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In Bankruptcy, PG&E Still Faces Big Spend to Cut Fire Risks

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 21:55

California utility giant filed new plan Feb. 6 for boosted infrastructure, technology and controversial blackouts to respond to and prevent wildfire devastation; it could spend up to $2.3 billion in 2019.

Drones Find Sweet Spot in Environmental Engineering

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 20:03

Drones find a niche in environmental engineering, where aerial data collection protects fragile landscapes and worker safety

Puerto Rico Utility Proposes Eight Minigrids to Run the Island

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 19:34
Puerto Rico’s electric grid would be divided into eight minigrids that could run independently of one an­other in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster.

Three Wave Energy Developers Ready to Test Devices in Hawaii

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 19:27

Fabrication of a giant barge-like wave energy device is underway in Portland, Ore., in preparation for testing in Hawaii this summer.

Infrastructure Talks Continue on Capitol Hill, But No Action Yet

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 18:45

When Rep. Peter DeFazio, the new House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman, opened his panel’s first infrastructure hearing in the new Congress, he tapped some buttons on his phone and, on purpose, set off what sounded like a warning klaxon. 

Fourth Fatality on I-4 Revamp Adds to Skanska's P3 Woes

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 18:27

The news of a fourth fatality on the I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla., is surely increasing the pressure on SGL Constructors, the Skanska-led joint venture contractor leading the $2.3-billion project.

Volvo CE To Go Fully Electric on Smaller Machines in 2020

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 17:54

Signaling a major shift in its offerings, Volvo Construction Equipment is moving forward on a plan to convert to full electric power on its compact machines by 2020.

US Sues Lockheed Martin and Units in Hanford Site Kickback Scheme

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 17:45
Feds seek up to triple damages on alleged millions in profit; firm denies claims.

Related Cos. Breaks Ground on Gehry's Grand in Los Angeles

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 17:35
Related Companies and partner CORE USA broke ground Feb. 11 on the Grand in downtown Los Angeles.

$334M Revamp Set for JFK Airport's Terminal 8

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 17:30

American Airlines and British Airways will invest $344 million in the renovation and expansion of Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

Minn. Contractor Facing Big Penalties on Iowa Project

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 17:25

Repeated delays with the I-35-U.S. Route 30 interchange project could cost Harmony, Minn.-based Minnowa Construction Inc. more than $800,000 in penalties, according to the Iowa Dept. of Transportation.

Ford's $1B Chicago Upgrade To Create 500 New Jobs

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 17:21

Ford Motor Co. is spending $1 billion and adding 500 more jobs at two plants in the Chicago area.

Contractors, US Reach $3.6M Small-Business Fraud Pact

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 17:01

Two federal construction contractors and two principals have agreed to a $3.6-million settlement of alleged fraud related to millions of dollars in 8(a) Business Development Program contracts awarded by two U.S. military services and the U.S. Agriculture Dept.

Equipment Rental App Looks to Fill Gaps in Supply Chain

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 16:39

Tracking down the right piece of equipment when you need it on short notice is a perennial source of headaches and delays on jobsites.

Product Snapshot: Air Compressor and Vibratory Roller

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 16:02

The Doosan C185WDO portable air compressor is able to deliver 185 cfm of air at a rated operating pressure of 100 psi.

Construction Economics for the Week of February 18, 2019

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 15:41

ENR’s 20-city average cost indexes, wages and materials prices. Historical data and details for ENR’s 20 cities can be found at ENR.com/economics

Pulse: Project News for the Week of February 18, 2019

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 15:23
The Alaska Dept. of Transportation is planning to reconstruct Taxiway F at Anchorage International Airport.

Preliminary Top Starts: Still Time to Be Recognized

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 05:00

There's still to get your projects valued at over $100 million from our 11-state region into ENR Midwest's Top Starts list in our March issue.

MidAmerican Energy is 2019 Midwest Owner of the Year

Engineering News Record - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 05:00

MidAmerican Energy's investments in Iowa's grid and its commitment to battery-to-grid storage made it a near-lock in voting for Midwest Owner of the Year.

Corps Awards Contracts for Herbert Hoover Dike Work

Engineering News Record - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 22:36
This will be the final section of the 143-mile dike’s cutoff wall. Completion is scheduled in 2022.

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