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While still integrating the 2014 purchase of US giant Parsons Brinckerhoff, Montreal-based designer offsets oil-and-gas impacts with $320M buy of Ontario-based MMM Group
The Texas contractor was building a water plant expansion and schools across the state.
Investigations are continuing into an accident that killed one worker and injured seven others in Rio Rancho, N.M.
The $6.6-billion project will begin construction in 2016.
DOD services are taking a more holistic approach to resiliency and energy and water efficiency, officials say.
Analysis released by outside group cites gap of hundreds of millions of dollars, and says there are “no obvious silver bullets” to reduce the nuclear fuel plant's costs.
Proposals will be used to inform management scheme for Lower Mississippi River, state authorities say.
Actions include significant DOE Commitment to support innovative technologies.
Transportation contractor expands through P3, power projects
Pile-driving adjacent to an Interstate 65 bridge near Lafayette, Ind., appears to have started a subterranean chain reaction that left one of the structure’s riverbank piers skewed out of alignment, forcing a 37-mile closure of the northbound lanes that could extend into mid-September.
Starting his career at Lev Zetlin Associates, Charles Thornton and his young colleagues went to work on unusual buildings for the 1964 World's Fair. It was sink or swim.
Falling oil prices, political turmoil and economic disruptions from Europe to China have international firms worried; but work continued on projects such as Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia.
Steven Tipping is developing and engineering what is likely the world’s smallest seismically isolated structure. The 7,500-sq-ft building in Berkeley about a half-mile from California’s Hayward fault is an investment property as well as an office expansion.
news of upcoming projects
Many public and private partners worked to fund and build a long-awaited link between the St. Louis Arch and the city’s downtown.
American Concrete Institute to publish guide to its model code for the evaluation and rehabilitation of existing concrete buildings
This week we look at a light tower from Terex and a walk-behind trowel from Atlas Copco.
More coal-fired plant retirements and push for renewables are part of 2015 power supply plan approved by the federal power producer's board on Aug. 21.
Cranes unit President Tim Ford, speculated to be heir apparent to corporate CEO Ronald DeFeo, has left the company.
Hurricane Katrina kicked off 10 years of flood protection work in lower Louisiana. Is it enough?
The big design consultant recently closed the books on two lawsuits, one involving intellectual property and the other the dismissal of a former division chief.
Institute is Society's 9th semi-autonomous technical institute.
Timothy Bartholomaus, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas at Austin
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies recently added AECOM and Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum (a Swiss company that designed the vacuum seal) to its list of partners working for stock in the company. HTT secured land for its proposed five mile test track.
A $1.7-billion, 65,000-seat stadium in Los Angeles is approved to be the possible future home to both the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders.
Total construction starts held steady in July, but market overall is up compared to 2014.
Throughout the 20th century, Cat built up a brand following by showing how its machines were taking part in America’s infrastructure development.
Walter Shanly finally pierced the Hoosac Mountain on Thanksgiving Day, 1873, after a significant change order that escalated into the courts.
With the recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreak apparently under control, the New York City Councils’ newly adopted law requiring building owners to certify, test and clean building cooling towers has set off a flurry of work.
Colorado gold-mine blowout generates pointed questions about EPA's program management.
Project opponents believe that All Aboard Florida will have difficulty selling the bonds due to the rail line's economics.
gauging technology's implementation by firm type, size and profitability
New installations rose 8% last year, after a steep decline in 2013.
Maintaining the nation's infrastructure requires more than driving big yellow trucks.
Nadeau had been FHWA's No. 2 official; Roth was GSA's deputy administrator.
DOT, other agencies are taking steps to address the problems, but TIFIA hits some bumps.
A re-purposed smart pigging robot detects anomalies in Alaskan oil pipelines—saving company millions.
St. Louis-based Paric Construction executive used company funds for numerous personal expenses and inflated his salary to gauge bonuses, said US prosecutors.
Oil and gas groups say rule duplicates existing requirements, but Obama administration says methane cuts are vital in dealing with climate change.
Hanford engineering manager Walter Tamosaitis wins vindication in five-year fight over termination, safety risks at now-halted nuclear waste treatment plant.
Las Vegas-based students gained access to older grads and practitioners to gain insight on the field and its learning and career paths.
Maryland transportation veteran Lisa Choplin joins DBIA in executive role; former ENR regional publisher Seth Horowitz joins NY area subcontractor
The Chinese yuan tumbled 3.8% after Chinese officials announced they were devaluing their currency on August 12, and further drops are expected. But for Chinese exporters, including those dealing in construction equipment, these currency shifts may help them compete on price in the global market.
John Rudolph and Ed Cruz led family firms; Dick Christie was a recognized bridge engineer
CM firm shareholders defeat push by activists for board seats and sale to boost stock.
The Obama administration seeks changes in overtime pay rules, and an unusual 2013 lawsuit shows that staff other than craft workers could seek enforcement.
FM Global’s resiliency index shows which countries could be the weak link in a supply chain.
Suez Canal expansion project completed within tight timeframe of one year.
A Japanese consortium has installed what it says is the world's largest offshore wind turbine to date at a wind farm under construction near the 2011 disaster site
Work set to begin by the end of the year on a nine-million-sq-ft cancer care campus near Cairo.
Facility Smart Grid Information Model draft standard issued for public review
This week we look at a pipelayer from Caterpillar and a telecrawler crane from Link-Belt.
Job gains in residential, heavy-civil work offset losses in nonresidential sector.
Bank to provide a record $700 million in guarantees for $4-billion Eni-Vitol Sankofa project.
Remix is an app that can deliver forward-looking plans of public transportation bus routes, including total cost, number of buses and bus lines.
Daniel W. Falconer, the American Concrete Institute's managing director for engineering, dies at age 59
Sixty-acre urban park would cover Ayalon Freeway and allow more residential building downtown.
Burgeoning demand for energy on the African continent is stimulating the photovoltaic panel manufacturing sector.
From a solar panel factory in Buffalo to a green manufacturing facility in Brooklyn, New York State is funding projects to position the state to compete in a technological age.
With a year to go on Sound Transit's $2-billion ULink project, contractors and on time and under budget.
Environmental service firms will stick to core niches and geographies after a design-build building project in Taiwan went awry in 2013.
New construction starts in June dropped 15% from the previous month, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.
The 52,000-sq-ft Bullitt Center, considered the greenest building in the world, is a tangible representation of the way Denis Hayes, Bullitt Foundation’s president and CEO since 1992, has altered the course of the environmental group.
Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program, a 2009 city ordinance created to remove regulatory and other impediments to the development of ultra-green buildings, would likely never have seen the light of day if not for Denis Hayes, president and CEO of the nonprofit Bullitt Foundation.
Environmental visionary Denis Hayes, after developing the world’s greenest building, resets his sights on rebooting his 1970s crusade for solar power proliferation.
The U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s disadvantaged business enterprise program was designed to support the development and growth of legitimate DBEs. But the way the program is currently written, interpreted and administered actually defeats those purposes and undermines the goal.
Third-generation union ironworker Lawrence O’Leary, 54, died on July 25, following injuries from a fall at a Logan International Airport construction site two weeks earlier, officials reported.
Kiewit Infrastructure Group beat the clock for a second time, as it demolished and replaced an Interstate 40 bridge in Nashville in less than 58 hours, using accelerated bridge construction to minimize traffic impact in a heavily traveled area.
But companies seek new approaches to boost and protect both natural resources and their bottom lines.
Five-turbine project is progressing to become the nation's first offshore wind farm, say officials.
During the Bluebeam eXtreme user conference in Los Angeles, July 29- 31, amid announcements and presentations, two construction workers stole the show with an application they developed that aims to eradicate paper-based thinking from construction.
Having an integrated project design and construction team can spell the difference between having a project that ends successfully and on schedule and having a project that’s mired in change orders, cost overruns, and even litigation
Construction firms are looking to broaden sustainability impacts and benefits on clients' employees and bottom lines.
Has sustainable design hit a plateau? Companies seek out new approaches as they await implementation of LEED v. 4.
By 2020, up to 1 million zero-emission vehicles will be able to recharge along the entire length of the state.
Some construction groups say plan will cost jobs and affect the reliability of the electric grid, but others say that the technologies exist to help states comply.
State building programs are aiding New York’s transformation into a 21st Century economy.
Companies CMD and iSqFt To Merge
Commerce Dept. reports volume up a tiny 0.2% from May, but gains 12% from June 2014 total.
Short-term bill averts highway funds cutoff; six-year measure raises hopes that the House will produce similar plan in the fall.
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.
Canadian design-builder should execute project profitably, says analyst.
The next time you need a little extra power out of your cordless drill, you could just take out your smartphone and dial it in.
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.
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.
Global design markets are facing headwinds from political turmoil, falling oil prices and economic uncertainties
Report finds most agencies are using third-party green building certification systems, but that they are still facing challenges in meeting all federal requirements.
Construction groups say "hazardous" designation supported by environmental advocates would be the death-knell of coal ash recycling.
Bills have critics on both sides of aisle, but lawmakers say bills represent areas of "common ground."
Despite desire for comprehensive tax reform, lawmakers say another short-term extension package is necessary.
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.
Contractors with strong safety cultures enjoy more than just significantly lower injury rates.
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.
A growing number of young people are bypassing four-year colleges and opting for trade schools and apprenticeships.
Weeks after defaulting on five Texas road projects, the root causes remain unclear about hy Tradeco is off the jobs.
After a rocky few years, the largest U.S. concrete pumping firm now focuses on expanding current markets while pursuing greenfield opportunities and acquisitions.
Were there hints that a bridge inspector with a faked college degree wasn't telling the truth?
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.
The Bahamian government is seeking to take control over the resort developer's bankruptcy proceedings.