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7/16/2018

Eighty percent of 50 Florida leaders questioned by the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and the Bradenton Herald said mass transit funding is "very important." Victoria Kasdan of We Care Manatee recommended that highway tolls with variable rates be considered to reduce traffic.

7/16/2018

The US economy saw steady growth in the first half of 2018, according to the Federal Reserve. With expected continued growth, the Fed plans to gradually increase interest rates.

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7/16/2018

The roof on a proposed new stadium in Pisa, Italy, will be lightweight and luminous. The reduced height of the roof and exterior walls create a nod to historic Roman architecture.

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Roman architecture
7/16/2018

To improve construction site safety, Triax Technologies has developed internet of things tools that enable communication among workers and supervisors across the entire job site. When used with analytical software, tools such as wearables, drones, sensors and robots can help identify insights to improve risk management.

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7/16/2018

Odico is a startup using industrial robots to create foam casting molds for difficult-to-manufacture building materials. These materials would otherwise require long development times and expensive shipping.

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ZDNet
7/16/2018

Extreme summertime heat can be mitigated by the use of vegetative technology, such as vertical gardens and green roofs. Some cities are also using white paint to inexpensively reduce the effect of urban pavement heat.

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Popular Science
7/16/2018

As Tesla focuses on its Model 3 electric auto production, its solar power solutions, including its solar roof tiles and Powerwall energy storage system, will take a back seat. The company says it is working on increasing production capacity as consumer demand increases.

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7/16/2018

Though some evidence supports the use of prevailing wage laws as a way to ensure skilled workers for public projects, other data suggest they may increase government spending. The repeal of prevailing wage laws could save over $13 billion over 10 years, according to a 2016 Congressional Budget Office study.

7/16/2018

The UAE Etihad Rail project has selected US-based Jacobs Engineering Group to handle technical and program consulting services. The contract also requires Jacobs to provide engineering and design services and supervise construction.

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Construction Week
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7/16/2018

Oregon Department of Transportation crews are hydroblasting, or hydromilling, concrete from bridge decks on Interstate 5 near Ashland. The machines, which are similar to power washers, are more efficient and effective than using jackhammers.