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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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New MIT White Paper Benchmarks Engineering Leadership Education Programs Worldwide

Engineering leadership education is emerging as a hot topic in engineering institutions worldwide. But according to a review of international “best practices” in engineering leadership education, a lack of resources, expertise, and formal networks in the nascent field is causing concern in a profession threatened by a diminishing focus on the notion of the “engineer-as-doer”.

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

A profile on Kathy Cladwell, ASCE’s President-Elect Nominee: Kathy has been an active, service-oriented member of ASCE since 1984. She was President of the Gainesville Branch in 1993/1994 and was the first president of the consolidated Florida Section (1999/2000). Her organizational and leadership skills contributed to the adoption of the Bylaws and Rules for Region 5.

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ACI & TCA Certify More Than 1250 Tilt-Up Professionals

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of Tilt-Up as the preferred construction method – in concert with the American Concrete Institute (ACI), announces there are now more than 1,250 certified Tilt-Up Supervisors and Technicians.

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