Archive for November 14th, 2013

Structural engineer Michael Skoller traces his career choice to “pure luck.” And as luck would have it, he’s stuck with the profession for almost 37 years. In a recent interview, he reflected on his decades in the field — from engineering the largest residential house in Texas to procuring new projects at National Structural Engineering Inc., a Houston-based firm.
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Since the economic crash had its roots in the housing market, all industries serving that sector were negatively affected. The asphalt industry was no exception. However, there are signs that a recovery is on the horizon for producers of asphalt and manufacturers of associated equipment.  Read more


ID-100152569Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is designed to help coal plants and other installations reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere by isolating the CO2 before it goes up the smokestack, pressurizing it, then injecting it into the ground. It’s an unproven technology on a large scale, expensive, and as some analysts say, necessary to help coal-fired power plants comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stringent rules on carbon emissions.

Further fueling the debate on CCS is research that shows the process CCS could cause earthquakes.

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