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WTS International announces 2013 award winners
WASHINGTON, D.C. – WTS International, the association for the professional advancement of women in transportation, selected the winners of its annual recognition awards for 2013. Each of the five awards will be presented at an awards banquet on May 16 during the 2013 WTS Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

The recognition award winners are:

  • Woman of the Year – Beverley Swaim-Staley, president/CEO, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation
  • Member of the Year – Lupe Harriger, former senior transportation planner, Arizona Department of Transportation
  • Employer of the Year – HDR Engineering
  • Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award – Ann Richards School for Young Women
  • Innovative Transportation Solutions Award – Presidio Parkway Project


Geosynthetics Institute offers monthly webinars
FOLSOM, PA. – The Geosynthetics Institute (GSI) will host the following monthly webinars about the use of geosynthetics in mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls, landfills, and other applications:


  • June 12: MSE Wall Failure Data Base of 171 Cases
  • July 10: MSE Wall Back Drainage Design
  • Aug. 14: MSE Wall Remediation for Walls with Excessive Deformation
  • Sept. 11: MSE Wall Field Inspection Practices
  • Oct. 9: Geosynthetics in Hydraulic Applications
  • Nov. 13: Geosynthetics in Heap Leach Mining
  • Dec. 11: Geosynthetics in Agriculture


  • Jan. 8: Geosynthetics in Private Development Applications
  • Feb. 12: Landfill Failures
  • March 12: Landfill Bioreactors
  • April 9: Landfill Expansions
  • May 14: Landfill Final Covers

Details, additional information, and online registration are available at www.geosynthetic-institute.org/webinars.htm


AWWA champions WIFIA before Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In testimony before a U.S. House Congressional Appropriations Subcommittee, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) called for strengthening existing water infrastructure finance tools and advocated for creation of a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA).

AWWA is urging Congress to do the following:

  • keep the current tax-exempt status for municipal bonds;
  • eliminate the annual volume caps for private activity bonds for water infrastructure projects;
  • maintain funding for robust drinking water and wastewater state revolving loan fund programs; and
  • enact WIFIA to offer meaningful assistance to communities in a modern, cost-effective way at the lowest possible cost to federal taxpayers.

According to AWWA, WIFIA would lower the cost of local water infrastructure projects at little or no long-term cost to the federal taxpayer by borrowing U.S. Treasury funds to provide low-interest loans, loan guarantees, or other credit support to local communities. Loan repayments – with interest – and guarantee fees would flow back to WIFIA and into the treasury.

Congressional testimony highlighted AWWA’s 2012 "Buried No Longer: Confronting America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge" report (download at www.awwa.org/Portals/0/files/legreg/documents/BuriedNoLonger.pdf), which notes that restoring and expanding existing water systems as they reach the end of their usefulness would cost at least $1 trillion over 25 years.


CRSI offers technical note on stainless steel rebar
SCHAUMBURG, ILL. – The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) released a new Technical Note to its online collection: "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Stainless Steel Reinforcing Bars" (Engineering Technical Note ETN-M-2-12). Areas covered include basic material characteristics such as available alloys and material properties, engineering design issues such as guidelines and coupling, construction issues such as accessory availability and handling, and finish quality including surface contamination and pickling.

This publication is available as a free download from the CRSI webstore at www.crsi-webstore.org Shop for "Merchandise" and select the "Technical Notes" category.


ACI releases 2013 MCP
FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. – The American Concrete Institute (ACI) released its 2013 edition of the Manual of Concrete Practice (MCP). The MCP contains more than 220 documents needed to answer questions about code requirements, specifications, tolerances, concrete proportions, construction methods, evaluation of test results, and many more topics.

The MCP is available in a traditional hard copy version, which contains a set of six books and a separate index; a CD-ROM version; a USB drive version; or an online version. To order, call 248-848-3800 or visit www.concrete.org


ACEC selects award-winning projects
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) selected 146 National Recognition Award winners in its 47th annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA). Each award winner is also eligible for one of EEA’s top 24 awards – 16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards, and the "Grand Conceptor Award" for the year’s most outstanding overall engineering achievement.

All top award winners will be announced shortly before the April 23 EEA Gala, except the Grand Conceptor Award winner.