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Stabilizing geotechnical assets: Research aims to identify potential highway, railroad problems

Houghton, Mich. — In a new project led by Michigan Technological University, Thomas Oommen, assistant professor of geological and mining engineering and sciences, heads a team that is using advanced technology to develop a comprehensive management system to monitor our nation’s geotechnical assets — the ground that forms the base for the concrete, asphalt or steel that makes up our transportation system.

AWC releases 2012 WFCM Workbook

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) released a new workbook titled Design of Wood Frame Buildings for High Wind, Snow, and Seismic Loads (2012 WFCM Workbook) providing a design example and typical checklist for a wood-frame structure in accordance with the 2012 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings.

Thornton Tomasetti recognized as a LEED Proven Provider

New York — Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, has been recognized as a LEED Proven Provider for the Building Design and Construction rating system family by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The Proven Provider certification program was created to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects.

One-third of the world’s urban population could lack access to affordable housing by 2025

London — According to a new McKinsey Global Institute report, if current trends in urbanization and income growth persist, the urban population in need of affordable housing could grow from 330 million households to 440 million by 2025. At least 1.6 billion people or one-third of the urban population could be living in substandard housing or be so financially stretched by housing costs that they forego other essentials such as health care.

GEI's relocates Manhattan office

Boston — GEI Consultants, Inc., a geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firm, recently relocated and expanded its New York City office. In 2013, GEI merged with the Manhattan and Jericho, N.Y., offices of Feld, Kaminetzky & Cohen, who have served New York metropolitan area architectural and engineering firms, contractors, private clients and public agencies for more than 80 years.

FTA holds online dialogue on private-sector participation

Washington, D.C. — The Federal Transit Administration is hosting an online dialogue on private-sector participation from Oct. 22, 2014 to Nov. 26, 2014. The Private Sector Participation provisions of MAP-21 require FTA to undertake actions, including a rulemaking, to promote more effective utilization of private sector expertise, financing, and operational capacity to deliver costly and complex new fixed guideway capital projects.

Louis Berger wins project to support post-Sandy programs for business recovery and resiliency

Morristown, N.J. — The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) awarded Louis Berger a multi-year, on-call contract to provide environmental services for post-Sandy business recovery and resiliency programs. Louis Berger will provide comprehensive environmental, economic, historic resources and strategic consulting services for citywide business recovery and rebuilding projects potentially eligible to receive federal grant funds.

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