Trump pushes private investment for infrastructure plan | $700M power plant proposed in Wis. | Which bridge in your state is most structurally deficient?
June 8, 2017
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Trump pushes private investment for infrastructure plan
Privatization of some public infrastructure as a way to generate funds is an idea the Trump administration is putting forth as part of its infrastructure plan. But some people are skeptical, with one saying, "The idea that the private sector is going to provide a charitable donation to states to build roads is not how it works."
The Detroit News (6/8) 
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Infrastructure Watch
$700M power plant proposed in Wis.
Wisconsin's Dairyland Power Cooperative and Minnesota Power plan to build a $700 million natural-gas fired power plant in Superior, Wis. The Nemadji Trail Energy Center still needs permit approval and must go through public review before construction can begin.
KDAL-AM/FM (Duluth, Minn.) (6/7) 
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Which bridge in your state is most structurally deficient?
List: Most structurally deficient bridge in each state
(Pedro Duarte/AFP/Getty Images)
The American Society of Civil Engineers grades bridges in the United States as a C+, and estimates the country needs to spend $4.5 trillion by 2025 on aging infrastructure. This image-laden list calls out the most structurally deficient bridge in each of the 50 states.
Business Insider/UK (6/7) 
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Trump to legislators: "Join together" on infrastructure plan
President Donald Trump continued touting his infrastructure ideas in Ohio on Wednesday. And, after calling Democrats "obstructionists," he urged both parties "to join together, if that's possible, in the great rebuilding of America."
The Hill (6/7) 
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Which content formats work best for the infrastructure industry?
Effective content strategies often use multiple formats to appeal to various content appetites over time. Learn more about the short and long content formats you can use to tell your story. View Infographic.
Trends & Technology
Renderings: Google building new headquarters in London
Renderings: Google building headquarters in London
(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Architects Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels are designing a 1 million-square-foot headquarters for Google in London. One design includes a rooftop track and garden, and construction could start as early as next year.
CNN (6/4) 
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Natural light guides the way to proper office design
The days of big cubicle offices are gone, and employers are looking to create unique, inviting spaces to attract employees. Natural lighting is often a key to this design shift, but employers are also looking at other designs to encourage more collaboration among employees.
Construction Dive (6/7) 
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Sustainable Development
Harvard undertakes zero-energy retrofit project
Harvard undertakes zero-energy retrofit project
Harvard University (Pixabay)
A zero-energy retrofit to a building can be challenging, but a project at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities at Harvard University aims to do just that. The facility was built before the 1940s, and the retrofit aims to "demonstrate what's possible, show how this can be replicated almost anywhere, and solve one of the world's biggest energy problems -- inefficient existing buildings."
Engineering News-Record (6/7) 
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High-tech comes to Ga. roadway
A project on an 18-mile section of Interstate 85 in Georgia is trying to bring together a variety of sustainable and connected technology to create a "highway that could create its own clean, renewable energy and generate income by selling power to utility companies, while producing no stormwater runoff or other pollution and eliminating traffic deaths." Other states are trying similar projects.
Stateline (6/8) 
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Advancing the Profession
How to make the most of networking
Successful networking must be worked at over time and must be a mutual transaction, writes Chris Heivly. Instead of sending out cold emails and expecting a response, Heivly recommends fostering professional relationships to build a level of give and take.
Inc. online (free registration) (6/5) 
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ASCE News Daily
Protect against scaffolding collapses by knowing how they occur in free ASCE paper
ASCE Structural Design and Construction
Were you aware that there are no nationally accepted design criteria for temporary scaffolding structures? So, there can be many reasons why such scaffolding collapses. The authors of a study in a recent edition of ASCE's Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction have determined the most common causes of collapse, based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration data. Learn to better ensure worker safety and minimize economic losses -- review the paper free for a limited time, courtesy of ASCE Library.
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UESI's Pipelines 2017 conference is pipelines and a lot more
ASCE UESI shield 2017
The premiere conference for the pipelines engineering, utilities, and surveying industries is coming in August -- Pipelines 2017, presented by ASCE's Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute. Choose from among seven tracks with a total of 172 presentations, and for early arrivers, six pre-conference workshops. For the early-bird rate, register now.
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