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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:

New Dean to Fuel Harvard Engineering School Growth with $400-Million Donor InfusionOpen in a New Window

Frank Doyle aims to use hedge fund CEO's bequest to create bigger and collaborative education-research program at the Ivy League school.


NAVFAC Takes Step to Fill 3,000 VacanciesOpen in a New Window

As a two-year hiring freeze is lifted, US Navy's construction arm ramps up talent push to get projects moving.


As Cement Suppliers Consolidate, Regulators Remain WaryOpen in a New Window

A June settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and cement powerhouses Holcim and LaFarge included divestitures of North American assets.


Worker Gaps Cost Construction Firms MoreOpen in a New Window

Survey shows salaries rose by 3.46% in 2014, up from 3.24% the year before.


More Defects Discovered In San Francisco-Oakland Bay BridgeOpen in a New Window

Inspection reveals stripped threads, loss of protective coatings and microindicators in the east suspension span, prompting further investigation.


Google Eyes TVA Site for $600-Million Data CenterOpen in a New Window

Technology firm will seek to use renewable energy sources to power its planned center in northern Alabama.


Fluor's Paul Bruno: How We Approach Risk ManagementOpen in a New Window

“If it can be identified, managed and mitigated, any risk can be tolerated,” the company's managing general counsel told the ENR Risk Summit audience in Dallas..


Twisted Architecture of Grove at Grand Bay's Towers Is Tough to ResistOpen in a New Window

Load-balancing acts keep gravity-defying Miami high-rises from tipping over.


Rebirth Proceeds for Shuttered Baltimore Steelmaking ComplexOpen in a New Window

Parsons Brinckerhoff is hired to create a master plan for industrial redevelopment of the 3,100-acre Sparrows Point site.


Highway Revenue Hunt Goes On to Fill Senate Panel Bill GapOpen in a New Window

Another short-term extension by July 31 seen as likely.


LeedCo Hope Mono Bucket Prototype Breaks Lake Erie's IceOpen in a New Window

Design developed in Denmark is lighter, less costly than traditional foundation systems, says program sponsor.


Data Integrating System Turns 12,000 Dams Into a System of Intelligent InfrastructureOpen in a New Window

A national network uses design and condition data about thousands of dams, together with data about seismic and meteorologic incidents, to issue alerts when the capacity or integrity of any of the dams is likely to be threatened by heavy rains or earthquakes.


Louisville Sluggers Construct $2.5-Billion Downtown CrossingOpen in a New Window

After decades of discussion, a new downtown link is rising fast, thanks to hard-hitting crews.


Dynamic Duo: Ohio River Bridges Rise In And Around LouisvilleOpen in a New Window

Alternative project delivery methods are tested in tandem.


A Cure for the Common CrackOpen in a New Window

Concrete additive harnesses bacteria to fix cracks, but costs and other hurdles hinder adoption.


Top-Down Demolition Method Removes Need for ScaffoldingOpen in a New Window

Modular demo framework allows for quicker tower deconstruction on busy urban sites.


Strong Enrollment for Caterpillar Fuel-Consumption GuaranteeOpen in a New Window

In less than two months since it kicked off, Caterpillar’s first fuel-consumption guarantee program now has hundreds of machines enrolled across the U.S. and Canada.


3M Buys Capital Safety for $2.5BOpen in a New Window

Largest ever acquisition for 3M nets them a major manufacturer of fall-protection systems


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Product Snapshot: Horizontal Drill and Utlity CraneOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a horizontal directional drill from Vermeer and a crane attachment for power-line installations from LineWise.


High Court Says EPA Should Have Weighed Mercury Rule's CostsOpen in a New Window

Agency foes praise ruling, but environmental advocates say the court's decision is limited in scope.


Transportation Hub Will Be a Safe HavenOpen in a New Window

San Francisco "groundscraper's" robust steel frame engineered to allow immediate reoccupancy after a very strong quake


Transbay Funding Plan Lights Fuse on Area Building BoomOpen in a New Window

A special building-height tax, land sales and tax increment proceeds provide revenue to construct the Transbay Transit Center


Maryland Gov. Tentatively OKs One Transit Line, Rejects AnotherOpen in a New Window

But Hogan's Purple Line approval hinges on cutting $2.4-billion project's cost and boosting counties' funding shares.


High Court Upholds Obama Health Care LawOpen in a New Window

But contractor groups say reforming or repealing the law is a priority.


Bernard Capital Partners Buys Willbros GroupOpen in a New Window

New company will retain existing management team and operate as Wink Engineering.


Wash. Lawmakers Shut Advice Panel for Delayed Seattle Highway TunnelOpen in a New Window

Concerns about legal liability may have prompted a legislative committee in Washington to disband an expert advisory panel.


Human Consumption Depleting Groundwater Basins WorldwideOpen in a New Window

NASA satellite technology finds one-third of basins are ‘distressed’


Senate Committee Approves Six-Year Highway BillOpen in a New Window

Measure increases highway authorizations an average of 3% a year, but cuts TIFIA.


House, Senate Committees Approve Bills with Severe Cuts for Water-Wastewater Infrastructure ProjectsOpen in a New Window

Bills include controversial policy riders that could prompt a veto.


Source: NYC Crane Accident in May Caused by Cut SlingOpen in a New Window

Madison Avenue accident in Midtown Manhattan highlights the vulnerabilities of sling protection procedure.


Construction Week: Mexico State Utility Bids $9.8B In Energy Work; SNC-Lavalin Lands Bridge JobOpen in a New Window

Canada Bridge Contract Award To SNC-Lavalin, ACS Finalized


First Horizontal Segment Placed for New Tappan Zee BridgeOpen in a New Window

First horizontal segment placed for new Tappan Zee Bridge.


Alaska Projects Face Local-Hire Rules To Ease State JoblessnessOpen in a New Window

90% local mandate will apply to craft and engineering jobs on July 1; contractors see impacts on rural jobs.


Fluor-Balfour Beatty Win of Big Texas Road Job Stirs ControversyOpen in a New Window

Losing Spanish bifdder threatens lawsuit if appeal denied.


Plant Vogtle Is Latest Nuclear Plant to Install Emergency DomesOpen in a New Window

Southern Company and Georgia Power unveiled installation of disaster-resistant storage dome.


Hawaii Takes Steps to Reach 100% Renewable Energy by 2045Open in a New Window

Gov. David Inge (D) wants the Aloha State to generate 100% of its power from renewable sources by 2045.


More Groundwater Contamination Near Duke Energy PlantOpen in a New Window

Duke Energy to close plant’s coal ash storage basins and build new landfill.


Multiemployer Pension Rule IssuedOpen in a New Window

Hill Democrats propose bill to reverse 2014 measure allowing benefit cuts.


Engineering Consultant Speaks Languages of Two WorldsOpen in a New Window

Consulting engineering firms can help owners and contractors see eye-to-eye on pipeline projects.


Concrete Pumping Giant Brundage-Bone Taps Fluor Exec as COOOpen in a New Window

New England highways CEO named to manage planned $17.5 billion in road upgrades.


EPA Floats New Fuel Efficiency Rules for Heavy-Duty TrucksOpen in a New Window

The so-called Phase 2 standard would boost greenhouse-gas emissions and fuel economy by up to 24% for the 2021-2027 model years.


Crowd-Sourcing Road Assessment is Possible, But Barriers RemainOpen in a New Window

Structural health monitoring research is available in more applicable ways than many believe—like a community-based pavement assessment monitoring system.


Filling the Deep Deficit in Construction Industry ResearchOpen in a New Window

Failure to fund enough industry-wide research undermines the industry’s future, relevance and compensation, the authors write.


Brick-Laying Robot Helps Alleviate Masonry DearthOpen in a New Window

A brick-laying robot works alongside masons, increasing production and changing look of the job site.


Antivirus Maker's Hardware Gateway Protects Local NetworksOpen in a New Window

Bitdefender gets into the hardware game with a device designed to protect small networks from suspicious internet traffic.


Product Snapshot: Tamping Compactor and Rough-Terrain CraneOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a tamping compactor from Atlas Copco and an all-terrain crane from Tandano.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Floating Rig Tackles Tricky Chicago SiteOpen in a New Window

Mounted on a barge in the Chicago River, a Manitowoc 888 ringer overcomes site challenges for 150 North Riverside tower.


Cantilevered Counterweights Leverage Real-Time BalanceOpen in a New Window

The ongoing quest to make heavy-lift cranes more powerful and efficent regularly comes down to one problem: counterweights.


Low and Slow: The Great Salt LakeOpen in a New Window

The Low and Slow team reaches Salt Lake City, and gets an exclusive construction tour of an expanding SLC International Airport.


AOC Pushes to Repair, Restore Capitol DomeOpen in a New Window

The project team at the U.S. Capitol dome restoration project is executing a massive preservation effort while maintaining public access.


Revenue Remains on an Upward Track for MidAtlantic FirmsOpen in a New Window

Megaprojects, an improved general building market and opportunities in oil and gas help bolster regional business at some design firms.


Apple Switching Contractor at Cupertino Headquarters SiteOpen in a New Window

A Skanska-DPR joint venture is leaving its role as general contractor of Apple’s ring-shaped corporate headquarters under construction in Cupertino, Calif.


JMT Makes It Big In Mid-Atlantic MarketOpen in a New Window

Sparks, Md.-based Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson uses organic growth and strategic acquisitions to become a leading firm in the region.


Low and Slow Tour Ends With a Bang in Boomtown San FranciscoOpen in a New Window

After visiting airports, water treatment plants and dams, ENR’s Low & Slow tour teeters across the Donner Pass to the finish line in San Francisco.


Construction Starts Up 3% in May, Dodge D&A ReportsOpen in a New Window

Major new projects in electric power and natural gas industries give construction volume a boost.


NCDOT, Environmentalists Settle Suits, Clear Path to Outer Banks SpanOpen in a New Window

Teaser goes here


Balcony Collapse Kills Six, Cause Under InvestigationOpen in a New Window

In Novel agreement, Transmission Developer Offers Lake Champlain Cleanup Funds


Parsons Brinckerhoff Team Wins $700-Million High-Speed Rail ContractOpen in a New Window

International venture will oversee California’s foray into 21st-century rapid transit.


Top 100 Professional Service Firms: Firms Fill in Owner GapsOpen in a New Window

CM firms see surge in staff augmentation.


Source: Cut Sling Caused Dropped Load Accident in Manhattan in MayOpen in a New Window

Air conditioning unit's sharp edge may have sliced through softener during la Sunday morning lift in Midtown Manhattan.


Envision Tool Moves Project Sustainability Beyond BuildingsOpen in a New Window

More infrastructure owners, designers and builders such as on Florida's $2.3-billion I-4 upgrade are turning to new analysis to build projects right and build the 'right project.'


Hoist Collapse Kills Worker, Injures Another, at Massachusetts JobsiteOpen in a New Window

The accident occurred as a cab suddenly pulled away from a hoist assembly at a Suffolk Construction construction site in Somerville.


Built to Lead, Built to LastOpen in a New Window

How one MEP operations manager helped himself and his firm by taking a risk


Canadian Pipeline Regulator Responds to Oil Group's Plea for Better EngineersOpen in a New Window

As soon as NEB inspectors learn the trade, an official says, they jump ship.


World Bank: Brazil Tops Infrastructure Project SpendingOpen in a New Window

Public-private financing for transportation, energy and water infrastructure rose 6% last year, but remained well below the total for 2012.


Cat, Terex Rally Behind Silk RoadOpen in a New Window

Equipment majors are cautiously enthusiastic about China’s global infrastructure plan.


Rick Chandler Reforms NYC Dept. of Buildings as Workload BulgesOpen in a New Window

New chief rides herd on reforms, including better links to other city agencies, as DOB anticipates a record number of building applications.


New Owner of Sustainable Sites Initiative Is Accepting Applications for CertificationOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Green Building Council’s certification arm is managing the SITES program.


DeWalt Grows Cordless Line at Upgraded N.C. PlantOpen in a New Window

Looking to capitalize on its “Built in the USA with Global Materials” program, DeWalt, a unit of Stanley Black & Decker, has expanded production at its Charlotte, N.C., facility with a broader range of cordless tools.


Final Pontoons Nearly in Place for Floating Bridge in SeattleOpen in a New Window

Lake Washington floating bridge replacement program passes a key milestone.


Construction Delays Stressing Vogtle Project's EconomicsOpen in a New Window

Recent testimony before the Georgia PSC indicates the project owners and monitors are increasingly worried about mounting costs.


Engineering Firm Goes All Out With Design Visualization DisplayOpen in a New Window

Odeh Engineers’ immersion room uses 10 laser projectors for seamless, wall-filling technical presentations.


Product Snapshot: Hybrid Excavator and Mobile ScreenerOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a hybrid excavator from Caterpillar and a tracked mobile screener from Terex Finlay.


Court Judgment, Tests Fail To Quell Guardrail ControversyOpen in a New Window

A federal court agrees with a whistleblower's contention that a guardrail manufacturer committed fraud by changing a guardrail system's design, effectively transforming a safety device into a deadly projectile during crashes.


Sustainable Solutions are Good BusinessOpen in a New Window

Wider client embrace of triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit will become bigger priority for design and construction firms.


Smart Glasses Could Improve Field Efficiency and SafetyOpen in a New Window

Augmneted reality smart glasses could allow field workers to interact with 3D drawings and live stream video


DroneBase Standardizes and Creates A New Trade: Drone PilotOpen in a New Window

A web-based comany connects drone operators to construction sites for site documentation and surveying at a fraction of the cost of plane and helicopter services.


KBR Sells Former BE&K Building Group for $28M to Pernix GroupOpen in a New Window

Building firm did not fit into global parent's scaled down market strategy.


The Top Project Delivery FirmsOpen in a New Window

Alternate Project Delivery Surges


Opposition to EPA's Ozone Proposal is GrowingOpen in a New Window

Contractor groups say more stringent regulations for ground level ozone could have a negative impact on transportation projects, but the supporters of EPA's proposal say it would save lives.


Aluminum F-150 Keeps Its Cool in the DesertOpen in a New Window

Ford’s aluminum body feels robust and is designed to be repaired easily.


High in the Sky, Tower Rescues Require SkillOpen in a New Window

Union electrical workers and contractors set up a second training facility in response to the increase in communication tower construction and maintenance accidents.


At One-Year Mark, WRRDA Shows Mixed ResultsOpen in a New Window

Port dredging, waterways provisions paying off but few other big projects funded yet.


UK Prime Minister Lauds Crossrail Crew on Hole-ThroughOpen in a New Window

London’s $22.6-billion east-west rail project is 65% complete


Construction Week: Industry's Jobless Rate Declines; Toronto Picks Team for Transit JobOpen in a New Window

No comment from Balfour Beatty on Chinese buy offer.


Integrated Project Delivery Can Work Well But Is Still No UtopiaOpen in a New Window

IPD veterans are still hammering out the kinks in sharing risk and reward among designers and contractors


Federal Court Dismisses Petition to Hear Challenge to Clean Power PlanOpen in a New Window

Rule has not yet been made final, judge says.


Progressive Construction: No Quick Fixes in Project DeliveryOpen in a New Window

Have newer project delivery systems delivered, or do they distract from fundamentals of cost, coordination and communication?


Sunburst of Minnesota Solar To Begin With 100-MW AuroraOpen in a New Window

State PUC tapped Geronimo Energy project over three gas-turbine bids, citing solar’s superior life-cycle value.


Prevailing Wages Remain in Play in HeartlandOpen in a New Window

After Indiana repealed its state prevailing wage law, the question is which states, if any, will follow.


Repeal Takes the Wrong Direction on State Prevailing WagesOpen in a New Window

With standards of living falling and the repeal of state prevailing wages in Indiana, it’s understandable why such laws would become targets even though they give union construction workers a solid footing in the middle class.


World Bank: 2014 Public-Private Infrastructure Investment Totals $107.5BOpen in a New Window

Brazil's investment ranked highest among 139 low- and middle-income countries, at $44.2 billion.


Rollover Kills Crane Operator Heading to Wind Farm SiteOpen in a New Window

Rough terrain and a growing number of wind farms pose new hazards to construction site staff.


Bible Museum Project Starts With Precision DemolitionOpen in a New Window

Demolition work for the upcoming Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., requires very specific demolition.


Judge Halts Fargo-Moorhead Flood Control Project ConstructionOpen in a New Window

The $2-billion Red River diversion pits Minnesota and North Dakota forces against each other.


Contractor Steps Un To Finish Willimansett Bridge RehabOpen in a New Window

After original contractor goes broke, Northern Construction completes $19.2 million project


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Product Snapshot: Pile Driver and Vibratory RollerOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a new pile-driving kit from Soilmec and a vibratory roller from Wacker Neuson.


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