Bentley Systems has launched new software tools designed to help construction workers share information and model projects related to highway construction funded through the federal stimulus package. The computer programs include overlay tools that link existing survey data with new models and design specifications, helping to make projects more efficient.
Jobless claims began to fall as 2009 drew to a close, suggesting that the labor market may be set to improve in the new year, economists reported. "We've seen a very steady decline in claims, consistent with conditions improving in the overall labor market," said Zach Pandl, an economist at Nomura Securities International.
With funding from a $150,000 Energy Department Grant, the New York-based structural engineering company Weidlinger Associates is developing a hybrid solar roofing panel that would layer photovoltaic cells and thermoelectric materials. Columbia University is also working on the project.
A $1 billion project to divert Red River floodwaters away from the cities of Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., creates as many problems as it solves, some locals say. Residents of the small farm towns surrounding the two cities fear that any diversion would simply steer extra water their way. "There's only one place for it to go -- our way -- and we can't take anymore, believe me," said Ann Manley, the mayor of one nearby community.