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4/26/2018

Richline Group, Asahi Refining, Helzberg Diamonds and LeachGarner will link with IBM to create blockchain technology that tracks diamonds and precious metals through the supply chain. The effort, called TrustChain, will work to ensure the materials are ethically sourced.

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4/26/2018

UPS proposed voluntary buyouts to some management workers in an effort to reduce its nonoperational costs. The company hopes to realign those funds to more-profitable business sectors, including managing the growth in online shopping.

4/26/2018

The odds of cyberattacks are increasing as transportation systems become more connected, experts say. Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said traffic signals, variable message boards and trains are among areas of high concern for transportation officials nationwide.

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4/26/2018

Construction started in 2015 on a 3.92-mile rail extension in Los Angeles, and work will begin on the first phase of tunneling this summer. The $8.2 billion project is expected to be completed in 2023.

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4/26/2018

How will a tall building respond to wind? A paper in ASCE's Journal of Engineering Mechanics offers a new way to estimate that combines a virtual dynamic shaker with a simple mathematical model. Read the paper free for a limited time, courtesy of ASCE Library.

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4/26/2018

Enjoy quick, easy digital access to both ASCE 7-16 and ASCE 7-10 with the new ASCE 7 Online. Now you can compare changes between editions, view side-by-side display of provisions and commentary, share notes and information, calculate measurements, and search by key words. See this breakthrough tool at asce7.online.

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4/26/2018

Traffic has increased on the MoPac Expressway in Austin, Texas, since tolled lanes opened in October, per information presented at the most recent Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority meeting. The authority agreed to assess how a discount program for qualified veterans would affect revenues.

4/26/2018

BMW has announced plans to work with lidar startup Innoviz Technologies on autonomous-vehicle development. BMW plans to integrate Innoviz's solid-state lidar sensors in its vehicles as it targets a 2021 launch of self-driving cars.

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4/26/2018

A $1.8 billion natural gas-powered electrical plant is slated for New Jersey and is expected to create more than 1,000 construction jobs. It's unclear when construction would begin at the 15-acre site, but the work should be finished in 2022.

4/26/2018

A $1 billion terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is 70% complete, and work should wrap up in February. About 880 construction workers are on-site daily, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials toured the 972,000-square-foot project Wednesday.