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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:

Low and Slow: Grass Root EngineeringOpen in a New Window

As the journey begins Dan offer's his initial thoughts on the state of the nation's infrastructure.


Low and Slow: The Journey Begins on I-95Open in a New Window

A slideshow of the first leg of Aileen and Dan's cross-country journey over America's infrastructure.


Megaprojects Help Boost April Construction Starts, Dodge Data & Analytics SaysOpen in a New Window

Volume of new projects climbed 10% from March, but declined 3%, when major projects are excluded.


UK Infrastructure Projects To Have One-Stop Procurement ApproachOpen in a New Window

Newest 'framework' award to Balfour Beatty allows direct contracting on projects without separate bidding each time.


Chinese-Israeli Team Win $800-Million Tel Aviv Light Rail Award, Largest Project Award To DateOpen in a New Window

Chinese contractors have a solid footing in the Israeli infrastructure market.


House Passes Two-Month Transportation ExtensionOpen in a New Window

Senate approval and Obama's signature are expected for what would be the 33rd extension in six years.


Nepal Limits Buildings to Two Stories in ReconstructionOpen in a New Window

Equipmaker JCB has donated more than $1.2 million of machines to assist military-led relief efforts, but monsoons expected this month will complicate efforts.


The Losers in Overzealous DBE EnforcementOpen in a New Window

Overly restrictive interpretations carry potentially onerous consequences for the contractor.


Builders' $26.5M Settlement Will Rebuild College's Collapsed GarageOpen in a New Window

Builders of a Miami Dade College parking garage that partially collapsed during construction have agreed to a $26.5-million settlement that will completely rebuild the 520,000-sq-ft structure.


Work Begins Anew at Stalled B2 BKLYN Modular High-RiseOpen in a New Window

Work begins anew at troubled B2 BKLYN, which is planned as the world's tallest volumetric modular building.


Heavy-Timber Proponents Push for 100-Foot-Tall Wood StructuresOpen in a New Window

News from the American Institute of Architects convention, including proposed code changes for heavy timber frames and a new AIA teaming agreement.


Roof Steel Erection Scheduled To Begin This Fall on Falcons' Football StadiumOpen in a New Window

Roof steel erection scheduled to begin this fall at Atlanta Falcons stadium


Nicolas Jachietm, Chairman of France's Egis Group, Focus Firm on IndiaOpen in a New Window

Executive sees a bright future in transportation and water work.


Stocks Boost CEO Compensation in Publicly Owned CompaniesOpen in a New Window

A desire to recruit, reward and retain corporate leaders through stock payout is a factor in more industry M&As.


Climate Change Expected To Impact Bangladesh's Infrastructure SeverelyOpen in a New Window

Comments by a leading engineer on the expected impact of climate change on Bangladesh.


ENR 2004 Newsmaker Richard C. Schulte Dies at Age 60Open in a New Window

Fire code consultant and 2004 ENR Newsmaker Richard C. Schulte dies at age 60.


Viewpoint: Create a Team Offense to Manage Project RiskOpen in a New Window

Open communication, not emailing and legal case building, can prevent project distrust and deceleration.


With Emissions Behind Them, Manufacturers Target Fuel EconomyOpen in a New Window

Research and development budgets are shifting from emission reductions to making cleaner-burning engines more efficient.


Bangladesh Moves Toward DecongestionOpen in a New Window

Tunnel planned to relieve traffic woes in Chittagong.


India Moves Forward on Largest Reactor Park Despite ProtestsOpen in a New Window

India commits to developing nuclear power further.


Electric Utility Blames MWH, Contractor for Dam TroublesOpen in a New Window

In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the Eugene Water & Electric Board seeks damages for the failure of hoists on a dam on the McKenzie River in Oregon.


UK Pushes Owner-Contractor Alliances To Finish Billions in Water InfrastructureOpen in a New Window

Preferred bidding approach shortens construction process for utilities.


Feds Order Amtrak To Make Northeast Corridor Safety ImprovementsOpen in a New Window

Changes mandated by the Federal Railroad Administration include expanded use of Automatic Train Control and studies of risks on curves.


Porsche Design Tower Takes Elevation to Another LevelOpen in a New Window

The 60-story luxury condominium tower features a first-of-its-kind car elevator system that lets residents go along for the ride.


App Makes Data on Any Platform Interactive and SearchableOpen in a New Window

A Windows-based app that synchronizes files across cloud platforms, network file-shares and most data storage systems will soon allow admins to manage operations at a desktop level and make that data searchable.


After Amtrak Crash, Train-Control-Systems Debate Heats Up (UPDATE)Open in a New Window

House panel says Amtrak had train-control equipment in place at accident location but hadn't yet acquired necessary bandwidth to activate system.


Duke Energy Fined $102M for Clean Water Act ViolationsOpen in a New Window

As part of the settlement, the utility will pay $68 million in fines, and will fund $34 million in environmental mitigation programs.


Caterpillar CT680 Expands Construction Truck LineOpen in a New Window

A 13-liter engine is standard, but Cat plans soon to launch a 15-liter option.


Veteran Aviation Executive Ginger Evans Named to Head Chicago AirportsOpen in a New Window

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces selection of former Washington, D.C. airport exec to take new role on June 1; Dorval Carter also named as new transit chief.


Mergers and Acquisitions Take a Breath in Q1 2015 After Dizzying 2014Open in a New Window

Experts see more dealmaking ahead, but cite oil prices and public sector funding uncertainty as risk factors


Contractor's Customized Service Model Fulfills an A-List Client NicheOpen in a New Window

Boston’s Shawmut has tailored its business model to meet the needs of its high-profile clients across the country.


Peer-to-Peer Equipment Rental Apps Gain SteamOpen in a New Window

New apps allow contractors to list idle equipment for rent.


House OKs Bill to Block EPA's Waters RuleOpen in a New Window

But vote fell short of two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto.


Danger: Railroad CrossingsOpen in a New Window

11.2-million-sq-ft first phase of air-rights development is at the mercy of the track outages offered by the Long Island Railroad


Manhattan's Hudson Yards District Takes OffOpen in a New Window

New York City's rezoned Hudson Yards District starts to sizzle with construction activity.


Three Steps to Utilize Technology in ConstructionOpen in a New Window

Three hurdles keep construction companies from fully utilizing technology, they are: adopting, investing and embracing tech.


Funding Questions Dog Some N.J. Post-Sandy MeasuresOpen in a New Window

New Jersey is the only state in the Northeast without a climate adaptation plan.


Charleston, W. Va. Airport and Insurer at Odds Over Runway Extension CollapseOpen in a New Window

Bill for March landslide pegged at $10 million to date.


?Upstate New York Hamlet To Test Microgrid PrototypeOpen in a New Window

Blending expertise and funding from public and private sources, the village of Potsdam, N.Y., will evaluate a microgrid system now under development.


Industry Women Tackle Still Nagging Worksite ChallengesOpen in a New Window

Sexual harrassment, being addressed by Kiewit HR exec Jill Thomsen at May 6 ENR conference, was one of the “elephants in the room” for 300 women attendees that also include pay disparity and mentoring.


Construction Week: Miami College Settles Over Garage Collapse: Kennedy Center Expansion AdvancesOpen in a New Window

Miami Dade College settles with the contractor in a 2013 garage collapse.


Daimler Debuts First Autonomous Truck Licensed in U.S.Open in a New Window

The Freightliner Inspiration truck combines existing collision-mitigation technology to provide an autopilot mode during long highway trips.


Highway Bill Uncertainty Hangs Over Infrastructure WeekOpen in a New Window

Uncertainty over highway-transit legislation hangs over Infrastructure Week.


Drought's DividendOpen in a New Window

Since California has always been a magnet for immigrants, it shouldn't have surprised me that, over the years, so many of my closest relations—my sister, parents, ex-wife and son—migrated there from New York City, our home turf.


Senate Committee Approves Bill to Speed Infrastructure Projects' PermitsOpen in a New Window

Measure would apply to transportation and non-transportation projects of more than $200 million,


Petrochemical Construction Holding SteadyOpen in a New Window

Despite crashing oil prices during the past year, big-ticket projects in the U.S. Gulf Coast and West Coast continue, but at a more manageable pace.


Mr. Xi's Grand Silk Road Plan Leaves the Starting GateOpen in a New Window

China's leader wants to improve his country's economy with a global infrastructure plan.


Wireless Lighting Control System Scales Up for Complex SitesOpen in a New Window

Bringing Bluetooth and WiFi to lighting controls is nothing new, but scaling them to larger facilities can cause issues. At Lightfair 2015, Sycamore, Ill.-based lighting-connector maker IDEAL announced Audacy, a system suited for large installations that can bring big energy savings.


Lightfair 2015: Blue LED Inventor Showcases His Latest InnovationOpen in a New Window

Looking to build a better lightbulb, Shuji Nakamura led development of the blue LED in 1994.


Procore Releases Open Source API, Packs User ConferenceOpen in a New Window

Procore Technologies Inc. announces release of open-source API and sells out recent user conference.


Deere's 1050K Dozes Into the Production ClassOpen in a New Window

The 95,000-lb machine also marks the end of a decades-long remarkteing agreement with Liebherr.


Mammoet Custom Gantry Brings Up Bertha for RepairsOpen in a New Window

A special hydraulic-equalization system helped the gantry handle uneven loads.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


MOX Project's Rising Costs a Challenge for DOE Plutonium ProgramOpen in a New Window

The authors of a controversial report estimate that completion of the MOX project may not occur until 2043, or later.


Jobsite Photography Is Now Becoming a Skilled TradeOpen in a New Window

Sophisticated documentation technology ensures that contractors and owners get the most out of their project photos.


Building Owners Are Finding Greater Value in Multiple Uses of BIMOpen in a New Window

New research says more owners are leveraging building informaiton modeling for help with facilities management.


Midsize Design Firms: We're Still A ForceOpen in a New Window

The demise of firms caught between tiny niche players and giants "has been miscalculated," says a new research study.


Northwest Region Poised for Both Boom and BustOpen in a New Window

Tech sector propels Washington and Oregon to greater heights, but a collapsing oil-based economy sends Alaska into free fall.


Engineering a Career of Enduring ContributionsOpen in a New Window

Jon Magnusson, senior principal with Magnusson Klemencic Associates, remapped the landscape of a city and a profession.


ENR Northwest Owner of the YearOpen in a New Window

Alaska Municipal Light & Power takes on a $275 thermal generation power plant it says will be among the world’s most efficient.


ENR Northwest Top Young ProfessionalsOpen in a New Window

Meet 10 young professionals who already are making lasting contributions to their professions.


Former Louis Berger CEO, 79, Sentenced in Government Overbilling FraudOpen in a New Window

Derish Wolff, who left the firm in 2010 and pleaded guilty to federal charges, will spend one year under house arrest and pay a $4.5-million fine.


Fluor Wins $1B Powerplant in Virginia; ODOT Taps Three To Test-Drive Gas-Tax AlternativeOpen in a New Window

Hill International rejects private equity bid


Construction April Jobless Rate Drops as Industry Adds 45,000 JobsOpen in a New Window

Specialty trade contractors set pace with 41,000 jobs gained, but nonresidential building loses 7,800.


Contractors Should Be Aware of Alternative Funding Sources for ProjectsOpen in a New Window

Good personal and business credit scores will help firms qualify for reasonably priced financing options.


Common Sense Injury Management Can Help Lower RecordablesOpen in a New Window

Industry experts offer practical ways for contractors to improve safety programs and lower recordable incident rates.


KBR Transforms Its BusinessOpen in a New Window

Focusing on strengths may help the bottom line


Newly Launched N.C. Engineering School Names Jenna Carpenter DeanOpen in a New Window

Vanir Construction Hires Ex-Parsons Top Exec as CEO.


The 2015 ENR Top 500 Design Firms: Consolidation ComplicationsOpen in a New Window

Many firms worry about how consolidation will affect them.


Lone Star State DOT Uses Whimsy for a Serious Purpose, to Push Worksite SafetyOpen in a New Window

Oversized ‘barrel monsters’ are designed to slow drivers in highway work zones.


A Step Forward for Prevention Through DesignOpen in a New Window

Advocates consider the U.S. Green Building Council's new pilot credit for worker safety an important advance.


Dampers Help Sacramento Light Rail Keep QuietOpen in a New Window

?Engineers employ an innovative damper system to mitigate noise in tight spots at $270-million light rail expansion.


1,000-Strong Tradeswomen Gathering Sees Future in Doubled ApprenticeshipsOpen in a New Window

Union sponsored event focused on boosting recruiting and developing women for long -term craft careers.


Does Construction History Matter?Open in a New Window

Is the study of the industry’s long development an exercise in antiquarianism or is there a useful purpose?


Industry Pushes Weeklong Mission to Deepen the Safety CultureOpen in a New Window

Safety Week, the grass roots drive of industry executives to focus the nation’s attention on construction safety, has grown this year with 44 sponsoring companies, 23 sponsoring associations and endorsement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


House Approves FY16 Boost for DOD Construction, Corps Civil WorksOpen in a New Window

But bill also freezes VA major construction projects’ budget at 2015’s level.


Workers Cast Giant Fabric Net Over Boston GreenwayOpen in a New Window

Designed by artist Janet Echelman, the giant aerial sculpture attaches to nearby high-rise buildings.


World's First FRP Floating Bridge Takes Shape In VermontOpen in a New Window

Fiber-reinforced crossing has a 100-year design life.


Gov. Brown Unveils Scaled-back Bay Delta PlanOpen in a New Window

State and Federal officials previewed a scaled-back plan to restore a smaller portion of the Bay Delta, but on a faster timeline.


Industry Innovators Albert Grant, Martin Grunley and Jim Smith Are DeadOpen in a New Window

Grant, 88, pushed engineering sustainability in the late 1980s; Grunley, 98, launched D.C. area contracting company; Smith advanced construction education at Texas A&M University.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Fatal Crash in 2013 Results in Vehicular Homicide Charges for Nashville Ready Mix and Its PresidentOpen in a New Window

The case is one of few in the country where a corporation has been indicted for vehicular homicide.


Employees in Construction Are Among Happiest of All Sectors, Says SurveyOpen in a New Window

Tradespeople like KBR welding inspector Holley Thomas, with boss Stuart Bradie, say they like their work, the opportunity for advancement and the satisfaction of building; Holley was cited by ABC as its craft professional of the year.


Contractors Must Remove Edmonton Bridge Sections for TestsOpen in a New Window

The delay in the project completion grows longer as steel sections head back to fabrication shop for examination.


Tenn. Contractor Appeals OSHA Fine, Judge Increases ItOpen in a New Window

The company, the law judge wrote, “was fortunate that nobody died as a result of it conscious disregard” of OSHA requirements.


Contractors, Unions Say OSHA Confined-Space Rule Will Save LivesOpen in a New Window

OSHA went back to drawing board after proposal was widely panned in 2007.


Product Snapshot: Total Station and Compact Track LoaderOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a reflectorless total station from Topcon Positioning Systems and a compact track loader from Caterpillar.


Restoring a 1949 Hudson To Get It on the Road Again: A Slide ShowOpen in a New Window

It took quite a bit of work to get "Mrs. Martin," a 1949 Hudson, from curious eBay listing to cross-country driving machine.


Oklahoma, Texas Suggest Frack-water Disposal Link to EarthquakesOpen in a New Window

Two oil and gas stronghold states, alarmed by recent seismic activity spikes, are stepping up scrutiny of fracking operations.


How One Old Car Became a Metaphor for America's InfrastructureOpen in a New Window

Low and slow across America is how Aileen Cho, Senior Editor of Transportation for ENR and I will be going in a couple of weeks, through the heart of the country, coast-to-coast, from New York City to Los Angeles.


Construction March Spending Up 2% From Year-Earlier LevelOpen in a New Window

But Census Bureau also says value of finished construction declined 0.6% from February's annual rate.


Low and Slow Across America's Infrastructure: The RouteOpen in a New Window

ENR’s senior transportation editor Aileen Cho and author Dan McNichol are setting off in mid-May on a real-time documentary “road trip” in a vintage 1949 Hudson automobile that symbolizes the age of the Interstate - and the effort it requires to keep it running.


Congress Set To Fight Over ExIm Bank ExtensionOpen in a New Window

Capitol Hill battle expected to intensify with bank's authorization due to expire June 30.


Qatar Spends Big on Port, Rail InfrastructureOpen in a New Window

Chinese, French firms win big contracts for port, rail work.


Japanese Contractors Tackle Jakarta's $1.8-Billion Mass Transit ProgramOpen in a New Window

Japanese contractors tackle ambitious Indonesian program.


New FieldLens Feature Saves Supers an Hour a DayOpen in a New Window

FieldLens new field reports feature saves superintendents time through automation.


Design Firm CFOs Weigh Financial Challenges For 2015Open in a New Window

Executives struggle to stay optimistic on results, as they face a host of new risks and added costs.


Moving Robots Out of the Factory and Onto the SiteOpen in a New Window

How would robots fare and function in the complex environment of a construction site?


Shared Understanding of Project Scope Is KeyOpen in a New Window

Process industry estimating expert says misalignment between owner-operators and contractors is a key factor contributing to project cost uncertainties.


China BIM Users Find Business and Project Value, Says AnalysisOpen in a New Window

Chinese architects and contractors say leading advantages are reduced design errors on projects and an enhanced firm image as an industry leader.


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