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Engineering News Record (ENR)

2014 Surety Section (6/30/2014)

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2013 Surety Supplement (7/2/2013)

2012 Surety Supplement (6/24/2012)

2011 Surety Market Report (6/27/2011)

ENR News Feed:

Coming Soon: More Drone Insurance OptionsOpen in a New Window

Contractors and engineers that are using drones soon may be able to buy standardized insurance coverage from a greater number of insurers.


Engineering the Relaunch of NASA's Historic VABOpen in a New Window

Roughly $100-million redo will boost flexibility for future assembly of varying rocket designs


VA Opens Door to Shifting Hospital Construction to CorpsOpen in a New Window

Criticized for poor hospital-construction management, VA now willing to consider transferring program to the Corps.


Construction Worker Killed In Ohio Overpass CollapseOpen in a New Window

Contractor was demolishing bridge on I-75.


Construction Week: Tower Cranes as Market Indicator; Record Number of High-Rises Completed in 2014Open in a New Window

Rider Levett Bucknall Counting Cranes as a Leading Market Indicator.


Judge Cuts Total BP Oil-Spill EstimateOpen in a New Window

Judge Cuts Total BP OIl Spill Estimate


House Approves Bill to Modernize Regulatory ProcessOpen in a New Window

But critics warn bill would harm agencies’ ability to regulate.


DOE Outlines Some Potential Project Management ReformsOpen in a New Window

Departmental working group identified areas for improvement


As MOX Costs Keep Rising, Critics Push for OptionsOpen in a New Window

With the Dept. of Energy acknowledging that the cost to build the MOX project could reach $12 billion, critics tout a reconsideration of other options.


Accelerate the ChangesOpen in a New Window

Accelerate the Pace of Innovation and Learning


Digital Transformation Coming To Transportation WorldOpen in a New Window

Big data, automation are hot topics in industry.


Regulation of Methane Emissions is in the WorksOpen in a New Window

But Critics say the industry is already reducing emissions of the greenhouse gas.


Arizona State Drops Plan for USA Basketball HQOpen in a New Window

The deal fell through after the development team missed a series of closing deadlines.


Triple-Bottom-Line Software Automates Sustainable Cost-Benefit AnalysisOpen in a New Window

A new service designed to analyze social, environmental and financial impacts of an infrastructure project design as part of BIM workflow is offered as a plug-in to AutoCAD Civil 3D.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


PennDOT Oks P3 Contract for Replacement of 558 BridgesOpen in a New Window

In a landmark deal to address the state’s aging transportation infrastructure, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation signed a contract on Jan 12 with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners to replace 558 bridges across the state by the end of 2017.


Product Snapshot: Tape-Measure Tether and Articulating Dump TruckOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a tape-measure tether from Hammerhead Industries and an articulating dump truck from Komatsu.


Guiding an Innovative Biosolids Project in D.C.Open in a New Window

As DC Water’s assistant general manager of wastewater treatment, Walter Bailey played a key role in the public utility’s decision to implement an innovative system to create a better class of biosolids at the Blue Plains advanced wastewater treatment facility.


Bottling Tornadoes to Inform Structural DesignOpen in a New Window

Horia Hangan is director and designer of the first lab able to reproduce Enhanced Fujita 4 tornados and powerful downbursts.


Setting Safety Precedent in a Frozen EnvironmentOpen in a New Window

Willmott led an onsite crew of 80 workers to complete a science station in Antarctica without a single safety incident, despite significant logistical hurdles.


Priming the Pump for Water Reliability in San FranciscoOpen in a New Window

Creativity and collaboration spring from water agency’s immersive project management strategy.


Straddling East and West to Steer a Pile-Driving FeatOpen in a New Window

White led the binational team that drove 72-ft-diameter piles.


Forensic Engineer Mines Accidents for Safety GoldOpen in a New Window

Jim Wiethorn has, over the past three decades, investigated hundreds of crane accidents and generated a mountain of data on what causes lifting machines to fail


Christine Sheppard Campaigns To Stop Buildings From Killing BirdsOpen in a New Window

Sheppard is leading a team developing a standard test protocol for bird-friendly glass


City's Unique Green Stormwater Filter Was Engineer's 12-Year CrusadeOpen in a New Window

Kleinfelder program team manager helped Cambridge, Mass., envision an innovative stormwater treatment wetland that’s boosting water quality and providing a unique urban oasis.


Young Iraq War Vet 'Walks the Walk' as CEO on a MissionOpen in a New Window

Wounded warrior turned construction firm chief sets an industry example at age 34 for entrepreneurial drive that highlights his mission to bring more veterans into the industry.


Orchestrated Epic Concrete Placement in Downtown LAOpen in a New Window

Meticulous pre-planner led hundreds of workers to execute a complex and record-setting undertaking in one of the busiest cities in the U.S.


Eduardo Miranda Forges a Path Toward Quake-Resilient HousesOpen in a New Window

Research demonstrated the viability of using economical isolators to dramatically improve seismic performance of single-family wood -framed houses


Teddy Phillips Leads Civil Contractor Phillips & Jordan Through Large Disaster CleanupsOpen in a New Window

Knoxville, Tenn-based firm pioneers systematic tracking and disposal of major debris cleanup.


Investing Big So Industry Looks More Like AmericaOpen in a New Window

Former Design Giant CEO George Pierson reaps success with mentoring program he founded at his engineering alma mater.


Randall W. Poston Led a Six-Year-Long Remake of the Concrete CodeOpen in a New Window

A pro bono team, managed by volunteer Poston, spent 150,000 hours over six years to reorganize and reformat the structural concrete code, making it more user-friendly.


Working Out a Process to Keep Panama Canal's Locks Project MovingOpen in a New Window

Memo of Understanding allowed Panama Canal’s third lane expansion program to move toward completion while claims are being resolved.


Hoisting Rope Innovator Is Hooked on SyntheticsOpen in a New Window

The synthetic hoist rope gave crane operators a bounty of benefits by reducing weight 80% versus traditional and grimy wire rope.


Renewables Research Site Eyes Energy InnovationsOpen in a New Window

Clemson University’s first-of-its-kind test center is pushing the limits of renewable energy research


Polytechnic Project Team Delivers for CalatravaOpen in a New Window

Skanska USA’s Chuck Jablon leads collaboration effort that delivers on Santiago Calatrava’s vision


William Jacobs Provides Key Insights on Critical Vogtle ProjectOpen in a New Window

The independent monitor has provided unique industry insights related to the construction consortium’s performance


Dramatic Design For Falcons Stadium Sets a New StandardOpen in a New Window

Architect’s eye-opening kinetic sculpture for Atlanta facility raises the bar, especially for sports venues with operable roofs


Developing a Model for Office Buildings To Rely on Nature for Their NeedsOpen in a New Window

The organizer of the first Earth Day masterminded the nation’s first speculative office building that is self-sustaining


Helping Emergency Bridge Repair Beat Tight DeadlineOpen in a New Window

Hetrick, then of AECOM, played key role in beating tight schedule for emergency Delaware bridge repair.


Walsh Project Manager Pulled Off Longest-Ever Bridge SlideOpen in a New Window

Charlie Gannon came with a lifetime of experiences that prepared him for the high-pressure work.


Contractor Executive Led A Team Building A Complex, Unusual New Transportation Center For Southern CaliforniaOpen in a New Window

David Burrus steered a tight ship of partners to ensure that nothing got in the way of a successful completion of ARTIC.


Equipment Rental Giant Ahern Rentals Rises From the Financial AshesOpen in a New Window

Don Ahern survived the recession and a Chapter 11 bankruptcy to save his family’s equipment-rental business.


Seeing Tech's Speedy Advance Through the Lens of ENR's Photo ContestOpen in a New Window

Since ENR’s first photo contest in 2002 the sheer number of excellent photos submitted, as well as ratio of good and excellent images to mediocre ones, has vastly improved. Some of that improvement is due to growth in the number of submission—with a high of over 1,500 last year—but much is due to technological innovations in the past 13 years as construction photography moved into the digital age.


Beavers, Caterpillar Raise Education FundsOpen in a New Window

Cat has committed up to $1 million if members of the Beavers raise twice that amount, or $2 million, through 2017.


Contractor Cites Pension Fund Claim as Reason for BankruptcyOpen in a New Window

Tennessee masonry contractor Wasco takes an unusual step in seeking protection during a messy disagreement over millions a union pension fund says the company owes.


If I Were Boss: One Student's Solution to Get Freshman to Stick with EngineeringOpen in a New Window

A Rice University mechanical engineering sophomore thinks companies need to link more strategically with college freshmen.


Nissan Blurs Lines Between Light and HeavyOpen in a New Window

Nissan wants to fill a major capability and price gap with its Cummins-equipped 2016 Titan XD.


ARCADIS Hires Marketing and Consulting Veterans as North America CEO, COOOpen in a New Window

Parsons, HNTB tap transport unit SVPs from public sector ranks; former URS-AECOM nuke sector VP goes to Fluor


Questions Remain Over Missing Redesign of VA HospitalOpen in a New Window

Why was a costly federal project never redesigned to meet its original estimated cost to complete?


White House Rolls Out New Private Infrastructure Finance PlansOpen in a New Window

Plans include proposed new private infrastructure bonds for public-private ventures.


House-Passed Bill Escalates Immigration BattleOpen in a New Window

Bill would block Obama's 2014 executive orders, end 2012 deportation shield for "Dreamers."


Oil Price Decline Prompts Industry Firms to Hope for The Best and Plan for the WorstOpen in a New Window

Companies that targeted the oil and gas sector are watching how $50 per barrel oil will affect projects, results and staffing. O’Brien


Industry Executive Pay Drops 8% As Profits Decline, Says FMIOpen in a New Window

New survey shows biggest long-term compensation drop for business-unit chiefs and financial top execs


Houston's Grand Parkway Growing FastOpen in a New Window

Area's first design-build road project is rolling along.


Contractor Seeks Bankruptcy After Union Pension Fund JudgmentOpen in a New Window

A Tennessee masonry contractor's filing is connected to the company's withdrawal from a plan agreement with a bricklayers' local.


Construction Week: Swanke Hayden Connell Files For ProtectionOpen in a New Window

HOK acquires 360 Architecture; construction employment posts strong gain at year end


Dodge Momentum Index at Highest Level Since Early 2009Open in a New Window

Nonresidential building planning end 2014 up 17% over a year ago.


Panama Canal Contractor Is Buoyed by Favorable Claims RulingOpen in a New Window

But canal owner ACP disagrees with the dispute panel’s assertions and may appeal to Miami-based board by Jan. 27


Supreme Court Hears Contractor Fraud Statute-of-Limitations CaseOpen in a New Window

In case dealing with KBR, justices seemed skeptical that 1942 law focused on criminal activity also applies to civil cases.


Utilities Pull Out of Cape Wind In Major Blow to Offshore Wind ProjectOpen in a New Window

Utility companies National Grid and NStar said on Jan. 6 that they were withdrawing from their commitments to buy power from the Cape Wind project.


Hawaiians Fear Utility Sale Will End Rooftop Solar ChoiceOpen in a New Window

Rooftop solar panels are disrupting a century-old electric utility business model.


New Standards Released for As-Built DocumentationOpen in a New Window

The U. S. Institute for Building Documentation has published the first standards for specifying contracts for as-built building measurement capture.


Trimble ProjectSight Puts Field Management in the CloudOpen in a New Window

Expanding their offerings for mobile devices, Trimble has introduced ProjectSight, a subscription-based project management software app for iPads.


Wastewater Nutrient Recovery Scales Up at Planned Edmonton FacilityOpen in a New Window

Project will produce 10,000 kilograms per day of plant fertilizer from biosolids phosphorus and nitrogen.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Runners Up for the Year In Construction Photo ContestOpen in a New Window

The Year in Construction Photo Contest Runners Up.


AECOM-Led Team Is Out as UK Nuke-Site Cleanup ContractorOpen in a New Window

British government will retake huge site's control, citing technical challenges and slow progress.


How to Improve the AIA Standard Form ContractsOpen in a New Window

Parties to a contract must believe that the independent decision-maker is impartial, but this is impossible if it is the project architect.


Product Snapshot: Cut-Resistant Gloves and Box Beam LevelsOpen in a New Window

This week we look at some cut-resistant gloves from Magid and a redesigned box beam level from Stanley.


Contractors Get Reprieve At the PumpOpen in a New Window

For construction equipment managers, low oil prices offer short-term cost savings but make long-term plans tough.


Swanke Hayden Connell Files for Bankruptcy ProtectionOpen in a New Window

A high-profile design practice with a glittering portfolio of projects, had dwindled to a small operation.


Test Drive: 2015 Chevrolet ColoradoOpen in a New Window

Though fuel economy was not as high as expected, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is a truck that most anyone in construction can drive without much effort.


Obama Signs 6-Year Terrorism-Insurance ExtensionOpen in a New Window

Federal program, which backstops private coverage for terrorism-related damages, is reauthorized through 2020.


Construction Adds 48,000 Jobs as Year-End Jobless Rate FallsOpen in a New Window

Specialty trade contractors gained 25,500 jobs last month; heavy-civil firms picked up 11,600 and buildings sector added 10,800.


Manitowoc Names New Crane Unit President As Investors Pressure It to Split CompanyOpen in a New Window

Veteran exec Larry Weyers will take helm as firm seeks strategies to boost share value.


Nebraska Court Dismisses Challenge to Keystone RouteOpen in a New Window

But a presidential veto of legislation authorizing the project still looms.


Sub-Saharan Africa's Energy Sector on Growth Trajectory in 2015 Despite HiccupsOpen in a New Window

Regional initiative aims to reverse deprivations resulting from years of inadequate policy, problems of pricing and lack of infrastructure.


Beijing Presses Chinese Contractors to Boost SafetyOpen in a New Window

Recent accidents included a tunnel collapse, foundation cave-in, roof collapse and two cases of scaffolding breaking down.


Keystone Pipeline Backers Seek Quick Hill Votes on Bills to OK ProjectOpen in a New Window

Measures to move project have strong House and Senate support but White House threatens veto.


Product Snapshot: Wheeled Excavator and Hole SawOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a wheel excavator from John Deere and a hole saw from Milwaukee Tool.


Moscow To Build $230B Bullet Train to BeijingOpen in a New Window

The rail link is part of a dream project to connect China with the United States and Canada.


Crane-Age Limits: Anti-Dumping Bans Disguised as Safety?Open in a New Window

Regular inspection and maintenance, it concluded, can make a crane of any vintage structurally fit for duty, says Haag Engineering Co.


The 10 Longest Arch Bridges in the WorldOpen in a New Window

Most of the world's longest arch bridges are in China.


Innovate How You Innovate, the Hacker WayOpen in a New Window

How Balfour Beatty learned to increase the speed of internal innovation through the template of the hackathon.


Firms Picked to Build, Design U.S. Consulate Projects in MexicoOpen in a New Window

Awards for Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros projects continue multi-year U.S. plan to upgrade facilities for busy consular program.


Ohio Utility Plans $250 Million of Marcellus Shale Power Transmission UpgradesOpen in a New Window

FirstEnergy's West Virginia utility expects 400MW of load growth from new gas facilities through 2019.


2014: Another Year of Construction Technology Adoption for the Cautious and Risk AverseOpen in a New Window

Builders keep waiting for the magic touch


U.S. Energy Policy Shaped by Natural Gas and Renewables Development in 2014Open in a New Window

Fracking paid dividends, wind and solar continued to grow and coal- and nuclear-fired electricity in the U.S. trailed off.


Year in Review: Consolidation Reaches New Scale in a Changing Market LandscapeOpen in a New Window

New business and technology innovators aim to move firms to the next level of growth and risk management.


San Ysidro Land Port's Team Tames the Logistical MonsterOpen in a New Window

Design and construction strategy for replacement booths and their 570-ft-long canopy focused on off-site construction.


Clean Air Regulations Were Big Washington Focus in 2014Open in a New Window

The Obama Administration push to curb greenhouse gas emissions through regulation will be a key focus next year for the now Republican controlled Congress.


U.S. Supertowers, Megaprojects Retake Center StageOpen in a New Window

Supertowers are popping up in cities across the U.S., megadevelopments are back and trends in green buildings and modular construction continue.


Construction Officials Urge Swift Passage of Terrorism Insurance BillOpen in a New Window

Projects could be delayed if new Congress does not act quickly to extend TRIA program, officials warn.


Software Simplifies Slab Heave CalculationsOpen in a New Window

New software simplifies slab heave calculations for geotechnical engineers.


ENR’s Editors List the Worst Projects of 2014Open in a New Window

Sadly, there are more than enough candidates in a list that includes a nuclear powerplant, a veterans hospital, a tunnel project and others.


ENR Tests Several Smartphone GadgetsOpen in a New Window

ENR’s tech editors review some gadgets they’ve been testing this year.


Year in Review: Pickup Truck WarsOpen in a New Window

The Big Three battled it out in 2014, and fleet owners will be better off for it


ENR 4th Quarter Confidence Index: Execs Are Bullish on the 2015 MarketOpen in a New Window

Fewer survey respondents saw market sectors shrinking and some 53% of CFOs noted profits up from the fourth quarter of 2013, an improvement from the last quarter's report.


Industry Tech Advocates Make the Case for Hastened AdoptionOpen in a New Window

Buoyed by recent project successes, industry advocates for increased application of virtual design and construction are becoming more convinced—and convincing—about VDC’s transformative potential.


U.S. Land Port of Entry Funding ReboundsOpen in a New Window

U.S. General Services Administration funding allotment for fiscal 2015 includes nearly $315 million.


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