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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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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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Contech surpasses $30B in total venture funding

Construction Dive

More construction technology providers will reach unicorn status even as venture capital slows in other sectors, according to an investment firm focused on the industry.

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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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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 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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NSW seatbelt cameras to go live in 2024

Roads Online

From the middle of next year, mobile phone detection cameras in New South Wales will start to enforce seatbelt offences, after legislation was passed through state parliament. The world first mobile phone detection cameras will include seatbelt compliance. It’ll take around six months for current cameras to be updated to enforce seatbelt laws. This comes as 140 people lost their lives in fatal crashes where they were not wearing seatbelts between 2018 and 2022.

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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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Why your megaproject needs a design integration manager

Construction Dive

As construction jobs grow in size and complexity, someone is needed to ensure the vision doesn’t get lost along the way, said panelists at the Design-Build Conference & Expo last week.

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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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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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National Underground Asset Register to boost economy by £5bn over 10 years

New Civil Engineer

The National Underground Asset Register (NUAR) is now accessible across England and Wales and is on course to grow the UK’s economy by £5bn over the next decade, according to the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSINT). The post National Underground Asset Register to boost economy by £5bn over 10 years appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Building More with Less Waste, How GIS Helps Construction Go Full Circle

ENR Construction

Using geographic information systems to add quantities of materials and placement of coordinates can help contractors achieve they and their clients' sustainability goals.

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‘Unlimited Range’ 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger Electric Pickup

Equipment World

A gas-powered generator kicks in on the pickup truck to charge the battery once it's depleted and keep you going until you can refuel.

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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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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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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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HS2: Sadiq Khan trashes claim that private sector will pay £6.5bn to connect Old Oak Common with Euston

New Civil Engineer

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has rubbished the Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) plan for the private sector to fund the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) connection from Old Oak Common to Euston station. The post HS2: Sadiq Khan trashes claim that private sector will pay £6.5bn to connect Old Oak Common with Euston appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Taming the Red River

ENR Construction

Formed from an ancient glacial lake, the Red River Valley is famous for its flat landscape and fertile soil. Perhaps less known is that it is also one of the most flood-prone areas in the U.S.

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Plantd Finds First Farmer for Perennial Grass

The Pro Builder

Plantd Finds First Farmer for Perennial Grass qpurcell Tue, 11/07/2023 - 12:25 Plantd , a manufacturer of carbon-capturing building materials, has partnered with a North Carolina farmer to plant 101 acres of perennial grass. The fast-growing crop, known for its strength and resource efficiency, is the secret sauce—and main component—that makes Plantd's products work.

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Amtrak Northeast Corridor projects get $16B in federal funding

Construction Dive

Major bridge and tunnel projects will make the nation’s busiest passenger railroad “safer, faster, and more reliable,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.

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London office building rate soars after pandemic lull

Construction News

More London office builds began in the summer of 2023 than at any comparable period in the past 18 years, surprise figures have revealed. The latest Office Crane Survey from consultancy Deloitte found that 474,000 square metres of commercial projects started on site in the… The post London office building rate soars after pandemic lull appeared first on Construction News.

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Pavement Smoothness: Using Data and Analysis to Drive Success

For Construction Pros

A case study on the Big Island of Hawaii reveals how a quality control department can use existing tools and equipment to support innovative project engineering.

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NIC calls for new long-term rail strategy for North following cancellation of HS2 Phase 2

New Civil Engineer

The UK needs a new long-term rail strategy for the North after the cancellation of Phase 2 of High Speed 2 (HS2), according to the leaders of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). The post NIC calls for new long-term rail strategy for North following cancellation of HS2 Phase 2 appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Cybersecurity: Insurance Prices Level After Two Years of Brutal Increases

ENR Construction

Expert Tara Albin, midwest cyber leader for a unit of broker Willis Towers Watson, says Insurance carriers have more experience underwriting cyber risks and firms have stepped up security.

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Why Owners Need a Common Data Environment

Autodesk Construction Cloud

Owners are faced with rising pressure in today’s construction landscape with project risks and costs at an all-time high. Acquiring capital is getting more expensive with rising interest rates. Beyond that, the cost of building facilities is increasing. Data from Oxford Economics indicates that 82.5% of construction materials experienced a significant cost increase since 2020.