Michael leaves over 1M customers without power | Wash. road project bid $30M over high end of estimate | Port Authority considering $1.5B rail line to LaGuardia
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October 12, 2018
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Michael leaves over 1M customers without power
Hurricane Michael caused an interruption in construction at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant and wrought heavy damage to Tyndall Air Force Base. The storm also left more than 1 million customers without power, but Jeffrey Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency asserts that the agency's resources aren't strained.
Engineering News-Record (10/11) 
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Infrastructure Watch
Wash. road project bid $30M over high end of estimate
Graham Contracting was awarded a $455 million design-build contract to rebuild and expand a mile of Highway 520 west of Lake Washington, $30 million more than the upper end of the engineer's estimate. The project, which is expected to start in 2019, will entail constructing a landscaped lid over the highway as well as three eastbound lanes.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (10/11) 
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Port Authority considering $1.5B rail line to LaGuardia
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to build a $1.5 billion rail line to transport up to 12 million people per year between midtown Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport, and it is seeking an environmental consultant to review the project. The review may take up to 18 months.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/11) 
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Airport construction grows significantly around the world
ConstructConnect estimates that 50 airports in the US over the next three years will spend a total of $70 billion on construction projects, and seven of the largest airport construction projects in the world are detailed. Globally, ConstructConnect saw a 61% year-over-year increase in airport terminal construction activity.
Construction Dive (10/11) 
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Ga. gubernatorial nominees offer different views on transportation funding
Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp, the nominees for governor of Georgia, agree that more must be done to improve transportation in the state but disagree on what should be done and how. Kemp supports public-private partnerships, while Abrams has promised to allocate $150 million for transit bonds.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (10/11) 
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Philadelphia releases 7-year transportation plan
Philadelphia has released a seven-year transportation plan called Connect that seeks to tackle the city's plateauing bicycle commuting, rising traffic congestion and decreasing bus ridership. The plan takes a multimodal approach which, unlike other plans, will not entail waiting for government financing but rather will emphasize optimizing the city's existing resources, according to Philadelphia Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis.
The Philadelphia Tribune (10/11) 
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PlanGrid and FMI Survey 600 construction leaders
In this report, PlanGrid and FMI define construction- specific technology and/or software as products built explicitly for field collaboration, reporting, project management, estimating, safety and more. You can download the report here.
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Trends & Technology
Research aims to make bridges more seismically resilient
Civil engineering professor Mehdi Saiidi from the University of Nevada at Reno is leading a project for the California Department of Transportation to examine the potential of accelerated bridge construction processes in improving the seismic resiliency of bridges. Saiidi's team so far has conducted three successful bridge shake table tests on a 100-ton, 70-foot-long ABC concrete bridge.
University of Nevada, Reno (10/11) 
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Boston Big Dig seen as success in retrospect
Boston's $15 billion Central Artery/Tunnel Project, also known as the Big Dig, was marred by leaks and a collapsed ceiling panel, but experts now say it played an important role in revitalizing the city. The area above the tunnel has seen a major real estate boom, and that is partially due to planning that took place before the project was completed.
Bisnow/Boston (10/12) 
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See the newly updated ASCE Collaborate
It's where ASCE members exchange ideas, share documents, and network. ASCE Collaborate has a new look and feel that makes advice and knowledge-sharing easier. Visit ASCE Collaborate.
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Sustainable Development
Army COE to recommend Houston hurricane protection plan
The Army Corps of Engineers will suggest by the end of October a hurricane protection plan for Houston and other cities in coastal Texas. Four years ago, the Corps began studying the issues and has developed four proposals that each include navigation gates, new levees and seawall upgrades.
The Texas Tribune (10/3) 
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Advancing the Profession
Why the idea of agile matters for career development
The concept of agile thinking can improve how we develop employees and our own careers, as we need to be flexible about our goals and nimble enough to learn new skills as the job market changes, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "Consider job shadowing, coaching, mentoring, opportunities for greater visibility, experience-based learning via special projects and stretch assignments," she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (10/11) 
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ASCE 2018 Convention opens today - follow it live
ASCE 2018 Convention opens today - follow it live
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Even if you can't be among the civil engineers descending on Denver for ASCE's flagship event, you can join in the informative sessions and technical tours. Attendees and ASCE News will post on social media all weekend. See the convention program, and follow the hashtag #ASCE18.
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See a live video event Sunday: Discussing the demand for resilience
See a live video event Sunday: Discussing the demand for resilience
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How can you satisfy clients who want their projects to withstand potential climate change effects? Watch a discussion among experts at the ASCE Convention's Industry Leaders Forum, Sunday at 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT, to be streamed live on Facebook. What would you like to know? Comment with questions during the event. Learn more.
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