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Pipeline Construction Project Isn't Boring

Pipeline Construction Project Isn't Boring How did construction managers for the new Sempra Energy facility manage to tap into an existing gas pipeline junction located across 36 miles of rugged southern Louisiana terra firma and two major waterways? In a daring, if not epic move, heavy construction crews commandeered an island which was accessible by barge only. The island became the unique staging area for tons of horizontal drilling equipment, excavators, cranes, and generators that had to be ferried up the Intra-coastal Waterway. Equipment inventories not only included a record 42 in. bore, it also put into action "one of the largest HDD rigs in the world."

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Introducing Bobcat® M-Series Loaders
Bobcat Company

Introducing Bobcat® M-Series Loaders Introducing Bobcat® M-Series Loaders — the best just got better. M-Series skid-steer loaders and compact track loaders deliver exceptional on-the-job performance, more comfort, increased visibility, and unmatched reliability. Get more digging power and pushing force with minimal ground disturbance to tackle tough jobs in tight spaces. More product information from Bobcat.com.

The Clear Choice in Sound Diffusion
Acoustics First Corporation

The Clear Choice in Sound Diffusion As "The Clear Choice in Sound Diffusion™", The Transfusor is a diffuser that passes light and can be used as a cover for a standard 2 ft x 2 ft light fixture, grid mounted, placed in front of windows or skylights, or mounted directly to a surface to reduce both acoustical and visual glare.

New Laser Line from Sokkia Corporation

Sokkia Corporation

New Laser Line from Sokkia Corporation Now available with the industry's best L1 RTK performance, the rugged GSR1700 CSX can tackle your next survey project — whether it is static, kinematic, or RTK work. GPS, GLONASS, and SBAS satellite tracking allows initialization in seconds while Bluetooth® wireless connections and an integrated antenna allow for convenient, cable-free surveying. Learn more.

CITY MULTI® VRFZ Systems Help Earn LEED® Certification
Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics — HVAC Advanced Products Div.

CITY MULTI® VRFZ Systems Help Earn LEED® Certification  CITY MULTI air-conditioning and heating systems can reduce building energy usage and earn points in the LEED for new construction's Energy & Atmosphere section. Lossnay® ERV, when used in conjunction with CITY MULTI systems, can earn credits in the Indoor Environmental Quality section. Contact Mitsubishi Electric HVAC for additional information.

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Using DWG? Save Thousands of Dollars!
ProgeSOFT North America

Using DWG? Save Thousands of Dollars! progeCAD 2009 Professional is built from the ground up to satisfy those who work with DWG Drawings. progeCAD has a familiar interface and little or no learning curve for experienced designers. Look forward to utilizing the same menus and commands, AutoLISP, 3D Solids, Mesh Surfaces, import and printing of PDF files, with no need to convert, all for 1/10th the price of the other well-known DWG CAD.

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Raving Over Roofing

Raving Over Roofing If you're pining the newest trends in commercial and industrial roofing tech, proceed no further. From the proper way to plant a green roof to coating applications to "Best Practice" heat reducing materials, Building Design+Construction has you covered with this comprehensive collection of articles, courses, and tips for roof construction and repair.

Pouring on the Paving

Pouring on the Paving Porous paving development has surged ahead by leaps and bounds over the past few years, thanks to the global green movement. While dozens of commercial grade, green-friendly porous paving systems are available to the engineer and general contractor, many of them differ in consistency, durability, and "finish textures." How to know which system works best for your projects? Read on.

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Crawling at Light Speed

Crawling at Light Speed Think the bulldozer is a lumbering earth moving concept that can't possibly be improved upon? New engineering advances in bulldozer tech are revolutionizing the way heavy construction contractors are going about their site work. From fuel-efficient agile crawlers, to rubber-track units that can reach 18 MPH, to machines that decrease "lever effort by as much as 90%," these crawlers are making contractors feel the earth move.

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location GPS devices don't pound caissons or set heavy steel, but they will provide you with a solid global location. A recent survey of commercial contractors showed that GPS devices are one of the most sought after construction tools — especially systems that offer "TPS, for complex surveying, layout, and even… estimating." But which GPS unit best suits your heavy construction needs? Locate your answer here.

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Pass-Through Chambers Prevent Cross Contamination
Terra Universal, Inc.

Pass-Through Chambers Prevent Cross Contamination Terra Universal Pass-Throughs allow convenient, contamination-free transfer of materials into a cleanroom or laboratory. Chambers are available in steel and many static-dissipative and chemical-resistant plastics. BioSafe™ pass-throughs incorporate coved corners and ultra-smooth 304/316 stainless steel surfaces to simplify sterilization in aseptic applications. More on Terra...

Modular Building Storage Solution

U.S. Chemical Storage

Modular Building Storage Solution Modular Hazardous Materials Storage Buildings are utilized when an owner/end-user requests a larger square-footage unit to be placed in a small footprint site area, where multiple stand alone buildings are not a reasonable alternative. There may also be savings where redundant heating, cooling, and electrical packages are not furnished for multiple buildings.

Innovative OffSite Fabricated Electrical Systems
PCX Corporation

Innovative OffSite Fabricated Electrical Systems Complete Electrical Room in minutes! The current economic environment requires fresh ideas to maximize profitability. PCX's Innovative Offsite Fabricated Solutions provide dramatic improvement in construction processes and overall cost utilizing 3D modeling and Integrated Project Delivery Strategies. PCX utilizes a fast, flexible, and responsive approach to solving site specific applications.

Be Connected — Online Seminar Series

Bentley Systems, Inc.

Be Connected — Online Seminar Series Why register for Bentley's Be Connected?

• Keep up with the latest trends in infrastructure.
• Interact with infrastructure thought leaders in live Q & A sessions.
• Best practices and product updates.

Also, watch live or OnDemand; earn free Bentley Learning Units. Find seminars now!

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Linoleum and Lay Ups

Linoleum and Lay Ups Creating the ultimate playing surface for the globe's basketball teams isn't as simple as installing any old wood floor. Commercial grade sports flooring has become a science in itself, as precise and tested as the gifted athletes who tread upon it. Newly engineered flooring designed for "reduced budgets" is available not only in traditional wood, but also linoleum and PVC. Quick assembly systems make them "easy to lay."

Tantalizing Tilt-ups

Tantalizing Tilt-ups Used to be architects could count on the tilt-up exterior wall panel coming in one color only: your basic concrete gray. But all that's changed now that decorative tilt-up panels have become a popular commercial structural wall system of choice. Once they've been installed in a "face-up" position, the concrete systems can be treated with integral colors, textured to reveal custom shapes, or even finished off with a thin "mock" brick.

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China Grows "Up"

China Grows 'Up' How have China's sustainable, vertical urban cities become a showcase for both high-rise design and green commercial construction? In this series of videos, one to five minutes each, leading design specialists dish out the true building scoop on everything from China's sustainable master planning and urban concept, to how the country is successfully employing building design for sun orientation.

Evidence-based Design Exposed

Evidence-based Design Exposed If you're an architect or contractor who believes that green health care design and maintenance practices can have a "positive effect on patient outcome and worker productivity," then you're onto something big. As this Podcast explains, recent studies show that when evidence-based design and green construction practices combine to create a sustainable hospital environment, both patients and staff reap the natural healthy benefits. That's the kind of design strategy that keeps a hospital in the green.

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It's Easy Being Green with Nichiha
Nichiha USA, Inc.

It's Easy Being Green with Nichiha Sourcing green building products that contribute to LEEDs and have low installed cost without compromising on appearance has been solved with Nichiha fiber cement panels. Uncompromising quality and performance combined with the design flexibility of over 30 brick, stone, block, and shake textures and you embody integrated value.

DC-Com Electric Chain Hoist
Demag Cranes & Components

DC-Com Electric Chain Hoist Get two speeds for the price of one on a standard duty hoist! The DC-Com features a height adjustable ergonomically designed pushbutton without the need for field rewiring and excess cable stores within the hoist. Quick disconnect connectors are standard for power and control. Standard upper and lower limit switches. Learn more.

General Industries Fireguard® Tanks
General Industries

General Industries Fireguard® Tanks  General Industries' Fireguard® tanks are UL-2085, UL-142®, and F-941 labeled and designed for storing flammable and combustible liquids. Manufactured as horizontal or vertical, the tank can be cylindrical or rectangular, using carbon or stainless steel. Tank capacities up to 50,000 gallons are available in single or multi-compartments.

Integrated Hydraulic Circuit Manifolds
Continental Hydraulics

Integrated Hydraulic Circuit Manifolds Integrated hydraulic circuits are especially useful in mobile and off-highway applications such as lift truck, lumber harvesters, agricultural implements, and aircraft ground support vehicles. They are also useful in conveyor equipment, machine tools, and machine feeder/extractor applications.

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Builders Bonding Big

Builders Bonding Big CONSTRUCT2009 just might qualify as the single most comprehensive commercial building and design event to take place in 2009. Developed in collaboration with the 53rd CSI Annual Convention, this event is said to be the "key hub" for architects, engineers, contractors, specifiers, commercial developers, senior facility managers, and more who survive and thrive on project management. Scheduled for July 16-19 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, CONSTRUCT2009 is the one can't miss networking and "relationship building" event of the year.

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Asadov's Architectural Aquatic Adventure

Asadov's Architectural Aquatic Adventure Until recent years, Russia was infamous for its monolithic urban architecture. Over the past two decades however, the bland concrete construction has given way to some of the most architecturally innovative high-rise designs to be found anywhere on the globe. Nothing typifies the new Russian architectural desire "to go where no man has gone before" like Alexander Asadov's Aerohotel. The space-station-like structure will "perch" on rigid spokes embedded into the sea or lake floor, while its roof will be outfitted with an airstrip.

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About This Month's Topic The Green Hospital: Design Evolution or Common Sense?

The Green and Sustainable Healthcare facility is all the rage. But isn't it just plain common sense to construct hospitals that are both healthy for the patient and the environment? Are we in danger of shifting our focus from effective and efficient healing facilities to green architectural masterpieces?

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