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Engineers and scientists meet to discuss NY-NJ coastal resiliency

New York — Significant challenges often require a team effort. Restoring the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary is one of them. A group of professionals from the Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, joined more than 200 scientists, engineers, academics and restoration professionals on June 3, 2014, at a major symposium in Manhattan discussing progress restoring the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary and initiatives to continue improving the area’s ecological health, contributing to the region’s coastal resiliency.

CH2M HILL receives ARTBA’s Glass Hammer Award

Denver — The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) honored CH2M HILL with the Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Council’s 2014 Glass Hammer Award recipient. This award honors organizations in the transportation industry that have innovative programs and activities directed at successfully promoting women leaders.

PTI calls for 2015 Project Awards entries

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) announced that the 2015 PTI Project Awards are now open for entry. The biannual awards program that honors excellence and innovation in post-tensioning applications will be open for entry until December 31, 2014. Winners will be announced at the 2015 PTI Convention in Houston.

APWA elects 2014-2015 president, board

Kansas City, Mo. — Larry Stevens, P.E., PWLF, project director for HR Green, Inc. in Johnston, Iowa, was elected president of the American Public Works Association (APWA) during the recent 2014 APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Toronto.

Big data evolution fast-tracks the development of smart buildings

LONDON – The convergence of next-generation IT solutions such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data and data analytics will open up new business opportunities for both building technology and ICT companies. More importantly, these platforms are expected to become the pillars of smart building evolution in terms of technology, business value and customer satisfaction.

SEAOC issues response to American Canyon Earthquake

Sacramento, Calif. — The Structural Engineers Association of California issues the following response by Michael Cochran, SEAOC Board President, Reinhard Ludke, and Ken O’Dell: As the Napa region works to recover from the strongest California earthquake in 20-plus years, the rest of the State should be on notice that Sunday’s 6.0M American Canyon earthquake did not let us off the hook. Instead, this and every other recent earthquake should be taken as a wakeup call for residents and business owners in California and other seismically active regions of the U.S.

ASCE names new executive director

Reston, Va. — Thomas W. Smith III, M.ASCE, CAE, was selected as the executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), effective January 1, 2015. A dedicated member of ASCE for more than 25 years and a civil engineer by training, Smith has served as the association’s deputy executive director since 2010 and general counsel since 1997.

Southeastern state DOTs honored for projects

New Orleans — Six transportation projects in the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) region received top honors in the America's Transportation Awards competition for improving safety and mobility, reducing traffic congestion, excellence in emergency response and saving taxpayer dollars.

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