The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and the International Code Council (ICC) are publishing the third edition of Inspection and Testing of Concrete Masonry Construction. Updated to reference both the 2003 and 2006 editions of the ICC’s International Building Code (IBC), the manual provides an in-depth look at masonry inspections with the use of photos, graphics, and checklists. It also includes new placement and testing information on self-consolidating grout, and provisions for continuous and periodic special inspections.
Masdar has chosen Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to design its headquarters in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste city fully powered by renewable energy. The headquarters will be the world’s first large-scale, mixed-use "positive energy" building, producing more energy than it consumes.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the release of ACI 318-08, "Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary" and offers a summary of the incorporated changes. ACI 318 contains the latest code requirements for concrete building design and construction alongside the corresponding commentary, and includes several improvements and changes from the 2005 edition.
Below is a Q&A discussion with Phil Bernstein, vice president, Industry Strategy and Relations, Autodesk AEC Solutions.
Q: At the 2007 Greenbuild conference, you unveiled a prototype of a new sustainable analysis tool. What exactly is the sustainability analysis dashboard?
A: The sustainability analysis dashboard is the first result of Autodesk’s collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council. It’s an assertion about how the future of digital design in the sustainable world might look.
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 Best Firms To Work For rankings. Civil engineering, structural engineering, environmental service, and architecture firms have opportunity to participate in the newly expanded program hosted by ZweigWhite’s CE News, Structural Engineer, and Environmental Business Journal. The application deadline is April 4, 2008. Details are available at www.bestfirmsummit.com.
The seventh annual conference is to be held May 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency at Union Station in St. Louis.
Team members created the visually striking and environmentally friendly roof assembly recently constructed atop the new California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park.
Autodesk, Inc., has completed the acquisition of Robobat for approximately $42.5 million subject to a working capital adjustment.
By 2030 the U.S. population is expected to reach 363.5 million persons. Supplying the needed housing, buildings, and roads will lead to a 43-percent growth in U.S. cement consumption by that year.