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8/22/2017

The use of drones in the construction industry is in the early stages, but one report says that market will grow to 126,000 in use by 2020. Some companies use drones for topographical mapping, and experts says they could become fully autonomous in the future and be part of daily operations at job sites.

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Electronics360
8/22/2017

Changing weather patterns and hundreds of dams blocking sediment flows are putting two-thirds of California's beaches at risk of disappearing by the end of the century, the US Geological Survey's Patrick Barnard predicts in a study. The danger to seaside structures is already evident.

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Patrick Barnard
8/22/2017

Developer Triple Five is moving forward with plans to complete the American Dream, a massive entertainment and shopping complex, including an indoor water park, in New Jersey, after it secured construction financing for the long-delayed project. About 600 construction workers are on-site, and the company expects that number will reach about 3,000 in 2018.

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8/22/2017

Maryland and the US Department of Transportation have reached a deal to provide $900 million in federal funds for construction of the 16-mile Purple Line, which has faced several delays. The Trump administration could use a public-private partnership for the project as an example, but a lawsuit is still pending against the light-rail line.

8/22/2017

President Donald Trump has touted the need to improve the country's infrastructure, but his administration has been slow to put forward a concrete proposal. Daniel Rothberg cites ASCE's Infrastructure Report Card as he looks at the many different sectors that need investments, including energy, transportation and water.

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Las Vegas Sun
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8/22/2017

Heat can become trapped in urban settings, a phenomenon knows as heat island effect, and Los Angeles and other cities are looking for ways to reduce it. CoolSeal, a gray pavement coating designed to reflect the sun, has shown in a pilot project that it can reduce temperatures by as much as 10 degrees.

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Los Angles, CoolSeal
8/22/2017

Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., proposes to modify the tax code to allow corporations with money overseas to "repatriate" it back to the US, where taxes on it would be part of an infrastructure-spending plan. Delaney says he wants to start a repatriation conversation since the Trump administration has not submitted a formal infrastructure-funding proposal to Congress.

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The Hill
8/22/2017

Software is crucial in the advance of personalized medicine because offers cautions about drug interactions, forecasts outcomes and more. Josiah Allen, director of medical affairs with OneOme, explores the subject in an ASME video.

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ASME
8/22/2017

A mixed-use development is planned on 190 acres in South Whitehall Township in Pennsylvania, and city planners hope revamped zoning laws will move the approval process forward. The project includes apartments, single-family homes, commercial space, a clubhouse and community plaza.

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8/22/2017

Dodge Data & Analytics reported that construction starts increased 6% in July, led by a double-digit increase in the nonbuilding construction sector. However, dips in other areas put total starts for the first seven months of the year 1% behind the same period last year.

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