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Big data evolution fast-tracks the development of smart buildings

LONDON – The convergence of next-generation IT solutions such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data and data analytics will open up new business opportunities for both building technology and ICT companies. More importantly, these platforms are expected to become the pillars of smart building evolution in terms of technology, business value and customer satisfaction.

SEAOC issues response to American Canyon Earthquake

Sacramento, Calif. — The Structural Engineers Association of California issues the following response by Michael Cochran, SEAOC Board President, Reinhard Ludke, and Ken O’Dell: As the Napa region works to recover from the strongest California earthquake in 20-plus years, the rest of the State should be on notice that Sunday’s 6.0M American Canyon earthquake did not let us off the hook. Instead, this and every other recent earthquake should be taken as a wakeup call for residents and business owners in California and other seismically active regions of the U.S.

Update on the magnitude 6 South Napa earthquake

Reston, Va. — On Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at 3:20 a.m. local time, the northern San Francisco Bay Area was struck by the largest earthquake to impact the Bay Area since the 1989 M6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake. Sunday’s earthquake appears to have ruptured on or just west of mapped traces of the West Napa Fault, the most seismically active of the faults mapped between the longer Rodgers Creek Fault on the west and the Concord-Green Valley Fault to the east. The U.S. Geological Survey named the earthquake the “South Napa earthquake.”

CFSEI redesigns website, offers free standards

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) redesigned its website, www.cfsei.org, to provide an updated look and easier access to information about its technology transfer tools and membership opportunities. The site also provides access to free downloadable AISI cold-formed steel design standards.

Landsea to invest $1 billion in U.S. housing market

Los Angeles — Nanjing, China-based Landsea Group Co. Ltd. announced it will enter the U.S. housing market by investing more than $1 billion during the next several years, beginning with residential developments in three of the country's largest housing markets — New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Realigned I-495 Bridge is open in both directions

Wilmington, Del. — The northbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington were reopened to traffic following the successful realignment of the I-495 Bridge spanning the Christina River, Delaware Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt announced. The southbound lanes were reopened July 31. Traffic is now fully restored to the bridge in both directions.

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.

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.

Vidaris, Inc. honored with CTBUH's 2014 Best Tall Building Americas Finalist Award

New York — Vidaris, Inc., which provides consulting and monitoring services for high-performance buildings and specialty structures, is part of the project team for the United Nations Secretariat Building, which was recently awarded "Finalist" as Best Tall Building Americas by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). This year, only one winner and two finalists were chosen.

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