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U.S. Trade Panel Wades into Caterpillar-Wirtgen Patent Dispute

Engineering News Record - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 23:50

International Trade Commission begins studies of patent-infringment complaints by each company against the other.

Keystone XL Pipeline Closer to Build After Neb. PSC Decision

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 19:16

Keystone XL developer TransCanada says it is reviewing the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s 3-2 decision approving an alternative route for the XL pipeline through the state.

Mass. Green Line Contract Award Goes to Joint Venture

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 19:15
The Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation announced the award of a $1.08-billion contract for the Green Line Extension.

Hurricane-Hit Islands Look to Jump to Modern Power Grids

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 19:04

As workers struggle to restore power in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, companies and government agencies are looking for ways to make the islands’ power grids more resilient and better able to withstand future storms.

CH2M To Repair Naval Stations Damaged by Harvey

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 19:00
Nearly three months after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, CH2M has been selected to assist with repairs to damage caused by the storm at two Naval air stations.

Humboldt Bay Nuke Demo Job Reaching Finish Line, at Last

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:56

Crews have nearly completed demolition of a buried nuclear-reactor caisson at Humboldt Bay Power Plant Unit 3. 

Georgia Dome Imploded in Controlled Demolition

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:55
An estimated 4,800 pounds of explosives took just 12 seconds to take down the 25-year-old Georgia Dome.

L.A. Gives Notice to Owners of Older Concrete Structures About Seismic Retrofits

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:50

Earlier this month, just over two years after Los Angeles passed a law requiring seismic retrofits of older, nonductile concrete buildings, the city’s Dept. of Building and Safety began sending compliance orders to owners.

Amtrak Safety Culture Blamed for Fatal 2016 Derailment

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:45

The National Transportation Safety Board slammed Amtrak’s approach to safety management, charging that it spawned a host of deficiencies that led to the fatal 2016 derailment of a passenger train in Chester, Pa.

Former Warehouse in D.C. Becomes The Museum of the Bible

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:41

Transforming a workhorse into a show horse is difficult.

Automation, Collaboration Key Themes at Autodesk Meeting

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:29

Automating construction and creating a collaborative, seamless cloud-based central space for all aspects of a project cycle dominated the scene at Autodesk University 2017. 

Precast Elements Mark Unique Design of Vertical-Lift Crossing

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:02

A new bridge connecting Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, features what engineers believe is the first-ever use of precast-concrete segmental towers on a vertical-lift bridge.

Pakistan, China at Odds Over Key Belt and Road Project Financing

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:00
Chinese want ownership; Pakistan says it will self-finance

The Optics Have It in a New Wrinkle on Immersive Display

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:49

Immersive reality has a new look coming at the end of November in the form of a clever arrangement of digital projectors, curved screens, mirrors and software for image rendering and stitching, configured into a portable viewing theater.

Lightweight Liquid-Crystal Writing Tablet Is a Pleasure to Use

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:41

Realizing the promise of liquid paper­—lightweight digital surfaces that can be written on, erased and saved as easily as traditional paper—is an elusive goal, but a new tablet from Kent Displays is getting close.

Cat Revamps Excavator Line With Grade Control Options

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:34

Looking to simplify its product lines and streamline production, Cater­pillar has introduced a trio of 20-ton-class excavators aimed at a broad range of applications.

Product Snapshot: Concrete Saw, Auger

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:23

The SPT79A-10 MEDUSAW walk-behind concrete saw features the same wet- and dry-cutting capabilities of earlier MEDUSAW models.

Pulse: Project News for the Week of November 27, 2017

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:09

Project News from Dodge Data & Analytics

Because Risk Is in Your DNA

Engineering News Record - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:59

Every time a contractor signs a new contract, it is as if that company were opening for its first day in business.

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