Dedicated to bursting the perception that civil engineers are shy, introverted types, ASCE Plot Points proves they have a lot to say! This week, learn why technology can't replace your job, it will help your creative juices flow. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. Listen to ASCE Plot Points Episode 4.
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Commissioners in Cook County, Ill., voted to repeal an ordinance passed in October that would have cut the sales tax charged to mobile parking app reservations from the county's standard 6% rate to 1.75%, starting in January. "Taxes need to be both fair and uniform," says Commissioner Larry Suffredin, noting the October ordinance created "a very strange pattern which is neither fair nor uniform."
When it comes to AI and data science, 80% of the success depends on clean data. Hear from Josey Parks of J. Wales Enterprises why it's so important to understand your business and apply data science to it. Read more.
Every business should have a process in place for employees to tailor proposals depending on audience type, writes Nancy Duarte. Mid-level managers need details, senior executives want the bottom line right away, peers respond to commonly-shared verbiage and a company-wide proposal should emotionally connect employees with the outcome, she writes.
Construction has started on a hub at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, for Amazon's cargo shipping business, and the company expects to start flights next year. The move could help Amazon fill a vital shipping void left by its competitors.
After over 100 meetings between Miami Beach, Fla., residents and developer Crescent Heights, the City Commission has agreed to allow development of a 519-foot luxury condo tower, 15,000 square feet of retail space and a 3-acre public park across three lots.
Construction of Fulcrum BioEnergy's $600 million waste-to-energy facility in Gary, Ind., is scheduled to begin in 2020 and could create 900 construction jobs. Once online, the plant could process 700,000 tons of waste per year.
Jargon can easily get in the way and compromise some of the collaborative advantages when applying lean construction methods with a subcontractor, writes Cade Keyes. To avoid the problem, opt for clear, buzzword-free language and take the time to set up solid channels of communication with your subcontractors.
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