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Research seeks better prediction of mine and other collapse

Adelaide, South Australia — University of Adelaide engineering researchers are investigating ways to better predict the possible collapse of mines, dam embankments and large infrastructure sites. The four-year project aims to improve understanding and develop practical formulas to help engineers connect what's happening in the soil, rocks and concrete at micro-level with large-scale factors that trigger collapse.

Bentley announces project finalists in 2014 Be Inspired Awards competition

Exton, Pa. — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the project finalists in the 2014 Be Inspired Awards competition, which honor the work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world’s infrastructure. Nine independent panels of jurors, comprising industry experts, selected the 54 finalists from nominations submitted by organizations in 49 countries.

Researchers release Complete Streets design guide

Portland, Ore. — National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) researchers created a design manual to aid traffic engineers, transportation planners, elected officials, businesses, and community stakeholders in re-envisioning their streets. Traditionally, road design in the U.S. has been based on the simple principle of moving as many cars as possible, but the Complete Streets movement is gaining ground as planners and engineers work to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and can accommodate all modes of transportation.

AECOM awarded contract for Newtown Creek Renewable Natural Gas Project

Los Angeles — AECOM Technology Corporation was awarded a design-build contract from National Grid, in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the Newtown Creek Renewable Natural Gas Project in New York City. The project will consist of injecting pipeline-quality gas into National Grid’s existing gas network through designing and constructing a purification system that converts biogas by-product from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant into renewable natural gas for residential and commercial use.

R.A. Smith National expands development services; adds new office

Brookfield, Wis. — R.A. Smith National, a multidisciplined civil engineering and surveying firm, expanded its nationwide development services as part of the company’s plans for strategic growth. R.A. Smith National’s development services include pre-development consulting, entitlement services and national program management. Development services are offered to clients nationwide with a focus on national retail, health care and residential.

Gannett Fleming earns Platinum Award from ACEC New York

Woodbury, N.Y. — The Grass Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) pump system improvements project in Greenwich, Conn., has been honored with a Platinum Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards program. It competed in the waste and stormwater category.

CH2M HILL’s Tran named 2014 Living Water Award Grand Prize recipient

Denver — Duyen Tran likes to say she was green before green was cool. Sustainability has played a significant role throughout her 28-year career — 25 of them with CH2M HILL — in the water and wastewater industry. The National Association of Water Companies honored her commitment to the profession by naming Tran its 2014 Living Water Award Grand Prize recipient.

Kansas City, Mo., Service Center building receives DBIA award

South Haven, Minn. — Legacy Building Solutions, a designer, manufacturer and installer of tension fabric buildings – in collaboration with the Midwest office of general contracting firm McTech – received a Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Project/Team Award for the new South Satellite Service Center building in Kansas City, Mo.

PENETRON and W.R. Grace launch North American partnership

E. Setauket, N.Y. – PENETRON and W.R Grace announced this week the launch of a strategic partnership to market, sell, and distribute PENETRON crystalline ready-mix concrete solutions to the construction industry in North America. This new partnership expands the distribution of PENETRON products and fills a key product category for Grace.

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