NAHB Research Center breaks ground on testing and research facility

Construction of the NAHB Research Center’s new, state-of-the-art product testing laboratory and market research facility held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 6 at its Upper Marlboro, Md. campus.

AMEC wins award for rockslide warning system

AMEC won a 2006 Canadian Consulting Engineers Award of Excellence for a project to warn the public of a rockslide at notorious Turtle Mountain in Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass.

Council votes to increase amount of education required for engineering licensure

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Delegates to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying’s voted to modify the NCEES Model Law requirements to include additional education for engineering licensure.

Deicing regulations challenge U.S. airports

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Regulations being developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will cover deicing activities at the nation’s airports. They are scheduled for proposal next year and for promulgation in 2009.

ASCE conference provides lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina

CHICAGO—A recent panel discussion explored the failure of the Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Protection System during and after Hurricane Katrina, and the results of the various organizations that have conducted related studies.

Trimble acquires Meridian Project Systems, Inc., and XYZ Solutions, Inc.

Trimble enhanced its Connected Construction Site strategy with the acquisition of Meridian Project Systems, developer of enterprise project management and lifecycle software, and XYZ Solutions, developer of 3-D software.

NTSB continues Boston tunnel investigation

BOSTON—The National Transportation Safety Board issued in early November an update on its investigation into the July ceiling collapse of the I-90 connector tunnel in Boston.

Panama plans canal expansion

PANAMA CITY, Panama—In a national referendum in late October, Panamanians voted overwhelmingly to expand the Panama Canal.

ASCE panel comments on levee performance report

On June 1, 2006, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force  (IPET) released the final draft of its report, Performance Evaluation of the New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Protection System. After conducting a comprehensive review of IPET's report, the American Society of Civil Engineers' External Review Panel now is providing to IPET a summary report of comments.

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