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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.

Bentley Systems acquires SITEOPS

Los Angeles — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced at the 2014 ZweigWhite Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference that it acquired Charlotte, N.C.-based BLUERIDGE Analytics, Inc., provider of SITEOPS, site design optimization “software at your service.” SITEOPS uses cloud-based computing techniques to enable exploration of engineering alternatives and their costs.

CSU researchers collect water quality data at oil and natural gas sites; display it on public website

Fort Collins, Colo. — For the first time, Colorado residents, regulators and other stakeholders have access to water quality information gathered in real-time at oil and natural gas well sites in the Denver-Julesburg Basin. Colorado State University researchers unveiled the Colorado Water Watch, a monitoring system that collects groundwater quality data from oil and natural gas sites and uploads the information every hour to a CSU-run website.

Golder Associates releases 2013 Sustainable Development Report

Golder Associates issued its third annual Sustainable Development Report. Golder said the theme of the 2013 Sustainable Development Report, “Navigating Rugged Terrain”, reflects its experience in advancing its sustainable development mandate at a time when challenging market conditions compelled it to streamline the scope of plans and activities across many areas of its business.

CH2M HILL joins EPA Green Power Partnership

Denver — CH2M HILL joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, committing to purchase renewable energy to supply its operations. CH2M HILL said this commitment supports its belief that renewable power has an important role in the country’s air quality, climate change impacts and energy security.

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