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Skanska USA Building Inc. filed a claim after a glazing subcontractor defaulted on a U.S. Airforce project in Texas.
Appellate court's stay blocks EPA-Corps "waters of the U.S." regulation across the U.S.
NYU trustee donates $100M for engineering school.
Controversy dogs the Algonquin Incremental Market Project nearly six months after construction began.
Officials of both the buyer and seller are mum about the construction required to restore to full operation Exxon Mobil Corp.'s Torrance, Calif., oil refinery, which lost 80% of its capacity in a February 2015 explosion.
Public Works Goes High Tech
Congress' Sept. 30 approval of an additional $625 million to complete the bloated Veterans Affairs hospital project in Aurora, Colo., also came with a big stick: The VA must relinquish management-preferably to the Army Corps of Engineers-of all construction projects over $100 million.
Drones Used To Conduct Bridge Inspections in Minnesota
Equal parts transportation-planning compendium, autobiography and love letter to New York City, "Street Smart" (Perseus Books Group) lays out Sam Schwartz's vision for the future of multimodal and multinodal transportation systems.
A U.S. company working with the Central Japan Railway Co. envisions a magnetically levitated, or maglev, passenger route along the Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and New York City that will reduce travel time to an hour.
Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge
A new report provides recommendations for specific actions the water sector and local governments can take to reduce water pollution and address climate change through improving stormwater controls.
Using a free Web application from Steel Central LLC, structural-steel buyers and sellers can enter the electronic age of commerce and speed their transactions.
Portland's troubled Morrison Bridge, which spans the Willamette River, will receive its third deck in four years after Multnomah County engineers settled on an open-grid steel deck with a 2.5-in. layer of lightweight concrete to replace a faulty polymer decking system.
At ENR FutureTech Conference, innovators display a way to zoom in on an entire campus project on a tablet.
This week we look at a fall-protection harness from Capital Safety and a horizontal direction drill from Ditch Witch.
Oil company's agreement with federal and state agencies would provide at least $6 billion for environmental restoration projects over 15 years.
ENR 3rd Quarterly Cost Report: Open shop wages are the highest in decades, while unions take a longer view in bargaining; more NYC residential work is being built nonunion, such as this condo in Brooklyn.
Goal is an agreement on overall fiscal 2016 discretionary funding level.
Agreement requires global manufacturer to alter previous furnace modifications that emitted high levels of pollutants.
Bouchard leaves AECOM to be CDM Smith unit president
Industry adds 8,000 jobs, led by specialty trade contractors' gains, but heavy-civil sector sheds 2,200 positions.
Areas that fail to comply with new 70 ppb standard could have federal highway aid withheld.
Value of finished construction increases 0.7% month to month, but jumps 13.7% from year-earlier rate.
Spending bill runs only through Dec. 11; FAA measure extends through next March.
Melbourne rail extension would begin in 2018.
Study finds that modular constructoin, if properly executed, can be faster, safer and less costly than traditional construction.
OPIC guarantee will help finance $700-million, 100-mw project in Northern Cape province.
A group of my graduate students at Texas A&M University’s construction science dept. mapped the 100-year history of technological development relevant to the construction industry in the form of a Facebook timeline.
Offshore wind is quickly growing as demand for renewables and large-turbine technology progresses.
Facing soft demand in the mining sector and slow overall global sales, Caterpillar Inc. announced on Sept. 24 that it would be reducing its workforce by at least 4,000 to 5,000 employees, with total reductions of 10,000 possible through 2018.
Unit 6 comes online almost six months after it was synchronized to the national grid and three years after it initially was set to be operational
The agency proposed nearly $152,000 in fines for one firm, Associated Scaffolding Co.
Former CH2M exec, who steered the firm though an ethics debacle, stays on as adviser; deputy Neil Bruce, an industry operations veteran, takes over.
In theory, a Time Impact Analysis sounds like a simple and elegant approach but in practice it is something of a myth.
The controversial effort would expedite needed residential construction, say officials, who approved it without a bilateral agreement with China.
Plans include cap-and-trade system by 2017 and 50% boost in urban green buildings by 2020.
The Federal Highway Administration terminated the suspension of Garg Consulting Services from federally funded projects.
The system comprises the world’s largest array of free-flow, bi-directional turbines for commercial use, according to its developer
Brigham Young and Pittsburg State universities seek recognition that construction management is not just a subset of engineering but requires its own skills and knowledge.
Owners and contractors now are enmeshed in a $166-million, 25-count lawsuit over allegations of design and project management flaws.
Three landing site buildings are planned for Rwanda by 2020.
Major-project "dashboard" scope expanded and review handbook gets first update in 27 years.
This week we look at a Tier 4 Final excavator from Hitachi Construction Machinery and a concrete temperature monitoring kit from Pile Dynamics.
The U.K. government has invited Chinese firms to bid for up to $18 billion of work on the planned London to Birmingham high-speed railroad.
The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) has reached a settlement with the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out $1.5 billion in infrastructure improvements and resolve allegations of Clean Water Act violations.
Kinder wants to expand the 1,150- kilometer existing pipeline, originally completed in 1953, by looping it from a site near Edmonton, Alberta, to Burnaby.
Tte distribution market is healthy and growing, led by automation and other smart-grid investments.
A $5.5-billion mass transit program in Denver regained momentum thanks to ramped-up collaboration.
Announcements at Viewpoint conference include new products.
New Zealand's buoyant construction economy is not only drawing home Kiwis from Australia but also attracting Australians who are coping with their country's struggling resource economy or coming from softening North American energy and mining markets.
Nearly a decade before the Brooklyn Bridge opened for business, tunnelers successfully bored 25,081 ft, or roughly five miles, through the Hoosac Mountain in western Massachusetts.
Founder of the nonprofit that created the world's most stringent program for the certification of green buildings, is leaving his post as CEO of the International Living Future Institute to practice architecture.
New Framework Sheds Light On Direct Potable Reuse in US
Pipeline contractor pushes the limits of relatively new Direct Pipe technology for a 4,038-ft trenchless installation.
Brownfield Work in Emerging Markets Brings Higher Risks
Study finds U.S. contractors are not always judged the culprit, but design-build does not help them prevail.
DOE Issues Definition for Net-Zero Energy Buildings
Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge
U.S. Judge Ends Bahamian Resort Bankruptcy Claim
Nearly five years late and with about $50 million in cost overruns, the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center opened in Silver Spring, Md., a Washington, D.C., suburb, on Sept. 20.
Contractors need to keep an eye out for new opportunities within a shifting energy market.
The rebranding is the firm's first in two decades.
Updated DOT forecast shows highway account will dip below $4-billion minimum cushion in November.
Residential, nonresidential and nonbuilding projects all posted month-to-month declines, Dodge Data & Analytics said.
A consultant who predicted tunnel trouble on Seattle's SR-99 project explores the reasons and predicts how it will end.
Liebherr finds that the boom should have been lowered to the ground preventatively to avoid the tilting of the crawler crane.
Northleaf Capital Partners hires from Macquarie and Carillion to expand its infrastructure investments.
Do Turner Construction’s problems with Santa Clara County’s hospital expansion reflect risks associated with combination “design-build” and “design-assist” services?
Last year's 874 deaths were up 6% but the industry's fatality rate edged down to 9.5 per 100,000 workers
Program includes improvements to wastewater treatment and sludge treatment infrastructure.
Two projects split $3 million to demonstrate the viability of tall wood buildings.
This week we look at 3D grade controls for Bobcat loaders from Trimble and a high-capacity scraper from K-Tec.
Business Cycles and Fixed Costs By Thomas C. Schleifer, PhD
San Francisco Tower To Use Elevators for Fire Evacuations
Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge
OSHA and local agencies are probing injuries to six workers in a steel framing collapse in Smithfield, R.I. and a worker death in Taunton, Mass.
Agency will distribute about $25 million to eight projects aimed at reducing the cost of carbon dioxide capture technologies.
A federal-state probe determined that newly driven piles on an interstate bridge pierced a below-soil sandy layer with groundwater under pressure to cause settling.
Navigating a crowded underground utility space through a dense Silicon Valley neighborhood, a design-build team is using a number of alternative technical concepts on a $2.3-billion Berryessa VTA/Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) extension
On Aug. 22, the Herrenknect tunnel-boring machine completed its work, excavating the 3.3- kilometer-long underwater section of the Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul.
Construction Momentum Index Gains.
Smart vehicles, stupid infrastructure—that’s a phrase often invoked by Ted Zoli, national bridge chief engineer for HNTB, when he talks about the advent of connected vehicles that communicate with each other.
A 32-acre, $6.5-million mini-city at the University of Michigan looks like a film set, with building facades that mask empty interiors or surround vacant lots. But the infrastructure in the ghost town is technologically advanced, with sensors and cameras attached to traffic signals that communicate with the cars on the street.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) will open a 200-mile stretch of Interstate 70, from Kansas City to St. Louis, to private industry for use as a “laboratory” for construction of future generations of highways.
When disaster strikes down transportation infrastructure, the public demands to know how engineers could have missed the vulnerability. With today’s technology, it’s getting harder to excuse any oversights.
Temporary extensions are expected for government-wide funding and aviation measures.
Uwe Krueger, CEO of UK-based design firm Atkins, told attendees that the industry is "ripe for technology disruptors."
Corps's VA-requested report says "transformative change" is needed in how VA builds major projects.
Some argue that the spill reflects a larger problem with wastewater from mines.
Urban Design, Paul Doherty, The Digit Group, Green Dragon Lake District, China, Smart Cities
A new mobile application for iOS devices allows users to pin site plans to their location on Earth by integrating with Apple Maps. Then, they can take site photos and make annotations and markups on the plans.
Initial findings point to improper positioning of the crane prior to the storm.
A building superintendent turned professor used a bad experience placing concrete as the inspiration to develop a free, web-based application that tracks weather patterns and humidity levels to avoid cracking from plastic concrete shrinkage.
Leadership change to Carlos Jarque is made in wake of investor's enlarged stake; also-TDIndustries goes outside the lines to hire its new CFO
FHWA-AASHTO review of "real world" crash data finds certain guardrails have "performance limitations" in some kinds of accidents.
A survey of the overhead costs construction companies cut during the downturn could help anticipate needed cuts in the future.
Contractor uses novel system to jack sections of the mast of a 162-meter-tall observation tower in Brighton, U.K.
Researchers used a 3D printed, self-charging electric car with a natural gas generator and a 3D printed building to create a symbiotic energy relationship where the car's generator powers the car or the building when necessary.