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NRC report calls for national vision to achieve comprehensive coastal risk reduction

Washington, D.C. — A national vision for coastal risk management that includes a long-term view, regional solutions, and recognition of the full array of economic, social, environmental, and safety benefits that come from risk management is needed to reduce the impacts of natural disasters along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, says a new report from the National Research Council. To support this vision, a national coastal risk assessment is needed to identify coastal areas that face the greatest threats and are high priorities for risk-reduction efforts.

Illinois governor signs Clean Water Initiative

Chicago — Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn is expected to sign into law legislation that will help Illinois cities better prepare for the impacts of climate change. The legislation, known as the Clean Water Initiative, provides much needed financial support for communities in Illinois to improve their stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water infrastructure, while also helping make those essential systems better prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change.

CFSEI webcast to review Built-Up Member Design Provisions

Washington, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Back to Basics: A Review of AISI S100, S211 and S212 Built-Up Member Design Provisions” on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

HNTB Corporation adds multiple key rail transit experts to serve growing U.S. transit market

Kansas City, Mo. — Rail transit is quickly becoming an increasingly important transportation mode throughout the United States as highway congestion increases and the costs of owning and operating a vehicle rise. To meet the growing demand for multimodal transportation options, HNTB Corporation has expanded its rail transit practice over the last 12 months by adding 10 highly sought-after industry experts to its leadership team across the United States.

DelDOT updates status of I-495 Bridge

Wilmington, Del. — The job of building eight temporary towers beneath the I-495 southbound bridge deck and preparing them for the jacking operation is continuing. The positions on the top of the towers where the jacks will interact with the deck must be exact and are critical to the success of the project. This requires the bridge engineers to design and the contractor to fabricate and install a jacking system consisting of header beams, special housing boxes to hold the jacks, bracing, and many other custom steel components.

Researchers study ‘smart’ rocks use for detecting bridge damage

Rolla, Mo. — It’s hard to gauge how structurally sound a bridge is when its foundation is buried in a riverbed deep below the water’s surface. New “smart” rocks that are being developed by researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology will give engineers an accurate, easy and cost-effective tool to monitor a bridge’s foundation, in real time.

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