Builders are looking at types of concrete that provide added strength and steel frame designs that reduce floor heights. Contractors use new steel and concrete innovations to achieve maximum building performance.
The Federal Highway Administration says even most renovated bridges don't have requirements to protect against collisions such as the one earlier this week in Oklahoma. Repair plans for the span are expected to be drawn up within 16 days, a report says. One expert reports the probability of accidents would increase as barges get bigger and traffic picks up.
Maine-based Dragon Cement and Concrete reportedly is looking at a plan that would include creating a marine terminal on the St. Lawrence River. The firm runs New England's only cement manufacturing plant.
SeaChange must pay $2 million to nCube to settle a patent infringement lawsuit, the companies have announced. Separately, Gemstar-TV Guide International has agreed to buy VOD software maker Diva's assets, reports say.
Citing higher steel tariffs in the U.S., the European Union adopted a 26% tariff on steel yesterday. EU officials said they were acting to protect the local steel industry from a flood of cheap imports by firms hit by the U.S. protective measures. The U.S. exports an average of $1 billion in steel products to Europe each year.