research and innovation in the design, construction, and/or environmental community. Nominations can be submitted for both past contributions as well as potential innovations that will advance the industry's future. The winner of the Michel Award will be honored at ASCE's stellar black-tie OPAL Gala next spring. Visit the Michel Award page for more information or contact Nominations are due June 1; self-nominations are welcome. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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