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Nonresidential construction spending inches lower in March

Nonresidential construction spending has now declined during each of the year's first three months, according to a May 1 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. In March, nonresidential construction spending fell 0.1 percent on a monthly basis, though the pace of spending is still 4.7 percent higher than at the same time one year ago.

Dam removal study reveals river resiliency

More than 1,000 dams have been removed across the United States because of safety concerns, sediment buildup, inefficiency or having otherwise outlived usefulness. A paper published in Science finds that rivers are resilient and respond relatively quickly after a dam is removed.

AEC TECH NEWS: Topcon announces Layout Navigator hands-on seminars

Topcon Positioning Group announced a hands-on seminar program coming to major cities in the U.S. and Canada. The LN-100 Layout Navigator Tour, Think Outside the String Lines: A Hands-on Seminar, introduces the one-operator system designed to perform construction and BIM layout functions.

Structural engineer’s report on the Nepal earthquake

Within days of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, Kit Miyamoto, Ph.D., S.E., president and CEO of Miyamoto International, a California-based global earthquake strategy, structural engineering, and project management company, was leading an assessment team of structural engineers in Kathmandu. He provided the following reports and photos from the field.

ISI announces new Envision Review Board

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced formation of the Envision Review Board to oversee ongoing development of ISI’s Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system.

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