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Gayle Roberts Wins ENR Midwest's 2018 Legacy Award

Engineering News Record - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 04:00

Gayle Roberts has been named ENR Midwest's 2018 Legacy Award winner after retiring from a 35-year career at consulting engineer Stanley Consultants that included stints as president, CEO and chair of the board.

AI Has Promise for Construction Accounting

Engineering News Record - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 01:42

Construction is among the industries with the most to gain from bringing AI and other automation technologies into accounting.

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Water Infrastructure Bill

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 21:22

Bill, including new Water Resources Development Act, authorizes $3.7 billion for new Corps civil-works projects.

25 Days After Explosion, Another Utility Shuts Off Gas in Boston Area

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 20:23
In Woburn, Mass., National Grid shut off gas to 339 homes after a worker inadvertently over-pressurized a line Oct. 8. A similar occurrence Sept. 13 in a Columbia Gas line in the region apparently triggered explosions and fires that burned 80 structures in three localities.

New OSHA Initiative Focuses on Trenching Safety

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:50

In the wake of a rise in fatal trenching cave-ins, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun a targeted education and enforcement program to try to reverse the trend.

Federal Court Vacates Corps Permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:47

A federal appeals court has vacated a Corps of Engineers construction permit for the 300-mile Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to southern Virginia.

Fluor/JGC Gets Go-Ahead on $40B Canadian Gas Terminal

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:45

Joint partners Fluor and JGC will begin construction on a $40-billion liquefied natural gas export terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia, following a final decision Oct. 1 to build the facility, which will move Canadian natural gas to Asia.

Solar Power Installation Comes Online at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Site

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:42

A visitor looks over the photovoltaic panels of “Solar Chernobyl” during an official opening ceremony on Oct. 5 of the new 1-MW solar power plant built 100 meters from ground zero of what was the world’s worst nuclear mishap.

Water Sector Embracing Big Data

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:31

Utilities are shedding their fear of digital strategies to address workforce issues, aging infrastructure and quality of life

ARTBA Meeting Highlights Diversity, Resilience and Regulatory Reform

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:27

Transportation infrastructure stakeholders say it’s a good time to be in the business, despite myriad challenges, and they are holding out hope for bipartisan agreements on federal funding and regulatory reform.

Top Down Construction Makes Comeback in India

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:10

In Bangalore, India, an EPC contractor is wrapping up a 13-month-long project to build a $112-million, 10-story, 621,000-sq-ft office building for an undisclosed client.

Design for Salesforce Transit Center Flange Fracture Fix Coming Soon

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:05

Investigators for San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority are searching for the cause of brittle fractures in the tapered bottom flanges of twin 80-ft-long built-up plate girders in San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center.

Porous Pavement Project Reaches Milestone in Yellowstone

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 16:50

A 14,000-sq-ft installation of a proprietary paving material that was combined with recycled rubber tires wrapped up last month at Yellowstone National Park, marking the largest  undertaking of its kind to date in the three-year project near Old Faithful.

Project Management Software InEight Picks Up a Smart Scheduler

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 16:34

InEight, a developer of construction project management software, has acquired BASIS, a planning-assist tool built for capital projects that complements and enhances critical path method scheduling. BASIS uses artificial intelligence to guide planners to improved project plans.

Steel Connection Optimizer Adds More Features to the Kit

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 16:33

Qnect, a cloud-based, structural steel connection design and optimization software company based in Hadley, Mass., has added to its portfolio of connections new capabilities to optimize top and bottom plate moment connections, as well as deck support steel in 3D models.

Mich., Enbridge Agree on New Pipeline in Tunnel Through Straits of Mackinac

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 16:15

The state of Michigan has approved a deal with Enbridge to build a new oil pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac.

Biggest Failure in Indonesia's Tsunami Warning System Is Education

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 16:10

More than failed tsunami warning systems, earthquake experts condemn a lack of public understanding of the risk as a fatal contributor to the more than 1,400 deaths in a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Palu Bay in Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Sept. 29.

New Energy Storage System Offers Millisecond Response Time

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 16:05

Solar and wind energy increasingly are competitive with conventional energy on cost, but their weather-dependent nature undermines confidence in them.

Wood Group Hopes To Cut Time Needed to Collect Cash

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 15:59

After acquiring Amec Foster Wheeler in a $2.6-billion deal earlier this year, Wood Group plc has set a strategy to get some of the debt from the acquisition off its balance sheet, says CFO David Kemp.

Defeat California's 'Car-Centered' Proposition That Would Kill High-Speed Rail

Engineering News Record - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 15:48

Proposition 6 in California poses as a grassroots movement to repeal recently hiked and already high gas taxes when it is something else, too: a vote against the future.


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