Structures + Buildings

News and announcements about specific structures and buildings, and related structural engineering news.

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Registration open for DFI 42nd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations

Registration is open for the DFI 42nd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, October 24-27, 2017, at the New Orleans Marriott in Louisiana. The conference will feature technical presentations focusing on deep foundations and ground improvement, and associated risks and mitigation practices.

Nonresidential spending falters slightly to end 2016

Nonresidential construction spending slipped 0.7 percent in the final month of 2016, but increased 4.6 percent over the previous year, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

Nonresidential fixed investment expands 2.4 percent in Q4 2016

The improved performance of the U.S. economy during last year’s third quarter gave way to a weaker period of growth in the fourth, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

AEC TECH NEWS: Autodesk leads project to digitally preserve ancient city of Volterra

Autodesk, Case Technologies, and the Volterra-Detroit Foundation led a two-week project to 3D scan key historical and archaeological sites in the ancient city of Volterra in Italy. An international team of architects, engineers, historians and students used innovative technologies including drones, photogrammetry, and laser scanning reality capture techniques, together with Autodesk ReCap 360 software, to digitally record the city’s buildings, roads and artefacts.

Gift to UMass Amherst expands training and research for building design and fabrication

A significant in-kind gift from Trimble will expand the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s leadership in training and research in 3D building design, digital fabrication and the sustainable built environment.

Bridge-In-A-Backpack spinoff company signs agreement with international firm

Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (AIT), a University of Maine spinoff company, has signed an exclusive distribution and marketing agreement for North America with Terre Armee Group/Reinforced Earth Company (TA/RECo). This formative agreement will help grow adoption of UMaine’s patented composite arch bridge technology in North America, with the intent to expand into international markets.

Build America Bureau releases guide for financing highway P3 projects

The Build America Bureau, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Center for Innovative Finance Support, released a guide on Financing of Highway Public-Private Partnership Projects.

Penn State to host residential building conferences in 2018

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, is set to host two concurrent conferences Feb. 28 through March 1, 2018, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel: the fourth Residential Building Design & Construction Conference (RBDC) and the 26th Annual Housing & Land Development Conference (H&LD).

December U.S. residential construction statistics released

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced new residential construction statistics for December 2016.

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