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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:

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-Builders WSP-PB and AMEC-Foster Wheeler Announce New Executive StructuresOpen in a New Window

Jacobs Engineering mames new consumer products sector exec as new CFO, while Balfour Beatty seeks a new one


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 ShootoutOpen 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


NYC's 'Gridlock Sam' Renews Push For Congestion Pricing PlanOpen in a New Window

Former NYC traffic commish wants toll reforms on area crossings.


Global Infrastructure is Focus of First US, China-Sponsored MeetingOpen in a New Window

American Society of Civil Engineers and Tianjin University convene experts on sustainable engineering and construction.


Council on Tall Buildings Putting a Bigger Emphasis on SustainabilityOpen in a New Window

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is focusing on the urban context and green-building issues


Dream Projects: Dynamic Tidal Power Dam Taps Causeway's HydraulicsOpen in a New Window

Massive dam with embedded turbines promises to convert tidal movements into energy.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge Data & Analytics.


Trimble Design-Build-Operate Suite Debuts at Las Vegas ConferenceOpen in a New Window

Following several major acquisitions, Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., unveiled a new cloud-based interoperability platform for its design, build and operation tools at its annual Dimensions conference in Las Vegas on November 3.


Urge Your Senator to Support Three Easy Steps to Help Small BusinessOpen in a New Window

Call or email your senator to support three measures prohibiting construction reverse auctions, helping small design firms compete for design-build contracts and putting an end to endless individual surety fraud.


Babcock & Wilcox Names Execs to Lead Units As Big Government Contractor Prepares to SplitOpen in a New Window

Heavy construction group, the Moles, and National Academy of Construction cite executives for industry leadership


Infrastructure Leads the Winning PackOpen in a New Window

Judges select 15 regional winners spanning a variety of categories.


Meet the JuryOpen in a New Window

Meet the Jury


GSRP Boosts Grid Reliability in NortheastOpen in a New Window

The region's best overall project overcame many challenges before shovels even hit the ground.


Best Safety & Award of Merit: Renovation/RestorationOpen in a New Window

E Ink Innovation Center


Award of Merit: Safety & Best Sports/EntertainmentOpen in a New Window

Cross Insurance Center


Award of Merit: Airports/TransitOpen in a New Window

Logan International Airport - Terminal B Improvements


Construction October Jobless Rate Drops, as Workforce Rises by 12,000Open in a New Window

Increase in jobs concentrated in specialty contractors, heavy-civil sectors, as buildings segment sheds positions.


Award of Merit: Cultural/WorshipOpen in a New Window

Wat Nawamintararachutis Thai Temple and Meditation Center (NMR)


Best Health CareOpen in a New Window

MaineGeneral Medical Center - Alford Center for Health


Best Higher Education/ResearchOpen in a New Window

Berklee College of Music Mixed-Use Project


Best Highways/BridgesOpen in a New Window

Checkered House Bridge Truss Widening


Award of Merit: Interiors/Tenant ImprovementsOpen in a New Window

Iron Mountain


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

South Shore Educational Collaborative


Best Office/Retail/Mixed-Use DevelopmentsOpen in a New Window

225 Binney Street


Best Water/EnvironmentOpen in a New Window

Alewife Stormwater Wetland Project


Award of Merit: Water/EnvironmentOpen in a New Window

Lower Beacon Street Sewer Separation


Pulse: New EnglandOpen in a New Window

Project news from McGraw Hill Construction’s Dodge


Dodge Forecasts 9% Rise in Construction Starts in 2015Open in a New Window

After steady growth in 2014, starts will gain next year from more work in residential, commercial and institutional sectors, says Dodge Data & Analytics.


After GOP's Election Wins, Construction Officials See Hope for Infrastructure BillsOpen in a New Window

Republicans take Senate control but majority isn't large enough to block filibusters or override vetoes.


Bentley Launches New Generation of Software LinesOpen in a New Window

Traditional CAD platforms are no longer, the company says, reflecting a shifting approach to building information management tools.


Boston Kicks Off Design Competition To Prepare for Rising TidesOpen in a New Window

In addition to the design competition, Mayor Walsh announces a regional climate-change summit for next spring


Expansion in Natural Gas Production Spurs Big U.S. Export PlansOpen in a New Window

The U.S. shale gas revolution is spurring construction of LNG liquefaction plants and export terminals.


Striking Prague Span Debuts After Problems Are ResolvedOpen in a New Window

Troja bridge opens over Vlata River following construction setbacks and agreement on funding disputes.


Antares Explosion Puts NASA Outsourcing Under ScrutinyOpen in a New Window

Payload of 26 mini-satellites is lost in the explosion of a rocket carrying supplies to International Space Station on Oct. 28.


New York State Flood-Recovery Projects Move ForwardOpen in a New Window

Governor’s report outlines progress, including 600 upcoming community resilience projects.


Construction Week: 1,776-ft-tall One World Trade Center Opens; Rental Group Lowers ForecastOpen in a New Window

One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.


EPA Seeks More Input on CO2 Rule for Existing PowerplantsOpen in a New Window

Document could signal changes agency is weighing.


IEA, DOE Set Game Plan for Improvements in Energy EfficiencyOpen in a New Window

Driving down energy costs in buildings and manufacturing operations helps the bottom line and benefits society.


Product Snapshot: Rotating Telehandler and Mini ExcavatorOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a rotating telehandler from Manitou and a mini excavator from Caterpillar.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Denver Contractor Tears Down Rail Transit Bridge Shortly After Its CompletionOpen in a New Window

The 555-ft-long bridge was demolished in October due to design flaws, the owner confirms.


Kilgore's Conundrum: Should We Spend for Surety Guarantees?Open in a New Window

Costs were a prime consideration for the small town in east Texas as it weighed expenses for an important recreational facility.


University of Maine Wind-Wave Test Tank To Model Ocean Storm ImpactsOpen in a New Window

Facility will allow researchers test engineered devices subjected to hurricane forces at sea.


Demand Hikes Pay for Most E&C Professionals, Says FMI AnalysisOpen in a New Window

Marketers and field engineers gained most, but discretionary bonuses suffered with tanking profits in recesssions


UK Contractor Laing O’Rourke Names Arabtec COO to Lead in the Middle EastOpen in a New Window

National Demolition Association hires Cheryl Caulfield to replace the retiring Michael Taylor


Richard Geary, Former Kiewit Unit President, 79, Honed Contractor's Design-Build Skill in 1990sOpen in a New Window

Retired exec, who died in Oct. 19 drowning accident, was key to firm's win of $1.3B I-15 Utah highway rehab megaproject


Construction Dips in September from August Level, But Up From 2013Open in a New Window

Private and public construction sectors slipped from August levels but posted year-over-year gains.


Biden Calls For More Private Investment To Expand InfrastructureOpen in a New Window

With the Obama administration weeks away from issuing recommendations for how to speed delivery of infrastructure projects and streamline private financing, the vice president advocated for more private investment in infrastructure on Oct. 27.


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