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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:


Obama Signs 3-Month Transport Stopgap, Senate Also Passes 6-Year BillOpen in a New Window

Short-term bill averts highway funds cutoff; six-year measure raises hopes that the House will produce similar plan in the fall.


New Orleans Stops, Abruptly Resumes $145-Million Prison ProjectOpen in a New Window

The opening of New Orleans’ $145-million prison has been delayed multiple times, most recently due to an order from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration to halt construction.


PSEG Awards Estimated $900M Maryland Power Plant Job to SNC-LavalinOpen in a New Window

Canadian design-builder should execute project profitably, says analyst.


Dutch Water Wizards Go With the FlowsOpen in a New Window

Royal HaskoningDHV and Chairman Erik Oostwegel set sights to expand firm's water engineering expertise at home to emerging economies and new design sectors worldwide.


Rapid Repairs Performed After Partial Bridge CollapseOpen in a New Window

The Federal Highway Administration provided $2 million in emergency-relief funds to repair a California bridge that partially collapsed after the foundation washed away under an abutment.


Top 225 International Design Firms: Ups and Downs in the Global MarketOpen in a New Window

Global design markets are facing headwinds from political turmoil, falling oil prices and economic uncertainties


Report Highlights Agencies' Challenges in Building GreenOpen in a New Window

Report finds most agencies are using third-party green building certification systems, but that they are still facing challenges in meeting all federal requirements.


House Approves Bill to Continue Coal Ash RecyclingOpen in a New Window

Construction groups say "hazardous" designation supported by environmental advocates would be the death-knell of coal ash recycling.


Wide-Ranging Energy Bills Come into Focus in House, SenateOpen in a New Window

Bills have critics on both sides of aisle, but lawmakers say bills represent areas of "common ground."


Tax 'Extenders" Could See Floor Action This FallOpen in a New Window

Despite desire for comprehensive tax reform, lawmakers say another short-term extension package is necessary.


Dry Rot Is Suspected in California Stairway CollapseOpen in a New Window

The 280-unit complex in Folsom was issued permits in 2014 and 2015 to repair dry rot on stairways, including the one that failed on July 3.


Experts Say You Can't Inspect Your Way to SafetyOpen in a New Window

Contractors with strong safety cultures enjoy more than just significantly lower injury rates.


Holograms Add New Dimension to ConstructionOpen in a New Window

The print produces a precisely detailed holograph that is viewable from all angles without the need for special glasses or other equipment often associated with 3D technologies.


Technical Schools Compete With Traditional CollegesOpen in a New Window

A growing number of young people are bypassing four-year colleges and opting for trade schools and apprenticeships.


Little Known About Cause of Tradeco Texas Road Project DefaultsOpen in a New Window

Weeks after defaulting on five Texas road projects, the root causes remain unclear about hy Tradeco is off the jobs.


Brundage-Bone Maintains Its EdgeOpen in a New Window

After a rocky few years, the largest U.S. concrete pumping firm now focuses on expanding current markets while pursuing greenfield opportunities and acquisitions.


Bridge Inspector Not Shy About Faked CredentialsOpen in a New Window

Were there hints that a bridge inspector with a faked college degree wasn't telling the truth?


Make Cybersecurity One of Your Engineering and Design GoalsOpen in a New Window

The energy sector was targeted in a third of the 245 cyberattacks on industrial control systems that a U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security team responded to in 2014.


Bahamian Government Blocks Resort Developer's U.S. BankruptcyOpen in a New Window

The Bahamian is seeking to take control over the resort developer's bankruptcy proceedings.


Report: International Disputes Lasting Longer, Costing MoreOpen in a New Window

Arcadis' annual report shows a deterioration, with disputes involving greater sums and taking longer to resolve.


Cardno's New American CEO Aims Down Under Firm Back UpOpen in a New Window

Richard Wankmuller shares outlook for Australian design firm Cardno's future through latest results shortfall and market transition.


DC Tunnel Project Passes Milestone as TBM Holes ThroughOpen in a New Window

TBM finishes first section of new water tunnel in D.C., removing 1.2 million tons of material.


Record Settlement Reached Over Ram Truck RecallsOpen in a New Window

Terms of the settlement state that FCA must also offer to buy back hundreds of thousands of Ram trucks recalled in 2013.


Who Is Watching Your Fuel Burn?Open in a New Window

Looking to monetize telematics to help recoup the added costs of clean-diesel technology, manufacturers are finding new ways to bundle fleet services with machine sales.


Oil Slide Hits Caterpillar, United RentalsOpen in a New Window

Sales of construction equipment are performing better this year, but suppliers are taking a cautious approach to their full-year outlooks.


Construction Begins on Drone Aviation Park in North DakotaOpen in a New Window

Construction of site improvements, including security fencing, access roads and culverts for a $25-million, 217-acre unmanned aerial-systems park, began in Grand Forks, N.D., in July.


Product Snapshot: Rotary Hammer and Metal Circular SawOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a SDS rotary hammer from DeWalt and a metal circular saw from Bosch.


Venerable Bridge Engineer Herbert Rothmann Is Dead At 91Open in a New Window

Weidlinger veteran helped build many of America's most well-known structures


Transit Gains Funds in Revised Senate Transportation BillOpen in a New Window

DRIVE Act's architects shift more aid to transit, offset partly by deep cuts to TIFIA funding.


Senate Transport Bill Clears One Hurdle, But More Lie AheadOpen in a New Window

Six-year measure, which has only three years' funding guaranteed, wins procedural vote after losing one a day earlier.


Construction's June Starts Drop From May, First-Half Results Are UpOpen in a New Window

Dodge Data & Analytics says month-to-month comparison is skewed by huge LNG project launched in May.


Cracks Found in Precast Girders Installed for Virginia's Silver LineOpen in a New Window

Officials hope $2-billion Silver Line won't be delayed.


Change Readiness: Adopting Innovation for the Long HaulOpen in a New Window

When an innovative solution is implemented, there is 70% likelihood that by the time a fifth project is executed, it will be forgotten and practices revert to what was as been done in the past. Fiatech means to change this through education.


Algae-Harvesting Technology Turns Frack California Water Into Irrigation WaterOpen in a New Window

A company that makes systems for algae growth and harvesting, repurposed its machines to tackle flowback water from the Oil & Gas industry.


FHWA Sets Rules for New National Tunnel Inspection ProgramOpen in a New Window

New standards include routine tunnel examinations at least every 24 months.


Deadly Berkeley Balcony Collapse Prompts Code ChangesOpen in a New Window

The new regulation requires regular maintenance inspections for balconies of existing and future buildings.


Contractor, Bahamian Government Fight Resort Developer BankruptcyOpen in a New Window

The latest courtroom maneuvers are occurring even as the contractor and developer participate in negotiations aimed at restarting construction of the $3.5-billion Baha Mar project.


Product Snapshot: Soil Compactor and Diamond BladeOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a soil compactor from Volvo and a diamond blade from Lackmond.


Give Us More Details About Olympics RisksOpen in a New Window

The Boston Olympics committee wants to surpass Chicago’s detailed risk analysis, so more explanations are needed, argues ENR"s Richard Korman.


Officials Float New Bay Delta Water Conveyance PlanOpen in a New Window

California officials again revise plans to construct a $15-billion Bay Delta tunnel and pumping stations.


TBM 'Bertha' May Begin Excavating Again Under Seattle This FallOpen in a New Window

"Bertha" could begin excavating under Seattle again in November.


Migrant Worker Home Countries Have Mixed Responses to Abuses in QatarOpen in a New Window

Nepal and India are starting to exert more pressure on booming Gulf nation to moderate kafala system and improve working conditions for hundreds of thousands of workers.


Louis Berger Settles with U.S. on Foreign Bribe ViolationsOpen in a New Window

Global designer will pay a $17.1-million fine in deferred prosecution pact over violations it uncovered; two ex-senior vice presidents pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in November.


Inspector's Fake Credentials Cost Employer $390KOpen in a New Window

State hits Connecticut engineer with substantial fine for failure to check staff member’s background.


Crunch Time Near for Senate Transport-Bill TalksOpen in a New Window

If deal on multi-year package is reached, procedural floor vote could occur within days.


AEMP Says a Telematics 'Good Housekeeping Seal' Is Coming SoonOpen in a New Window

When complete, the app will enable buyers to verify that a machine complies with AEMP data-stream protocols.


Why Contracts Undermine Subcontractor ProtectionOpen in a New Window

Why despite payment protections aren't subcontractors protected? The construction industry's pervasive culture of risk-shifting, says the author.


ENR Survey: The Clients and Clauses That Companies AvoidOpen in a New Window

A new ENR survey finds that designers and contractors often try to steer clear of developers, condominium projects and clauses that open them to unlimited liability.


No New DOT Expansion Projects Expected In MissouriOpen in a New Window

Many engineers, consultants and contractors will have to seek work in places other than Missouri through the rest of the decade. Early this month, the Missouri Dept. of Transportation announced it will not embark on any new expansion projects in its five-year FY2016-20 transportation plan, due to lack of funding.


New Geopolymer Mortar Helps To Protect Aging BuildingsOpen in a New Window

Engineers are using a newly developed carbon-fiber-reinforced geopolymer mortar as a conductor for cathodic protection.


Key Everglades Reservoir Project To Begin This SummerOpen in a New Window

Everglades restoration reached a new milestone with two recent developments in the plan for water storage.


In London, Bridge Backed by Mayor, Movie Star Draws FireOpen in a New Window

Contractors are refining the design of a controversial $270-million London pedestrian bridge, planned as a garden straddling the River Thames.


Hill Labors To Avert Transport Funding LapseOpen in a New Window

As federal highway and transit programs’ funding authority nears a July 31 expiration, Congress is laboring to find a fix.


Urban Farm ComingOpen in a New Window

Former steel plant to produce edible plants.


Construction Week: Developer Seeks Back Pay on Bahamas Resort; Builders' Software Use SurveyOpen in a New Window

NISB modular survey underway and fallout continues from the bankrupt Baha Mar project.


Pumpback Scheme To Move Water to Denver Brings PushbackOpen in a New Window

Critics say project to divert 97 billion gal of water from Colorado's Yampa River to new reservoirs would irreparably harm the waterway.


OSHA Postpones Enforcement Date for Confined-Space RuleOpen in a New Window

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration will delay fully enforcing its new rule for construction in confined spaces to give firms more time to comply with its training requirements.


Court Upholds EPA's Pollution Diet for Chesapeake BayOpen in a New Window

The American Farm Bureau, National Association of Home Builders and other groups are reviewing whether they will appeal a court ruling upholding mandatory pollution reductions in Chesapeake Bay.


Financial Managers See the Rewards of Giving and GettingOpen in a New Window

At the Construction Financial Management Association’s record-turnout annual conference, Chairman J. Brad Robinson said this year’s conference theme, “The Power of One,” was inspired by the “singular, powerful moments” when you invest time in someone else or benefit from someone else’s investment in you.


Product Snapshot: Telehandler and Portable WelderOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a new range of telehandlers from Gehl and a portable welder from Nelson Stud Welding.


BP Settlement Will Speed Up ProjectsOpen in a New Window

States with areas damaged by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill expect an infusion of cash, but not immediately.


Software Vendor Bentley Systems Declares Intent to Go PublicOpen in a New Window

Firm took a similar step in 2002 but withdrew plans as market changed.


Canada Moderates 'Integrity' Rules for Federal ContractorsOpen in a New Window

Mandatory 10-year debarment for infractions, now faced by SNC-Lavalin, will be halved after business outcry; firm is part of a team named by the government as P3 contractor for a huge Montreal bridge replacement.


Brazil Construction Machinery Sales Face Steep Drop in 2015Open in a New Window

Construction machinery sales in Brazil are forecast to decline to 15,800 units, a 37.8% decrease since last year.


Chevrolet Delivers No-Nonsense Compact VanOpen in a New Window

Essentially, the 2015 Chevrolet City Express is a Nissan NV200 with a bow tie on the grille, and it is every bit as versatile.


House Approves 5-Month Highway-Transit StopgapOpen in a New Window

Extension through Dec. 18 would include transfers to Highway Trust Fund from general fund.


Gilbane Will Elevate Ex-CH2M Exec to Be First Non-Family CEOOpen in a New Window

COO Mike McKelvy will replace Tom Gilbane in added role in January; Susan Hayes is named to run NY developer Forest City's modular unit.


After Eight-Month Search, Jacobs Taps Manufacturing Executive as its Next CEOOpen in a New Window

Steven J. Demetriou, a former aluminum producer firm CEO, joins the California engineer-contractor-R&D firm next month.


Five Minutes with Jerry Brodsky on the Rio OlympicsOpen in a New Window

Peckar & Abramson’s American Practice Group leader explains the dispute review boards set up for temporary structures at the Rio 2016 Olympics.


Survey Suggests Research and Development Investment May Buy Peace of MindOpen in a New Window

Survey shows among construction disciplines, subcontractors lead in R&D spend


Bankruptcy Brings Nearly Completed Resort Project to a HaltOpen in a New Window

With the project at 97% completion, the Bahamas-based developer seeks protection from creditors and puts the blame on the contractor, China Construction America.


Station and Tunnel Designs Begin on Auckland's 'Missing Link'Open in a New Window

Auckland transit route will require extensive excavation.


Preparations Begin for Third Runway at Hong Kong AirportOpen in a New Window

Reclamation of contaminated land is a big hurdle in planned Chek Lap Kok expansion.


Fast-Track Trade Measure Sparks Praise and Some WorriesOpen in a New Window

Business groups welcome faster up-or-down congressional votes but unions are concerned the legislation will cost U.S. jobs.


ASHRAE Issues Guidance To Prevent Legionnaires' DiseaseOpen in a New Window

ASHRAE issues first standard to reduce risk of Legionnaires' disease caused by building water systems.


Replica of 15th-Century Berlin Palace Still Needs $30 Million for FacadeOpen in a New Window

After more than two years of work, the core and shell is complete for the Baroque replica of the 15th-Century Berlin Palace-Humboldtforum.


Reaction Mixed as President Signs Fast-Track BillOpen in a New Window

Critics contend trade deal could be job-killer; supporters say just the opposite.


Brazil Corruption Probe Compounds Growing Economic SlumpOpen in a New Window

Kickback scandal adds to an already-growing economic slump in Latin America.


Carbon Holdings Faces Delays for Petrochemical Complex in EgyptOpen in a New Window

Key component of the complex is a 4-million-tonne-per-year naptha cracker.


Amazon Offers $250K to Municipal Cloud-Competition WinnersOpen in a New Window

The competition is open to entries until August 21 to entries from any municipality in the world.


Congress May Face New Vote To Renew Ex-Im CharterOpen in a New Window

Bank ceased approving new loans when authorization expired on June 30.


The Top 10 Largest Aquarium TanksOpen in a New Window

Aquariums are typically built by general contractors with experience in the water and wastewater sectors


Team Named To Plan and Manage $5-Billion Euro Transport CanalOpen in a New Window

Planned waterway will eliminate a major river transport bottleneck in northern Europe when completed in 2025.


Panama Canal Expansion Passes Milestone as New Locks Are FloodedOpen in a New Window

Panama Canal expansion enters next phase.


Australian Services Giant Cardno Names New CEO as Challenges MountOpen in a New Window

Richard Wankmuller jumps to firm after stint running North American unit of rival GHD Ltd.


Investment Decision on Big Mozambique LNG Project Could Come by Year-EndOpen in a New Window

Anadarko awarded construction contract in May to team of Chicago Bridge & Iron, Chiyoda and an Eni subsidiary.


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.


Letter to the Editor: There's Nothing New Under the Sun for BridgesOpen in a New Window

Letter to the Editor regarding record bridge slides.


Letter to the Editor: Major Shifts Needed for Integrated Project DeliveryOpen in a New Window

Letter to the Editor regarding recent IPD coverage.


Letter to the Editor: The Climate-Changers Are Killing ConstructionOpen in a New Window

Letter to the Editor regarding climate change coverage.


Construction Gains No Jobs in June, but Jobless Rate DipsOpen in a New Window

Unemployment rate declines to 6.3% from May's 6.7% and is markedly better than year-earlier 8.2%.


Construction's May Spending Up Slightly, Posts Strong Year-Over-Year GainOpen in a New Window

May's total ticks up only 0.8% from April but rises 8.2% from year-earlier level.


Pair of TBMs Said to Be World's Largest Get to Work in Hong KongOpen in a New Window

Two 17.6-meter-diameter tunnel boring machines are said to be the world's largest.


Construction Week: Houston Sited for Spaceport; Boston Revises Olympic BidOpen in a New Window

Houston airport selected by FAA for spaceport; Boston 2024 unveils revised plan to host Olympics.


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 Will Adapt TVA Coal Plant 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..


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