News + Features within the Civil and Structural Engineering world

FHWA offers grants to spur innovation

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking applications and will award multiple grants in support of its Highways for LIFE Technology Partnerships Program. The program anticipates as many as 12 awards at the $200,000 funding level and three awards at the $500,000 funding level.

SMPS calls for 2007 Marketing Communications Awards entries

The Society for Marketing Professional Services is accepting entries for its 2007 Marketing Communications Awards (MCA) competition. The MCA recognize excellence in marketing communications by professional services firms in the design and building industry.

Call Before You Dig gets national phone number

The Common Ground Alliance launched a new national 811 "Call Before You Dig" website designed to serve as a national resource for professional excavators and to educate industry audiences about the new 811 Call Before You Dig telephone number.

Proposals sought for grants to study, restore, and protect watersheds

The California Department of Water Resources, Division of Planning and Local
Assistance, released its 2007 Proposal Solicitation Package seeking projects to share $10 million in CALFED grants. The money comes from the sale of $3.4 billion in bonds approved by voters as Proposition 50 in November 2002. The projects can range from evaluating the condition of California watersheds to implementing local watershed projects.

More information about the Proposal Solicitation Package is available online at

Reasearch proposals sought for groundwater protection

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for research that would provide biosolids managers and facility owners and operators with the information needed to protect groundwater resources in the vicinity of biosolids land application sites.

Dallas hosts high-performance concrete symposium

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) is sponsoring the 2007 Concrete Technology Forum: Focus on High-Performance Concrete, scheduled for May 22-24, 2007, at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel. The forum will bring researchers and practitioners together to discuss the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools, and solutions for high-performance concrete.

Adobe seeks PDF for Engineering international standard

Adobe Systems, Inc., announced in late January that it intends to release the full Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, for the purpose of publication by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

DOT announces semi-finalists in Corridors of the Future program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) advanced plans in early February to reduce traffic tie-ups on several of the nation’s busiest highways by releasing a short list of interstate corridors under the Corridors of the Future program. According to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters, the Corridors of the Future effort is a progressive approach that includes transportation planning across state lines in ways that reduce congestion and preserve the efficient flow of goods and commerce.

The DOT is advancing 14 of 38 proposals located on the following eight major transportation corridors: