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Industry News Roundup: January 6

Industry News Roundup: January 6

This week's news stories:

1. Civil engineers have a lot to be proud of in 2011, like the Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, the world's longest cross-sea bridge, pictured here. Other huge accomplishments such as the tallest building, tallest green building, largest indoor arena, and the furthest leaning manmade tower made 2011 an unforgettable year for construction and engineering. Read the story on Crazy Engineers: http://bit.ly/wMWFs9

2. 2012 NASCC will be here before you know it. Check out the schedule, then look up sessions specifically categorized for engineers, detailers, fabricators, and erectors. On the NASCC website: http://bit.ly/wx8mKC

3. Lean and integrated project delivery improve construction. "He said Lean changes the way you look at work. Instead of looking at each trade as individual pieces of work that you try to assemble together, it should be viewed as an assembly line to produce a construction project." Daily Commercial News and Construction Record has the full story: http://bit.ly/zn8Psi

4. "Megatall" buildings - over 600 meters in height - are on the rise. "Now, with work set to start on-site in January 2012 for Jeddah’s 1,000+ meter Kingdom Tower (see Figure 2), we can expect that in a mere two decades (2000–2020) the height of the 'World’s Tallest Building' will have more than doubled." Full story by Structural Engineer: http://bit.ly/yPc6Uh