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AGC Survey Cites Worse Shortages and Added Quality ConcernsOpen in a New Window

About 86% of Southern state respondents, mostly nonunion, report problems in finding adequately skilled craft workers.


Biden Calls For More Private Investment To Expand InfrastructureOpen in a New Window

With the Obama administration weeks away from issuing recommendations for how to speed delivery of infrastructure projects and streamline private financing, Vice President Joe Biden advocated for more private investment in infrastructure on Oct. 27.


New Industry Research Seeks Better Ways to Handle Project UncertaintiesOpen in a New Window

The survey examines expectations and reveals potential misunderstandings about roles among project team members.


Industry Buzz: Hot News for Construction ExecutivesOpen in a New Window

FMI study says raises for business development professionals are the best among construcion professional.


Don Ahern Does It His WayOpen in a New Window

Back from bankruptcy, Ahern Rentals today consists of 82 branches in 25 states, with a 38,700-piece equipment fleet concentrated in high-reach units.


Which Comes First: Best Practice Or Hazard Analysis?Open in a New Window

Blindly following so-called industry best practices without regard to your own hazard analysis may not prevent unsafe acts.


Mobile Barriers Increase Safety and Enhance Productivity on Highway Repair ProjectsOpen in a New Window

Movable barrier systems are more expensive but provide better worker protection than traffic cones, experts say.


New Risks May Arise From Operations and Maintenance Contracts on P3sOpen in a New Window

O&M contractors should engage in solid life-cycle planning to reduce their potential risks.


ConsensusDocs Adds Public Owner ContractsOpen in a New Window

Coalition-created contract documents add to their portfolio, gain more traction in construction marketplace.


How Will XL and BMO Harris Bank Cover Truland Losses?Open in a New Window

Lawyers for the surety and the Trulands debate whether Robert Truland’s retirement accounts can be tapped to cover claims


Plotting and Welding a Golden State GatewayOpen in a New Window

The city of Anaheim is home to big-ticket draws such as Angel Stadium, the Grove arena, the Honda Center sports venue and, of course, Disneyland. Now, it is home to an iconic structure that heralds the arrival of a new age of transit in traditionally auto-centric Southern California.


Pankow Foundation Charts Ambitious Research Goals For High-Strength RebarOpen in a New Window

Applied Technology Council report Calls for $27 million worth of studies to support overhaul of the concrete building code


Construction Week: Dodge Starts Up 5%; $4B Project To Turn N.D. Nat. Gas Into PlasticsOpen in a New Window

Pennsylvania launches a P3 project to replace 558 bridges, and Layne Christensen agrees settle civil charges over alleged Africa bribes.


Even If GOP Wins Senate Control, Gridlock May PersistOpen in a New Window

Industry officials say infrastructure bills still will have bipartisan support.


Infrastructure Funding a Key Litmus Test for Political DonorsOpen in a New Window

Most industry and labor groups report that spending is up compared with 2010 mid-term elections.


With ISO Standards, Asset Management As a Discipline Will Take Center StageOpen in a New Window

Asset Management Gains Respect


Engineering Firm Chiefs Debate Merits of Size Through AcquisitionOpen in a New Window

M&A won’t stop, with public peers’ need to show returns, but size can’t impede client service, say chiefs.


Oregon Project Team Channels Conflicting River NeedsOpen in a New Window

An Oregon dam upgrade will provide three distinct river channels, all engineered to match differing needs.


With Boom Lifts Reaching New Heights, JLG Expands TrainingOpen in a New Window

Previously used in place of scaffolding or ladders, newer aerial work platforms are reaching extreme heights that may require additional training.


Project Management System Aims to Share and Enrich Building Information Models With Facility DataOpen in a New Window

3D models published to the Aconex database are navigable by browser and open to annotation from users


Cloud-Based Mobile Plan Management System Adds RFI WorkflowOpen in a New Window

Tablet app publishes to the entire team instantly


SAIC­­ Pays $1.5 Million To Resolve Conflict-of-Interest LawsuitOpen in a New Window

Settlement by the company—now Leidos—includes no admission of liability.


Frank Bardonaro Sr., 71, Crane Rental Veteran Innovated Dispatch ToolsOpen in a New Window

Crane rental veteran streamlined operations.


Test Drive: Ford Reinvents Tough By Switching to AluminumOpen in a New Window

Design and engineering teams at Ford Motor Co. have taken what might be thought of as a radically conservative approach to the new 2015 Ford F-150.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Bids, contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Product Snapshot: Self-Retracting Lifeline and Truck-Mounted CraneOpen in a New Window

Product Snapshot: Self-Retracting Lifeline and Truck-Mounted Crane


Backstories from a Visit to the Panama CanalOpen in a New Window

ENR goes off the beaten path a bit during a visit to Panama Canal for coverage of ASCE's conference.


Conference: NYC Student Numbers Push Growth in Higher-Ed SectorOpen in a New Window

Both public and private institutions are boosting their technology and science offerings.


Willbros Group Names New CEO and Reshuffles Management to Halt Shortfalls in Oil and Gas UnitOpen in a New Window

Director and investment bank exec John McNabb replaces Randy Harl as chief; COWI execs will change roles in Jan. 1 merger of North American units


Superfund Project Manager Convicted in Bid-Rig Scheme Must Pay $4.36 MillionOpen in a New Window

Ex-manager for contractor Sevenson was a key participant in a $1.5-million kickback deal with subcontractors at two NJ cleanups, the government contends.


The 2014 ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractors: Firms Wary During RecoveryOpen in a New Window

Firms Proceed Carefully in a Growing Market.


With Eye On Panama Canal, Georgia Begins Port DeepeningOpen in a New Window

East coast ports anticipate sea changes in the industry.


Panama City Dancing to the Beat of ProjectsOpen in a New Window

ASCE's global engineering conference attracts attendees from 21 countries to Panama City where much construction is under way


Digging Damage To Buried Utility Lines Continues to Drop, Says DIRT ReportOpen in a New Window

Common Ground Alliance attributes improvement to growing use of one-call centers.


Construction Week: Superslim NYC Tower Tops Out; Dodge Momentum Index FaltersOpen in a New Window

Topped out skyscraper, at 1,396 ft, will be tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere.


Creditors: Truland Group Owner Owes Us $30 MillionOpen in a New Window

BMO Harris Bank makes the biggest claim against the bankrupt electrical subcontractor, which filed a list of biggest creditors for the first time since shutting down July 31.


Researchers Predict Commercialized Wet-Mix Concrete Printing Within Two YearsOpen in a New Window

Studies in out-of-this-world 3D printing applications fuel progress toward down-to-earth implementation


Metallic Laser Printing Tested To Fabricate Structural NodesOpen in a New Window

Architects experiment printing canopy connections with steel in 3D.


APTA Call for Long-Term Federal Transit Funding Grows More UrgentOpen in a New Window

Mass transit infrastructure needs pegged at $86 billion.


State Voters Will Weigh Water, Transport Bond MeasuresOpen in a New Window

Voters to decide fate of construction bond issues, transportation funding measures.


EPC Firms Can Expect More Competition in Renewable MarketOpen in a New Window

Shrinking market may force firms to shift strategies.


NRC Report Concludes Yucca Mountain Design is SafeOpen in a New Window

But more congressional funding would be needed before project could be revived.


Federal Green Infrastructure Program Adds Private-Sector MembersOpen in a New Window

ASCE other industry groups will lend expertise to the program.


Critics Want FERC to Withdraw Its Approval of Maryland LNG Export ProjectOpen in a New Window

Environmental groups contend environmental review doesn’t meet NEPA requirements.


ABA’s Forum on the Construction Industry: Spotting Deception and New RisksOpen in a New Window

Construction attorneys at American Bar Association Chicago meeting shared strategies for ID'ing untruthful trial participants and covering added risk in teaming arrangements and project delivery,


Contractors, Let Go of Unneeded OverheadOpen in a New Window

Flexible overhead may be the answer to a contractor’s constant navigation amid the rising and falling business cycles.


Global Industry Firms Craft Responses to Ebola Crisis in AfricaOpen in a New Window

Fluor gets U.S. Army support contract in affected region, while Chinese and other companies cope with impacts; U.S. wastewater sector to get Ebola handling guidance from CDC.


State DOTs Taking Controversial Guardrail Model Off of Approved ListOpen in a New Window

Virginia's transportation department this month followed Missouri, Nevada and Massachusetts in taking off a controversial guardrail end-terminal model from its approved highway-products list. The ET-Plus model, which includes a steel fixture that is meant to absorb a vehicle's impact, is the subject of various lawsuits claiming the fixture has acted, instead, as a deadly spear.


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

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Product Snapshot: Flat-top Crane and LED LanternOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a flat-top crane from Liebherr and a LED Lantern from Milwaukee Tool.


New GM Midsize Pickups Clock In for WorkOpen in a New Window

Driving the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon small pickups reveals that General Motors has put to good use its three years away from the segment.


Engineers Colin Williams, Walter Podolny Jr. and Henry C. Hines are DeadOpen in a New Window

Canada-based Williams was an expert in microclimate impacts on building performance; Podolny, a former FHWA senior structural engineer, was a bridge design guru; Hines led the school design practice at Connecticut structural firm, The DiSalvo Engineering Group


Union-Employer Study Cites Marcellus Shale Construction Job BoomOpen in a New Window

Survey says region's oil and gas development has spawned 45,000 new jobs since 2008.


China Pushing Asian Infrastructure Investment BankOpen in a New Window

“Fears of Chinese companies calling the shots in AIIB-funded projects are unfounded," says Sunil Kanoria, vice chairman of Srei Infrastructure Finance Co.


BIMForum: BIM as Big Data, Info Supply Chains, Lots of SensorsOpen in a New Window

BIM Forum shows progress of industry that is looking at models as the databases they are. We compile highlights, quotes and thought leadership.


In Panama, Global Engineers Tackle Gigaproject TransparencyOpen in a New Window

Engineers from around the world debated project transparency earlier this month in Panama City at an American Society of Civil Engineers conference.


PDF Coalition Making Noise About StandardsOpen in a New Window

The grassroots coalition, whose goal is to leverage digital information among project teams, is out with a new website and guidelines for adoption.


First Amphibious House Nears Completion in the U.K.Open in a New Window

First flood-resilient house in the U.K. with a floating foundation nears completion.


Viewpoint: The Coming Revolution in Engineering EducationOpen in a New Window

Two engineering educators outline a vision for a transformation in engineering education to meet the needs of a changing society and a more demanding student body.


Deep Foundation Records Reflect Groundbreaking ProgressOpen in a New Window

Building some of the worlds most notable deep foundations involved a variety of world records for pile driving and drilled shafts.


Pushback Against Chinese Workers Escalates in AfricaOpen in a New Window

Kidnappings shed light on Chinese firms' heavy reliance on expatriates to keep projects on track, despite promises to hire more locals.


DOD Says Climate Change Could Threaten National SecurityOpen in a New Window

Pentagon hopes to integrate climate change considerations into planning.


Could Greener Concrete Also Be Stronger?Open in a New Window

Researchers at MIT have found that portland cement can be manipulated to become stronger while at the same time posing less harm to the environment.


Bad Boss Relationship Spurs Most Turnover, AEC Survey ReportsOpen in a New Window

Morrissey-Goodale study pins 24% of key hire departures to difficulties with bosses, but also cites several other turnover catalysts.


Largest Concrete Placement in New Zealand Marks Rebuilding MilestoneOpen in a New Window

Major concrete pour for New Zealand bus station marks rebuilding milestone.


CEO Leaves AECOM's Global Building Engineering UnitOpen in a New Window

Bechtel names new executives in reshuffled global structure; Vinci UK loses execs as new sector chief comes in


Court Throws Out Challenge to EPA Clean-Air ProposalOpen in a New Window

Ruling says that the state cannot file suit to block a regulation before it becomes final.


From Model to Layout Plan, Autodesk App Seeks To Close GapsOpen in a New Window

The latest BIM 360 Layout app is designed to close the gap between the project's core data model and construction layout activities in the field.


South Africa Energy Raises Demand for Heavy MachineryOpen in a New Window

Energy construction in South Africa has created new opportunities for heavy equipment suppliers, especially crane companies.


Balfour Beatty Chooses Turnaround Expert as Next CEOOpen in a New Window

Leo Quinn, who returned U.K. defense contractor QinetiQ Group to profitability in five years, will take over the struggling British contractor giant in January.


World Bank, Investors Join in New Infrastructure Finance PlanOpen in a New Window

Public-private Global Infrastructure Facility will start pilot phase this year, focusing on "climate friendly" or trade-boosting projects.


People: MidAtlanticOpen in a New Window

Updates about construction professionals in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.


City Scoop: Wilmington, Del.Open in a New Window

Rich data from McGraw-Hill Research & Analytics about Mid-Atlantic markets.


Specialty Contractors See Opportunities RisingOpen in a New Window

Subcontractors and specialty firms are beginning to reap the revenues of increased market activity throughout the mid-Atlantic region.


D.C.'s New Ballou High School Also Meets Community NeedsOpen in a New Window

District of Columbia’s Ballou High School rises from a challenging site and includes added features to serve wider neighborhood needs.


When the Choice Is Between Innovation or RiskOpen in a New Window

Although every innovation opens the door to new risks, some of which can’t be managed, risk-averse strategies without innovation are a dead-end for the industry.


Product Snapshot: Drill Rig and Compact Wheel LoaderOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a surface drill rig from Sandvik and a compact wheel loader from Caterpillar.


Overturns and Falls Lead Aerial-Work-Platform DeathsOpen in a New Window

Overturns and falls from height were the two leading causes of aerial work platform fatalities globally in the first half of the year, according to new accident data.


EPA IG Says Gulf Restoration Funds MismanagedOpen in a New Window

But EPA disputes the IG's claims concerning most of the $781,000 in questioned spending.


Tight Squeeze: Left Coast Lifter Clears Tappan Zee BridgeOpen in a New Window

Giant crane passes beneath the Tappan Zee Bridge with only a few feet to spare.


Brazilian Railway Concession Plan Making Investors NervousOpen in a New Window

Investors worry that traditional inefficiencies in Brazil's rail freight system will not be alleviated by the proposed concession system.


Pragada leaves Jacobs for CEO role at Specialty Contracting Giant The Brock GroupOpen in a New Window

Burns & McDonnell elevates Mike Brown to run newly-created international unit; ASCE’s Pat Natale joins HMM


Modular ComebackOpen in a New Window

Letters to the editor in response to "The Promise and Pitfalls of Modular Buildings."


Taking No Chances: Why an Engineer Registered as a Municipal AdvisorOpen in a New Window

To prevent engineers from being swept into the advisor category for all of the technical and construction advice they provide, the SEC agreed to exempt much traditional engineering advice. For some firms, 'defensive' registering still made sense.


Collaboration Tools Find New Owners as Construction Markert Perks UpOpen in a New Window

Bluebeam Software picked up by Nemetschek; SmartUse bought by Newforma


New Desal Project in Central Texas will Be Largest Inland Plant in U.S.Open in a New Window

Project will help diversify San Antonio’s water supply


Roller-Compacted Concrete Dam Raise Project Will Store WaterOpen in a New Window

Construction on the world's largest dam-raise project of its kind wrapped up this summer, providing the San Diego County Water Authority with an additional 152,000 acre-ft of water, more than doubling the capacity of the St. Vincente reservoir.


Project to Provide Woodland and Davis with More Sustainable Water SupplyOpen in a New Window

Current groundwater supplies are deterioriating, officials say.


Drought in Western U.S. Has Water Utilities Considering a Range of SolutionsOpen in a New Window

Firms say utilities are rethinking water reuse, desalination


Boston Harbor Association Prepares City to Live With FloodwaterOpen in a New Window

Design competition, charrette and reports help flood-vulnerable areas ready themselves for rising tides.


FERC Approves $3-Billion-Plus LNG Export Project in MarylandOpen in a New Window

Project would be first such facility on East Coast, but may face court challenge from environmentalists.


Weekend AEC Hackathons Spawn New InnovationOpen in a New Window

AEC Hackathon events gain frequency and produce more working applications.


Construction Week; Dodge Construction Starts Up 4%; Savannah Port Dredging Gets BoostOpen in a New Window

DOE provides up to $12.6 billion in loan guarantees for advanced nuclear projects.


1,000-ft Observation Tower in Miami Expected To Open in 2018Open in a New Window

1,000-ft-tall SkyRise Miami observation tower expected to open in 2018.


Improving Sector Buoys Commercial Real Estate WomenOpen in a New Window

CREW Network President Judith Nitsch, an engineering firm exec (left), queries potential 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton on womens' risk-taking and role in the economy at Miami conference.


Lax Controls Let Welders Cheat Qualifications TestsOpen in a New Window

As the result of the fraud, CB&I is tightening controls and enhancing training at its Lake Charles, La., plant.


SBA Office Asks EPA To Pull Proposed Water Rule and Do Small-Business Impact StudyOpen in a New Window

Comment period on controversial rule extended until Nov. 14.


Port Group Leads Push for Hike in Harbor Fund SpendingOpen in a New Window

Campaign seeks to have 2015 appropriations roughly equal the hike WRRDA authorized.


Report Links Green Office Buildings to Worker Health, ProductivityOpen in a New Window

Understanding the link between sustainable office buildings and employee wellness and productivity can improve a company’s bottom line, says a new World Green Building Council report.


HNTB Report Estimates $700 Million Needed For Amtrak TunnelsOpen in a New Window

Sandy seawater inundation results in ongoing damage to concrete and steel elements of New York City-area train route.


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