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The Wayne County, Mich., prosecutor has charged three current and former county employees with felonies and misdemeanors for misconduct and neglect of duty in allegedly failing to inform county commissioners of increases in the cost of a partly completed jail project.
After shoring up foundations on five severely corroded piers, agency orders monitoring program for 17 others.
Maine has made inroads against fraudulent worker misclassification, but Texas is just starting to get serious about the problem.
Observers see pent-up infrastructure needs even as officials weigh new procurement reforms.
Operators will now have until Nov. 2017 to obtain a valid certification to run a crane on U.S. construction sites.
New release of WaterCAD, WaterGEMS and HAMMER V8i bring improved capabilities for using SCADA data across disciplines
Bowling Green, Ky., museum’s board cites extra costs and safety as reasons to permanently fill opening that swallowed eight sports cars in February.
Powered by Tesla’s Nevada gigafactory and other recent techno;ogical advaces, global market sector is expected to grow by 8% a year to $50 billion, say researchers.
Senate Majority Leader Reid says he plans to take up a tax-incentive extensions bill after the elections. House Ways and Means panel has backed a more incremental approach.
Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from McGraw Hill Construction Dodge.
Thousands rally in New York City urging action on climate change, while the FTA awards the bulk of it's post-Sandy funding to New York and New Jersey.
Crews are using now-defunct riveting techniques in rehabilitation of a 106-year-old Boston crossing.
The new Tappan Zee Bridge is beginning to rise above the water line, but the project’s finances remain in a state of flux as the EPA rejected a plan pushed by N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to use state clean water funds for the project.
But faulty drilling and construction of wells could cause environmental problems.
Task force delivers an analysis of why national progress on flood risk management is disappointing and offers recommendations to get things moving
This week we look at a skid steer loader from Mustang and a stand-up decking tool from Hilti.
In terms of NextGen air-traffic-control technology, U.S. airports are ready for takeoff, but the industry is still waiting on the tarmac for progress on a key goal: raising the per-ticket passenger facility charge (PFC) to $8.50 from $4.50, to fund infrastructure projects.
Design adapted from fruit handling system shoots live fish uphill through 120 ft tube without harm.
New NAM study says annual infusion of $83 billion over 15 years will boost GDP, jobs, workers' pay.
The excavator controls, which are aimed at urban jobsites, require no GPS sensors, researchers say.
For an extra $9,500, GM offers bifuel versions of the heavy-duty Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.
Two-year review in Japan uncovers errors with wedge sockets on construction cranes.
The buyer of the McGraw-Hill units is Symphony Technology Group in Palo Alto, Calif. in a deal set to close by December.
The firm expects annual savings of up to $120 million, but notes new work.
Construction of the $3.6 billion double-track standard gauge railway linking Kenya’s Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa to the capital Nairobi could pose a fresh challenge for railway operators.
Recommendations include a new U.S. DOT office to develop performance standards for P3s and other project-delivery methods.
A survey by a big data analytics company specializing in transportation planning underscores age bias and sluggish adoption of technology
Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.
Yan Jiehe, a teacher turned mega-builder, now aims his privately-held construction firm at China's state-owned contractors and across global borders.
Tests prove that a wood-framed house with low-cost base isolators can survive shaking with no damage.
Industry veteran shares tips on finding career success in the AEC sector by capitalizing on "atypical" strengths.
John Boulé leaves Parsons Brinckerhoff for SVP role at Dewberry.
New Indian Water Resources Minister vows to clean up India's holiest river within three years.
About 13% of survey respondents note "significant" hikes in craft labor salaries.
Singapore takes a multi-pronged approach to achieve its green building goals by providing energy benchmarking, entering into industry partnerships and using incentives to encourage developers.
Developer Silverstein Properties announces it is moving forward with the tower portion of the 80-story Three World Trade Center—the third high-rise of four within the original 16-acre footprint of the WTC.
An official probe of the accident in an upscale Johannesburg suburb wont be complete until November.
The 10,700-km system is set to operate in 2016.
Highway projects received 47% of the sixth TIGER round's dollars; transit got 27%, maritime 13% and rail 11.5%.
Neff executives believe that its earthmoving equipment focus positions it to capitalize upon future growth.
Japanese design firm Nippon Koei announces its bid withdrawal.
Construction's fatal injuries dip in 2013 but its total is highest among U.S. industries.
Money will boost cleanup work for firms, but it could be years before anyone sees substantial funds.
A federal judge rejects a subcontractor's argument that it didn't know what it was signing when it indemnified an engineer for damages related to a dewatering structure failure and flood during a dam removal in rural Michigan in 2012.
But the bill faces dim prospects in the Senate and a White House veto threat.
DOT announces aid for projects as infrastructure "summit" sparks ideas to boost private investment.
As total U.S. capital expenditures related to oil and gas exploration and development continue to rise, industry is concerned about its ability to attract a sufficient workforce.
If approved by the NRC, the deadline for construction authorization would extend to March 2025.
Contrary to the impression conveyed by the television news and other media, there’s good reason to be pleased with the way buildings performed.
Mainstream builders are discovering that off-site construction is no simple proposition
The Upper Manhattan modular building would have taken one-third less time to construct had there not been a delay with the renewal of the permit.
Project Frog has a kit-of-parts building system that avoids the limitations of trucking and allows better design.
Mortenson compressed a three-year schedule into 29.5 months by preassembling the most repetitive elements of the building.
Bridge-in-a-Backpack sees use in Vt. and Trimble acquires Gehry Technologies.
Financing difficulties and a legal challenge are hindering progress on first-of-its-kind carbon capture and sequestration project in Illinois.
Design firm president sheds light on the firm’s return to sports architecture and how practitioners must boost their advocacy.
SubTropolis first opened in 1964 to house tenants such as Pillsbury, Russell Stover and Ford and continues to add floor space.
Northern Nevada as the site for a planned $5-billion mega-plant sets the stage for a likely plunge in cost of lithium-ion batteries in the next few years, as market forces come to bear.
Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.
This week we look at a rotating laser level from Bosch and a concrete pump from Reed Pumps.
ENR drives the 2015 Ford Super Duty pickup lineup.
The Army Corps of Engineers names a new deputy commander.
In the latest of a string of high-profile acquisitions, Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., announced Sept. 8 it has acquired Los Angeles-based Gehry Technologies, the design software and consulting firm founded by architect Frank Gehry.
TDC cites demand despite recent defeat of University of Delaware project whose 279-MW power plant was fought by neighbors.
Batson-Cook Construction is conducting an extended experiment with lean construction
Memorial service is set for Oct. 10 for principal of Forrester Construction who helped grow the closely-held firm to execute major public and private-sector building projects in the Washington, DC area.
Partner at Holabird & Root was known for his contextual-driven design approach.
Industry rate rises to 7.7% from 7.5% in July, but is better than August 2013's 9.1% level.
Purchase price is set to boost ailing bottom line of parent Balfour Beatty, which paid $626 million for PB in 2009; intended buyer gains a firm with strong financials and a big presence in the US and Asia
The state’s unreported and misclassified construction work increased by 400% from 1972 to 2012.
Industry groups say the mandate for contractors to disclose worker violations would create compliance nightmares if fully enacted.
Warning system worked, schools and other structures built to stricter seismic codes fared well in Aug. 24 temblor.
Contractor’s backlogs pickup, EPA takes issue with Delta water tunnel plan and ACC and USGBC's new partnership.
A stopgap measure funding federal agencies through at least part of fiscal 2015 seems likely.
NRC approves final rule on spent fuel storage, clearing the way for new reactor licenses to be issued.
Lawsuits come after Skanska issued an Aug. 27 stop work notice, citing design issues that are having an impact on cost and schedule.
Architects must lead in the battle for renewables, and a DLR designer shows how the firm teamed with NRG to produce memorable solar power systems that go beyond rooftop panels.
The city is pushing new designs and a changed scope for an upgrade halted since 2010 and $300 million over budget.
In one myopic stroke, the agency has set the debate back by half a century, says London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Consumer-level unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be purchased off the shelf and be up in the air as soon as the batteries are charged, but the data-driven world of construction surveying often demands something a bit more robust. In anticipation of up- coming regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration, surveying and mapping equipment firms are making big investments in UAVs. Many companies are already offering their own drones that are tailored to the needs of construction surveying.
Within a year or two, U.S. companies likely will replace many human workers now flying aerial survey and photo missions with unmanned aerial vehicles—drones. The equipment is here, but most firms hold back waiting for federal authorities to give the green light.
When Greg Sherwin started tinkering with radio-controlled (RC) quadcopters three years ago, he wondered about using them for construction surveys and inspections. In March, his hobby became an occupation.
The International Building Code 2015 requires new schools in high-risk states to have tornado shelters—but nearly 40,000 existing school buildings, it’s no step at all.
Thanks to the advance of building information modeling tools that can integrate model-based data into an array of platforms, quantity takeoffs and cost estimates are getting more granular, which is changing how projects are run.
Farm will include 4 MW of battery storage for solar generation
Bids, proposals and project awards from Dodge.
This week we look at a new power cutter from Makita and an upgrade to Atlas Copco’s reversible-plate compactor.
Construction companies are putting unmanned aerial vehicles to work overseas, or they are quietly conducting "hobby" trials domestically, at least until commercial use is legalized in the U.S.
Boise State University class members managed design-build of former Japanese internment camp project; owner may rehire them for more work.
Webcor senior VP to move to Skanska USA Building in California; Miyamoto International expands in India and Africa.
Wary of too-high projected financing costs for the $1.5-billion Project NEON, officials adopt a design-build approach.
An argument broke out over installation at a San Mateo, Calif. school project despite a union project labor agreement.
Work is increasing, but so are client demands and competition
Florida construction attorney Steven Lesser is named chairman of the American Bar Association's newly renamed Forum on the Construction Industry.
OSHA probes worker fatal fall.
Northern California earthquake causes an estimated $1-billion in damage.
The bulk of the agency’s federal buildings construction budget is aimed at repairs and renovations.
Langan vice president also was middle east chairman of the Deep Foundations Institute.
$10-billion project features a 6.7-km-long immersed tunnel, 22.9 km of bridge and vibratory driving of unprecedented large piles.