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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:

Girders Give Edmonton Bridge Team Big HeadacheOpen in a New Window

With buckling girders now straightened out in Edmonton, will they carry the design loads and if not, who will pay?


Contractor C.W. Matthews Settles $1M DBE Fraud Case With FHWAOpen in a New Window

Atlanta roadbuilder claims it was unaware two trucking subcontractors had set up false DBE arrangement.


VA Seeks $830-Million Shift to Finish Troubled Colorado HospitalOpen in a New Window

Agency wants to tap account aimed at adding health personnel, building maintenance.


Contractors Want to Buy Software to Improve, But Don't Budget to PayOpen in a New Window

Big needs, small budgets


ENR 2015 Award of Excellence: HT Tran, An Inspired and Inspiring CEOOpen in a New Window

Severely wounded in Iraq, the 35-year-old executes a new mission as a next-gen leader to build his construction firm and advocate to industry why veterans make great hires.


Industry Firms Are Actively Seeking VetsOpen in a New Window

The Obama administration made construction careers for veterans a high-profile initiative in 2014.


Contractor Guru Helps Veterans Shape StartupsOpen in a New Window

Former Marine and Turner Construction exec Bob Nilsson is expanding efforts to turn military into entrepreneurs.


Viewpoint: Inspiration From ENR's WinnersOpen in a New Window

It’s up to us to provide a single compelling narrative that also shows that construction provides a broad canvas for young people to fulfill a deep-seated idealism.


Construction Week: Unemployment Rate Drops Despite Loss in Jobs; Berger Wins $100M Saudi ContractOpen in a New Window

Construction industry lost 1,000 jobs in March.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Close-Knit Team Keeps Houston Electrical Engineer's Sparks FlyingOpen in a New Window

Firm has avoided layoffs and now is poised for growth.


Design and Construction Culture is Biggest Barrier to Extreme Modular, Says NIBS SurveyOpen in a New Window

17% of survey respondents say they have ever used permanent modular construction.


SNC Lavalin Realigns C-Suite and Sues Ex-Execs Linked to Alleged Libya BribesOpen in a New Window

One former construction executive may be cooperating with Canadian officials


California Adopts Drought MeasuresOpen in a New Window

Worst drought in 1,000 years will trigger measures that will affect home builders first, says AGC district manager in Southern California.


Carbon Capture Project in Canada Performing Better than ExpectedOpen in a New Window

Project could help advocates make economic case for the technology.


?After Fending Off Nucor, Rival Speeds Work on Arkansas MillOpen in a New Window

?Big River Steel in Osceola, Ark., is speeding up construction after successfully defending against a legal challenge from one of its chief competitors and local neighbor, Nucor. Osceola’s mayor is pleased.


Entrepreneurs Hope To Bring Crowdfunding To P3 ProjectsOpen in a New Window

InfraShares will let individual investors contribute to public works.


High School Team Tests Skills as Roller-Coaster BuildersOpen in a New Window

Students in Oxnard, Calif., learn ups and downs of applying engineering concepts to model


Duke Energy Fights $25.1M Coal-Ash FineOpen in a New Window

The utility is appealing the state of North Carolina’s penalty over coal ash-induced groundwater contamination.


Testing of New Technology for Construction is Critical Step to ImplementationOpen in a New Window

Suffolk Construction’s R&D group controls the throttle on new technology testing by managing experimentation as a series of approved projects


Product Snapshot: Jaw Crusher and Cordless WelderOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a jaw crusher from Terex Finlay and a cordless welder from DeWalt.


Mobile Crane Standard Addresses OverloadsOpen in a New Window

New crane standard no longer allows users to exceed the rated capacity, even for load tests.


Tracing the Bloodline of Caterpillar's Earthmoving PedigreeOpen in a New Window

New book from Frank Raczon captures many of the earthmoving giant’s iconic machines.


French Fusion Reactor Advances, Amid Delays and Cost RevisionsOpen in a New Window

The Tokamak reactor could start experiments in 2024, officials say


Industry's Lack of Diversity is at the Tipping PointOpen in a New Window

There is a very real business case for short-term efforts to include more women and minorities.


Owner of the Year: Alexandria Real EstateOpen in a New Window

With an expectation for project innovation, Alexandria Real Estate pushes its designers and contractors to creative and collaborative.


ENR New England: Top Young ProfessionalsOpen in a New Window

As opportunities improve for design and construction firms, young talent is embracing emerging trends to help advance the industry.


Transit Officials Push for Long-Term Transportation BillOpen in a New Window

At first Stand Up 4 Transportation day, officials also seek to derail bills to abolish Highway Trust Fund transit account


The Secret is Out About Budget ContingenciesOpen in a New Window

Are the budget contingencies that owners keep secret good or bad for the project team as a whole?


CIFE, Autodesk Study Whether Data from Steel E-Purchasing Can Aid DesignersOpen in a New Window

Research goal is to explore whether digital data from e-buying of structural steel can help engineers make better design decisions


Industry Coalition Says OSHA Underestimated Its Silica Proposal’s CostOpen in a New Window

Groups urge agency to withdraw proposal but union advocates say rule is necessary to protect workers.


Designing a 'Living Building' Was Easier Than Anticipated, Says Bullitt Center ArchitectOpen in a New Window

Most challenging aspect of the project was staying within the tight budget while still stretching the green-building envelope


Edmonton Bridge Contractors Straighten Buckled GirdersOpen in a New Window

Although weeks of costly delays are finally behind, the total delay and cost is still to be determined.


Edmonton Bridge Contractors Straighten Buckled GirdersOpen in a New Window

Although weeks of costly delays are finally behind, the total delay and cost is still to be determined.


U.S. Renewables Sector Soars, With Help From Tax CreditsOpen in a New Window

The rush to qualify for tax credits set to expire or shrink soon is spurring a construction boomlet in the wind and solar sector.


How to Unstick Vital Project DataOpen in a New Window

If subcontrators don’t shed resistance to providing data and stop keeping it in separate silos, we will never advance.


Construction Week: Dodge Momentum Index Down in March; 'Living Building' Gets LEED ApprovalOpen in a New Window

Momentum index slips 2.1% in March, LEED accepts 'Living Building' achievements for certification.


Do All Old Oil and Gas Lines Need Pressure Testing?Open in a New Window

Billions of dollars of maintenance and construction work could be needed if new regulations are adopted.


DOE, Senators Move Forward on Radioactive Waste SolutionOpen in a New Window

Advocates hopeful that current logjam will be broken.


New Mexico DOT Begins New Contracting ExperimentOpen in a New Window

Highway contractors’ past performances will be weighed when bidding on projects over $5 million.


New Short-Term Highway Transit Bill Appears LikelyOpen in a New Window

May 31 deadline draws closer with little progess on multi-year authorization.


Shrink-Wrap Service Keeps Mothballed Machinery FreshOpen in a New Window

Leaving idled equipment exposed can cost later in repairs.


BIM Adoption for Government Work in U.K. Is a Work-in-ProgressOpen in a New Window

Without national BIM standards in place, meeting the U.K.’s 2016 implementation requirement is not yet possible.


Moving Data and DirtOpen in a New Window

Construction vehicles equipped with wireless telematics are now reporting project information with incredible detail.


Big Data Boosts Safety in BrazilOpen in a New Window

Telematics has helped one crane and rigging contractor achieve near-zero safety violations.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Product Snapshot: Articulated Truck and Compact Utility LoaderOpen in a New Window

This week we look at an articulated truck from Caterpillar and an updated Dingo from Toro.


Engineer Claims Facebook Stole Data-Center System DesignOpen in a New Window

The social media company used the modular construction methods and then made them public, the engineer claims.


Construction Jobless Rate Falls but Industry Loses 1,000 JobsOpen in a New Window

Job losses in residential specialty trades, heavy-civil segments outpace gain in buildings sector.


Construction Spending Up 2.1% in Feb., from Year-Earlier LevelOpen in a New Window

Annualized value of finished projects in February also slipped a slight 0.1% from January's rate.


Sterling Construction Reshuffles C-suite In Turnaround Quest; Paul Varello is Named New CEOOpen in a New Window

Peter MacKenna departs contractor; executives from Granite, AECOM and Flatiron jump to new firms.


Ignoring BIM at Our PerilOpen in a New Window

he masonry trades risk contributing to their own obsolescence by failing to get into step with building information modeling (BIM) — the 3D modeling and information laden process for building design and construction planning that is sweeping the industry.


France-based Suez Environnement Cites Politics in Not Pursuing Jerusalem Cable-Car ProjectOpen in a New Window

Route of proposed transport system in disputed Israel-Palestinian area has caused tension, but city is proceeding.


Supersustainable Bullitt Center Certified Under the Most Rigorous Green Building ProgramOpen in a New Window

Super-sustainable Bullitt Center certified under the most-rigorous green building program.


China Lifts Ban on Nuclear Powerplants, Resumes Ambitious Construction ProgramOpen in a New Window

The government plans to take the number of nuclear power plants from 22 at present to 75 in just about five years.


India's Ruling Party Moves Forward on '100 Smart Cities' PlanOpen in a New Window

Urbanization drives movement for new, sustainable cities in India


White House Sets Targets for Paris Climate TalksOpen in a New Window

GOP lawmakers blast plan but environmental groups and their Capitol Hill allies praise it.


China Fears New Sri Lankan Government Could Alter Port Project in ColomboOpen in a New Window

Chinese contractor CCCC fears that the Colombo port project will be reopened to international contractors.


AISC Calls for Steel Suppliers To Implement Electronic PurchasingOpen in a New Window

AISC calls for structural steel suppliers to join its electronic steel purchasing initiative, called steelXML.


The World's Largest Roller-Compacted Concrete DamsOpen in a New Window

The world's largest roller-compacted concrete dams, ranked by the volume of roller-compacted concrete.


Lafarge-Holcim Merger Imperiled as Major Shareholders Reject DealOpen in a New Window

A $44 billion merger between French-based Lafarge and Swiss-based Holcim to create the world's largest cement manufacturer received a shock on March 29 as Holcim's second-largest shareholder objected to the terms of the deal.


A $3.1-Billion Berths Project Sets Sail In AfricaOpen in a New Window

Chinese firms building billions worth of transport work for three countries.


Judge Hands Down Jail Sentence for Chubb Bond FraudOpen in a New Window

The judge also ordered payment of $1.9 million in restitution to contractors.


Email Newsletter Launch: ENR Energy Is For YouOpen in a New Window

Welcome to the launch of the ENR Energy newsletter.


Product Snapshot: Pipe-Fusion Machine and Motor GraderOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a pipe-fusion machine from McElroy Manufacturing and a Motor Grader from Komatsu Americas.


Africa Road Projects To Drive Demand for AsphaltOpen in a New Window

Market prospects prompt France's Rubis to acquire Eres, a leading asphalt company in West Africa.


Parliament Report Says UK Government Has Not Justified High-Speed-Rail InvestmentOpen in a New Window

Planned $74-billion investment won't benefits cities other than London, says House of Lords economic committee.


Israel and Jordan Sign Pact To Build $1B Pilot 'Red-Dead' CanalOpen in a New Window

Project is a prototype for a $10-billion scheme the bank said in 2013 was feasible; countries will share water supplies; tenders are set to come out by year end.


Petrobras Pay-To-Play Probe Makes Room for Global FirmsOpen in a New Window

The kickback and bid-rigging scandal opens up new opportunities for contractors as others are blacklisted from future work.


White House Wants Agencies To Shrink Real Estate PortfolioOpen in a New Window

OMB memo calls for square-footage cut starting in fiscal 2016, but no specific targets.


DOE, Senators Look for Solution on Radioactive Waste StorageOpen in a New Window

Nuclear industry advocates say the lack of a permanent repository could hinder construction of new nuclear plants.


Skanska: Modular Hospital Story Missed the MarkOpen in a New Window

Skanska USA Building’s Joey Hatch says ENR’s story was misleading concerning recent developments in a lawsuit involving NBBJ and a prior lawsuit involving others involved in the project


Dramatic Drop in Fuel Prices Starts to Ripple Through CostsOpen in a New Window

The largest decline in fuel prices may not have as big of an impact as you think.


Firms Feel the Drop in OilOpen in a New Window

Drilling work slows in key regions, downstream projects continue and contractors readjust.


ABC Names Gregory E. Sizemore VP for Safety and WorkforceOpen in a New Window

HAKS hires former NY state transport official as president


Abba Lichtenstein, 92, Was Bridge Engineering GuruOpen in a New Window

Designer helped develop key national load-rating and inspection standards


Up North in Alaska, a Development ShowdownOpen in a New Window

?Alaska's governor squares off against contractors and lawmakers over controversial and costly mega-projects.


Populist Architect Michael Graves, 80, Was Post-Modern PioneerOpen in a New Window

Graves delighted through design—from buildings to teapots.


Construction Groups Fight Proposal to Slash Federal Gas TaxOpen in a New Window

Industry warns “devolution” plan could mean sharp hikes in states’ fuels taxes.


Construction Week: Dodge Starts Rise in February; Three Killed in Raleigh Scaffold CollapseOpen in a New Window

The start of a $3-billion energy project in Texas pumps up the nonresidential starts.


Scope, Schedule Pose Challenges On Ohio River Bridges ProjectOpen in a New Window

Weather and expanded retrofit plan pushing extra manpower and shifts for design-build contractor.


?New AGC President Says Future Depends on a Safe WorkforceOpen in a New Window

The chairman of Linbeck talks about the hard choices in enforcing safety practices, the need to empower foremen and the search for craft leaders.


Covering Risks in Design-BuildOpen in a New Window

Contractors should beware of standard forms of agreement with language that may create a fiduciary responsibility to an owner in a design-build contract.


Industry Market Confidence Hits Record HighOpen in a New Window

The construction market has enjoyed steady growth for several years. Most industry executives believe this growth will continue through 2016. But one sector that has been leading the recovery, petroleum, has suddenly hit a roadblock as plummeting oil prices have resulted in project postponements.


The VA's Aurora Hospital Project: How Did Things Get So Bad?Open in a New Window

The department is scrambling to provide answers about the $1.73-billion price tag for its replacement hospital in Colorado.


Contractors Enlist Laser Scanners to Verify As-BuiltsOpen in a New Window

Reality capture aids contractors at all stages of project life cycle, from capturing existing conditions to validating work.


Mind-Bender In Upper ManhattanOpen in a New Window

Southern portion of 15-story building has wild geometry, little repetition, architectural concrete and cantilevered and sloped floors.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, bids, awards and proposals from Dodge.


Asphalt Prices Begin To Decline In Short TermOpen in a New Window

Long-term needs may inevitably drive costs up again, say experts.


Product Snapshot: Trench Roller and Mobile Telescopic CraneOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a trench roller from American Pneumatic Tools and a rough-terrain crane from Manitowoc.


Former Bechtel VP Sentenced in Federal Kickback CaseOpen in a New Window

Elgawhary pleaded guilty in December to mail fraud and money laundering related to Egyptian power contracts.


Diesel Fuel Prices Bottom OutOpen in a New Window

Nationwide fuel prices inched up in February but are still 41% lower than last year.


GOP and Industry Gear Up to Fight Fracking RuleOpen in a New Window

Interior Secretary says regulations are needed to provide necessary environmental safeguards.


Georgia Tech Research Conjures Platinum Lab ProjectOpen in a New Window

The latest laboratory facility at the Georgia Institute of Technology re-sets the university’s standard for collaborative research projects.


Related Group's Approach Drives South Florida Residential BoomOpen in a New Window

Related Group of Florida is ENR Southeast’s Owner of the Year


Obituary: A. James Clark, 87, Set Course for Building Giant's TransformationOpen in a New Window

Executive who led Clark Group's growth into a $4.5-billion Washington, D.C. fixture and national competitor, also shared his $1.4-bilion fortune.


Obama Order Calls for More Greenhouse Gas CutsOpen in a New Window

Federal contractors also agree to do their part in reducing GHG emissions.


Work to Restart on Modular Tower in Brooklyn; Dodge Starts RiseOpen in a New Window

Strong energy sector pushes up market.


Marrying Construction Program Control Software and ProcessesOpen in a New Window

Countless news reports litter the media with tales of counties and cities facing significant cost overruns for a wide variety of initiatives. Program and project leaders are often finding themselves caught between a gargantuan rock and extremely hard place. But there is a solution.


Military Engineers' Construction Camps: Learn Alot, Have Fun and Wear Great T-Shirts!Open in a New Window

SAME one-week summer programs for high-school students at US service academies are now signing up recruits.


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