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Engineering News Record (ENR)

2015 Surety Section (7/6/2015) 

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:


Media Risk: When the Online Posts Turn Critical and NastyOpen in a New Window

Do construction industry companies do enough to counter critical comments on websites and in social media?


Skanska and Surety Argue About Alleged OverpaymentsOpen in a New Window

Skanska USA Building Inc. filed a claim after a glazing subcontractor defaulted on a U.S. Airforce project in Texas.


Court Puts New Federal Water Rule on HoldOpen in a New Window

Appellate court's stay blocks EPA-Corps "waters of the U.S." regulation across the U.S.


Construction Week: Flooding in South Carolina; Colo. Toll Road Set to OpenOpen in a New Window

NYU trustee donates $100M for engineering school.


Natural-Gas Pipe Route Too Close to Nuke Plant, Foes SayOpen in a New Window

Controversy dogs the Algonquin Incremental Market Project nearly six months after construction began.


Exxon Selling Troubled Calif. RefineryOpen in a New Window

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.


At APWA Conference, Public Works Goes High TechOpen in a New Window

Public Works Goes High Tech


VA Receives Funds From Congress, But Loses Oversight PowerOpen in a New Window

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 MinnesotaOpen in a New Window

Drones Used To Conduct Bridge Inspections in Minnesota


Gridlock Sam Brings His Own Street Smarts to TransportationOpen in a New Window

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.


US, Japan Officials Envision Northeast Maglev RouteOpen in a New Window

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.


Pulse: Project NewsOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge


Resiliency and Stormwater Themes Emerge at WEFTECOpen in a New Window

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.


Free Web Application Offered for Structural-Steel TransactionsOpen in a New Window

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.


Engineers Make Third Attempt To Fix Bridge in Portland, OreOpen in a New Window

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.


Mapping Out a Deep Digital FutureOpen in a New Window

At ENR FutureTech Conference, innovators display a way to zoom in on an entire campus project on a tablet.


Product Snapshot: Fall-Protection Harness and Horizontal Directional DrillOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a fall-protection harness from Capital Safety and a horizontal direction drill from Ditch Witch.


BP Oil-Spill Settlement Includes Billions for Gulf ProjectsOpen in a New Window

Oil company's agreement with federal and state agencies would provide at least $6 billion for environmental restoration projects over 15 years.


Craft Pay Ramps Up As Worker Gaps GrowOpen in a New Window

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.


Talks Begin on Possible Federal Budget DealOpen in a New Window

Goal is an agreement on overall fiscal 2016 discretionary funding level.


Big US Glassmaker Guardian Industries To Pay $70 Million in US Clean Air PactOpen in a New Window

Agreement requires global manufacturer to alter previous furnace modifications that emitted high levels of pollutants.


Former NY-NJ Port Authority Chief Engineer Peter Zipf Joins HDR as VPOpen in a New Window

Bouchard leaves AECOM to be CDM Smith unit president


Construction Sept. Jobless Rate Dips From August and Year-Earlier LevelsOpen in a New Window

Industry adds 8,000 jobs, led by specialty trade contractors' gains, but heavy-civil sector sheds 2,200 positions.


EPA Issues Tougher New Limit for Smog LevelsOpen in a New Window

Areas that fail to comply with new 70 ppb standard could have federal highway aid withheld.


Construction Aug. Spending Edges Up from July, Soars Year Over YearOpen in a New Window

Value of finished construction increases 0.7% month to month, but jumps 13.7% from year-earlier rate.


Obama Signs 10-Week Spending Bill, 6-Month FAA ExtensionOpen in a New Window

Spending bill runs only through Dec. 11; FAA measure extends through next March.


TBMs Planned for Australia's $8.1-Billion Rail EffortOpen in a New Window

Melbourne rail extension would begin in 2018.


Study Finds Modular Can Be Faster, Safer and Less CostlyOpen in a New Window

Study finds that modular constructoin, if properly executed, can be faster, safer and less costly than traditional construction.


U.S. Agency OKs $400 Million for South Africa Solar ProjectOpen in a New Window

OPIC guarantee will help finance $700-million, 100-mw project in Northern Cape province.


Facebook Timeline Tracks Century of Construction TechnologyOpen in a New Window

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.


The Largest-Capacity Offshore Wind FarmsOpen in a New Window

Offshore wind is quickly growing as demand for renewables and large-turbine technology progresses.


Citing Slow Sales, Caterpillar Announces Layoffs and ReorganizationOpen in a New Window

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.


At Medupi, First Unit Goes Live After Three Years' DelayOpen in a New Window

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


NCDOL Proposes $160K in Fines for Fatal Scaffold CollapseOpen in a New Window

The agency proposed nearly $152,000 in fines for one firm, Associated Scaffolding Co.


SNC-Lavalin CEO Robert Card Says There's No Other Shoe to Drop in His DepartureOpen in a New Window

Former CH2M exec, who steered the firm though an ethics debacle, stays on as adviser; deputy Neil Bruce, an industry operations veteran, takes over.


Shattering the Myth of Bilateral Time ExtensionsOpen in a New Window

In theory, a Time Impact Analysis sounds like a simple and elegant approach but in practice it is something of a myth.


Israel Agrees To Admit 20,000 Chinese Construction WorkersOpen in a New Window

The controversial effort would expedite needed residential construction, say officials, who approved it without a bilateral agreement with China.


China Pledges New Actions To Reduce Carbon EmissionsOpen in a New Window

Plans include cap-and-trade system by 2017 and 50% boost in urban green buildings by 2020.


U.S. Reinstates Engineer Whose Employee Faked CredentialsOpen in a New Window

The Federal Highway Administration terminated the suspension of Garg Consulting Services from federally funded projects.


Dutch Install Tidal TurbinesOpen in a New Window

The system comprises the world’s largest array of free-flow, bi-directional turbines for commercial use, according to its developer


First Two U.S. CM Programs Receive Independent ABET AccreditationOpen in a New Window

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.


As Long-Delayed Maryland Transit Hub Finishes, Project Litigation StartsOpen in a New Window

Owners and contractors now are enmeshed in a $166-million, 25-count lawsuit over allegations of design and project management flaws.


Leading UK-Based Design Firm Releases Building Kits for African DroneportsOpen in a New Window

Three landing site buildings are planned for Rwanda by 2020.


White House Takes More Steps To Expedite Project ReviewsOpen in a New Window

Major-project "dashboard" scope expanded and review handbook gets first update in 27 years.


Product Snapshot: Hydraulic Excavator and Concrete Temperature MonitorOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a Tier 4 Final excavator from Hitachi Construction Machinery and a concrete temperature monitoring kit from Pile Dynamics.


U.K. Invites Chinese Contractors To Build Infrastructure ProjectsOpen in a New Window

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.


Puerto Rico Signs on to $1.5B Water UpgradeOpen in a New Window

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.


Burnaby Opposition Mounts For Trans Mountain PipelineOpen in a New Window

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.


Transmission Market Is Good, With Some BumpsOpen in a New Window

Tte distribution market is healthy and growing, led by automation and other smart-grid investments.


Low and Slow: Rocky Mountain RailOpen in a New Window

A $5.5-billion mass transit program in Denver regained momentum thanks to ramped-up collaboration.


Viewpoint Conference Introduces New CEO, Acquisitions and AccessibilityOpen in a New Window

Announcements at Viewpoint conference include new products.


New Zealand Reaps Rewards of Declining Resources SectorOpen in a New Window

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.


Hoosac Tunnel Tested Early EngineersOpen in a New Window

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 Jason McLennan Leaves Deep-Green Building GroupOpen in a New Window

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 USOpen in a New Window

New Framework Sheds Light On Direct Potable Reuse in US


In Texas, 'Direct Pipe' Installation Goes LongOpen in a New Window

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 RisksOpen in a New Window

Brownfield Work in Emerging Markets Brings Higher Risks


Who Bears the Blame in Federal Contract Disputes?Open in a New Window

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 BuildingsOpen in a New Window

DOE Issues Definition for Net-Zero Energy Buildings


Pulse: Project NewsOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge


Construction Week: Insurer Receives Binladin Claim For Mecca Crane Collapse; Everglades Job AdvancesOpen in a New Window

U.S. Judge Ends Bahamian Resort Bankruptcy Claim


As Delayed Maryland Transit Hub Opens, Legal Battle BeginsOpen in a New Window

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.


Smart Contractors Will Adapt To Serve Evolving Energy MarketOpen in a New Window

Contractors need to keep an eye out for new opportunities within a shifting energy market.


ARCADIS Now Is Single Brand for Global Firm’s Acquired UnitsOpen in a New Window

The rebranding is the firm's first in two decades.


New Worries Arise About Highway Trust Fund's ConditionOpen in a New Window

Updated DOT forecast shows highway account will dip below $4-billion minimum cushion in November.


August's Construction Starts Fall from July, But Are Up from 2014Open in a New Window

Residential, nonresidential and nonbuilding projects all posted month-to-month declines, Dodge Data & Analytics said.


Will Seattle's Bertha Finish? A Perspective on Tunneling and RiskOpen in a New Window

A consultant who predicted tunnel trouble on Seattle's SR-99 project explores the reasons and predicts how it will end.


Mecca Supercrane Was 'Technically Faultless,' Liebherr SaysOpen in a New Window

Liebherr finds that the boom should have been lowered to the ground preventatively to avoid the tilting of the crawler crane.


M&As Change Executive Ranks at WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff and Salas O'BrienOpen in a New Window

Northleaf Capital Partners hires from Macquarie and Carillion to expand its infrastructure investments.


A Hospital Job Dispute Reaches Fever PitchOpen in a New Window

Do Turner Construction’s problems with Santa Clara County’s hospital expansion reflect risks associated with combination “design-build” and “design-assist” services?


Construction's 2014 Deaths Rise to 6-Year High, But Fatality Rate DipsOpen in a New Window

Last year's 874 deaths were up 6% but the industry's fatality rate edged down to 9.5 per 100,000 workers


In Settlement, Puerto Rico Water Agency to Launch $1.5B in UpgradesOpen in a New Window

Program includes improvements to wastewater treatment and sludge treatment infrastructure.


Mass-Timber Talll-Building Competition Picks Two WinnersOpen in a New Window

Two projects split $3 million to demonstrate the viability of tall wood buildings.


Product Snapshot: Skid-Steer 3D Controls and High-Capacity ScraperOpen in a New Window

This week we look at 3D grade controls for Bobcat loaders from Trimble and a high-capacity scraper from K-Tec.


Overhead: A Silent KillerOpen in a New Window

Business Cycles and Fixed Costs By Thomas C. Schleifer, PhD


San Francisco's 181 Fremont To Use Elevators for Fire EvacuationOpen in a New Window

San Francisco Tower To Use Elevators for Fire Evacuations


Pulse: Project NewsOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge


New England Ironworker Accidents Raise Safety QuestionsOpen in a New Window

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.


U.S. Energy Dept. Doubles Down On CO2 Capture InvestmentOpen in a New Window

Agency will distribute about $25 million to eight projects aimed at reducing the cost of carbon dioxide capture technologies.


With Bridge Repairs Complete, I-65 Reopens in IndianaOpen in a New Window

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.


Crews Aiming for Good Vibrations on Bay Area RailOpen in a New Window

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


Istanbul Tunnel Connecting Europe and Asia Makes BreakthroughOpen in a New Window

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 Week: Santa Clara County in Dispute With Turner; Court OKs Boston PipelineOpen in a New Window

Construction Momentum Index Gains.


Novel New England Bridge Is A Test Bed for Sensor ArraysOpen in a New Window

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.


Automated Transit Will reShape InfrastructureOpen in a New Window

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.


Missouri Lays Foundation for 'Road to Tomorrow'Open in a New Window

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.


Smart Roads Ahead: The Rise of Intelligent InfrastructureOpen in a New Window

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.


Deadline Looms for Spending, FAA BillsOpen in a New Window

Temporary extensions are expected for government-wide funding and aviation measures.


At ENR Global Summit, Firms Aim To See the Big PictureOpen in a New Window

Uwe Krueger, CEO of UK-based design firm Atkins, told attendees that the industry is "ripe for technology disruptors."


Corps Critiques VA's Construction ProgramOpen in a New Window

Corps's VA-requested report says "transformative change" is needed in how VA builds major projects.


EPA Criticized for Colorado Mine Wastewater SpillOpen in a New Window

Some argue that the spill reflects a larger problem with wastewater from mines.


Q&A With Paul Doherty CEO The Digit Group IncOpen in a New Window

Urban Design, Paul Doherty, The Digit Group, Green Dragon Lake District, China, Smart Cities


Site Photo App Integrates With Apple MapsOpen in a New Window

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.


Supercrane Collapse in Mecca Ranks as Deadliest in DecadesOpen in a New Window

Initial findings point to improper positioning of the crane prior to the storm.


Free App Predicts Plastic Shrinkage by Zip CodeOpen in a New Window

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.


Mexican Economist Will be First Non-Spaniard To Lead Madrid Contractor FCCOpen in a New Window

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


Study Finds Guardrail Design Falls Short in Some Types of CrashesOpen in a New Window

FHWA-AASHTO review of "real world" crash data finds certain guardrails have "performance limitations" in some kinds of accidents.


How To Stop Overhead From Being a Silent Contractor KillerOpen in a New Window

A survey of the overhead costs construction companies cut during the downturn could help anticipate needed cuts in the future.


Hollandia Pulls Off Novel Jacking for Tall Observation TowerOpen in a New Window

Contractor uses novel system to jack sections of the mast of a 162-meter-tall observation tower in Brighton, U.K.


'Additive Manufactured' Car and Building Power Each OtherOpen in a New Window

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.


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