Wed.Sep 13, 2017

Large Tiny Home

Jetson Green

This newly built tiny home for two in Australia proves that downsizing does not mean you must sacrifice comfort. It’s called Zen Tiny House, and it is quite large for a tiny home, and certainly big enough to accommodate the two owners, Nadia and Kester Marshall and their two Australian shepherd dogs.

World’s Most Advanced, Sustainable Paint Factory Opens In England

Business Facilities Blog

Paints and coatings company AkzoNobel is celebrating the opening of the world’s most advanced and sustainable paint factory in Ashington, North-East England.

State DOTs Receive $3.1B in 'Bonus' Highway Funds

ENR Construction

FHWA redistributes unused TIFIA, FAST Act grants' obligation authority

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U.S. Employers Remain Positive About Hiring In Q4 2017

Business Facilities Blog

One in five U.S. employers (21 percent) plan to add staff in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. Of the more than 11,500 U.S.

2017 Construction Forecast: A Post-Election Update

What's on tap for construction's economic fortunes in 2017?

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How Bechtel Limits Risk on Possible Big Plant-Vogtle Role

ENR Construction

Retailers look beyond the sale: Brick-and-mortar retailers are raising their game to lure plugged-in consumers to their stores


E-commerce is reshaping the landscape for traditional retailers. Store closures and consolidations in 2017 are on pace to eclipse the total number of stores that failed in 2008, in the depths of the Great Recession.

Oroville Spillway Failure Prompts Review of 93 Dams

ENR Construction

If initial lessons included in an interim status report on the cause of February’s failure of the main spillway at California’s Oroville Dam are heeded, hundreds of U.S. dams more than 50 years old may have to be re-examined and upgraded

Update: Irma Managed to Topple Crane Counterweights

Construction Equipment

As feared, several cranes in Miami lost their counterweights during Hurricane Irma.

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You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

Texans Begin to Assess 'Breathtaking' Damage From Harvey

ENR Construction

As Hurricane Harvey floodwaters linger in portions of Texas, assessments and some rebuilding have begun as residents and officials alike try to figure out how and whether to rebuild

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Pittsburgh International to Spend $1.1 Billion on Makeover

Construction Equipment

Pittsburgh International Airport is primed to take off with a $1.1 billion modernization plan unveiled Tuesday with the approval of the Allegheny County Airport Authority. The new airport proposal calls for the current landside building to be demolished and replaced with a new $783.8

The Economist's Absurd Proposal on Construction Productivity

ENR Construction

When I was in college in the 1970s, my senior project involved designing affordable modular housing that could be transported to sites requiring minimal foundation and utility work

Some vital points a site civil engineer should abide by

Construction Cost Estimating

Least density of the slab should be 125 mm. Absorption of water should not be over 15% Lapping is unaccepted for the bars which contain diameter over 36 mm. Longitudinal reinforcement should be not under 0.8% and in excess of 6% of gross C/S.

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Construction Health Indicator (We're keeping score.)

The Construction Health Indicator is a daily pulse of the construction industry.

Imaging Technology Deployed Before and After Hurricanes

ENR Construction

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s assault on Texas and Louisiana, drones and small planes equipped with cameras and instruments fill the sky, getting a bird’s-eye view of the destruction

The evolution of the Master System Integrator (MSI)

Constructor Magazine

A new breed of folks called MSI and data engineers are rapidly evolving to help us with the process of "getting There from here

ASCE Opens Library to Non-Members Coping With Disasters

ENR Construction

OSHA issues extension for compliance with crane operator certification requirements


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the employer's responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2018

Funding Boost Shores Up Troubled Honolulu Rail Project

ENR Construction

A contentious special session of the Hawaii Legislature has averted the latest crisis for Honolulu’s controversial light-rail project, enacting a $2.4-billion financial bridge that backers hope will carry construction of the planned 20-mile, $8-billion system to completion in 2025

Update: Irma Toppled Crane Counterweights

Construction Equipment

As feared, several cranes in Miami lost their counterweights during Hurricane Irma.

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Post-Irma, Crews Push to Get Florida Power On and Water Running

ENR Construction

Edison Electric Institute estimates "an army" of 50,000 workers from across North America are working on the state's grid

A new platform offers a solution to construction cost overruns


The Bonita Springs (Fla.) High School will cost $14 million more than its original $50 million to complete. Rising costs of construction materials and labor are driving this overrun

Prep Work Pays Off for Hurricane Irma Recovery

ENR Construction

With damage from the powerful hurricane still being assessed, crews rapidly are restoring power and services


A Little More Satisfaction at CLL's Elvis Photo Booth

Constructor Magazine

So the networking opportunities were great, the seminars were fantastic, but the REAL action was at the Elvis Photo Booth


Rebranding: The major challenge (and what to do when you need to do it)

Construction Marketing Ideas

What if you only had eight weeks to rebrand? The headline for the story by Josh Miles in the most recent issue of the SMPS Marketer magazine caught my attention, because it invites several other questions, like: Who would need to do anything like this?

US Postpones Canadian Lumber Tariff Finding

ENR Construction

Chances may be improving for resolving a long-running trade dispute over pricing of Canadian softwood-lumber shipments to the U.S.

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Watts opens new 229,000-sq.-ft. distribution center

Constructor Magazine

The facility is equipped with a warehouse management system, up-to-date scanning technologies and new material-handling equipment

Product Snapshot: Recip Saw and All-Terrain Crane

ENR Construction

The SKILSAW 13-Amp Reciprocating Saw has a 11⁄8-in. stroke length and a variable speed trigger, allowing it to deliver up to 2,800 strokes per minute

TRUMPF’s ‘smart factory’ is a factory and showroom in one


TRUMPF, a German machine tool and laser manufacturer, recently opened its new “Smart Factory” in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The new space is both a factory and a showroom that turns high-tech machines and production processes into exhibition-like showpieces.

Kansas City Council Taps Edgemoor Team for Airport Makeover

ENR Construction

A team led by Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate, Bethesda, Md., on Sept. 6 won the recommendation of the City Council selection committee of Kansas City as the developer and designer of a $1-billion, single-terminal redevelopment of Kansas City International Airport

Weldon Long gives the opening keynote at Contractor Leadership LIVE!

Constructor Magazine

Weldon Long played the drums and talking about dreaming big during his opening keynote speech

Pulse: Project News for the Week of September 18, 2017

ENR Construction

Project News from Dodge Data & Analytics

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