Industrial Leads for the Week of November 20, 2017


Aemetis Inc. is planning to construct a cellulosic ethanol plant in Riverbank.


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Construction News – Utility One Source Announces Several Initiatives


Utility One Source (UOS) recently announced several initiatives designed to bolster its service capabilities for its customers. The company expects these initiatives to enhance its “one-stop shop” convenience and more, including an expansion into Canada and the launch of several new Load King products….


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All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.

Construction News – Voters Approve Millions in Spending for City's Transportation Infrastructure


Denver voters have approved $431 million to fund transportation and infrastructure improvements, with $101 million slated for repaving the city's roads, replacing sidewalks and fixing gutters, ABC 7 reported. “For people in Denver, living in Denver, they will benefit from it, there's no question about it,” said Andrew Goetz, Denver University professor and transportation guru….


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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

SkillsUSA WorldTeam Earns Medallions of Excellence at International Competition for Young Skilled Workers


The SkillsUSA WorldTeam received four Medallions of Excellence in the WorldSkills Competition Oct. 14-19. SkillsUSA represents the United States and sent a team of 11 to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to compete in 10 skill categories during the 44th biennial event. Medallions of Excellence are awarded to competitors who earn 700 or more points from a maximum possible 800 points….


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Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

Case, Michigan Dealers Donate Equipment to Team Rubicon, Habitat for Humanity


Case Construction Equipment, RPM Machinery, Southeastern Equipment, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and Team Rubicon teamed up for a heavy equipment operator training and socio-economic improvement project — named Operation Fearless Mary — in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Mich….


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Groundwork to better understanding optical properties of glass — ScienceDaily

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Glass is everywhere. Whether someone is gazing out a window or scrolling through a smartphone, odds are that there is a layer of glass between them and whatever it is they’re looking at.

Despite being around for at least 5,000 years, there is still a lot that is unknown about this material, such as how certain glasses form and how they achieve certain properties. Better understanding of this could lead to innovations in technology, such as scratch-free coatings and glass with different mechanical properties.

Over the past few years, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have been looking at properties of stable glasses, closely packed forms of glasses which are produced by depositing molecules from a vapor phase onto a cold substrate.

“There have been a lot of questions,” said Zahra Fakhraai, an associate professor of chemistry in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, “about whether this is analogous of the same amorphous state of naturally aged glasses such as amber, which are formed by just cooling a liquid and aging it for many, many years.”

In order to answer these questions, Fahkraai and Ph.D. student Tianyi Liu collaborated with chemistry professor Patrick Walsh who designed and synthesized a new special molecule that is perfectly round with a spherical shape. According to Fakhraai, these unique molecules can never align themselves with any substrate as they are deposited. Because of this, the researchers expected the glasses to be amorphous and isotropic, meaning that their constituent particles, whether they are atoms, colloids or grains, are arranged in a way that has no overarching pattern or order.

Surprisingly, the researchers noticed that these stable glasses are birefringent, meaning the index of refraction of light is different in directions parallel and normal to the substrate, which wouldn’t be expected in a round material. Their results were published in Physical Review Letters.

With birefringence, light shined in one direction will break differently than light shined from a different direction. This effect is often harnessed in liquid crystal displays: changing the orientation of the material causes light to interact differently with it, producing optical effects. In most deposited glasses, this is a result of molecules aligning in a particular direction as they condensate from the vapor phase into a deep glassy state.

The birefringence patterns of the stable glasses were strange, Fakhraai said, as the researchers did not expect any orientation of these round molecules in the material.

After teaming up with physics professor James Kikkawa and Ph.D. student Annemarie Exarhos, who did photoluminescence experiments to look at the orientation of the molecules, and chemistry professor Joseph Subotnick, who helped with the simulations aimed at looking at the crystal structure and calculating the index of refraction of the crystal which allowed them to work out the math of the degree of birefringence or ordering in the amorphous state, the researchers confirmed their hunch that there was no orientation in the material.

Despite measuring zero order in the glass, the scientists still saw an amount of birefringence analogous to having up to 30 percent of the molecules perfectly ordered. Through their experiments, they found that this is due to the layer-by-layer nature of the deposition that allows molecules to pack more tightly in the direction normal to the surface during the deposition. The denser the glass, the higher the value of birefringence. This process can be controlled by changing the substrate temperature that controls the degree of densification.

“We were able to show that this is a unique kind of order that is emergent from the process,” Fakhraai said. “This is a new sort of packing that’s very unique because you don’t have any orientation, but you can still manipulate the molecular distances on average and still have a random but birefringent packing overall. And so this teaches us a lot about the process of how you can actually access these lower state phases but also provides a way of engineering optical properties without necessarily inducing an order or structure in the material.”

Since the stressors are distributed differently in and out of plane, these glasses could have different mechanical properties, which may be useful in coatings and technology. It may be possible to manipulate the orientation of a glass or its layering to give it certain properties, such as anti-scratch coatings.

“We expect that if we were to indent the glass surface with something,” Fakhraai said, “it would have different toughness versus indenting it on the side. This could change its fracture patterns or hardness or elastic properties. I think understanding how shape, orientation and packing could affect the mechanics of these coatings is one of the places where interesting applications could emerge.”

According to Fakhraai, one of the most exciting pieces of this research is the fundamental aspect of now being able to show that there can be amorphous phases that are high density. She hopes she and other researchers can apply their understanding from studying these systems to what would happen in highly aged glass.

“This tells us that we can actually make glasses that have packings that would be relevant to very well-aged glass,” Fakhraai said. “This opens up the possibility of better fundamentally understanding the process by which we can make stable glasses.”

This research was funded by National Science Foundation grants DMR-11-20901, DMR-1206270, CHE-1152488 and DMREF-1628407.


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Bridge Day 2017 to Honor 40th Birthday of New River Gorge Bridge


FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va. — Orange signs placed along U.S. Route 19 show detour instructions for Oct 21, signaling another Bridge Day is finally here. Bridge Day 2017 will be particularly special as the iconic structure celebrates its 40th anniversary. The first vehicles crossed on Oct. 22, 1977 after nearly three years of construction….


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Project to Cement Atlanta's Reputation as Tech Hub


In Atlanta, Ga., construction continues on a $375 million mixed-use project that will mesh research with commercialization. When it opens in 2019, Coda at Tech Square will provide 770,000 sq. ft., of office, retail and technological areas, positioning the city as a major tech hub. “Coda is a unique development, and is part of Portman's vision to advance Midtown Atlanta as a leading national location for technology and innovation,” said Hunter Richardson, executive vice president of development, Portman Holdings….


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University Marks Construction Milestone With Special Ceremony


Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) celebrated a construction milestone with a topping-out ceremony at the site of its new School of Allied Health Professionals building in Richmond, Va., Oct. 16. The ceremony recognized the placement of the $87.3 million building's highest beam, which was signed by VCU students and staff before being put into place by construction company Whiting Turner, Richmond BizSense reported….


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Battle Lines Drawn in Planned US Repeal of Clean-Power Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to roll back the Obama administration’s 2015 Clean Power Plan, meant to cut greenhouse-gas emissions 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. 


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Autodesk Folds Startup's Program Into BIM-CM Platform

Boston-area tech startup ManufactOn is partnering with Autodesk Inc. to integrate its prefabrication production, materials and supply-chain management software into Autodesk’s BIM 360 construction-management platform.


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