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10/18/2018

Over the next decade, American Airlines will spend $1.6 billion to renovate its terminals at Los Angeles International Airport. The project, which broke ground Oct. 17, will entail upgrading check-in facilities at Terminal 5, connecting terminals on both sides of the building and combining the baggage claim and check-in areas.

10/18/2018

You already know that ASCE enhances your civil engineering career, but how can you sway colleagues who aren't members to join? A free eLearning webinar today will give you pointers. Don't miss Get Members, Keep Members & Grow Membership, today at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Register now!

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10/18/2018

Low-bid contracts still dominate, but the best-value procurement approach is gaining rapidly. How can you win a BV contract based on cost- and qualifications-based criteria? A paper in ASCE's Journal of Construction Engineering and Management analyzes 162 RFPs to learn what was most effective. Read the results free for a limited time in the ASCE Library.

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10/18/2018

Toll roads in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia have shown resilience as an asset over the past decade, states Fitch Ratings' report "Toll Roads -- 10 Years in Infrastructure." Urbanization and the dependence on commuter traffic gave toll roads stability amid economic downturns, although challenges remain in accurately forecasting traffic volumes, writes Cherian George of Fitch.

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10/18/2018

A National League of Cities report states that more than half of the biggest US cities are addressing autonomous vehicles in their long-term transportation planning, compared with less than 10% doing so three years ago. The report recommends that cities starting autonomous-vehicle pilot projects specify goals and metrics before working with private-sector partners, academics and others.

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10/18/2018

The Harry S. Truman carrier strike group wound up a brief stay in Virginia last month and soon will join the largest NATO exercise in two decades. The shortened deployment cycle for the group reflects the Navy's concerted emphasis on agility and unpredictability.

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10/18/2018

Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology are leading a study of corrosion-resistant coatings on the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Canberra. "If the coating can double the length of time a ship can be at sea or available to be deployed, before it needs to be docked and cleaned, it could save costs and also increase operational readiness," said government researcher Richard Piola.

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Naval Technology
10/18/2018

South Carolina's Folly Beach City Council is expected to follow up next month with beach preservation plans after a development moratorium imposed in June. Proposals would keep construction off the beach, and ordinances would address a range of issues, including lots, septic tanks, dune protection, seawalls and marshes.

10/18/2018

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has set up a 24-hour live stream of the $1.8 billion stadium under construction for the NFL's Raiders. "We can think of no better way to provide readers with updates than to give everyone a real-time view of the work that's taking place off Interstate 15," Executive Editor Glenn Cook said.

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10/18/2018

Woodbury Corp. revealed its $300 million plan for the former Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, Kan. The project includes 200,000 square feet of office space; 300 apartments; 250,000 square feet of space for entertainment, retail and restaurants; two hotels; and a 4,000-seat multipurpose arena that the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association can use.