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Building industry groups agree to streamline green building tool coordination and development

Washington, D.C. — The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) signed a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program. The unprecedented cooperation aims to create a comprehensive framework for jurisdictions looking to implement and adopt green building regulations and codes and/or provide incentives for voluntary leadership programs such as LEED.

Five states partner with UW on asphalt standards

Madison, Wis. — More than 80 percent of major roads in the United States are surfaced with asphaltic mixtures — and the liquid asphalt, a byproduct of oil refining, remains a bit of a chemical mess, an inconsistent, complex mix of hydrocarbons. So to understand how different kinds of asphalt will hold up under the weight of vehicles and the punishment of the elements, road engineers must use physical methods, from ovens to hydraulic testing devices, to inflict stress and extreme temperatures upon the mixtures.

Bridges to Prosperity and CH2M HILL partner to build suspension bridge in rural Panama

Denver — More than 200 residents of the villages of La Conga and La Florida, Panama, now have a safe and efficient crossing that provides access to schools, health clinics, markets and jobs. The CH2M HILL Foundation and the not-for-profit organization Bridges to Prosperity partnered to build a 45-meter pedestrian suspension bridge over the Rio Trinidad connecting these two rural communities.

Retaining wall Rocky Award winners announced

Charlevoix, Mich. — Redi-Rock International announced the winners of its annual Rocky Awards honoring the best Redi-Rock walls built in the categories of Commercial, Residential, Freestanding, Water Application, and the People’s Choice Award, which are chosen by the public in an online vote. More than 130 Redi-Rock manufacturers across North America, Europe and Asia competed for the awards, which were presented at the 2014 Redi-Rock Summit meeting in Traverse City in July.

2014 ISA WWAC Symposium draws more than 170 attendees

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The 2014 International Society of Automation (ISA) Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium drew more than 170 attendees, 30 expert speakers, and 27 exhibitors to Orlando, Fla., in early August to explore and confront the varied challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the municipal water and wastewater sectors.

Reservists execute Contingency Engineering Response Team training

Jacksonville, Fla. — Naval Facilities Engineering Command's (NAVFAC) Reserve Contingency Engineering Unit (CEU) took significant steps toward developing a Contingency Engineering Response Team (CERT) to respond to disasters. The implementation and certification of a CERT team staffed by Reservists is a new milestone for NAVFAC. The Reserve CEU CERT team is comprised of individuals with significant construction experience in both military and civilian sectors.

IBC calls for presentations

Pittsburgh — The International Bridge Conference (IBC) Technical Committee is now seeking presentations for the 2015 IBC. The 32nd Annual IBC will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, June 7-11, 2015, in Pittsburgh.

Ohio expands Local Bridge Partnership Program

Columbus, Ohio — A state plan providing $120 million to local governments to make bridges safer for the motoring public just got a boost. The state’s Local Bridge Partnership Program is adding 10 additional bridges to a program that is already fixing or replacing 220 bridges in local communities throughout Ohio.

FGI to hold water containment and conveyance short course

Littleton, Colo. — The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is sponsoring a course on “Best Practices for Water Containment and Conveyance,” Sept. 19, 2014, in Greeley, Colo. This day-long course will be taught by industry professionals from academia, contractors, engineers, installers and third-party testing personnel. This course will cover valuable information pertinent the proper design, specification and construction of water related applications.

Stanford's Water in the West program offers new way to view groundwater resources

Stanford, Calif. — Stanford researchers with Water in the West announced a new project to help Californians understand the importance of groundwater in the state, the problems caused by groundwater overdraft and potential solutions. Their website, Understanding California's Groundwater, offers new research findings, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater in California, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical issue.

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