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2014 Surety Section (6/30/2014)

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ENR News Feed:

Balfour Beatty Notes New Profit Warning on Troubled UK ConstructionOpen in a New Window

But firm wins $500-million nuclear site award in joint venture; Atkins reports earlier year layoffs.

 

Prosecutor Charges Michigan County Staff Over Stalled JailOpen in a New Window

The Wayne County, Mich., prosecutor has charged three current and former county employees with felonies and misdemeanors for misconduct and neglect of duty in allegedly failing to inform county commissioners of increases in the cost of a partly completed jail project.

 

WisDOT Orders Further Investigations for Repaired Leo Frigo Bridge PiersOpen in a New Window

After shoring up foundations on five severely corroded piers, agency orders monitoring program for 17 others.

 

Worker Misclassification: A Problem Not Easily SolvedOpen in a New Window

Maine has made inroads against fraudulent worker misclassification, but Texas is just starting to get serious about the problem.

 

Stantec Buy of Quebec Designer Dessau Points to Province Market Strength, Despite Ethics LapsesOpen in a New Window

Observers see pent-up infrastructure needs even as officials weigh new procurement reforms.

 

OSHA Delays Crane Operator Testing By Three YearsOpen in a New Window

Operators will now have until Nov. 2017 to obtain a valid certification to run a crane on U.S. construction sites.

 

Bentley Water System Tools Gain Enhanced Access To Real-Time DataOpen in a New Window

New release of WaterCAD, WaterGEMS and HAMMER V8i bring improved capabilities for using SCADA data across disciplines

 

Corvette Museum To Plug Sinkhole, After AllOpen in a New Window

Bowling Green, Ky., museum’s board cites extra costs and safety as reasons to permanently fill opening that swallowed eight sports cars in February.

 

Batteries Set To Put Big Charge Into Energy StorageOpen in a New Window

Powered by Tesla’s Nevada gigafactory and other recent techno;ogical advaces, global market sector is expected to grow by 8% a year to $50 billion, say researchers.

 

Reid Says Senate Will Consider Tax Extensions During Lame DuckOpen in a New Window

Senate Majority Leader Reid says he plans to take up a tax-incentive extensions bill after the elections. House Ways and Means panel has backed a more incremental approach.

 

Pulse: Project News From McGraw-Hill Construction's DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from McGraw Hill Construction Dodge.

 

Construction Week: Thousands March In NYC For Climate Change Cause; N.Y., N.J. Get FTA Sandy FundsOpen in a New Window

Thousands rally in New York City urging action on climate change, while the FTA awards the bulk of it's post-Sandy funding to New York and New Jersey.

 

Restoration Of Longfellow Bridge Is Literally RivetingOpen in a New Window

Crews are using now-defunct riveting techniques in rehabilitation of a 106-year-old Boston crossing.

 

New Tappan Zee Bridge Passes Milestone With Pile Cap InstallationOpen in a New Window

The new Tappan Zee Bridge is beginning to rise above the water line, but the project’s finances remain in a state of flux as the EPA rejected a plan pushed by N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to use state clean water funds for the project.

 

Studies Find No Link Between Fracking, Water ContaminationOpen in a New Window

But faulty drilling and construction of wells could cause environmental problems.

 

ASCE Calls For National Flood Risk Management VisionOpen in a New Window

Task force delivers an analysis of why national progress on flood risk management is disappointing and offers recommendations to get things moving

 

Product Snapshot: Skid Steer Loader and Decking ToolOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a skid steer loader from Mustang and a stand-up decking tool from Hilti.

 

Airport Officials To Congress: Raise Passenger Facility ChargesOpen in a New Window

In terms of NextGen air-traffic-control technology, U.S. airports are ready for takeoff, but the industry is still waiting on the tarmac for progress on a key goal: raising the per-ticket passenger facility charge (PFC) to $8.50 from $4.50, to fund infrastructure projects.

 

Pneumatic System Gets First Use Firing Live Fish From RiverOpen in a New Window

Design adapted from fruit handling system shoots live fish uphill through 120 ft tube without harm.

 

Manufacturers' Group Charts Benefits of Infrastructure Funding HikeOpen in a New Window

New NAM study says annual infusion of $83 billion over 15 years will boost GDP, jobs, workers' pay.

 

SmartDig Goes Where Satellite Signals Lose Their AccuracyOpen in a New Window

The excavator controls, which are aimed at urban jobsites, require no GPS sensors, researchers say.

 

Test Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 CNGOpen in a New Window

For an extra $9,500, GM offers bifuel versions of the heavy-duty Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.

 

Global Safety Audit Finds Spotty Rigging PracticesOpen in a New Window

Two-year review in Japan uncovers errors with wedge sockets on construction cranes.

 

McGraw Hill Sells ENR and Construction Group to Equity InvestorOpen in a New Window

The buyer of the McGraw-Hill units is Symphony Technology Group in Palo Alto, Calif. in a deal set to close by December.

 

CH2M Hill Says It Will Restructure And Cut Staff by 1,200Open in a New Window

The firm expects annual savings of up to $120 million, but notes new work.

 

East Africa Could Face Challenge of Multiple Railway GaugesOpen in a New Window

Construction of the $3.6 billion double-track standard gauge railway linking Kenya’s Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa to the capital Nairobi could pose a fresh challenge for railway operators.

 

House Panel Calls for Steps to Improve Infrastructure P3sOpen in a New Window

Recommendations include a new U.S. DOT office to develop performance standards for P3s and other project-delivery methods.

 

Drawing Transportation Planning Inferences From Big DataOpen in a New Window

A survey by a big data analytics company specializing in transportation planning underscores age bias and sluggish adoption of technology

 

Pulse: Project News From McGraw-Hill Construction's DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.

 

China's Construction Tycoon Takes On the CompetitionOpen in a New Window

Yan Jiehe, a teacher turned mega-builder, now aims his privately-held construction firm at China's state-owned contractors and across global borders.

 

Quake-Resistant House Passes Shake Tests With Flying ColorsOpen in a New Window

Tests prove that a wood-framed house with low-cost base isolators can survive shaking with no damage.

 

Viewpoint: Finding the Right Role For Your Unique SkillsOpen in a New Window

Industry veteran shares tips on finding career success in the AEC sector by capitalizing on "atypical" strengths.

 

Spinoff of Hertz Equipment Unit Faces Delay as CEO Is Asked To Stay With ParentOpen in a New Window

John Boulé leaves Parsons Brinckerhoff for SVP role at Dewberry.

 

Effort To Clean Up Ganges Gains MomentumOpen in a New Window

New Indian Water Resources Minister vows to clean up India's holiest river within three years.

 

Contractors Turning Down Work Due to Labor Shortages, Says AGC SurveyOpen in a New Window

About 13% of survey respondents note "significant" hikes in craft labor salaries.

 

Singapore Evolves into Sustainability Superpower of AsiaOpen in a New Window

Singapore takes a multi-pronged approach to achieve its green building goals by providing energy benchmarking, entering into industry partnerships and using incentives to encourage developers.

 

Progress Slow but Steady at World Trade Center DevelopmentOpen in a New Window

Developer Silverstein Properties announces it is moving forward with the tower portion of the 80-story Three World Trade Center—the third high-rise of four within the original 16-acre footprint of the WTC.

 

Lack of Site Supervision Cited in South Africa Building Collapse That Killed SevenOpen in a New Window

An official probe of the accident in an upscale Johannesburg suburb wont be complete until November.

 

American-French Venture Starts Construction of First US-Brazil Undersea Cable LinkOpen in a New Window

The 10,700-km system is set to operate in 2016.

 

US DOT Awards $584 Million in Latest TIGER Grant RoundOpen in a New Window

Highway projects received 47% of the sixth TIGER round's dollars; transit got 27%, maritime 13% and rail 11.5%.

 

Equipment Rental Company Neff Files $100-Million IPOOpen in a New Window

Neff executives believe that its earthmoving equipment focus positions it to capitalize upon future growth.

 

Sweetened Offer Seals ARCADIS Buy of UK Engineer Hyder for $476 MillionOpen in a New Window

Japanese design firm Nippon Koei announces its bid withdrawal.

 

Most in Industry Face Heightened OSHA Injury Reporting Rules in JanuaryOpen in a New Window

Construction's fatal injuries dip in 2013 but its total is highest among U.S. industries.

 

BP Faces Hefty Fines For ‘Gross Negligence’ in 2010 Gulf Oil SpillOpen in a New Window

Money will boost cleanup work for firms, but it could be years before anyone sees substantial funds.

 

Judge Reject's Project Manager's Sleep Deprivation Argument in Flood CaseOpen in a New Window

A federal judge rejects a subcontractor's argument that it didn't know what it was signing when it indemnified an engineer for damages related to a dewatering structure failure and flood during a dam removal in rural Michigan in 2012.

 

House Passes Bill To Block EPA From Issuing Final Water-Permit RuleOpen in a New Window

But the bill faces dim prospects in the Senate and a White House veto threat.

 

Feds Step Up Quest for Private Infrastructure FinancingOpen in a New Window

DOT announces aid for projects as infrastructure "summit" sparks ideas to boost private investment.

 

Oil, Gas Firms Need Workers to Deliver Capital InvestmentsOpen in a New Window

As total U.S. capital expenditures related to oil and gas exploration and development continue to rise, industry is concerned about its ability to attract a sufficient workforce.

 

MOX Project's Schedule Still Indefinite Despite 10-Year Extension RequestOpen in a New Window

If approved by the NRC, the deadline for construction authorization would extend to March 2025.

 

On Further Review, the South Napa Earthquake was a Success Story for BuildingsOpen in a New Window

Contrary to the impression conveyed by the television news and other media, there’s good reason to be pleased with the way buildings performed.

 

The Promise and Pitfalls of Modular BuildingsOpen in a New Window

Mainstream builders are discovering that off-site construction is no simple proposition

 

Despite Challenges, Developer of the Stack Thinks Modular Is the Way To GoOpen in a New Window

The Upper Manhattan modular building would have taken one-third less time to construct had there not been a delay with the renewal of the permit.

 

Project Frog's Kit-of-Parts Approach Allows Better Design By Avoiding Trucking LimitsOpen in a New Window

Project Frog has a kit-of-parts building system that avoids the limitations of trucking and allows better design.

 

Mortenson Uses Off-Site Construction to Speed Denver Hospital DeliveryOpen in a New Window

Mortenson compressed a three-year schedule into 29.5 months by preassembling the most repetitive elements of the building.

 

Construction Week: Dodge Starts in July Up 4% Over a Year Ago; Vt. OKs Natural Gas PipelineOpen in a New Window

Bridge-in-a-Backpack sees use in Vt. and Trimble acquires Gehry Technologies.

 

FutureGen Begins Construction, But Project Faces Some HurdlesOpen in a New Window

Financing difficulties and a legal challenge are hindering progress on first-of-its-kind carbon capture and sequestration project in Illinois.

 

HOK's Bill Hellmuth Talks Acquisition and Architecture with ENROpen in a New Window

Design firm president sheds light on the firm’s return to sports architecture and how practitioners must boost their advocacy.

 

Contractor Extracts a Profit From SubTropolis Underground BusinessOpen in a New Window

SubTropolis first opened in 1964 to house tenants such as Pillsbury, Russell Stover and Ford and continues to add floor space.

 

Tesla Sets Stage for Nevada 'Gigafactory'Open in a New Window

Northern Nevada as the site for a planned $5-billion mega-plant sets the stage for a likely plunge in cost of lithium-ion batteries in the next few years, as market forces come to bear.

 

Pulse: Project News From McGraw-Hill Construction's DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.

 

Product Snapshot: Rotating Laser Level and Concrete PumpOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a rotating laser level from Bosch and a concrete pump from Reed Pumps.

 

First Drive: Ford 2015 Super Duty Work Trucks Up the AnteOpen in a New Window

ENR drives the 2015 Ford Super Duty pickup lineup.

 

AECOM Unveils Management Team To Take Over After the URS Deal ClosesOpen in a New Window

The Army Corps of Engineers names a new deputy commander.

 

Trimble Acquires Gehry Technologies, Will Form Strategic Alliance With Frank GehryOpen in a New Window

In the latest of a string of high-profile acquisitions, Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., announced Sept. 8 it has acquired Los Angeles-based Gehry Technologies, the design software and consulting firm founded by architect Frank Gehry.

 

Firm Pushes Off-Grid Power Model for Data CentersOpen in a New Window

TDC cites demand despite recent defeat of University of Delaware project whose 279-MW power plant was fought by neighbors.

 

Batson-Cook 'Leans' Into a Future Building PlanOpen in a New Window

Batson-Cook Construction is conducting an extended experiment with lean construction

 

Contractor Founder Rick Forrester, 55, Takes His Own LifeOpen in a New Window

Memorial service is set for Oct. 10 for principal of Forrester Construction who helped grow the closely-held firm to execute major public and private-sector building projects in the Washington, DC area.

 

Chicago Architect Gerald Horn, 79, Has DiedOpen in a New Window

Partner at Holabird & Root was known for his contextual-driven design approach.

 

Construction August Jobless Rate Up Slightly, But Industry Gains JobsOpen in a New Window

Industry rate rises to 7.7% from 7.5% in July, but is better than August 2013's 9.1% level.

 

WSP Global Snags Prize with $1.35-Billion Bid for Parsons BrinckerhoffOpen in a New Window

Purchase price is set to boost ailing bottom line of parent Balfour Beatty, which paid $626 million for PB in 2009; intended buyer gains a firm with strong financials and a big presence in the US and Asia

 

Union-Backed Study Documents Impacts of Misclassified Workers in CaliforniaOpen in a New Window

The state’s unreported and misclassified construction work increased by 400% from 1972 to 2012.

 

Via Executive Order, Obama Pushes for Ethical ContractingOpen in a New Window

Industry groups say the mandate for contractors to disclose worker violations would create compliance nightmares if fully enacted.

 

Picking Up Good Vibrations From Napa Post-Quake ReportOpen in a New Window

Warning system worked, schools and other structures built to stricter seismic codes fared well in Aug. 24 temblor.

 

Construction Week: ABC's CBI Hits Record High; EPA Criticizes Calif. Delta Tunnel ProjectOpen in a New Window

Contractor’s backlogs pickup, EPA takes issue with Delta water tunnel plan and ACC and USGBC's new partnership.

 

Spending Bill Is Top Congressional Agenda Item in SeptemberOpen in a New Window

A stopgap measure funding federal agencies through at least part of fiscal 2015 seems likely.

 

NRC Vote Clears Way for Action on Stalled Licensing DecisionsOpen in a New Window

NRC approves final rule on spent fuel storage, clearing the way for new reactor licenses to be issued.

 

Skanska, Forest City Ratner Sue Each Other Over World's Future Tallest Modular BuildingOpen in a New Window

Lawsuits come after Skanska issued an Aug. 27 stop work notice, citing design issues that are having an impact on cost and schedule.

 

Designers Can Make the Case for Renewables and Solar ArchitectureOpen in a New Window

Architects must lead in the battle for renewables, and a DLR designer shows how the firm teamed with NRG to produce memorable solar power systems that go beyond rooftop panels.

 

Amid Lawsuits, Stalled Anchorage Port Project Will Get a MakeoverOpen in a New Window

The city is pushing new designs and a changed scope for an upgrade halted since 2010 and $300 million over budget.

 

U.K. Commission Grounds Plan for New Airport East of LondonOpen in a New Window

In one myopic stroke, the agency has set the debate back by half a century, says London Mayor Boris Johnson.

 

Survey Technology Firms Deploy Their Own DronesOpen in a New Window

Consumer-level unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be purchased off the shelf and be up in the air as soon as the batteries are charged, but the data-driven world of construction surveying often demands something a bit more robust. In anticipation of up- coming regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration, surveying and mapping equipment firms are making big investments in UAVs. Many companies are already offering their own drones that are tailored to the needs of construction surveying.

 

Construction Industry Drones Fly in Rules VacuumOpen in a New Window

Within a year or two, U.S. companies likely will replace many human workers now flying aerial survey and photo missions with unmanned aerial vehicles—drones. The equipment is here, but most firms hold back waiting for federal authorities to give the green light.

 

Some Firms Are Not Waiting For Regulations On Commercial Drone OperationsOpen in a New Window

When Greg Sherwin started tinkering with radio-controlled (RC) quadcopters three years ago, he wondered about using them for construction surveys and inspections. In March, his hobby became an occupation.

 

A Solution to the Lack of Shelter Requirements For Existing SchoolsOpen in a New Window

The International Building Code 2015 requires new schools in high-risk states to have tornado shelters—but nearly 40,000 existing school buildings, it’s no step at all.

 

Show Me the Money: 5D-Cost Estimating Tools Taking OffOpen in a New Window

Thanks to the advance of building information modeling tools that can integrate model-based data into an array of platforms, quantity takeoffs and cost estimates are getting more granular, which is changing how projects are run.

 

Nation's First Solar Microgrid with Emergency Storage Breaks GroundOpen in a New Window

Farm will include 4 MW of battery storage for solar generation

 

Pulse: Project News From McGraw-Hill Construction's DodgeOpen in a New Window

Bids, proposals and project awards from Dodge.

 

Product Snapshot: Power Cutter and Reversible-Plate CompactorOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a new power cutter from Makita and an upgrade to Atlas Copco’s reversible-plate compactor.

 

Awaiting U.S. Regulation, Some Drone User Stay AbroadOpen in a New Window

Construction companies are putting unmanned aerial vehicles to work overseas, or they are quietly conducting "hobby" trials domestically, at least until commercial use is legalized in the U.S.

 

National Park Service Taps CM Students For Idaho Site RestorationOpen in a New Window

Boise State University class members managed design-build of former Japanese internment camp project; owner may rehire them for more work.

 

ASCE Elevates Tom Smith to Exec Director; Mike Feigin Takes Executive Role at REITOpen in a New Window

Webcor senior VP to move to Skanska USA Building in California; Miyamoto International expands in India and Africa.

 

Las Vegas Nixes P3 for Big Downtown Highway UpgradeOpen in a New Window

Wary of too-high projected financing costs for the $1.5-billion Project NEON, officials adopt a design-build approach.

 

Jurisdictional Dispute: Which Trade Installs Solar Panels?Open in a New Window

An argument broke out over installation at a San Mateo, Calif. school project despite a union project labor agreement.

 

ENR's 2014 Top International ContractorsOpen in a New Window

Work is increasing, but so are client demands and competition

 

Middle East Expert Timothy Bond Leaves Atkins for Michael BakerOpen in a New Window

Florida construction attorney Steven Lesser is named chairman of the American Bar Association's newly renamed Forum on the Construction Industry.

 

Construction Week: TVA OKs $975M for 1,000-MW PlantOpen in a New Window

OSHA probes worker fatal fall.

 

Northern California Earthquake Causes an Estimated $1 Billion in DamageOpen in a New Window

Northern California earthquake causes an estimated $1-billion in damage.

 

GSA Seeks to Modernize Its Approach to Buildings Design and ConstructionOpen in a New Window

The bulk of the agency’s federal buildings construction budget is aimed at repairs and renovations.

 

Middle East Soils Expert Khaldoun Fahoum is Dead at 51Open in a New Window

Langan vice president also was middle east chairman of the Deep Foundations Institute.

 

Immersed In Innovations, Hong Kong-Macau Link Takes ShapeOpen in a New Window

$10-billion project features a 6.7-km-long immersed tunnel, 22.9 km of bridge and vibratory driving of unprecedented large piles.

 

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