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ENR MidAtlantic Legacy Award: John LawsonOpen in a New Window

For nearly four decades, John R. Lawson II has made a lasting impression on the mid-Atlantic construction community through his accomplishments at the helm of W.M. Jordan Co., his philanthropic efforts and his advocacy for educational development.


Probe, Lawsuit Eye Post-Sandy Inspection ReportsOpen in a New Window

Following lawsuits by homeowners who claim collusion between engineers and insurers, New York State seeks evidence in a criminal probe.


Veteran Engineering Educator Edmund Cranch, 92, is DeadOpen in a New Window

Academic was engineering dean at Cornell, president of WPI and led the American Society for Engineering Education


Know Your Enemy: Construction Industry Needs Better Information About Cyber Crime RiskOpen in a New Window

Cyber attack incidents often go unreported to protect business reputations, resulting in a dearth of data on the threat and rising risk. Officials are taking steps to require notification


Nine Vectors of Cyberattack: Terms You Need to KnowOpen in a New Window

The lingo of cyber risk changes as fast as the hackers dream up new ways to break in


Ransomware: Hacking Gets PersonalOpen in a New Window

Attackers sneak in piggybacking on the back of apparently legitimate links and then take your files hostage


Vendors Serving Construction Comment on Cyber Security Concerns TodayOpen in a New Window

Cloud-based web hosting and computing services gain a lot of protection from cyber-risk just by being hosted there, vendors claim


What To Do First If Your Company Is a Victim of a CyberattackOpen in a New Window

Have a plan in place, then follow it because your instincts may not be right


Make Surety Fraud UninvitingOpen in a New Window

The arrest of alleged surety bond con man Darius X. Johnson is an opportunity to clean up an entire wing in the house of fraud.


Singapore Airport Atrium to Use Rain to Create 40-Meter-Tall Indoor WaterfallOpen in a New Window

1.3-million sq ft retail mall centerpiece of Singapore's airport will feature an indoor garden with a 40-meter-tall waterfall created by draining roof rainwater.


State DOTs Plan Ways to Cope With Uncertain Federal FundsOpen in a New Window

States plan, or consider, delaying highway contract bid lettings until federal funding picture clears up.


Criminal Charges Against SNC-Lavalin Raise “Integrity” Debate in CanadaOpen in a New Window

Businesses question tough federal contracting guidelines that carry 10-year bidding ban if convicted.


John Laing Expands Presence in Australia With $1.7B Rail DealOpen in a New Window

Global infrastructure owner/developer John Laing plc., London, recently stepped up its Australian operations by closing a $1.7 billion deal to design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) a light rail project in Sydney, New South Wales.


UK Renewables Sector Bolstered as Two Offshore Projects AdvanceOpen in a New Window

A 2,400 MW North Sea wind farm secured government approval while generating equipment suppliers were selected for a 320 MW tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.


Construction Week: Duke Settles Ash Spill for $100M; UMass-Amherst Reverses Iranian Student BanOpen in a New Window

UMass-Amherst reverses ban on Iranian engineering students.Tools coming to aid decisions about disaster resilience spending


House Committee Leaders Want OSHA to Change Crane RuleOpen in a New Window

At issue is a section dealing with how crane operators are certified.


New York City Moves Forward With Plans to Defend Against Climate ChangeOpen in a New Window

Recently released report predicts city’s temperature, precipitation and sea level rise through 2100


Leaders Cite Positive Actions to Address Climate ChangeOpen in a New Window

Movement on a variety of fronts, but there is still a long way to go, conference speakers say.


Lawmakers Set to Challenge NLRB's New Election RuleOpen in a New Window

But Obama will likely veto the bill.


Obama Administration Seeks to Lift Hold on Immigration DirectivesOpen in a New Window

Construction groups say protracted legal fight will delay comprehensive reform efforts.


Owners Take Rap for Big Project FailsOpen in a New Window

Survey says the onus is on owners to prevent engineering errors that lead to a high failure rate of big industrial projects.


Private Investment Drives Wind, Solar Projects in CaliforniaOpen in a New Window

Apple, Google and Kaiser Permanente agree to directly purchase renewable energy, fueling new construction projects


'Flawed Design' Caused Failure of Mount Polley Mine's Earthen Dam, Say InvestigatorsOpen in a New Window

Tailings pond design did not account for the geological formations beneath it.


Collaboration System, Intellinote, Extends Capabilities of Third-Party SoftwareOpen in a New Window

A cloud-based enterprise collaboration system’s new field management tool lets users edit, annotate and share service requests between the field and the office on iOS devices.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Annual Orlando Equipment Auction Sells Record LotsOpen in a New Window

More than 10,500 pieces of heavy equipment and trucks—a record number of lots—exchanged hands.


Caterpillar's $250-Million Global Headquarters Takes ShapeOpen in a New Window

Construction is expected to take the better part of a decade to build the entire campus.


Ironworker Crushed by Steel at Brooklyn's Barclays CenterOpen in a New Window

The DOB has issued a full stop-work order at the site as well as an environmental control board violation for failure to safeguard a worksite.


Product Snapshot: Wall Saw and Slipform PaverOpen in a New Window

This week we look at an air compressor from Makita and a slipform paver from Gomaco.


The Uber of Equipment Rental Expands FootprintOpen in a New Window

Getable, an on-demand equipment rental app, goes national.


Custom Launching Gantry Builds Over Busy NYC RailwayOpen in a New Window

Italian launching girder system lets NYC developer build over Pennsylvania Station rail yard.


Lifting Experts Teach Online Course for Rigging EngineersOpen in a New Window

Rigging engineering is becoming high-risk work that requires knowledge transfer, experts say.


Lifting Experts Teach Online Course for Rigging EngineersOpen in a New Window

Rigging engineering is becoming high-risk work that requires knowledge transfer, experts say.


Michael Della Rocca Joins McKinsey as Infrastructure Practice PartnerOpen in a New Window

Succession boosts Jack Frost to president and COO of Tutor Perini


Bentley Systems Acquires Automated Image-to-3D-Model Conversion SoftwareOpen in a New Window

Infrastructure software systems vendor plans to integrate “reality capture” and automated 3D model generation as a native capability in its product line.


Work To Resume on Stalled London Skyscraper ProjectOpen in a New Window

With its truncated concrete core standing idle for several years, work on one of London’s tallest buildings is set to be revived following the acquisition of the project, formerly known as the Pinnacle, in a deal announced on February 20.


Is That Old Loader Worth More Than You Thought?Open in a New Window

Fleet managers are getting smarter about how they buy and sell pre-owned machinery, and values for used iron are inching back up.


Green Globes Rating System Strives for Gains in the Sustainability GameOpen in a New Window

For reasons of cost and speed, some firms prefer the Green Globes program over LEED.


Mergers and Acquisitions Abound But So Do Their Risks and LiabilitiesOpen in a New Window

Owners considering a sale or acquisition need to seek the help of a business adviser.


Integrated Building Teams Are Good for Projects, Study SaysOpen in a New Window

Team integration is a better predictor of a building project’s success than any contracting method.


Colorado Contractor Seeks Strategic Partnerships That Drive GrowthOpen in a New Window

Saunders Construction takes an unconventional approach to partnering in a traditionally risk-averse environment, says President Greg Schmidt at Denver project site.


Which Project Delivery System Yields the Best Results?Open in a New Window

New industry research shows that no single system offers a magic bullet, but integrated project delivery shows promise.


New National Operations Center Will Research Future of High-Tech HighwaysOpen in a New Window

Washington, D.C.’s National Operations Center of Excellence will serve as a centralized information hub for state and federal transportation agencies.


Drone Use Regulations Remain in Flux; Use Permits Are Still RequiredOpen in a New Window

Construction could benefit from the use of drones as much as any other industry.


SNC Lavalin Will Fight Canada Fraud Charges Linked to Ex-Execs' Libya BribesOpen in a New Window

Charges are the first against the firm, but one previously charged former executive faces trial next month in Canada.


Industry Buzz: Craft Labor Gaps Will Slow Growth, Say Contractor HR ChiefsOpen in a New Window

One-quarter of firms expect to pass up bid prospects, says FMI survey.


California High-Speed Rail Proponents Plow ForwardOpen in a New Window

Officials are confident of project’s eventual legacy.


In NYC, An Ambassador Gains Public Acceptance Of MegaprojectsOpen in a New Window

Managing expectations is a heavy-duty job on a nearly $20-billion capital program of new subways and commuter rail.


Boston Begins Reaping Benefits Of Big DigOpen in a New Window

Less than 10 years later, billions in economic development flourishing in city’s transformed landscape.


Project Members Ponder Untold Stories of the Bay BridgeOpen in a New Window

Under intense media scrutiny, a team of engineers and contractors kept pushing forward to complete a seismic lifeline.


Infrastructure Megaprojects: Looking For LegaciesOpen in a New Window

Building public trust while building transportation is more vital than ever in tough era of funding challenges.


"Cowed" Is a Call to Action To Tackle Cows' Climate DamageOpen in a New Window

Authors Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes state the problems and offer solutions to environmental damage caused by cattle farms


Arctic Explorer Sounds Alarm About Melting in Polar RegionOpen in a New Window

As climate change reconfigures the ice-laden Artic, Sprague Theobald says, drilling for oil will become easier.


TxDOT Proves Accuracy of Stockpile Volume Measurement AppOpen in a New Window

TxDOT benchmarked and adopted an iPhone app called Stockpile Report to measure its stockpiles. The app works by uploading a video of the stockpile to a cloud server that turns it into a 3D model to determine its volume.


Keystone Bill Clears Congress, But Faces Promised Obama VetoOpen in a New Window

Pro-pipeline lawmakers will delay sending bill to Obama until after congressional recess.


Lawmakers Still Search for Solution to Highway, Transit Funding NeedsOpen in a New Window

Shuster drafting bill but awaiting tax committees’ action on new revenue.


Surety Has An Edge in P3 GuaranteesOpen in a New Window

A Surety & Fidelity Association of America vice president argues that if we choose to use P3 as a procurement method, we should use surety bonding to guarantee payment and completion.


Chicago Metro Unveils Infrastructure WebsiteOpen in a New Window

Agency hopes to spur public involvement in project planning.


Sinkhole Fix Proceeds at Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.Open in a New Window

A year after a giant sinkhole swallowed eight rare sports cars, contractors employing complicated geotechnical repairs indicate that the Corvette Museum will reopen in June.


Karst-borne Sinkholes Add Element of Structural Risk for Owners and BuildersOpen in a New Window

Water-soluble rock can cause houses to sink or roads to buckle overnight.


Nevada Paves Way For Life-Cycle BidsOpen in a New Window

?Concrete wins contract for the Boulder City Bypass' first phase, despite cheaper asphalt bid.


For $520M Convention Center Redo, Miami Beach Opts for 'Plan B'Open in a New Window

After short-listed contractors dropped out of bidding for a design-build RFP, the city of Miami Beach is planning to re-bid the $520-million project as a construction manager-at-risk contract.


Construction Week: Court Upholds Ruling Over Dispute Concerning Sick HospitalOpen in a New Window

January 2015 saw jump in jobs, FAA drone rules proposed.


Contractor: Mea Culpa In Fatal Ohio Bridge CollapseOpen in a New Window

Kokosing apologizes for error that may have contributed to Jan. 19 fatal overpass collapse


Obvious and Hidden Benefits of Taking Project Information MobileOpen in a New Window

The blatant and hidden benefits of harnessing mobile and cloud systems for construction management.


Federal Judge Halts Enforcement of Obama Immigration PlanOpen in a New Window

DHS suspends carrying out Obama directive; Justice Dept. will appeal temporary injunction.


New Federal Contractor Rules Target Worker ‘Trafficking’Open in a New Window

Firms must develop annual compliance plans, but experts see challenges in global supply chain enforcement


Ride-on Trowel and Expanded Hard HatOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a ride-on trowel from Wacker Neuson and a hard hat from Honeywell.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, bids, proposals and awards from Dodge.


FAA Proposes Rules for Small Commercial DronesOpen in a New Window

Plan would cap aerial drones' altitude at 500 ft, require operators keep devices in their line-of-sight.


Please, More Fresh Air for Building OccupantsOpen in a New Window

Sleepiness at meetings may be traceable to the broken processes and building paradigms that relegate environmental intelligence to a late phase of design.


Florida's $2.3B I-4 Rebuild Set To StartOpen in a New Window

The 21-mile-long project represents Florida DOT’s largest public-private partnership to date.


$2 Billion LNG Plant, Export Terminal Planned in LouisianaOpen in a New Window

Live Oak LNG, a fully-owned subsidiary of Parallax Energy, plans to build a $2 billion natural gas liquefaction and export project near Lake Charles, La.


A Small U.K. Borough Pulls Out An Innovative P3 For New HighwayOpen in a New Window

Private consortiums are building, maintaining and operating a planned new Mersey Gateway in northwest England.


Boston Transit Chief Resigns in Wake of System Storm PerformanceOpen in a New Window

State officials were "surprised" at Beverly Scott's Feb. 11 announcement, but had been critical of transit agency shutdowns in region's epic snow; she stays on until April 11.


Cloud-based Construction Document Management System LaunchedOpen in a New Window

An old name in the reprographics world launches a cloud-based document management solution


Air Force Research Lab Invests in 3D Printing Technology DevelopmentOpen in a New Window

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory funded more than $1-million in contracts awarded through America Makes to develop innovative manufacturing 3D printing methods for aerospace parts.


House Approves Keystone Pipeline BillOpen in a New Window

But Obama threatens to veto the legislation.


Welder Shortfall Fires Up Industry Training Programs to Work OvertimeOpen in a New Window

America’s industrial-energy construction boom fuels the push for more welders with top skills


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Pulse for 2/16


Apple Repurposes Arizona Plant Left by Failed SupplierOpen in a New Window

Buildings trades set to go in again and fit out a structure whose previous uses included photovoltaic panel file and specialized glass.


Construction Week: Dodge Momentum Index Up 5.8% for the Year; Rising Costs at Plant VogtleOpen in a New Window

Dodge Momentum Index posts year-over-year gain, while delays could add $700 million to Plant Vogtle nuke project.


How Midsize Engineering and Architectural Firms ProsperOpen in a New Window

The results of an ongoing study suggest what it takes to keep a midsize design firm durable and growing in an age of mega-mergers and consolidation.


McDonald’s Weighs ‘Net-Zero Energy’ Fast Food OutletsOpen in a New Window

Study says there is potential for cutting quick-service restaurants’ energy use by 65% to 75%


Architect Jordan Gruzen Focused on New York CityOpen in a New Window

Gruzen died at age 80 on Jan. 27


Product Snapshot: Wireless Charging System and GNSS ReceiverOpen in a New Window

This week we look at an inductive tool charger from Bosch and a GNSS receiver from Sokkia.


Hilti Rotating Laser Shoots True, Even After Bangs and FallsOpen in a New Window

Expensive precision instruments don’t always hold up to extreme use, but Hilti’s new PR 30-HVS rotating laser tries to solve that problem.


More Blind-Spot Sensors Make Jobsites SaferOpen in a New Window

Most work-zone fatalities are due to a heavy truck or machine striking a ground worker, and half of those deaths occur when a vehicle is backing up.


Contractors Find Their Edge At World of Concrete 2015Open in a New Window

Buoyed by more work and low oil prices, tens of thousands of contractors like came to this year’s World of Concrete in search of a competitive advantage.


White House Tightens Standards for Projects in Flood ZonesOpen in a New Window

Environmentalists, state floodplain managers praise new benchmark, but group of Senate Republicans question its legality.


Construction January Jobless Rate Down From Year-Earlier LevelOpen in a New Window

Industry gains 39,000 jobs, led by buildings construction, which added 19,500.


Dept. of Energy Suspends Work on FutureGen 2.0Open in a New Window

DOE cites ARRA deadlines and lacks of additional investments for the pull-out.


Contractor: Collapsed Ohio Overpass Had Engineer-Stamped Demo PlansOpen in a New Window

Contractor says it followed ODOT requirements.


Succession Boosts David Mortenson, 49, to Chairman of Mortenson ConstructionOpen in a New Window

Valerie Cataffa, James Stamatis, Charles H. Beauduy and Raouf Ghali also are elevated to top roles at firms.


Stihl Introduces First Battery-Powered Concrete SawOpen in a New Window

The TSA 230 Cutquik weighs about 7 pounds less than a gas-powered saw and runs on a 36-volt lithium-ion battery pack


A Profound Enabler for Inspired Thinking: 3D PrintingOpen in a New Window

3D printing has the potential to drastically change the way we think, design and build


Hilti Updates Breaker, Introduces 'Vampire Chisel'Open in a New Window

Anticipating steady growth in the construction sector, Hilti has announced several new products at World of Concrete, including updates to its popular TE 1000 breaker.


Trio of TBMs Dig Deep Down Under in SydneyOpen in a New Window

Construction goes up, through and under in $4.2-billion railway program.


London Airports Compete for Chance To Build New RunwayOpen in a New Window

Heathrow vs. Gatway: Which will win?


Proximity Alarms Gain Ground on Construction MachinesOpen in a New Window

Pulse-radar proximity alarms, which detect moving and non-moving objects, are slowly becoming available on new construction equipment.


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