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America’s 2013 Infrastructure score is a D yet again

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases a report card for America’s Infrastructure. This report is intended to provide a professional a depiction and a review of the nation’s infrastructure.  Generally, ASCE assigns an school-report-type overall  grade as well as individual grades in 15 infrastructure categories. …

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USA to be the World’s Top Oil Producer by 2016

Currently, the following countries are the world’s top five oil producers based on their respective output in barrels per day: 1 Saudi Arabia 84,820,000 2 Russia 11,150,000 3 United States 10,210,000 4 Iran 4,231,000 5 China 4,073,000 However, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the United States will become …

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Palm-Sized Nano-Copters Deployed in Afghanistan as Spy Drones

British troops stationed in Afghanistan are flying spy drones so tiny that they would easily be passed off as toys.  The latest intelligence gathering device named the Black Hornet weighs just 16grams and measures only 4 inches.  The Black Hornet is propelled by two helicopter blades and carries a steerable …

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Taiwan’s Taipei 101 receives LEED platinum rating

Taiwan’s 509-metre Taipei 101 recently become the world’s tallest building to receive LEED platinum rating, the highest level in the green building rating system. In a ceremony held in held in Taipein, officials from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and local dignitaries said the achievement begins a new …

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Shares of Jacobs Engineering rise following an upgrade by JPMorgan

One of the latest signs that engineering companies are recovering from the recession is simply the following: JPMorgan analysts upgraded Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE:JEC), one of the few publicly traded engineering companies. This positive analysis prompted the stock to rise 3.3 percent, to $45.68 during yesterday’s afternoon trading. According to …

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ASCE’s President-Elect Nominee – Kathy J. Caldwell, P.E., M.ASCE

Kathy Caldwell, P.E., graduated from the University of Tennessee with High Honors in Structural and Construction Engineering in 1985 after employment as a drafter and field technician for nine years following high school. Upon college graduation, she was a structural designer with Lockwood Greene in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Kathy moved …

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ACI & TCA Certify More Than 1250 Tilt-Up Professionals

As of April 1, 2009, 222 Supervisor and 1,048 Technician certifications have been issued, for a total of 1,270 total certifications. The joint Certification program, developed through ACI’s C-650 Committee, is designed to recognize the growing construction method and maintain its professionalism. To further increase participation in the Certification program, …

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