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Three Thornton Tomasetti projects win AISC IDEAS2 Awards

New York — Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announced that three of its projects — Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) in California; Florida Polytechnic University’s Innovation, Science and Technology Building in Lakeland; and Pomona College Studio Art Hall in Claremont, Calif. — have each received an American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) 2015 IDEAS2 Award for Excellence in Steel-Frame Building Design.

Clark Dietz inducted into UW-Platteville 1866 Cornerstone Society

Kenosha, Wis. — Clark Dietz, Inc. was recently inducted into the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 1866 Cornerstone Society in recognition of stewardship to the University. Clark Dietz has provided an annual scholarship for the past 10 years to assist outstanding underrepresented students pursuing engineering degrees at the University.

MIT study shows smarter traffic signals can cut greenhouse gas emissions

Cambridge, Mass — Sitting in traffic during rush hour is not just frustrating for drivers, it also adds unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. Now a study by researchers at MIT could lead to better ways of programming a city’s stoplights to reduce delays, improve efficiency, and reduce emissions.

Colorado’s US 36 P3 ‘provided best value for taxpayers’

Denver — The High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) announced that the State Auditor’s report on HPTE’s US 36 public-private partnership (P3) has overall provided the best value for taxpayers. The US 36 Express Lanes project was the first P3 project for HPTE. The report found HPTE’s practices for developing and procuring the project were generally consistent with industry standard practices and identified areas of improvement.

Big data paves the way for big building and engineering projects

Oxfordshire, U.K. — A new U.K. start-up company expects to revolutionize the way in which civil engineering and construction companies choose where to build, by telling them what’s under the ground before they start digging. The information could potentially save companies millions of pounds by avoiding ancient burial grounds and other archaeologically important sites.

Connecticut’s first BRT service opens to the public

New Britain, Conn. — Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy joined federal, state and local transportation and elected officials at a grand opening ceremony in downtown New Britain to inaugurate service on CTfastrak – Connecticut’s new bus rapid transit (BRT) service in central Connecticut. Ten new CTfastrak transit stations were built along the 9.4 mile bus-only roadway in Hartford, West Hartford, Newington and New Britain, partly along abandoned rail line and existing Amtrak rail line.

Buckland & Taylor celebrates opening of footbridge with Bridges to Prosperity

North Vancouver, Canada — The residents of Rio Abajo, Nicaragua, welcomed an important piece of infrastructure into their community this past month — a new pedestrian suspension bridge over the Rio Pueblo Nuevo — thanks to the bridge-building team of engineers at Buckland & Taylor. The team recently returned from a two-week trip to this 3,000 person community where they partnered with non-profit organization Bridges to Prosperity and Kiewit's Bridge & Marine District to construct the bridge superstructure in just eight days.

ICC-ES Evaluation Reports for post-installed adhesive anchors updated to meet new AC308 criteria

Brea, Calif. — Post-installed adhesive anchors manufacturers who hold new or revised ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) evaluation reports published on or after Jan. 15, 2015, are in compliance with the new requirements in AC308 Acceptance Criteria for Post-installed Adhesive Anchors in Concrete Elements. The changes and new test requirements are based on the 2012 International Building Code and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) standard ACI 355.4-11. AC308 was used with ACI 355.4-11 to ensure all changes and test requirements are met.

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