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House committee leaders introduce bipartisan passenger rail legislation

Washington, D.C. — U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders introduced bipartisan legislation that they said improves the infrastructure, reduces costs, leverages private sector resources, creates greater accountability and transparency, and accelerates project delivery for Amtrak and the nation’s passenger rail transportation system.

NCI Building Systems conference offers new findings in engineering design issues

Houston – NCI Building Systems will host a one-day conference in Houston to unveil the latest in engineering best practices. The annual event, taking place Oct. 17, 2014, at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel, will offer presentations from leading researchers and experts in a range of construction design disciplines, also satisfying 7.0 hours of continuing education credit for engineers.

ASCE seeks public comment on stormwater guidelines

Reston, Va. — ASCE will conduct a public comment period on Standard Guidelines for the Design, Installation, and Operation of Urban Stormwater Systems. The public comment period will be held from Sept. 15, 2014 through Nov. 1, 2014.

Harry Pepper to rehab Florida dike

Norwalk, Conn. — EMCOR Group, Inc. subsidiary Harry Pepper & Associates, Inc. was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for rehabilitation and structural replacement work on the Herbert Hoover Dike in Clewiston, Fla. Harry Pepper will be responsible for demolition and removal of two of the existing Herbert Hoover Dike culverts and construction of new water control structures.

ARTBA announces 2014 Division Award winners

Washington, D.C. — The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) recognized transportation design and construction industry leaders on September 8 with division awards during the association’s National Convention, held in southern California.

NYC DEP completes UV disinfection upgrades

New York — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that ultraviolet technology has been installed at the city-run wastewater treatment plant in the hamlet of Mahopac, ensuring the highest level of disinfection before effluent is released into local water bodies. The installation of UV treatment at Mahopac also marks an important milestone in DEP’s ongoing program to upgrade wastewater facilities throughout the watershed; it is the final city-owned wastewater treatment plant in the watershed to be outfitted with UV.

U.S. DOT announces 72 TIGER 2014 recipients

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the Department of Transportation would provide $600 million for 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia from its TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) 2014 program. The Department received 797 eligible applications from 49 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, an increase from the 585 applications received in 2013. Overall, applicants requested 15 times the $600 million available for the program, or $9 billion for needed transportation projects.

HNTB America THINKS survey: Most Americans back tolls to fund transportation needs

Austin, Texas — As transportation industry experts from around the world gather in Austin for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s 82nd Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Sept. 14-17, infrastructure solutions firm HNTB Corporation announced the results of a new America THINKS tolling survey. According to the survey, more than three in four (79 percent) Americans would support the addition of a toll on a non-tolled surface transportation facility if it resulted in a safer, congestion-free and more reliable trip. In fact, 83 percent would support tolling on existing highways.

PCA releases free editions of two publications on reinforced concrete design

Skokie, Ill. — Two publications on reinforced concrete design are now available free-of-charge on the Portland Cement Association (PCA) website. Both publications, Simplified Design of Concrete Buildings and Notes on ACI Building Codes, were revised and updated according to ACI 318-11 codes. They present time-saving analysis, design, "how to" methods for construction of reinforced concrete buildings and more.

CFSEI to host free webinar on results of seismic testing on multi-story cold-formed steel structures

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a free webinar on “CFS-NEES: Putting Cold-Formed Steel Framing to the Test” on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will cover the significant, game-changing results of a three-year research project designed to increase the safety of buildings that use lightweight cold-formed steel for their primary framing during a seismic event. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 Professional Development Hours.

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