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Engineering News Record (ENR)

2014 Surety Section (6/30/2014)

2014 Special Advertising Section (2/17/2014) - The complete Insurance, Surety & Risk Management section from the Feb. 17 issue of ENR may be viewed at

2013 Surety Supplement (7/2/2013)

2012 Surety Supplement (6/24/2012)

2011 Surety Market Report (6/27/2011)

ENR News Feed:

Linked Amec Foster Wheeler Now is $8 Billion Oil and Gas Sector PlayerOpen in a New Window

UK-based megafirm realigins executives as it views new global potential


EPA Proposes to Tighten Smog StandardOpen in a New Window

Proposal to cut ground-level ozone limit to 65 or 70 ppb, from 75, draws environmentalists' praise and industry criticism.


Data-Centric Configuration ManagementOpen in a New Window

Even as other process industries realize significant benefits when they move from primarily document-centric asset management systems to data-centric systems, the nuclear power industry has yet to make the change. At least one study suggests it is time to do so.


Pedestrian Bridge Collapses, Fatally, Followed by AnotherOpen in a New Window

Teams of forensic engineers are investigating two separate bridge collapses at the same Raleigh community-college construction project.


Twitter Chat on Updated Formwork Manual Hosts 25,000 UsersOpen in a New Window

Formwork for Concrete has new chapters on formed concrete surface quality, bridge formwork and shoring and floor loads in multistory structures.


Gehry's Planned 305-Meter Toronto Tower On Course to Become Canada's TallestOpen in a New Window

Tower’s twists and folds, reminiscent of the New York by Gehry high-rise, are helping with wind design.


Big Building Plans Ahead in NashvilleOpen in a New Window

Nashville's downtown is moving to the beat of cranes, drills, concrete mixers and some demolition explosives as offices, hotels and residences go up in what will be a record-breaking year for construction in the city.


Ford F-150 Ups Economy Bar for Full-Size PickupsOpen in a New Window

Latest Ford F-150 is now the most efficient full-size gasoline pickup.


Construction Week: Market Momentum Picks Up; Feds To Auction More Offshore Wind AcreageOpen in a New Window

Feds increase acreage for offshore wind development.


Let's Discuss the Real Issues in ImmigrationOpen in a New Window

Obama’s executive order was the least desirable way of moving forward but may help lead to discussion of important subjects, such as mandatory national use of E-Verify.


Devices Leverage Smartphones And Text Messaging to Create New Tools With Potential for ConstructionOpen in a New Window

ENR digs through this fall’s new gadget lineup looking for items that might serve the needs of the industry.


Online Options Abound for Electronic File SharingOpen in a New Window

The advent of high-bandwidth electronic data transfers and cloud storage has made the process a secure, point-and-click process.


At Bauma China, Machine Producers Suffer From Excess InventoryOpen in a New Window

Chinese companies are now feeling the effects of a slower economy that has left them with excess manufacturing capacity and large numbers of unsold machines.


Collaboration Technology for Construction Sees Rapid ImprovementsOpen in a New Window

Tools supporting collaborative decision making are changing rapidly, but the businness processes they support still need work.


Water-Mapping Tool May Lead to More Informed Design DecisionsOpen in a New Window

Divining LA is a prototype software tool to model stormwater runoff to a fine level of detail.


Gigabit Internet Projects Have Fiber Contractors All Fired UpOpen in a New Window

Dozens of projects worth billions of dollars have created an unprecedented period of gigabit network construction across the United States and Canada.


Product Snapshot: All-Terrain Crane and Angle GrindersOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a crane from Terex and angle grinders from DeWalt.


Komatsu Bringing Intelligent Excavators to North AmericaOpen in a New Window

Sensing that the heavy equipment market is ready to move from machine guidance into full machine control, Rolling Meadows, Ill.-based Komatsu America has introduced the PC210LCi-10, the first intelligent hydraulic excavator in North America.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Engineers, Contractors Benefit From U.S. Oil and Gas BoomOpen in a New Window

Thousands of construction projects, from drilling site access roads to pipelines to LNG export terminals, will keeps the sectors bust for years to come.


NJDEP Erred in Landfill Seizure, Appeals Court RulesOpen in a New Window

The agency did not secure judicial or authority nor test for contaminants before seizing the project, the court found.


Officials Urge EPA to Revise Renewable Fuel RegulationsOpen in a New Window

Request comes after EPA pulls current proposal.


Award of Merit: Residential/HospitalityOpen in a New Window

Viktoria Apartments


Award of Merit: Small Project (Under $10 Million)Open in a New Window

ANB Harbor Float Replacement


Award of Merit: Small Project (Under $10 Million)Open in a New Window

Washington State University Brelsford Visitor Center


Meet the JuryOpen in a New Window

Meet ENR Northwest’s 2014 Best Projects Judges


Pulse: NorthwestOpen in a New Window

Project news from McGraw Hill Construction’s Dodge.


Award of Merit: Small Project (Under $10 Million)Open in a New Window

ANB Harbor Float Replacement


Award of Merit: Residential/HospitalityOpen in a New Window

Pine + Minor Apartments


Best Energy/IndustrialOpen in a New Window

Lower Baker Unit 4 Powerhouse Project


Best Green ProjectOpen in a New Window

Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station


Best Airports/TransitOpen in a New Window

Sea-Tac Airport Centralized Preconditioned Air Project


Award of Merit: Highways/BridgesOpen in a New Window

Ebey Slough Bridge Replacement


Award of Merit: Health CareOpen in a New Window

UHS Fairfax Hospital


Best Health CareOpen in a New Window

St. Anthony Hospital Pendleton


Award of Merit: Specialty ContractingOpen in a New Window

Tsunami Dock Removal


Best Specialty ContractingOpen in a New Window

TERRA Northwest (TNW) Phase 2 & 3


Award of Merit: Residential/HospitalityOpen in a New Window

Viktoria Apartments


Award of Merit: K-12 EducationOpen in a New Window

Forest Grove High School


Award of Merit: Office/Retail/Mixed-Use DevelopmentsOpen in a New Window

Stadium Place


Best Water/EnvironmentOpen in a New Window

Bull Run Dam 2 Towers Improvements Project


Best Sports/EntertainmentOpen in a New Window

Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, University of Oregon


Award of Merit: Small Project (Under $10 Million)Open in a New Window

Washington State University Brelsford Visitor Center


Award of Merit: SafetyOpen in a New Window

Resident Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown/Pearl District


Team Enters Unfamiliar Territory to Replace SpanOpen in a New Window

When Hamilton Construction was asked by the Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) to be the general contractor on the Interstate-5 Willamette River Bridge replacement project, the firm knew it was going to be a big job. But it didn't realize just how big.


Heavy Industry Drives Region's Best WorkOpen in a New Window

Using criteria that include how well project teams worked together, the judges selected 19 winners spanning a variety of categories.


Construction Groups Say Obama Immigration Directive Will Slow Search for Legislative FixOpen in a New Window

Executive order would provide millions with protection for being deported, but with conditions, and only for three years at a time.


States' Total Capital Spending Rose 2% in Fiscal 2014Open in a New Window

State budget officers' report shows upturns for transportation, environmental categories, but cutback in higher education.


Young Talent and Unconventional WisdomOpen in a New Window

Industry practitioner-academic says construction generations must share knowledge and skills.


Satellite Soil-Moisture Data Release Precedes NASA LaunchOpen in a New Window

NASA's new satellite will join the European Space Agency's Sentinel-1 satellite to map soil moisture levels.


Senate Blocks Keystone Pipeline PlanOpen in a New Window

Pro-Keystone lawmakers vow to bring the bill up again during the next Congress.


Owners and Contractors Debate Labor Shortage Remedies At Texas SummitOpen in a New Window

Owners' group CURT will release its new targeted labor supply tool in December and an updated workforce risk mitigation white paper next February.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


G-20 Launches Infrastructure Initiative and 'Hub'Open in a New Window

Hub organization, to be based in Sydney, is to coordinate and facilitate the infrastructure program.


A Contractor's Death and a Surety's Error Tangle Two ClaimsOpen in a New Window

A surety sues a contractor who had died and an appeals court tells another surety that it can't wiggle out of a claim because of its own online-system error.


Volvo Shifts Motor Grader and Backhoe Loader Production to SDLGOpen in a New Window

Volvo shifts production of motor graders and backhoes to SDLG in China.


To Cope With a Complex World, Broker Defines the New Risk ProOpen in a New Window

Risk professionals and brokers, the Willis chief executive said, must assess operational risks in P3s, supply chain and cyber theft, as well as new carriers and underwriters entering the market.


Egypt Launches Suez Canal Expansion ProjectOpen in a New Window

Now in the early stages of construction, the expansion project is estimated to cost $4 billion and has an optimistic target of one year to complete.


PBGC Says Multi-Employer Pension Aid Program Faces Record DeficitOpen in a New Window

Pension agency report comes weeks before legislative provisions to help ailing plans are set to expire.


Combined Design-Builder WSP-PB Announces New Executive StructureOpen in a New Window

Jacobs Engineering CEO Craig Martin will step down for health reasons, company says; search is on for permanent successor.


Link-Belt Gives Crane Owners Telematics DataOpen in a New Window

Crane owners are gradually seeing the benefits of telematics for managing what is a capital intensive and risky business.


Japan Vies for $10.5B Indian High-Speed-Rail ProjectOpen in a New Window

Japan rail companies are planning to compete in the emerging high-speed-rail market in India.


Superfund Contractor Will Repay EPA Linked to Employee Fraud SchemeOpen in a New Window

Sevenson signs $2.7-million pact to cover activities of convicted former manager it claims it was unaware of.


Concerns Raised Over More Chinese Dams on River Shared With IndiaOpen in a New Window

India will launch a probe of flash flood risks now faced on the Brahmaputra River, also known a the Tsangpo in China.


Israeli Team Set To Build Billion-Dollar Private Port in HaifaOpen in a New Window

Chinese competitor, already building another new Israeli port, could not be awarded the new job.


Bridge Projects Abound Throughout African ContinentOpen in a New Window

International firms enjoying a bounty of bridge work in Africa.


Jerusalem Complex Will Be One of Israel's Largest-Ever Commercial DevelopmentsOpen in a New Window

Long gestating multi-billion-dollar project at the city's western edge has won government approval.


Construction Leads South Africa's Job Growth, Says Latest ReportOpen in a New Window

Sector's employment gain helped push slight reduction in country's overall joblessness in the third quarter.


Essar Steel of India Secures Funding To Complete Minnesota Iron-Ore PlantOpen in a New Window

Tangled financing stopped work at the processing plant, touted as a boon to the depressed Mesabi Range when worked started in 2008.


FHWA Will Re-Test Highway Guardrail System Suspected In DeathsOpen in a New Window

Agency will determine by early 2015 if product is still eligible for federal aid reimbursement.


Dream Projects: Feasibility Rankings and Meet the JudgesOpen in a New Window

The projects we profile in this special section all stretch the limits of what is possible.


A 'Significant Change Order' for Design SoftwareOpen in a New Window

Bentley Systems' CTO explains why software for design and construction has to keep pace with the evolution of the internet, cloud and powerful hardware.


Geo-engineering Has Fans and Foes as a Last-Resort Solution for Climate ChangeOpen in a New Window

Science fiction or last-resort solution for climate change?


JBKnowledge Tech Survey: More Field-Data Investments, But Stuck on ExcelOpen in a New Window

Construction firms are squeezing out a little more cash on technology investments, but many still cling to the use of spreadsheets for project management, a new survey says.


Construction Plans Get Under Way After Voters Okay Most Large Bond IssuesOpen in a New Window

Parched California will get a $7.5-billion water refreshment, but a $600M rail initiative in Austin, Texas and several big school funding measures in other states failed to pass.


?Construction Eyes Key Measures in Congress' Lame-Duck SessionOpen in a New Window

Construction is pushing for action on spending, pension, insurance and defense bills before the end of December.


Construction Week: $1.4B Fulton Center Opens in Lower Manhattan; Industry Jobless Rate DropsOpen in a New Window

The $1.4-billion Fulton Center opens in lower Manhattan and the industry's jobless rate drops to the lowest level in seven years.


2015 Forecast: Recovery Turns From Tentative to SolidOpen in a New Window

Dodge forecasts a 9% increase in construction starts next year.


US, China Set New Goals for CO2 Emissions CutsOpen in a New Window

U.S. part of the plan faces fierce opposition from congressional Republicans, who gained more clout in Nov. 4 elections.


From the Minds of Science-Fiction Authors to the Desks of Design Firms: Sci-Fi ProjectsOpen in a New Window

These five projects spring from the minds of sci-fi authors, but some might become reality in the near future.


Software Computes Pedestrian Wind Comfort in Urban SpacesOpen in a New Window

A computational fluid dynamics software accounts for climate and wind flow through cityscapes.


Dream Projects: Strait of Messina Bridge Comes Closest in 2,000 YearsOpen in a New Window

Effort to build world record length bridge between Sicily and mainland Italy has stopped.


Dream Projects: Nicaragua Canal Faces Huge CostsOpen in a New Window

Hong Kong-based developer HKND Group is proposing to build an interoceanic canal across Nicaragua.


Dream Projects: Lunar-Base Construction is Next Step to Exploit SpaceOpen in a New Window

NASA plans to build a lunar base within a decade.


Dream Projects: Mega-Pyramid Solves Urban CongestionOpen in a New Window

Proposed mega pyramid would house 250,000 residents.


Dream Projects: Poseidon Resort Would Succeed By Sinking Under SeaOpen in a New Window

Construction of world's first underwater hotel planned.


Super Boom Shootout: 180-Foot Telescopic LiftsOpen in a New Window

ENR puts the world’s tallest telescopic boom lifts, the Genie SX-180 and JLG 1850SJ Ultra Boom, through a rodeo of tests.


Electronic Laser Meter Quickly Measures Difficult DistancesOpen in a New Window

The Hilti PD-E laser meter is designed for outdoor use and has a range of more than 650 feet.


SketchUp 2015 Offers More Integration With Trimble's PortfolioOpen in a New Window

SketchUp 2015 premiers at Trimble Dimensions.


Notions of Sustainability Should Include the Word's Full MeaningOpen in a New Window

People told a former Army Corps of Engineers commander that sustainability was a slogan destined for oblivion, but he says ‘Nuts!’ to that argument.


Project Failures Often Pre-Ordained by Shortchanging Scoping PhasesOpen in a New Window

Megaproject analyst Ed Merrow urges constructors to proceed with care when undertaking projects founded on poor definition and planning.


Dream Projects Test New RealitiesOpen in a New Window

Owners and engineers push the envelope on technology and scale, but what are the impacts?


Firms Cope with Headwinds As They Aim for Better in 2015Open in a New Window

E&C companies improved results in Q3, but face project charges and some staff cutbacks.


Dream Projects: Giant Clean-Air 'Bubbles' Would Create Urban HavensOpen in a New Window

Proposed bubble-like structures containing environmentally controlled air would offer urban havens in polluted cities.


Dream Projects: City-on-Treads Goes Wherever It WantsOpen in a New Window

Very Large Structure would be a self-contained city, equipped with treads to enable it to move to new locations.


Dream Projects: Bering Strait Tunnel Possible With 'Existing Technology'Open in a New Window

Proposed Bering Strait Tunnel would link Asia to North America.


Dream Projects: Hyperloop's Creator Stands By the PhysicsOpen in a New Window

Hyperloop concept for low-pressure tube mass transit system proposed by Elon Musk.


Macquarie, CCCC Form JV With Brazilian BankOpen in a New Window

New corporation eyes a potentially lucrative Latin American infrastructure and energy market.


Dream Projects: Space Elevator as Alluring as a Ball Swung on a StringOpen in a New Window

space elevator will enable people and cargo to be transported to geostationary earth orbit far more efficiently and cheaply than rockets can


Engineers Welcome Designer-Friendly Structural Concrete StandardOpen in a New Window

American Concrete Institute publishes the first major overhaul of its structural concrete building code, ACI 318-14, since 1969


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