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Caltrans: Bay Bridge is safe

Sacramento, Calif. — In continuing response to reports released Aug. 4, 2014, by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, investigating design and construction of the east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (http://stran.senate.ca.gov/informationalhearings), Caltrans issued the following statement: “Here’s what statewide elected officials, Bay Area transportation officials, world-class engineers, geotechnical and welding experts, and quality assurance and quality control expert panel members have been saying about the safety of the new Bay Bridge:”

Caltrans responds to State Senate Bay Bridge report

Sacramento, Calif. — Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty responded to a Senate report on Bay Bridge construction by pointing out many misleading or inaccurate sections of the report, but also agreeing with the report that no one — even the strongest critics discussed in the report — disputes the safety of the Bay Bridge.

Bureau Veritas partners with GBCI

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — The Green Building Certification Institute, the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building program, and Bureau Veritas signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the LEED program. As part of the agreement, Bureau Veritas will perform certification review for LEED projects internationally on behalf of GBCI.

ASCE and DFI recognize Thermal Integrity Profiling

Cleveland — The American Society of Civil Engineers announced on July 24 the Thermal Integrity Profiler (TIP) as the 2015 winner of the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation. This award celebrates collaboration in innovative design, materials, or construction-related research and development transferred into practice in a sustainable manner. The award also rewards innovative approaches that help achieve at least one of the National Construction Technology Goals.

NCI Building Systems hosts seminar for engineer development and building design

Houston — NCI Building Systems will host a day-long educational conference in Houston to unveil the latest research and findings on engineering best practices. Leading researchers and experts in a range of construction disciplines will present on numerous relevant topics, including counsel on effective design for steel and concrete structures, applicable code updates, and an exploration of the teachings of author and engineer, Professor Hardy Cross.

MCEER earthquake engineer: ‘U.S. not prepared for effects of a major earthquake in a large urban area’

Buffalo, N.Y. — On July 29, Andrew Whittaker, Ph.D., S.E., director of MCEER at the University at Buffalo, will tell Congress that the United States is not prepared for effects of a major earthquake in a large urban area. He will do so during testimony before the Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology at a hearing to review the National Earthquake Hazards reduction Program (NEHRP).

TCA reopens judging of 2014 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards Program to Facebook fans

Mt. Vernon, Iowa — The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of tilt-up as the preferred building system – will reopen judging of the 2014 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards Program to their Facebook fans. According to Mitch Bloomquist, managing director of the TCA, this phase of the awards program will give the association’s Facebook fans the opportunity to weigh in on their favorite tilt-up project.

HNTB-led Mathews Bridge repair earns multiple awards

Jacksonville, Fla. — The John E. Mathews Bridge, spanning the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Fla., was severely damaged by ship impact in late September 2013. HNTB Corporation was called to be part of the repair team for the span’s rapid rehabilitation that October. As of today, the project has been honored with eight industry awards and is nominated for several more.

New cadet barracks to match historic buildings

West Point, N.Y. — Not too long ago, dozens of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point became ill and missed classes. According to the academy, what caused this is the fact that almost half of the Cadets are living in uncomfortable, crowded dorm rooms and that additional barracks are needed to relieve this situation. They tapped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, to construct a new barracks since the agency has already successfully built numerous structures on the historic campus.

CFSEI webcast to review Built-Up Member Design Provisions

Washington, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Back to Basics: A Review of AISI S100, S211 and S212 Built-Up Member Design Provisions” on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

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