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ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council announces new Research Network

Farmington Hills, Mich. — In its quest to align donors, researchers, and funders with concrete research projects, the ACI Foundation has united with several industry partners by formal Memoranda of Agreements to form the Concrete Research Network (CRN). The CRN is a forum for the concrete industry to engage and connect researchers, funding organizations affiliated with the concrete industry, and industry users with technical research needs, with the end goal of promoting research needs and projects that offer broad implementation across the concrete industry.

Iowa State engineers to simulate and model tornado winds and their effects on buildings

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Tornado Simulator kicked up a thick and slowly spinning funnel cloud over a model of a small town, overwhelming the miniature streets, buildings and homes. Partha Sarkar turned from the laboratory vortex and announced, “That’s an EF3.” Most tornadoes (about 90 percent of them) are EF3 or less in intensity. And so Sarkar advocates that homes and buildings within tornado alley across the middle of the U.S. be designed to withstand EF3 tornadoes and their top wind speeds of 165 mph.

Desalination and water purification research projects and pilot studies receive $1.4 million

Washington, D.C. — Nine research projects and pilot studies will receive $1.4 million to address desalination and water purification needs. Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program will provide the funding for four research laboratory-scale projects and three pilot testing projects. Two previously announced pilot-scale projects will receive second-year funding.

RIDOT to replace I-95 bridge within an 11-day period

Providence, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is set to replace the Barton Corner Bridge, which carries I-95 over Route 2 on the Warwick/West Warwick town line, beginning later this month. The operation uses accelerated bridge construction techniques to complete the work in an 11-day period. The new bridges (north and southbound) are scheduled to be in place by Labor Day.

Study: Women who 'lean in' often soon leave engineering careers

Washington, D.C. — Nearly 40 percent of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention.

HNTB awarded contract to expand Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, Va. — HNTB Corporation was awarded a $35 million capacity federal contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District for architectural and engineering services required for the planning and design of Arlington National Cemetery’s southern expansion project. HNTB will serve as the lead architecture/engineering firm for ANC’s largest civil, transportation and infrastructure improvement project to date.

FTA grant to help expand capacity, improve service of Chicago’s L

Chicago — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce a $35 million grant to help the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) lay the groundwork to improve service and capacity on a heavily traveled segment of its aging North Red Line and Purple Line rail transit system. The CTA is the first U.S. transit agency selected for funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) new Core Capacity Grant Program, which is designed to help rail transit providers increase the volume of passengers or trains without expanding the footprint of the system.

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