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3/28/2017

Green infrastructure -- bioswales, permeable pavement, rain gardens and more -- can help reduce the overloading of sewer systems, and Washington, D.C.'s, Stormwater Retention Credit incentivizes property owners to use it.
The program also "provides flexibility in complying with stormwater standards issued to D.C. through the US Environmental Protection Agency's MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) permit," this article states.

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3/28/2017

Cloud-based building information modeling specialist 3D Repo is teaming with Skanska and other partners in the UK to develop a visual and analytical platform that incorporates all aspects of an infrastructure project. Data will also be shareable, with an array of databases that include BIM and Geographical Information Systems.

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3/28/2017

Heavy-equipment operators can now get a safe introduction to and instruction in the use of their machines with virtual-reality simulators. VR puts users in the driver's seat of a variety of machines and mimics different environments and weather conditions for operational and safety purposes.

3/28/2017

Toyota and Japanese telecom giant NTT will work together on connected-car technology efforts. The collaboration will include the sharing of technology and a study of vehicle data collection and analysis, 5G networks, edge computing and artificial intelligence.

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3/28/2017

After lobbying from the American Concrete Pumping Association, federal regulators granted a waiver to concrete pump operators, allowing them to bypass normal 30-minute rest breaks tied to hours of service. The ACPA argued that such breaks were harmful to the workers, as air could enter the pump while turned off, causing it to potentially whip around and cause injury.

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3/28/2017

French oil and gas company Total plans to contribute to a $1.7 billion investment in the polyethylene market as part of a partnership with Canadian firm Nova Chemical and Austrian company Borealis. The initiative will result in the construction of a steam cracker in Port Arthur, Texas, capable of producing up to about 1 million tons of ethane per year, with another, smaller steam cracker for polyethylene production being considered for nearby Bayport.

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3/28/2017

Monday saw the groundbreaking for a long-awaited key element to an Irving, Texas, entertainment district: a convention center hotel. The 350-room Westin property will be a key cog in supporting the busy convention center and adjacent Irving Music Factory.

3/28/2017

A new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that nearly a quarter of construction jobs in the UK are at high risk of automaton, while in the US and Germany the bulk of the jobs at risk are in the transportation and storage sectors. However, automation can provide a cost savings if roles change instead of being eliminated entirely.

3/28/2017

While interior restoration work is underway on a San Francisco project that took nearly two decades to plan, the incredibly complex shoring of the 1920s-era Mining Exchange building to allow for a new foundation is complete. The old building will be part of a new, 19-story tower in the crowded financial district, and the interior work has included working with easily crumbling plaster that had to be removed, cleaned and replaced.

3/28/2017

Planting cover crops to take root before the cold months is one way Wisconsin farmers are fighting the runoff from manure used as fertilizer on their fields. But now federal funding that has helped foster the effort may be reduced.