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House FAA Bill Moves Up on the Runway

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 16:53

House passes bill that freezes traditional airport construction grant program, but creates new one for rural airfield projects.

SC Nuke-Fee Fight Risks SCANA Sale

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 16:48

Efforts to nix South Carolina’s nuclear construction fee to ratepayers could imperil Dominion Energy’s pending offer to purchase one of the utility owners of the canceled V.C. Summer nuclear expansion project.

New Envision Rating Tool Pushes Infrastructure Resilience

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 16:42

About six months after the Envision infrastructure project sustainability rating tool launched in 2012, Superstorm Sandy generated $68.7 billion in damage.

Fluor-JGC Is EPC Choice For Canada Kitimat LNG Project

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 16:37

The long-delayed Kitimat liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia got a boost in late April when LNG Canada selected Fluor Corp. and partner Yokohama-based JGC Corp. as the EPC contractor for the natural gas export-plant portion of the $40-billion development. Industry analysts expect Fluor’s portion of the award could be as much as $7 billion. 

Regulators Approve $1 Billion Michigan LNG Plant

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 16:33

The Michigan Public Service Commission gave final approval recently to a nearly $1-billion natural gas-fired plant along the St. Clair River near the Canadian border.

Seattle Tunnel Megaproject Enters Homestretch Phase

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 16:27

The nearly $3.3-billion Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project is set to finish this year, potentially, after crews overcame a saga of challenges and delays.

GAO and DOE Spar on Hanford Waste Megaproject's Lingering QA Issues

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 16:20

Many previously identified problems continue to plague the complex waste treatment plant being built to immobilize much of the 54 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste stored at the U.S. Energy Dept.’s Hanford site in Washington state, prompting government investigators to recommend stopping work on the $17-billion project, underway since 2002, when those problems recur.

Trimble Acquires Viewpoint in Latest Industry Tech Shake-Up

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 16:12

In only the latest consolidation move in the competitive construction-technology sector, Trimble announced April 23 that it is acquiring Viewpoint Construction Software for $1.2 billion from Bain Capital.

Product Snapshot: Telehandler and Cut-Off Saw

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 15:48

The E 355 telehandler has an operating weight of 11.5 metric tons, with a lifting capacity of up to 5.5 metric tons.

Why Did Pennsylvania's Governor Veto an Opioid Control Measure?

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 15:37
Are formulary solutions a way out of the opioid burden on workers compensation?

Pulse: Project News for the Week of May 7, 2018

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 15:35

Project News from Dodge Data & Analytics

Tests Reveal Panel Problems On DC Metro Silver Line

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 15:24

Contractors on the $2.7-billion Silver Line Metro extension in northern Virginia will protect or replace 1,569 precast concrete panels used on five stations after multiple issues were discovered on hundreds of the panels.

US Codewriters Initiate First Post-Grenfell Tower Changes

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 15:16

The major model building code in the U.S. may make adjustments in light of last June’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in London, where 71 people died.

Ancient Project Methods Lead to Costly Construction Boondoggles

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 15:02

In an age when image recognition, Big Data analysis and artificial intelligence are coming to define construction, outdated and inefficient contracting and construction management practices won’t cut it to build critical infrastructure at the scale and speed they’re now needed.

Construction Economics for the Week of May 7, 2018

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 13:00

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

March Construction Starts Advance 11 Percent

Dodge Data Analytics - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 09:15
New construction starts in March increased 11% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $785.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Grand Opening of New Nordic Museum Includes Symbolic Fjord

Engineering News Record - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 04:00
The fjord at the new Nordic Museum in Seattle's Ballard may not have ocean water flowing through it, but still serves as a symbolic architectural focal point for the $45-million, 57,000-sq-ft building.

March Construction Starts Advance 11% Nationwide

Engineering News Record - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 19:22

Public works and electric utilities rebound after a weak February.

IPS: Speed-to-Market Solution

Engineering News Record - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 18:41

In response to customer demands to deliver projects more quickly and cheaply, design firms increasingly are looking at modular design and construction to streamline the construction process.

Southwest Spikes On Large Projects

Engineering News Record - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 13:00

Competition For Quality Design And Engineering Professionals Heats Up Across All Areas In The Southwest As Activity Energizes

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