February, 2024

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3 reasons why new tradespeople don’t stick around

Construction Dive

Poor training, bad bosses and other frustrations can drive away new recruits to the construction industry, writes a Texas quality control manager.

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HS2 celebrates completion of first 16km drive for Chilterns tunnel

New Civil Engineer

High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd and its main works contractor Align JV (Bouygues, McAlpine, VolkerFitzpatrick) celebrated the completion of the first bore of the 16km Chilterns tunnel today, 27 February. The post HS2 celebrates completion of first 16km drive for Chilterns tunnel appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Improve apprenticeships to plug the labour gap

Construction News

Julie White is managing director of D-Drill & Sawing and chair of Build UK I have always been a huge advocate of apprentices, so National Apprenticeship Week gets my full backing every year. It’s in my blood, you see. More than 40 years ago, my… The post Improve apprenticeships to plug the labour gap appeared first on Construction News.

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Public construction spending soars, but private projects still face hurdles

Construction Dive

Highway and street projects are flush with cash, but high interest rates, labor shortages and regulatory delays are weighing on commercial projects.

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Switching to a Robust ERP Designed for Construction: 10 Essential Factors To Consider

For construction firms striving for operational excellence, the right ERP is a game-changer. Upgrading your construction ERP is essential for optimizing operations, enhancing decision-making, and driving growth. By downloading "10 Factors to Consider When Switching Your Construction ERP," you will learn: The importance of adaptability and scalability in ERP solutions.

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Hundreds of Bridge Repair and Replacement Projects Will Launch Soon

Civil + Structural Engineer

by Mary Scott Nabers It is shocking to realize that more than 42% of America’s 617,000 bridges are more than half a century old, and one-third of them are in dire need of repair or replacement. Even more sobering is the fact that 46,000 U.S. bridges are considered structurally deficient or in poor condition, given that 178 million trips are made on them daily.

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Which US Housing Markets Are the Hottest?

The Pro Builder

Which US Housing Markets Are the Hottest? ibush Tue, 02/13/2024 - 09:55 Denver once again tops the list of the hottest MSAs overall on the U.S. News Housing Market Index, exhibiting a mix of strengths including a positive ratio of building permits to job growth Once again, Denver is at the top of the list of the hottest housing markets overall based on December 2023 data from the U.S.

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HS2 | Two more sinkholes form on Chilterns tunnelling route

New Civil Engineer

Two more sinkholes have opened up within five days of each other along the route of tunnelling for High Speed 2’s (HS2's) Chiltern tunnels. The post HS2 | Two more sinkholes form on Chilterns tunnelling route appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Government warned of looming building-control collapse

Construction News

A significant number of councils will stop offering building-control services from April unless the deadline to prove professional competence is extended, the head of the service has warned the government. From 6 April, all building-control professionals must have passed a competence assessment and be registered… The post Government warned of looming building-control collapse appeared first on Construction News.

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Construction starts flatline even as manufacturing booms

Construction Dive

Expected interest rate cuts in the second half of 2024 should spur more starts as the year progresses, said Richard Branch, chief economist at Dodge Construction Network.

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Disability and architecture: ADA and universal design at college campuses

BDC Network

Disability and architecture: ADA and universal design at college campuses 0 qpurcell Fri, 02/09/2024 - 11:30 Higher Education To help people with disabilities feel part of the campus community, higher education institutions and architects must strive to create settings that not only adhere to but also exceed ADA guidelines. Higher Education University Buildings Designers Architects “It sounded like a semitruck was coming,” said Adam Wouk, manager of disability services at Joliet Junior College,

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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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Unique aesthetic meets eco-friendliness in Georgia’s mass timber building

Construction Specifier

Exterior rendering of the building. Images courtesy Sizemore Group Architects The City of Brookhaven’s under-construction City Hall building in Georgia is a three-story, 5,200-m 2 (56,000-sf) structure, which sets a new benchmark for city offices by combining aesthetic brilliance with environmental responsibility. Designed by Sizemore Group Architects, Brookhaven City Hall stands as a testament to innovation, featuring a unique mass timber construction utilizing cross-laminated timber (CLT) and

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CSIR-CDRI Walk-in for JRF, Project Assistant, Project Associate & Other | 26-02 & 01-03-2024

Construction Placements

CSIR-CDRI Walk-in for JRF, Project Assistant, Project Associate & Other | 26-02 & 01-03-2024 CSIR-CDRI Walk-in for JRF, Project Assistant, Project Associate & Other interview dates are 26-02 & 01-03-2024 The post CSIR-CDRI Walk-in for JRF, Project Assistant, Project Associate & Other | 26-02 & 01-03-2024 appeared first on ConstructionPlacements.

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HS2 | Colne Valley Viaduct construction halted for ‘urgent remedial works’

New Civil Engineer

Construction of the record-breaking Colne Valley Viaduct for the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway has been halted due to the need for “urgent remedial works”. The post HS2 | Colne Valley Viaduct construction halted for ‘urgent remedial works’ appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Legal threat forces startup out of heat-loss measurement market

Construction News

By David Strahan A small British startup has withdrawn from the market for measuring heat loss from new homes after legal threats from a subsidiary of one of the world’s biggest insulation manufacturers. In November, Saint-Gobain Isover, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, threatened to serve Redbarn… The post Legal threat forces startup out of heat-loss measurement market 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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Intel’s $20B Ohio plant delayed

Construction Dive

The semiconductor giant has halted its Licking County project, citing business conditions and the demand environment, but said construction will continue soon.

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3 Lessons From the “Flywheel Effect”

For Construction Pros

While the flywheel effect involves considerable upfront exertion, the resulting momentum can sustain a business and keep it moving with less effort applied to routine maintenance over time.

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Zweig Group’s 2024 report highlights AEC industry’s salary trends

Construction Specifier

Cover page of the report. Photo courtesy Zweig Group. Zweig Group, provider of advisory services, research, and education for the AEC industry, has released its 2024 Salary Report of AEC Firms for all regions of the U.S, diving into compensation in the industry. These reports are based on a comprehensive salary survey of hundreds of industry individuals and firms and are presented in three separate regional editions: North and South Atlantic, Central, and Pacific-Mountain.

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ONGC Recruitment 2024 for Various Posts | 15 Posts | 06-03-2024

Construction Placements

ONGC Recruitment 2024 for Various Posts | 15 Posts | 06-03-2024 ONGC Recruitment 2024 for Various Posts with 15 Posts vacancies, last date to apply for this job is 06-03-2024 The post ONGC Recruitment 2024 for Various Posts | 15 Posts | 06-03-2024 appeared first on ConstructionPlacements.

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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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National Infrastructure Pipeline: Energy and transport dominate £775bn spending forecast

New Civil Engineer

The National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline (NICP) has been published and shows confirmed investment in UK infrastructure over the next decade will see over 70% go towards energy and transport, while investment in water and sewerage will lag. The post National Infrastructure Pipeline: Energy and transport dominate £775bn spending forecast appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Judge rejects challenge to £1.7bn Stonehenge Tunnel

Construction News

The High Court has thrown out a case brought by campaigners against the £1.7bn Stonehenge Tunnel project. Mr Justice Holgate said most of the allegations brought by Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SSWHS), which was seeking a judicial review of the project's development consent order,… The post Judge rejects challenge to £1.7bn Stonehenge Tunnel appeared first on Construction News.

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Construction planning inches higher despite commercial weakness

Construction Dive

Though Dodge Construction Network expects momentum to pick back up in the second half, private project planning remains challenged by a difficult financing environment.

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What Is a Lubrication Site Assessment & Do You Need One?

For Construction Pros

Rob King, B2B solution capability analyst at Shell Lubricants, discusses lubrication site assessments and solutions to help you maximize savings for your construction business.

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Boost Profitability: Invest in a Construction Software Platform Today

To maximize your construction firm's profitability with a construction-specific software platform, your firm will be able to streamline every aspect of your operations. By design, this next-generation solution should offer unified functionality, replacing outdated systems and providing key capabilities including job costing, contract development, resource planning, and more.

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L.A.-based designer creates unrestrained look for Hawaii restaurant

Construction Specifier

Los Angeles-based interior design firm, Studio UNLTD, designed a restaurant in O’ahu, Hawaii, going for an uninhibited appearance, combining three distinct design styles. The interior of Cino Chophouse and Crudo Bar evokes an eccentric artist’s apartment and blends maximalism, Art Deco, and contemporary design; creating a visually rich, layered experience.

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NCCBM Recruitment 2024 for Managers and Others | 25 Posts | 02-03-2024

Construction Placements

NCCBM Recruitment 2024 for Managers and Others | 25 Posts | 02-03-2024 NCCBM Recruitment 2024 for Managers and Others with 25 Posts vacancies, last date to apply for this job is 02-03-2024 The post NCCBM Recruitment 2024 for Managers and Others | 25 Posts | 02-03-2024 appeared first on ConstructionPlacements.

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Stonehenge Tunnel | Judge quashes legal challenge against DCO decision

New Civil Engineer

Campaigners’ case against the government’s decision to green light the £1.7bn Stonhenge Tunnel has been quashed by a High Court judge. The post Stonehenge Tunnel | Judge quashes legal challenge against DCO decision appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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CIOB calls on government to mandate accessible homes

Construction News

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has called on the government to progress higher accessibility standards in new-build homes. In its written evidence for a Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) select committee inquiry into housing for people with disabilities, the body said… The post CIOB calls on government to mandate accessible homes appeared first on Construction News.

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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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3 reasons why contractors need craft training to stay competitive

Construction Dive

Craft training proves to be a crucial strategy for contractors, addressing workforce shortages, enhancing employee engagement and boosting competitiveness in the construction industry.

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Astec Expands Rock to Road Strategy at World of Asphalt 2024

For Construction Pros

Five new products and product features will be on display at Astec's booth #1263 where attendees will get a first-hand look at innovative additions to crushing, paving, and milling.

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Meta to build an $800M data center campus in Indiana

Construction Specifier

Photo of Jeffersonville downtown in Indiana. The city will house Meta’s $800 million data center campus. Photo courtesy Censusdata, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and others, has revealed plans to establish a nearly 65,000-m 2 (700,000-sf) facility, carrying an $800 million price tag, at the River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville, Ind.

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State funding locked in for Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line

Roads Online

The Queensland Government is committing an initial $2.75 billion to deliver the first stage of the Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line project. The Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line is a proposed 37.8-kilometre rail extension between Beerwah and Maroochydore to increase public transport opportunities and improve connectivity to Moreton Bay, Brisbane and beyond.

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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.