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Successful test validates composite timber-concrete tower concept

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and Oregon State University, with support from the Softwood Lumber Board, developed a comprehensive physical testing program that, to date, has included nearly 20 tests of varying sizes and configurations. On August 8, the successful test of the final full-scale specimen provided strong evidence that the timber-concrete composite system can satisfy code requirements and compete with traditional construction methods.

AEC TECH NEWS: New small drone rule takes effect on August 29

The new small drone rule for non-hobbyists becomes effective on August 29. Under the new rule — also known as Part 107 — the person flying a drone must have a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating, or be directly supervised by someone with such a certificate.

ARTBA opposes FHWA greenhouse gas measurement proposal

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) challenged the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) proposal to measure greenhouse gas emissions from new transportation projects. The proposal is part of larger performance measures required under the 2012 “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) surface transportation reauthorization law.

Construction’s contribution to economy increased in 30 states in 2015

The value added by the private construction industry as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) increased in 30 states and decreased in only six in 2015, according to a report by Associated Builders and Contractors. Nationally, construction’s direct contribution to GDP increased by 0.1 percent to 3.9 percent from 2014 to 2015.

STV celebrates completion of The Hills at Governors Island

The Hills of Governors Island have come alive as part of the ongoing transformation of New York City’s island park. This one-of-a-kind attraction opened to the public this month — a full year ahead of schedule — thanks in part to the management and planning provided by STV, which served, in a joint venture, as the resident engineer on the project.

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