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Houston, We Have Big Problems

Three years ago this month, I joined a group of about a dozen volunteers on an emergency trip to Gulfport, MS. We were a couple weeks behind Hurricane Katrina and traveling with an 18-wheeler loaded with supplies. The devastation was still immense as we arrived. Now our eyes are fixed on Texas, Louisiana and the other states that bore the brunt of Hurricane Ike.
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No Time to Play Possum

There’s an unsettling thought tailgating the bumper of this week’s wild ride on Wall Street. The bad news isn’t over. Clearly, the housing and financial crises are not going to subside any time soon. For construction pros, business opportunities will be limited. But this is no time to play possum.
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"Global Trends Conference"

The Copper Development Association’s “2008 Global Market Trends Conference” was held in Chicago, Sept. 10-12, and focused mainly on green technologies and sustainable development. I attended several of the programs, and will take this opportunity to share some of the more memorable insights coming out of them.


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Celebrating Sept. 12"

September 11 was a somber day for me. From the moment I turned on my car radio in the morning until I went to sleep, words and images kept flooding my mind. All day long my thoughts returned to the events of September 11, 2001. I rarely look out my office window, but a flag flying at half-mast kept stealing my attention. I haven’t thought this much about 9-11 since the one-year anniversary.


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Casting Off Doubts [UPDATED W/AUDIO CLIPS]

Uncertainty going in…certainty coming out. That’s the shortest summary I can give of my view of cast iron as a “green” material following last Thursday's MEC Webinar by John Siegenthaler, P.E. (Siggy). His 60-plus-minute presentation, called Cast-Iron Boiler Technology: Past, Present, and Future, talked at length about why cast iron boilers can no longer be seen through “rust-colored” glasses.


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Serial Thief Remains at Large

Following an investigation that included 269 first-hand reports from victims, we’ve identified the thief who stole money from construction firms nationwide. His name: Residential Construction Decline, or RCD for short.
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The Return of The (MEC) Webinar

Forget football. Forget politics. Fall is Webinar season-and it’s back. That’s right. The Fall 2008 Modern Engineering Concepts Webinar Series kicks off next Thursday, Sept. 11, (1 pm ET) when yours truly gets to moderate an extremely interesting session...
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Adventures in Construction: Trends From The Trenches

"In just a few months we’ve gone from feast to famine… from too much business to 'where is the business?'…from fat and happy to hungry and stunned. " These words serve as the starting point of Tim Fausch's blog--which will appear weekly and address the issues causing you pain. He’ll use research and firsthand reports to quantify and understand the trends causing you grief...
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BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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The Juggling Act of Specifications

Learn how to "juggle" the different variables when speccing a project with tips from this webinar. Gain knowledge in how specifications work, how it's maintained, how it can be better, easier and simpler. 

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