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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.

Update on the magnitude 6 South Napa earthquake

Reston, Va. — On Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at 3:20 a.m. local time, the northern San Francisco Bay Area was struck by the largest earthquake to impact the Bay Area since the 1989 M6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake. Sunday’s earthquake appears to have ruptured on or just west of mapped traces of the West Napa Fault, the most seismically active of the faults mapped between the longer Rodgers Creek Fault on the west and the Concord-Green Valley Fault to the east. The U.S. Geological Survey named the earthquake the “South Napa earthquake.”

CFSEI redesigns website, offers free standards

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) redesigned its website,, to provide an updated look and easier access to information about its technology transfer tools and membership opportunities. The site also provides access to free downloadable AISI cold-formed steel design standards.

Landsea to invest $1 billion in U.S. housing market

Los Angeles — Nanjing, China-based Landsea Group Co. Ltd. announced it will enter the U.S. housing market by investing more than $1 billion during the next several years, beginning with residential developments in three of the country's largest housing markets — New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

SGM service project helps preserve historic mill

Glenwood Springs, Colo. — On Sunday, Aug 3, 2014, SGM, and local Snowmass Contractor Summit Construction, joined forces to help preserve pieces of the historic Crystal Mill. Twenty-four volunteers completed numerous items on the list for this year’s Crystal Mill Restoration Project.

Voting opens for the best transportation photos

Washington, D.C. — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials opened online voting for the eleventh annual Faces of Transportation photography contest. Voters can choose their favorite photograph from among 78 images being judged in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Historic Projects, and Taking the Road Less Traveled. Each photograph represents the positive effects of transportation on individuals and/or communities.

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