Structural News

Bridging the gap: Bridges and the people they connect

Athens, Ohio — It can be hard to imagine a world without bridges. Fortunately, the ancient Romans stepped up to the plate. Ohio University’s Online Masters in Civil Engineering program took a look at the five major bridge designs in the world’s history, and examined the people and cultures they connect.

New ACI committees announced

Farmington Hills, Mich. — At the 2014 ACI Technical Activities Committee Summer Meeting, in Waimea, Hawaii, two new ACI technical committees were formed — Committee 240, Natural Pozzolans, and Committee 241, Nanotechnology of Concrete.

PTI announces 2015-2016 leadership and board of directors

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) elected and announced the 2015-2016 officers and additions to the board of directors during the Oct. 3, 2014, board of directors meeting held in conjunction with the 2014 PTI Committee Days, Oct. 3-5, in Cancun, Mexico.

Green Building Initiative celebrates a decade of growth and influence

Portland, Ore. — The Green Building Initiative (GBI) celebrates 10 years of promoting green building during October 2014. GBI is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for commercial construction.

Arup collaborates on 10 high-performance university science buildings

New York — Arup is involved with 10 university science centers throughout the U.S. The firm is performing multidisciplinary engineering and consulting services and implementing building information modeling, among other smart-building techniques to achieve client goals of energy efficiency, sustainability, environmental protection, and end-user comfort.

Two commercial and five institutional projects honored with Awards of Excellence

Chicago — Two commercial and five institutional projects were named winners in the 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Awards competition. Twenty-four awards were presented to projects from throughout North America at the 52nd annual PCI Design Awards, which includes best-in-class awards for both transportation structures and buildings, as well as special awards for industry advancement, sustainable design, and all-precast concrete.

U.S. and U.K. building owners expect to increase involvement with BIM

New York — While building owners may not always directly use building information modeling (BIM), they are increasingly recognizing its value on their projects. McGraw Hill Construction released its new SmartMarket Report, The Business Value of BIM for Owners, which demonstrates that owners expect to grow their involvement with BIM rapidly.

AWC statement on DOE Green Standard Certification final rule

Washington, D.C. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the Department of Energy’s (DOE) final rule that establishes criteria for the use of green building certifications systems used by federal agencies.

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