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December 2011

MONORAILEX 2011

Viable means for accelerating construction of monorail guideways will be available within the next few years.

The International Monorail Association held its first U.S. conference on 14 to 16 December 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Founded in 2009, the association’s mission is to organize the global monorail sector, promote the application of monorail, publish information, and establish performance standards for monorail for public mass transport infrastructure.

BergerABAM project manager, Brian Garrett, presented a session at the MONORAILEX 2011 conference on elevated guideway and facility design for advanced transit systems. Since joining BergerABAM in 1982, Brian has focused primarily on transit projects.

What is RSS?

Screenshot illustrating how to add an RSS feed to Microsoft Outlook.

What is RSS? RSS, Really Simple Syndication, is a technology that allows web users, like you, to keep track of your favorite websites. Before RSS feeds, you would ‘bookmark’ websites in your browser and manually return to them on a regular basis to see what had been added. By subscribing to an RSS feed, you can receive updates from your favorite web sites whenever new content is published.

New Design Guidelines for Precast Concrete Parking Garages

Catrina Walter marks cracks on the back of a slender spandrel beam following completion of one of several tests.

When driving to any urban city, a typical concern is where to park your car when you get there. Fortunately, many options abound in the form of precast concrete parking garages. Built solely for the purpose of automobile parking, these multi-level structures present many factors that must be considered by the engineer responsible for their design, such as safety, efficiency, and the economic aspect during construction. To keep up with the rapid growth of urban areas, engineers must also seek ways to improve the design process through simplification so that parking garages can be built with greater speed and efficiency, but with consistent accuracy and quality.