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ConocoPhillips signs engineering contracts to support North Slope production

Anchorage, Alaska — ConocoPhillips Alaska announced it recently signed engineering contracts with three firms to support its North Slope business. These five-year contracts with URS Corporation, CH2M HILL, and ASRC Energy Services are intended to support engineering and procurement services for dozens of projects at Kuparuk, Alpine and Cook Inlet over the life of the contracts.

EPA awards $2.5 million grant to help restore Louisiana wetlands

Dallas — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $2,502,401 to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana to improve coastal wetlands in Louisiana. The project will create 300 acres of barrier marsh and nourish 130 acres of developing marsh near Bayou Moreau using dredged material from the Gulf of Mexico.

NAPA, FHWA sponsor Asphalt Sustainability Conference

Lanham, Md. — Sustainability, the consideration of environmental, social, and economic impacts, is an increasing priority for road owners and agencies, and the asphalt industry is responding by adopting green construction practices. The Asphalt Sustainability Conference, Nov. 4–5 in New Orleans, will focus on current and forthcoming sustainability initiatives within the asphalt pavement industry.

CFSEI webinar to review brace design provisions and torsion considerations

Washington, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Back to Basics: A Review of AISI S100, S211 Brace Design Provisions and Torsion Considerations” on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 PDHs.

CH2M HILL announces Charter Membership of Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Englewood, Colo. — CH2M HILL announced its Charter Membership of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). As part of its ISI membership, the company has also committed to enrolling 100 employees in the ISI Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) credentialing program. When credentialed, these employees will be able to document and rate sustainability aspects of infrastructure projects in collaboration with ISI’s Envision infrastructure rating system.

Research seeks better prediction of mine and other collapse

Adelaide, South Australia — University of Adelaide engineering researchers are investigating ways to better predict the possible collapse of mines, dam embankments and large infrastructure sites. The four-year project aims to improve understanding and develop practical formulas to help engineers connect what's happening in the soil, rocks and concrete at micro-level with large-scale factors that trigger collapse.

Bentley announces project finalists in 2014 Be Inspired Awards competition

Exton, Pa. — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the project finalists in the 2014 Be Inspired Awards competition, which honor the work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world’s infrastructure. Nine independent panels of jurors, comprising industry experts, selected the 54 finalists from nominations submitted by organizations in 49 countries.

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