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8/17/2018

See what members like you in ASCE Sections, Branches, Younger Member Groups, and Student Chapters have been up to in the ASCE News Local News roundup for August.

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8/17/2018

Capt. Scott Tingle just returned in June from a seven-month mission to the International Space Station. Hear him talk about engineering in space at November's SEI/ASCE Electrical Transmission & Substation Structures Conference. Register today.

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8/17/2018

A New York City law that adds regulations to ride-hailing vehicles has resulted in renewed consideration of congestion pricing, writes Fredrick Kunkle. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not succeed in implementing congestion pricing in the city, and efforts by Gov. Andrew Cuomo also have fallen short.

8/17/2018

Two MIT students have found a way to get a spaghetti noodle to split in half instead of into several pieces -- an iteration of a problem that perplexed famed American physicist Richard Feynman -- by using a device that bends and twists it to apply pressure evenly to both ends. The students believe insight from their experiment can be used to study fractures for a wide range of materials.

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8/17/2018

Speakers will overwhelm and lose audiences if they try to convey too much information, writes Ashish Arora. Use visuals and technical details sparingly and address only the topic's highlights, knowing people can learn more afterward.

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8/17/2018

Aecon Group has been allowed to rejoin the partnership of preferred builders for the 1.6-mile, cable-stayed Gordie Howe International Bridge. The company had to leave the consortium in May for security reasons when a Chinese company attempted to take over the firm.

8/17/2018

The Virginia Department of Transportation is expanding the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to eight lanes and has hosted public meetings to share the plans and seek input. The project is expected to cost between $3.3 billion and $3.8 billion, and work should be completed in 2024.

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8/17/2018

The team working on the single-terminal Kansas City International Airport project in Missouri has revised its initial renderings to eliminate a two-story fountain to make room for passenger processing. The next step is incorporating elements that will give the airport its unique identity, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Jordan Pierce says.

8/17/2018

Water development projects in rural areas in 23 states will get a total of $124 million from the US Department of Agriculture's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Communities with 10,000 or fewer residents can use the money for waste management, water and stormwater projects.

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USDA
8/17/2018

The association, along with leading brands and organizations, is partnering in the TurboVote Challenge to help America reach 80% voter turnout. The construction industry and the millions of workers it employs have much at stake this November. At a time when the industry is rebounding from the longest and deepest slump of any sector, it is especially important to elect local, state, and federal leaders willing to work for common-sense solutions to the challenges facing the construction industry and its workforce. Help make the construction industry's voice heard loudly and clearly in this year's elections! Get registered. Get informed. Vote! Read more.

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