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GE to study upper Hudson River floodplain for PCBs

New York, N.Y. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that General Electric Company has agreed to conduct a comprehensive study of the contamination in the shoreline areas of the upper Hudson River. Cleanup of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site has been ongoing since 2009 when river dredging began. Under the latest agreement with GE, the company will evaluate contamination in shoreline areas that are subject to flooding. The river and parts of the floodplain are contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Institution of Civil Engineers’ BIM 2014 conference set for Oct. 29

London — The Institution of Civil Engineers’ ICE BIM 2014 conference, Oct. 29, 2014, will bring industry and government together to discuss how the UK is creating the best digital engineers in the world. The program will focus on implementation of BIM across the supply chain, best practice case studies, updates and cross sector comparisons, and mapping the way forward.

TCC continues focus on long-term transportation funding

Washington, D.C. — With October 1 marking the beginning of fiscal year 2015, the 31-member organization Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) urged Congress to find a way to pay for, and pass, a new long-term surface transportation measure as soon as possible. They cautioned that failure to act would lead to another self-imposed funding crisis that would undermine vital road, highway and transit repairs.

Nonresidential construction spending falters in August

Washington, D.C. — Nonresidential construction spending slipped in August, according to an Oct. 1 release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Nonresidential construction spending shrank 1.2 percent on a monthly basis in August, but has still managed to expand 6 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Padre Dam to study feasibility of expanding water recycling

Santee, Calif. — Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors approved an interagency agreement with Helix Water District, City of El Cajon and the County of San Diego to study the feasibility of developing an expanded East County Advanced Water Purification Program. The study will be conducted by Padre Dam with assistance from Kennedy/Jenks Consultants.

Coalition to create blueprint for improving cities’ resiliency, efficiency

Washington, D.C. — The Chesapeake Crescent Initiative (CCI), a public-private collaborative founded six years ago to support technological innovation, is leading a Safe + Smart Cities coalition to help cities optimize their operational performance and harden their resiliency through the efficient use of technology. The coalition selected the city of Newark, Del., for its first pilot, to be followed by a second one to be announced later this fall.

October is Careers in Construction Month

Alachua, Fla. — In an effort to recruit the next generation of craft professionals, National Center for Construction Education and Research’s (NCCER's) Build Your Future (BYF) initiative is once again declaring October as "Careers in Construction Month." Careers in Construction Month is an opportunity for industry and education to partner locally across the nation and host construction career events and programs.

ASCE/Eno report offers recommendations to maximize transportation project funding

Washington, D.C. — Despite the majority of transportation industry practitioners’ agreement that the full cost of a project — including long-term operation and maintenance — should be considered in decision-making, only 48 percent of practitioners said their agencies could effectively predict future costs, according to a survey released as part of a new report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Eno Center for Transportation (Eno).

Market is ripe for infrastructure investment in U.S., ARCADIS report finds

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — The U.S. is now one of the top 10 most attractive markets in the world for investment in infrastructure, according to a new report from ARCADIS. As the country continues the debate on how to fund much-needed infrastructure, the information in this report draws out key points for new partnering opportunities between public and private investment.

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