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NCI Building Systems’ Dustin Cole receives Robert Cornforth Award for commitment to structural engineering

Houston — Dustin Cole, vice president of engineering/drafting and technical standards for NCI Building Systems, was recognized by the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) with the Robert Cornforth award for exceptional dedication and exemplary service to the engineering field. Cole is the sole recipient of the award in 2014, and was nominated from a field of approximately 10,000 NCSEA members. The Robert Cornforth award was established in 2001, and the honor has only been conferred nine times over the past 13 years.

Analysis of cement’s molecular structure leads to a new formula

Cambridge, Mass. — Concrete is the world’s most-used construction material, and a leading contributor to global warming, producing as much as one-tenth of industry-generated greenhouse-gas emissions. Now a new study suggests a way in which those emissions could be reduced by more than half — and the result would be a stronger, more durable material.

Tentative price agreement reached for Sarah Mildred Long Bridge

Augusta, Maine – The Maine and New Hampshire Departments of Transportation have reached a tentative price agreement with Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield, Maine, for replacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery. The $158.5 million construction cost agreement is a major milestone in the project which is scheduled to begin in late 2014.

AISI to co-sponsor 22nd International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Washington, D.C. — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), in cooperation with the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., is a co-sponsor of the 22nd International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures 2014. This year’s conference will be held on Nov. 5-6, 2014, at the Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel in St. Louis. A total of 1.6 continuing education or 16 professional development hour (PDH) units will be available for participants.

HNTB Corporation selected for New York State I-84 bridge construction project

New York — HNTB Corporation was selected by the New York State Bridge Authority to design and manage the replacement of the overpass carrying Interstate 84 over Route 9W in Newburg, N.Y. Located at the western approach of the Newburg Beacon Bridge that spans the Hudson River, the project will utilize an accelerated bridge construction process to enable the existing eastbound and westbound lanes of the overpass to be demolished and replaced with a new structure over the course of a single weekend.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge wins Excellence in Structural Engineering honor

Sacramento, Calif. — Caltrans announced that the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge received an Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC). This honor is awarded to projects that demonstrate outstanding achievement in creative design, technical innovation, best practices and demonstrated contributions to the public and profession of structural engineering.

Video tells story of first bridge built using eSPAN140

Washington, D.C. — In a video released by the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance, participants in all phases of design and construction of the Jesup South Bridge in Buchanan County, Iowa, tell the story in their own words. The Jesup South Bridge was a demonstration project — the first bridge built using an eSPAN140 design.

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.

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