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ASCE names new executive director

Reston, Va. — Thomas W. Smith III, M.ASCE, CAE, was selected as the executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), effective January 1, 2015. A dedicated member of ASCE for more than 25 years and a civil engineer by training, Smith has served as the association’s deputy executive director since 2010 and general counsel since 1997.

Southeastern state DOTs honored for projects

New Orleans — Six transportation projects in the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) region received top honors in the America's Transportation Awards competition for improving safety and mobility, reducing traffic congestion, excellence in emergency response and saving taxpayer dollars.

Update on the magnitude 6 South Napa earthquake

Reston, Va. — On Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at 3:20 a.m. local time, the northern San Francisco Bay Area was struck by the largest earthquake to impact the Bay Area since the 1989 M6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake. Sunday’s earthquake appears to have ruptured on or just west of mapped traces of the West Napa Fault, the most seismically active of the faults mapped between the longer Rodgers Creek Fault on the west and the Concord-Green Valley Fault to the east. The U.S. Geological Survey named the earthquake the “South Napa earthquake.”

CFSEI redesigns website, offers free standards

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) redesigned its website,, to provide an updated look and easier access to information about its technology transfer tools and membership opportunities. The site also provides access to free downloadable AISI cold-formed steel design standards.

Landsea to invest $1 billion in U.S. housing market

Los Angeles — Nanjing, China-based Landsea Group Co. Ltd. announced it will enter the U.S. housing market by investing more than $1 billion during the next several years, beginning with residential developments in three of the country's largest housing markets — New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

SGM service project helps preserve historic mill

Glenwood Springs, Colo. — On Sunday, Aug 3, 2014, SGM, and local Snowmass Contractor Summit Construction, joined forces to help preserve pieces of the historic Crystal Mill. Twenty-four volunteers completed numerous items on the list for this year’s Crystal Mill Restoration Project.

Voting opens for the best transportation photos

Washington, D.C. — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials opened online voting for the eleventh annual Faces of Transportation photography contest. Voters can choose their favorite photograph from among 78 images being judged in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Historic Projects, and Taking the Road Less Traveled. Each photograph represents the positive effects of transportation on individuals and/or communities.

Twenty New York bridges to be strengthened with federal Hazard Mitigation Grants

Albany, N.Y. — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $47.8 million in funding to strengthen 20 bridges that cross water and are vulnerable to foundation erosion in New York State. The funding is available through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which aims to increase resiliency, reduce hardship and mitigate the risks of loss and damage from natural disasters.

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