November, 2023

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UAW strike to have ripple effect on construction

Construction Dive

Union representation today is low, but the big wins from guilds and widespread pro-labor sentiment could tip the scales and continue to empower workers.

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Murphy row ends with payout for sacked workers

Construction News

J Murphy & Sons has agreed a compensation settlement with four sacked workers following a lengthy dispute. The employees – fitters and welders working on a refurbishment project at Ireland’s giant Rusal Aughinish Alumina refinery – were dismissed in 2022 after a meeting at the… The post Murphy row ends with payout for sacked workers appeared first on Construction News.

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Grade Control is Now for Residential and Commercial Contractors

For Construction Pros

Smaller commercial and residential contractors involved in commercial and even civil construction projects are adopting grade control as a best practice, facilitated by technology.

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First VCI Plant in Europe to Generate Electricity From Solar Panels

Civil + Structural Engineer

EcoCortec®- Green Anticorrosion Packaging Plant Becomes Solar Powered! EcoCortec® is anticorrosion films and bioplastics manufacturer, located in Croatia. As a daughter company of Cortec® Corporation, global corrosion inhibitor manufacturer, EcoCortec® is committed to achieving full circular economy model. We are proud to announce that EcoCortec® is the first bioplastics plant in Europe that is now solar powered.

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The Ultimate Checklist for Choosing the Right Construction Management Software

Managing construction projects in disparate systems and spreadsheets is difficult due to numerous moving parts and diverse stakeholder needs. A dynamic, intuitive software solution is essential for everyone involved—owners, designers, engineers, Construction Managers, and General Contractors. Companies need a secure, centralized system to manage documents, scheduling, financials, and more.

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Young Adults are Living with Family Longer, Multigenerational Living Report Finds

The Pro Builder

Young Adults are Living with Family Longer, Multigenerational Living Report Finds qpurcell Mon, 11/20/2023 - 13:34 In a departure from the traditional narrative of young adults leaving the nest, 68% of Gen Z adults and 20% of Millennials are opting to stay within familial confines, according to a recent RentCafe analysis of Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) data.

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HS2 designer blames frequent cost rises on ‘overengineering’ of project

New Civil Engineer

The former technical director of High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2 Ltd) and one of the principal designers of HS2’s original plan believes “overengineering” of the project is a principal reason behind the continually ballooning costs. The post HS2 designer blames frequent cost rises on ‘overengineering’ of project appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Constructing with Intelligence: How Autodesk AI Helps You Be More Efficient

Autodesk Construction Cloud

The construction industry is no stranger to big changes. Whether it’s the proliferation of BIM, the shift to digital plans and documents over paper, or the rise of mobility and cloud collaboration, transformation has been part of the industry’s DNA over the last few decades. Every big change has certainly come with its challenges, but the construction industry has successfully overcome these pain points to advance processes and achieve new levels of efficiency.

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Lendlease loses £3m fire-safety case against Aecom

Construction News

A judge has dismissed Lendlease’s attempt to sue Aecom for £3m over fire-safety defects at a cancer centre it worked on in Yorkshire. Justice Stephen Eyre said he would have found the consultancy liable for eight defects if Lendlease had brought the legal action about… The post Lendlease loses £3m fire-safety case against Aecom appeared first on Construction News.

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Stantec to design milestone pump station for Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Civil + Structural Engineer

The final of three tunnel dewatering pump stations will complete a program to reduce combined sewer overflow and protect local environment Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, has been chosen to lead design of the Southerly Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station (STDPS) for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD). The pump station is the third and final large pump station for NEORSD’s combined sewer overflow (CSO) program, which has been in progress for 13 years.

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Komatsu to Acquire American Battery Solutions

For Construction Pros

The acquisition will enable Komatsu to develop and produce its own battery-operated construction and mining equipment, through the integration of ABS’ battery technology with Komatsu’s knowledge and network.

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Forecasting With Confidence: How Contractors Can Solve Four Common Challenges

At the highest level, contractors understand the importance of accurately predicting and preparing for variances in costs or schedules when delivering a construction project. In fact, leaders know it is essential to the profitability, cash flow and potential viability of projects. For that reason, forward-thinking decision-makers who know that forecasting is a complex process, also realize that this is not feasible by using out-of-date systems.

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HS2 Phase 1 ‘cost close to exceeding benefit’ as officials blame civils contracts

New Civil Engineer

The cost of building High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase One is moving closer to being less than the benefit it will bring, according to Department for Transport (DfT) analysis, while HS2 Ltd chiefs say the civils contracts give them little leverage to improve contractor performance. The post HS2 Phase 1 ‘cost close to exceeding benefit’ as officials blame civils contracts appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Gilbane tapped for $5B Mayo Clinic expansion in Minnesota

Construction Dive

The medical complex in Rochester will feature buildings with rooms and floors that can convert to different functions, removing a typical limitation in healthcare construction.

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UW’s new hybrid mass timber building advances Seattle Building Code

Construction Specifier

The University of Washington’s (UW’s) Health Sciences and Education Building (HSEB) in Seattle features a sustainable structural system with cross-laminated timber (CLT), steel, and concrete. The system impacted Seattle Building Code, which previously did not have provisions for hybrid mass timber structures. At the project outset, due to the horizontal floor plan, a through-and-through CLT structure would not be possible.

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Over half of builders have struggled with mental health

Construction News

More than 50 per cent of construction workers say they have struggled with their mental health, according to software provider Causeway Technologies. The survey was carried out by Causeway’s mental health ambassador, former England footballer Trevor Steven. Steven spoke to more than 1,400 workers over… The post Over half of builders have struggled with mental health appeared first on Construction News.

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The Art of Contingency Planning: Dealing with Unforeseen Costs

Contingency planning is a strategic plan to allocate resources, time, and money if “all hell breaks loose” on a project. It considers risk mitigation and planning for a worst-case scenario.  Contingency planning in construction is necessary. You're expected to throw in a percentage to cover a contingency plan in your estimates but is it enough? There is an art to this type of planning and, if project leaders aren’t careful, a contingency plan could cost the company a lot more than lapsed deadlin

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Union Pacific Recognizes WSP with 2023 Sustainability Partner Award

Civil + Structural Engineer

Inaugural award honors Union Pacific customers and suppliers for innovative sustainability initiatives, cites WSP for sustainability principles and helping clients achieve low-carbon goals. OMAHA — Union Pacific Railroad honored a dozen customers and suppliers with its first-ever Sustainability Partner Award, including WSP, a leading engineering, environment and professional services consultancy.

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Paving Big Philly Style | No Edge Lines Season 1 Episode 3

For Construction Pros

Brandon heads to the "City of Brotherly Love" and tries his hand at a number of new asphalt and pavement maintenance jobs for the first time, while also getting the chance to see some of what makes Philadelphia great.

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HS2 | Expenditure on land for cancelled Phase 2 revealed to be £564M as experts call for DfT to halt sale

New Civil Engineer

The Department for Transport (DfT) has spent £564M on land and property for the cancelled Phase 2 of High Speed 2 (HS2), according to a Freedom of Information request from NCE, while rail experts have called on the government to halt its plans to sell… The post HS2 | Expenditure on land for cancelled Phase 2 revealed to be £564M as experts call for DfT to halt sale appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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US manufacturing boom unlocks ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for contractors

Construction Dive

Here are ways construction firms can cash in on the country’s $500 billion onshoring surge and the ancillary projects it is spurring.

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From Plan to Reality: Unlocking the Power of Aerial Imagery for AEC

Aerial imagery has emerged as a necessary tool for architecture, engineering, and construction firms seeking to improve pre-construction site analysis, make more informed planning decisions, and ensure all stakeholders have access to an accurate visualization of the site to keep the project moving forward. Download our guide and take a deeper look at how aerial imagery can be leveraged to drive project efficiency by reducing unnecessary site visits and providing the accurate details required to

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Over 275 Partners Now Integrate with Autodesk Construction Applications 

Autodesk Construction Cloud

21 New Integrations for Autodesk Construction Cloud Construction companies produce an immense amount of data every day; but are firms actually leveraging this goldmine of insights? New research from Deloitte Access Economics , commissioned by Autodesk, suggests there’s work to be done here. Today, only 20% of construction firms identify as data leaders, with the remaining 80% reporting either beginner or emergent levels of data capabilities.

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Transitioning beyond spreadsheet trackers: your ability to compete in 2024 depends on it

Construction News

After facing a challenging few years, the construction industry is now on the brink of a significant growth spurt, with Glenigan’s latest construction forecast projecting that the sector will grow by 14 per cent in 2024. This growth, however, comes with a new set of… The post Transitioning beyond spreadsheet trackers: your ability to compete in 2024 depends on it appeared first on Construction News.

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Stantec to acquire ZETCON Engineering, a leading German infrastructure firm

Civil + Structural Engineer

EDMONTON, AB; NEW YORK, NY; BOCHUM, GERMANY — TSX, NYSE: STN Stantec , a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, has signed an agreement to acquire ZETCON Engineering, a 645-person engineering firm headquartered in Bochum, Germany. Founded in 1973, ZETCON has built a reputation as an industry leader in infrastructure planning, inspection, project management, and construction management.

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Maximizing Performance through Adaptable Specialized Equipment

For Construction Pros

The construction industry will continue to be a key catalyst for the advancement of our communities and play an integral part in providing economic growth for people across the country.

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Drive Profitability With a Construction-Specific ERP

For specialty contractors, using a construction software platform helps to lay the technological foundation required to support future growth and improved financial performance. Through integrated back office and field capabilities, you can improve how you bid, plan, staff, run, monitor, and close out self-performing projects, all while improving operational excellence.

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Coventry Very Light Rail vehicle successfully tested on innovative track system

New Civil Engineer

Plans to build the first Very Light Rail system in the UK has reached a major milestone as the vehicle has been successfully tested on innovative track that was laid in weeks. The post Coventry Very Light Rail vehicle successfully tested on innovative track system appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Florida bill would allow minors to do roofing work

Construction Dive

The legislation, which would permit teens 16 and older to work on roofing projects, also expands recruitment efforts in the trades.

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Contractor sentenced to 90 days jail after fatal trench collapse

Equipment World

Former Vail construction company owner sentenced for reckless manslaughter charge after an employee died in a trench collapse in 2021 in Breckenridge.

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Construction starts tumble as sector suffers ‘general decline’

Construction News

Construction starts have plummeted across the board as the sector battles a sluggish economy, with the only cheer coming from a modest rise in planning approvals. The November issue of Glenigan’s quarterly construction review shows that project starts fell 27 per cent in the three… The post Construction starts tumble as sector suffers ‘general decline’ appeared first on Construction News.

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Optimize Operational Processes With an Industry-Specific ERP

As the use of Enterprise Resource Planning systems in the construction industry is critical to optimizing operations, it's critical that decision makers conduct a thorough software evaluation to find the one that best aligns to their needs.

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The Full Scale House 3D Printed by Robotic Arms Completes in Muscatine 

Civil + Structural Engineer

Slashing Costs by Tens of Thousands, RIC Technology Revolutionizes 3D Construction Muscatine, Iowa – The second 3D-printed house in Muscatine has completed construction by the leading 3D construction company Alquist 3D, powered by RIC Technology’s cutting-edge robotic arm based 3D printing system. The construction broke ground in October this year.

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Fed Announces $384 Million Low Carbon Asphalt Investment

For Construction Pros

Out of the GSA's announced $2 billion, which included 150 different construction projects using low embodied carbon materials, a significant portion of it will directly impact the asphalt and road building industry.

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Network Rail mulls plans to reopen Cambridgeshire rail line

New Civil Engineer

Network Rail is considering plans to reopen a rail line in Cambridgeshire that will reconnect the towns of Wisbech and March The post Network Rail mulls plans to reopen Cambridgeshire rail line appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Construction groups sue over Davis-Bacon change

Construction Dive

The prevailing wage rule update went into effect Oct. 23, and it could mean higher hourly wages for workers on major federal projects.

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Generosity as a Practice: How Procore is Celebrating Giving Tuesday 2023

Procore

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that aims to elevate the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world around them. Procore embraces this day as an opportunity to celebrate employee volunteering, collaborate with other philanthropic organizations, and give back to the construction industry.  Procore employees participate in community engagement activities year-round, from collaborating with our construction nonprofit partners like Habitat for