Costs will continue to rise for Mississippi Power's power plant in Kemper County, Miss., according to the company. The overruns, over $1.1 billion more than originally estimated, would raise the cost of the project to $4.45 billion. The company says the additional cost is due in part to "problems with the productivity of construction labor, supplies ... and projected costs for fuel."
The climate-adaptation industry is expected to grow by up to 20% a year through 2020, becoming a $2 billion global industry, according to Environmental Business International. "The fortunes of many will be lost or saved by effective adaptation planning," says Grant Ferrier, president of EBI. "Environmental consulting & engineering firms, specialty boutique firms and some architecture & engineering (A&E) firms and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors will be on the front lines of mitigating and preparing to cope with the impacts of climate change," according to this article.
A lack of design standards for a "wind turbine generator system" prompted the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Wind Energy Association to form a partnership that led to the creation of RP2011, writes Nestor Agbayani of Agbayani Structural Engineering, and Rolando Vega of the University of Texas in San Antonio. This piece details the results of the collaboration, and explains how RP2011 serves as a valuable resource for the study of design practices in the wind industry.
One of the main tasks of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Structural Engineering Institute involves the development of engineering standards such as ASCE 7, which is "unique in many ways," writes SEI Director Jennifer Goupil. Otherwise known as the Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE 7 has become a "consensus standard" and updates are made "within a six-year cycle by a diverse and dedicated committee of volunteers under highly structured, well-established rules that encourage wide participation by all stakeholders," Goupil noted.
Dr. Michael Kalnoski has been appointed to serve as the first medical director at Atossa Genetics. Kalnoski will be responsible for all of the operations of Atossa's National Reference Laboratory for Breast Health and will report directly to CEO Steven Quay.