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Crews found the underground, arched door while working on a new entrance at 15th and High Streets as they demolished Long’s Bookstore, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

📅   Tue August 22, 2017 – National Edition
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>Crews found the underground, arched door while working on a new entrance at 15th and High Streets as they demolished Long's Bookstore, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The door had been walled shut and seems to lead west beneath High Street and through OSU's campus.

>Crews found the underground, arched door while working on a new entrance at 15th and High Streets as they demolished Long’s Bookstore, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The door had been walled shut and seems to lead west beneath High Street and through OSU’s campus.


A construction project at Ohio State University revealed a doorway to what might be a secret Prohibition-era speakeasy.

Crews found the underground, arched door while working on a new entrance at 15th and High Streets as they demolished Long’s Bookstore, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The door had been walled shut and seems to lead west beneath High Street and through OSU’s campus.

Keith Myers, associate vice president of planning and real estate for OSU, said he had heard rumors about a speakeasy in the bookstore’s basement, but “I never believed it,” he said. “I called it urban legend. I figured it was one more story in the storied University District,” Columbus Monthly reported.

But if you’re curious about what may be hiding behind the door, you’ll just have to wait. According to Myers, “There will be no Geraldo-style reveal.” Crews won’t have the chance to open the door until sometime next year, Columbus Monthly reported. “We don’t have time now,” Myers said. “We backfilled it. We need that site for laydown space [to put construction materials and equipment for project].”

“It’s probably more fun to speculate than to know anyway,” Myers continued. “I’m pretty suspicious that what we’re going to find is a whole lot of dirt. But who knows? The doorway is there, no doubt about it, and its construction is old.” 

According to Basil Long, Jr., a relative of the Long Bookstore’s family, the tale of a speakeasy connected via underground tunnel to OSU is likely untrue, and said he had never heard of a speakeasy located in the basement of the 108-year-old-bookstore. “I’m not at all sure it was a tunnel,” Long said. “I think it led to a storeroom that housed old military manuals…It certainly wouldn’t surprise me, [to learn of the existence of a speakeasy], but I have no reason to believe it.”

The construction site is a $30 million project that includes improvements to a 150-room hotel, parking garage, office building with retail space, dining and a pedestrian-centric plaza.


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Heavy Construction News – Denver Airport Developing $1B Renovation Partnership :: Story ID: 34830 :: Construction Equipment Guide

 

📅   Wed June 21, 2017 – West Edition #13

 

A more than $1 billion partnership with Ferrovial Airports would renovate the Denver International Airport terminal.
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A more than $1 billion partnership with Ferrovial Airports would renovate the Denver International Airport terminal.
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DENVER (AP) A more than $1 billion partnership with a Spanish firm over three decades would renovate the Denver International Airport terminal by moving the security screening area and tripling the amount of space for shops and restaurants.

The project also would consolidate ticket counters, which become less necessary as more people check in online and use automated ticketing kiosks.

The airport would work with Madrid-based Ferrovial Airports on the four-year renovation project, airport officials told the Denver Post .

Ferrovial would then operate expanded concessions in the terminal over three decades.

Work could begin next summer. Airport CEO Kim Day has said she wants the renovations to include attractions such as a zipline or climbing wall in airport’s new main-level atrium.

The renovation also would feature Colorado-appropriate design features, such as wood paneling.

The airport and Ferrovial continue to negotiate how they will split costs.

The complex private-public partnership, in which a contractor not only rebuilds the terminal but operates part of it, would be the city’s largest such deal. Combining several projects into one and having the same team oversee the work offers advantages, Day said.

“Imagine if we had to do all of this, incrementally, through our normal process — and we’re disrupting passengers and airlines five or six times over the next 15 or 20 years in that terminal,” Day said. “This gets it done in an integrated way.”

The airport designed to accommodate 50 million passengers a year opened 22 years ago. Traffic last year topped 58 million.

The terminal project will be designed for 80 million passengers a year, Day said.

The proposed contract could be heard by a Denver City Council committee in July and approved in August, airport officials said.

For more information, visit denverpost.com.

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Sea-Level Rise LogoAfter Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood experienced extreme foot-deep “sunny-day flooding” because of a king tide, city engineer Bruce Mowry and public-works director Eric Carpenter realized the city’s injection-well drainage system didn’t work.

The king tide triggered an aha moment for Mowry and Carpenter.

“We finally realized that the injection wells are overwhelmed when the tides are high because the pressure from the tide is pushing back on the well, and you can’t inject water above a certain psi, a certain head elevation, because you don’t want to destabilize the subsurface,” Carpenter says.

Environmental regulators liked the natural filtering system inherent in the 80- to 100-ft-deep injection wells, which didn’t require any pretreatment, according to city officials. But because there was no room for the water in the barrier island’s porous, coarse limestone during high tides, the water simply came back up.

Fairly quickly, the city began looking at the concept of treating stormwater and then releasing it into Biscayne Bay. It was a more costly solution, but one that would work.

Miami Beach is now on a mission to construct around the city about 70 pump stations to pretreat stormwater runoff before discharging it into Biscayne Bay. To date, about 30 pump stations are operational. At the same time, Mowry and Carpenter began looking at elevating some of the city’s most flooded roads.

The city’s first major project, in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood, involved raising what was considered the lowest road in Miami Beach, ultimately elevating it roughly 2.5 ft.


FLORIDA Miami Beach is forecast to experience a sea-level rise of between 0.7 ft and 1.4 ft by 2040.


Waiving the city’s standard procurement process and using instead  emergency-directive contracts using design-build delivery, Miami Beach hired Bergeron Land Development, a contractor already mobilized on a DOT contract near Sunset Harbour.

Importantly, says Mowry, much of the design around the existing retail development evolved as a result of input from the local business owners. By building a retaining wall around the development’s northern boundary and transforming what had previously been street parking, contractors and engineers effectively created an outdoor space that local restaurants can use for their patrons, an added value for those businesses.

Further, Miami Beach is raising a road and installing new stormwater and sewer drainage on the A1A state highway. The $25-million Indian Creek Drive/SR A1A Flooding Mitigation project also will establish a linear greenway on the west side of A1A, running along the Intracoastal Waterway, that will serve as a barrier wall for the city. The structure will allow water to flow into and out of its soil structure, effectively acting like an earthen dam, says Mowry.

At roughly 25% completion in early July, Mowry hopes the contractor, David Mancini & Sons, can complete the project in time for this year’s king tide in October. The city is leading oversight of the Florida Dept. of Transportation-funded project.

Overall, the city’s program of raising roads and other infrastructure to the elevated specifications and converting to a new stormwater drainage system should buy Miami Beach from 30 to 50 years, if current sea-level-rise projections are correct.

If those projections are wrong, that’s another story.

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📅   Mon June 05, 2017 – National Edition

 

J&J mounted its first stainless steel tanker on a 7-axle chassis that is designed to meet bridge laws Ohio.

J&J mounted its first stainless steel tanker on a 7-axle chassis that is designed to meet bridge laws Ohio.

 

J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, a manufacturer of dump bodies, trailers, and oil and gas equipment, announced the completion of a new stainless steel pressure vacuum tank (PVT). The 130 BBL tank (5,460 gal. capacity) was mounted on a Peterbilt chassis and will be used by an energy company to transport fresh water, treated water, and/or production water for the oil and gas industry.

“The stainless steel configuration allows customers to choose an alloy that is corrosion resistant, stronger and one that provides a longer lasting alternative,” said Jason Cornell, sales manager at J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers.

J&J tankers can be built in various configurations with capacities ranging from 80 to135 BBL (3,360 to 6,000 gal.) and are outfitted with one-piece aluminum hose trays, anti-surge interior baffles, top and rear manways, and plug and play vacuum pumps. Some popular options include J&J Armor Coat along the full length of the tank, tool boxes and onboard scales.

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Heavy Construction News – James G. Murphy Sale Breaks Records in Kenmore, Wash

 

📅   Wed June 21, 2017 – West Edition #13

 

Jeff Storey stands proudly after winning the bid on this 3,000 gal. watertruck/fire tender.

Jeff Storey stands proudly after winning the bid on this 3,000 gal. watertruck/fire tender.

On June 10, the James G. Murphy Company had a record-setting day at its auction site in Kenmore, Wash. This auction had something for everybody. The weather was great and the crowd was amazing.

The auction featured 18 dump trucks; 19 pup trailers; four Vactor trucks; and a 2008, 600-hp Peterbilt heavy haul truck.

Other notable machines for sale were eight excavators, including a Hitachi ZX450LC and a Hitachi ZX200-3; four John Deere 424H wheel loaders; two Komatsu D65PX-15 dozers; 13 classic John Deere tractors; 12 boats; and a massive assortment of equipment.

More than 200 vehicles, hand tools, power tools and other items also were available for auction.

The next sale will be on Aug. 5 at 9 a.m. in Kenmore, Wash.

For more information, visit murphyauction.com.

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Heavy Construction News – Construction Groups Split on Extending OSHA’s Crane Safety Deadline – #Construction #News

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The issue comes to a head today, June 20, when OSHA officials break their five months of public silence about crane policy and ask a panel of construction and safety experts.

📅   Wed June 21, 2017 – National Edition
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More than six years after OSHA’s construction crane rule was issued in late 2010, the agency is again asking if delay of the certification mandate should continue.

This time, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is thinking of postponing enforcement for one year, making Nov. 10, 2018, the new deadline.

The issue comes to a head June 20, when OSHA officials break their five months of public silence about crane policy and ask a panel of construction and safety experts—the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health—if the deadline should be extended.

The 12-month delay would give the agency time to complete work on an updated rule (RIN:1218-AC96) and determine how the rulemaking would fit into the Trump administration mandate limiting new regulations.

In the meantime, OSHA would continue to expect employers to ensure crane operators are trained and competent.

James Headley, chief executive officer of the Crane Institute of America Certification, in advance comments to the committee, recommended against the delay.

“Now another extension is being sought when in reality we have a perfectly good operator certification requirement in place and have had since 2010,” Headley said.

A group backing the delay, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), told the committee in a written presentation that it “reluctantly” supports the extension because of OSHA’s need for more time.

Graham Brent, the organization’s chief executive officer, urged OSHA to issue a final rule before the 2018 deadline.

Type and Capacity?

At the heart of the delay debate is the question on how much testing is needed for certification and if OSHA should also decide if an operator is qualified.

While most construction contractors, crane rental companies and union operators back the certification mandate, support isn’t unanimous for what certification tests should cover.

Under the current rule (29 C.F.R. 1926 Subpart CC), OSHA expects operators to be certified according to the type of crane and the crane’s lifting capacity. Many industry members want OSHA to drop the capacity mandate.

For example under the current rule, an operator certified to run a mobile hydraulic crane would also need to be certified for the weight load. An operator certified to lift loads of five tons or less couldn’t handle a heavier load.

Many industry representatives have told OSHA they want the lifting capacity mandate dropped because testing workers on different capacity cranes would tie up the expensive machines for testing, instead of performing construction work.

Certification vs. Qualification

Also unresolved is OSHA’s qualification mandate.

The rule (29 C.F.R. 1926.1427) states, “An operator will be deemed qualified to operate a particular piece of equipment if the operator is certified.”

Company representatives have told the agency that employers should decide whether their operators are qualified, which could include factors such as experience and leadership—factors that aren’t measured for certification.

In December 2016, OSHA officials said they were nearly ready to release a proposed rule explaining the agency’s positions. However, before the proposed rule could be published, Donald Trump took office and OSHA has remained without politically appointed leadership since.

The June 20 meeting is scheduled because federal law requires OSHA to seek the recommendation of the advisory committee on any proposal to change OSHA construction regulations. While the committee’s approval isn’t required before issuing a rule, objections to portions of rules frequently result in revisions.

The meeting, starting at 1 p.m., will be a teleconference with the public able to listen in. Several interest groups have asked for time to make presentations.

(Source: Bloomberg BMA https://www.bna.com/construction-groups-split-n73014453536/)

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Jeff Martin Auctioneers Hosts Its Largest Public Auction – Heavy Construction News

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📅 Fri May 19, 2017 – Southeast Edition #11

 

Jude (L) and Joey from Gulfport, Miss., stand with a 2008 Komatsu PC130-8 hydraulic excavator.

Jeff Martin Auctioneers Inc. held its largest public auction to date on May 5 to 6, for a huge two-day late spring public auction held in Brooklyn, Miss. The next two-day public auction in Brooklyn, Miss., will be Aug. 11 to 12.

This public auction was held for multiple local counties and contractors who recently decided to liquidate excess equipment inventory due to job completion. There were a total of 1,500-plus items in all four rings. A total of 1,300 participated in live and online bidding; from 41 different states and six different countries.

Highlights from the auction included five 2017 Mack Granite GU713 TRI/A dump trucks, six 2013 John Deere 9560R articulated pull tractors, a 2010 Caterpillar 336DL hydraulic excavator, a 2013 John Deere 2112E ejector pull scraper and a 2011 John Deere 724K wheel loader.

Jeff Martin Auctioneers’ next offsite auction will be the Permian Basin Absolute Public Auction held in Stanton, Texas, June 21. This auction will feature heavy equipment, heavy trucks and heavy trailers.

For more information, visit jeffmartinauctioneers.com.

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Dairy farmers are busy with routines such as cleaning cowsheds, milking, and feeding, so it’s very difficult to determine the condition of cows. If this continues, they will remain too busy to ensure the quantity and quality of milk and dairy products. A group of researchers led by Professor YAGI Yasushi at the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, together with Professor NAKADA Ken at Rakuno Gakuen University, developed a technique for monitoring health of dairy cattle with high frequency and accuracy in the farmers’ stead by using a camera and AI with the aim of realizing a smart cowhouse.

Hoof health is an important aspect of proper dairy cattle care. Injuries and illnesses of hooves, called ‘lameness’, if left untreated, will lead not only to declining quantity and quality of dairy products, but also to life-threatening disease. Thus, its early detection is very important. Indicators for lameness are manifested in back arch and gait patterns of cows. Methods for finding lameness by detecting back arch had been studied; however, that method was effective in detecting moderate to severe lameness.

This group established a method for the early detection of lameness from cow gait images with an accuracy of 99% or higher by using their own human gait analysis technique. Specifically, this group waterproofed and dustproofed Microsoft Kinect, a camera-based sensor capable of measuring distance to an object, and set it in a cowshed at Rakuno Gakuen University. Based on the large number of cow gait images taken by this sensor, this group characterized cow gaits, detecting cows with lameness through machine learning.

“Our achievements will mark the start of techniques for monitoring cows using AI-powered image analysis,” says Professor Yagi. “This will contribute largely to realizing a smart cowhouse interlocked with an automatic milking machine and feeding robot, both of which have already been introduced to some dairy farms, as well as wearable sensors attached to cows under study.” He continues, saying, “By finely adjusting the amount of expressed milk and the amount of feed as well as by showing farmers cow conditions in detail through automatic analysis of cow conditions, we can realize a new era of dairy farming in which farmers can focus entirely on health management of their cows and delivering high-quality dairy products.”

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Heavy Construction News – Prostheses with controlled degradation rate — ScienceDaily – #Construction #News

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Since magnesium alloys are degradable, they could provide an alternative to the metals traditionally used as prostheses, connecting parts to heal bones or as stents for cardiovascular problems. A study by the UPV/EHU Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao has succeeded in making progress on one of the weak points of the new material: its degradation rate has been adjusted by applying a calcium phosphate coating to the surface by means of electrodeposition, and the thickness of the layer has been accurately adjusted.

Bimetals have long been used in medicine, mainly in prostheses, but also in connecting parts to heal bones or in stents used to solve cardiovascular problems, among other things. The metals most used traditionally — stainless steel and titanium alloys — offer advantages, such as their resistance to corrosion in the physiological environment, but also drawbacks, such as the reduction in bone density close to the prosthesis, which leads to a loss of bone resistance. Furthermore, on many occasions additional surgery has to be performed to remove the material once it has fulfilled its function.

To solve these problems, many pieces of research are being conducted on other materials, such as the group comprising magnesium and its alloys. “What makes this material particularly attractive is its capacity to dissolve in the physiological environment, in other words, it would gradually dissolve until, once its mission has been completed, it is expelled from the body naturally via the urine,” explained Nuria Monasterio, author of the study carried out at the UPV/EHU Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao. This would obviate the need for patients to undergo further surgery. Another strong point in the new material is that it prevents the loss of localized bone density caused by other more resistant materials. “As it is also a material in plentiful supply in Earth’s crust, the cost of the raw material is reasonable, even though the processing of it requires certain precautions that raise the cost of manufacturing the alloys. So its final cost would be halfway between those of stainless steel and titanium alloys.”

However, this metal also poses challenges since “its dissolution rate is higher than the desired one. It dissolves before it has fulfilled its function; so the challenge is to extend its life so that in some way it can be adjusted to fit the application,” confirmed Monasterio.

Calcium phosphate coating

There are various techniques to try to extend the life of magnesium alloys; this research by the UPV/EHU has opted to coat the material with calcium phosphate, although “the function of the calcium phosphate is not just to extend the life of the magnesium itself. It is also about the human body tolerating it better and increasing the rate of generation of the adjacent tissue, a dual function that involves extending the life of the material and achieving better integration. One has to bear in mind, firstly, that it is the main component of bones and, secondly, it has been shown to encourage the growth of the surrounding tissue,” she pointed out.

Electrodeposition was used to get the calcium phosphate layer to adhere to the surface of the metal. “What we were after was to get a uniform coating that would not become detached; we also wanted to be able to vary its thickness effectively. To do this, a range of electrical variables were explored so that the thicknesses could be adapted in line with what was required by specific applications.” And the result turned out to be more than satisfactory: “besides validating the method used, it has been possible to accurately regulate the quality and thickness of the layer,” stressed Nuria Monasterio.

The UPV/EHU researcher mentioned various challenges with the future in mind. “We have managed to fine-tune the electrolytic system so we are now aiming to try it out on other bimetals. We are also working on manufacturing magnesium alloys of compositions that do not pose any risk, because the magnesium alloy used in this research contains aluminium, a metal that is a health hazard.”

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WIFIA Program Gets 43 Requests, Seeking $6B in Loans | Heavy Construction News

Local water agencies got good news when Congress added $10 million to the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan program in the recently enacted omnibus spending bill. The funding boost in the bill, which President Trump signed May 5, gives WIFIA a total of $30 million in direct fiscal 2017 funding. That could help finance $2 billion to $5 billion in infrastructure projects.

The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages WIFIA, said on May 2 it had received 43 letters of interest in the loan program. EPA said the original $20 million would parlay into $1 billion in loans and other credit assistance. Because WIFIA aid can account for only up to 49% of a project’s cost, the 51% in non-WIFIA funding should bring projects’ total to $2 billion. The spending bill’s increase could raise the total even higher. The 43 applications requested more than $6 billion in WIFIA assistance.

EPA expects to complete an initial review by early July. WIFIA aid can be used for a wide range of projects, including drinking water, wastewater treatment and desalination.

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Heavy Construction News – Photo traps reveal animal diversity, cats included — ScienceDaily – #Construction #News

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If you’ve been on the Internet lately, you’ve probably seen a cat selfie. Now, a Field Museum expedition to the Peruvian Amazon has elevated the animal selfie phenomenon to a whole new level. Earlier this year, a team of 25 scientists trekked to the unexplored reaches of Medio Putumayo-Algodón, Peru and spent 17 days conducting a rapid biological and social inventory of the area. As part of their efforts to document the region’s biodiversity, the team set up 14 motion-activated camera traps and used a drone to capture aerial footage of the rainforest. The results are amazing.

The camera traps revealed remarkable biodiversity in the area, showing animals like ocelots, giant armadillos, currassows, giant anteaters, tapirs, peccaries, and pacas up close and personal in their native habitat. Meanwhile, the aerial drone footage helped paint a picture of the overall landscape, sharing a never-before-seen look at the vast forest, which is only accessible by helicopter.

“No scientists have ever explored this area, let alone document it with cameras and drones,” explains Jon Markel, The Field Museum’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist.

“These images are the first time this remote wilderness and the species that call it home are being recorded for science.”

During the inventory, biologists encountered an astonishing amount of wildlife, recording 1,820 plant, fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal species, including 19 species believed to be new to science. The team documented the largest number of frogs and snakes of any Field Museum rapid inventory, discovered large peat deposits, and found clay licks that provide salt essential to the health of local wildlife.

The social team worked with the nine indigenous groups living in the region to understand their use of the landscape and their aspirations for the future. They have a clear vision of wanting to protect these lands. However, the area is under threat from illegal mining and logging, as well as a proposed road.

“You can’t argue for the protection of an area without knowing what is there,” said Corine Vriesendorp, Director of The Field Museum’s rapid inventory program. “We discovered an intact forest inhabited by indigenous people for centuries and teeming with wildlife. We want it to survive and thrive long after our cameras are gone.”

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