September, 2023

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Infrastructure backlog jumps 24%, pushing demand to ‘upper end of historic levels’

Construction Dive

Despite tightening credit, high project financing costs and lingering recession fears, the country’s biggest contractors continue to book more new business, said Anirban Basu, ABC chief economist.

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A Visit to the Cairo Monorail

Civil + Structural Engineer

By Luke Carothers Cairo and its surrounding metropolitan area has seen a significant amount of change over the last two decades. Where once there was little to break the seemingly endless sands that encompassed the city of Cairo, a series of new developments have been built to support the region’s shifting needs and population. Places like the New Administrative Capital–which has been under construction since 2015–are being rapidly built and expanded.

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UK water sector assessment shows that improvement is needed across the board

New Civil Engineer

An assessment of the UK’s water sector by Future Water Association, with input from over 100 stakeholders, shows that it needs improvement in all areas including asset health, sewers maintenance, innovation, research, leakage and more. The post UK water sector assessment shows that improvement is needed across the board appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Scammers offering fake RAAC surveys to worried householders

Construction News

Unqualified traders are cold calling households offering RAAC surveys, according to a leading consumer-protection organisation. Katherine Hart, lead officer for doorstep crimes, scams and consumer vulnerability at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), told Construction News that she had seen an increase in people claiming… The post Scammers offering fake RAAC surveys to worried householders appeared first on Construction News.

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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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Are We Missing an Important Element of Sustainability Reporting?

Autodesk Construction Cloud

This year, the European Union finalized its corporate social responsibility reporting directive for listed companies, with rules being phased in over the next year. In the US, the Securities and Exchange Commission has been deliberating on a proposed set of disclosure rules since the spring of 2022 and is expected to finalize them this fall. 2024 promises to be a transformative year for public companies when it comes to reporting on strides made toward greater environmental sustainability.[ 1 ]

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What Are The Construction Benefits Of Precast Concrete?

UK Construction Blog

The post What Are The Construction Benefits Of Precast Concrete? appeared first on UK Construction Blog. According to the history books, precast concrete has been around since 1905. It was invented by a Liverpudlian engineer by the name of John Alexander Brodie, and despite its success, it didn’t make groundbreaking changes in the UK construction industry.

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LOCHNER SELECTED TO LEAD PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY FOR HURRICANE EVACUATION ROUTE AND MAJOR RAIL CROSSING IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Civil + Structural Engineer

CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — H.W. Lochner, Inc. ( Lochner ), a leading provider of infrastructure planning and engineering services, has been selected by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to conduct a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study of transportation challenges at the SR 714/Monterey Road intersection with the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railroad Crossing.

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Government considering cancelling HS2 north of Birmingham to save money

New Civil Engineer

Prime minister Rishi Sunak and chancellor Jeremy Hunt are in discussions over whether to cancel Phase 2 of High Speed 2 (HS2) to save money and provide economic headroom. The post Government considering cancelling HS2 north of Birmingham to save money appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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‘Extremely sad’: 500 jobs lost as Buckingham enters administration

Construction News

Buckingham Contracting Group has entered administration with redundancy for about 500 staff. On Monday afternoon, Kier announced it had bought the ailing contractor’s rail engineering business for £9.6m, saving around 180 jobs. However, administrators from Grant Thornton – who were appointed earlier the same day… The post ‘Extremely sad’: 500 jobs lost as Buckingham enters administration appeared first on Construction News.

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Boost Construction Collaboration with These AU 2023 Classes

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Collaboration is a cornerstone of the construction industry. Time and time again, we’ve seen that the most successful teams and projects are the ones with solid communication and collaboration practices. If you’re looking to improve collaboration within your teams, Autodesk University has what you need. Taking place in Las Vegas from November 13-15, AU 2023 offers insightful workshops, expert-led sessions, and networking opportunities to foster team collaboration and elevate your project outcome

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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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Oregon mass timber athletic center exceeds energy efficiency requirements

Construction Specifier

The new mass timber athletic center at the Oregon Episcopal School (OES) in Portland utilizes a highly efficient envelope, passive cooling, and minimal mechanical conditioning to achieve an 82 percent reduction in energy use from the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption (CBEC) baseline, with an energy use intensity (EUI) of 15 kBtu/sf/year. Crafted by the firm Hacker with resilience in mind, the OES Athletic Center has been engineered to adhere to more rigorous seismic standards, ensuring it

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3 manufacturing megaprojects delayed by labor, permitting issues

Construction Dive

Teams have hit pause on Scout Motors’ $2 billion EV plant in South Carolina and American Battery Factory’s $1.2 billion facility in Arizona.

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Dodge: 2023 Construction Starts Down YoY

For Construction Pros

Richard Branch, chief economist, Dodge Construction Network, delivered the construction starts data for August 2023, saying interest rates will likely impact starts through the middle of 2024.

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Latest images from Great Musgrave bridge infill removal reveal damage to historic structure

New Civil Engineer

Images from National Highways’ ongoing removal of the concrete infill beneath the 19th century Great Musgrave bridge show that damage has been done to the underside of the historic structure. The post Latest images from Great Musgrave bridge infill removal reveal damage to historic structure appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Build UK names new chair

Construction News

Build UK has named Julie White as its new chair. White, the owner and managing director of D-Drill & Sawing, succeeds former ISG chief executive Paul Cossell, who stands down after less than two years. Cossell took over from former Osborne chief executive Andy Steele.… The post Build UK names new chair appeared first on Construction News.

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3 affordable housing projects that serve as social catalysts

BDC Network

3 affordable housing projects that serve as social catalysts 0 qpurcell Mon, 09/25/2023 - 12:49 Affordable Housing Trish Donnally, Associate Principal, Perkins Eastman, shares insights from three transformative affordable housing projects. Trish Donnally MFPRO+ Blog Higher Education University Buildings Multifamily Housing Affordable Housing Senior Living Design Student Housing Designers Architects Projects Sustainable Development To say the United States is facing an affordable housing crisis i

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Oregon State University’s team wins 2023 PCI Big Beam Competition

Construction Specifier

The winning team from Oregon State University. Photo courtesy PCI. Oregon State University has won the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI’s) 2023 Engineering Design Competition, also known as the Big Beam Competition. The national competition teaches college students important structural engineering skills in an applied learning environment which will benefit them in their future professions.

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Construction planning posts largest drop since March

Construction Dive

Commercial and institutional activity are likely to continue to be constrained for the rest of 2023, as evidenced by a key index’s sixth straight decline.

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Alex Fraser’s recycled tyres for sustainable roads

Roads Online

A collaborative venture has led to the development of an alternative for asphalt production in Victorian roads. Roads & Infrastructure speaks with Alex Fraser, ecologiQ and Entyr to learn more. A ccording to Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA), Australia generates around 459,000 tonnes of waste tyres annually. Thanks to the support of both government and private industry, as well as development by companies such as Alex Fraser, approximately 70 per cent of these waste tyres are recovered (per T

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HS2 awards £300M ground investigation contracts for phase 2 to Aecom, Bam and more

New Civil Engineer

Despite speculation that the second phase of High Speed Two (HS2) could be cancelled by the government, HS2 Ltd has awarded ground investigation contracts with a total value of up to £300M for the proposed route between Birmingham and Manchester. The post HS2 awards £300M ground investigation contracts for phase 2 to Aecom, Bam and more appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Costain director named trade body’s first black president

Construction News

A commercial director at Costain has become the first black president of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES). Batsetswe Motsumi succeeds Andrew Evans, who had been in the role for the previous 18 months. Motsumi has been a member of the body’s council… The post Costain director named trade body’s first black president appeared first on Construction News.

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Secrets of a structural engineer

BDC Network

Secrets of a structural engineer 0 dbarista Fri, 09/08/2023 - 11:54 Engineers Walter P Moore's Scott Martin, PE, LEED AP, DBIA, offers tips and takeaways for young—and veteran—structural engineers in the AEC industry. Scott Martin, PE, LEED AP, DBIA Building Team Contractors Designers Designers / Specifiers / Landscape Architects Engineers Facility Managers Architects Building Owners Recently, I was asked to present to a group of aspiring engineers at the Florida A&M-Florida State University Co

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AUS’s West Gate project to accommodate post-pandemic surge

Construction Specifier

Rendering of the exterior of the terminal expansion at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Images courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). The West Gate Expansion project at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) will increase terminal space beyond its current gates 33 and 34, to accommodate post-pandemic travel demand and modernize the airport.

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AECOM JV to lead $2.6B Virginia resilience project

Construction Dive

The mega-contractor, along with Moffatt & Nichol and Volkert, will provide program and project management services to protect the city from storm risk and sea-level rise due to climate change.

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Komatsu: Green electricity driving forward

Roads Online

Komatsu’s ongoing reaching and development efforts around sustainability have produced several solutions for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Komatsu is strongly committed to environmental best practices, with a continuous focus on reducing its environmental impacts and carbon footprint. In its mid-term management plan, Komatsu made a steadfast commitment to minimise its environmental impact through various initiatives.

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Scottish government confirms £140M for rail electrification project in East Kilbride

New Civil Engineer

A major railway enhancement and electrification project between East Kilbride and Glasgow has had its £140M funding confirmed by the Scottish Government. The post Scottish government confirms £140M for rail electrification project in East Kilbride appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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1 October 2023: are we ready for the building-control overhaul?

Construction News

David Savage is a partner and the construction & infrastructure co-lead at Charles Russell Speechlys The 1st October is a big day for the construction sector. This date marks the new building-control regime for higher-risk buildings (HRBs) and the deadline for submitting the application to… The post 1 October 2023: are we ready for the building-control overhaul?

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Modern healthcare interiors: Healing and care from the outside in

BDC Network

Modern healthcare interiors: Healing and care from the outside in 0 qpurcell Fri, 09/08/2023 - 08:06 Healthcare Facilities CO Architects shares design tips for healthcare interiors, from front desk to patient rooms. MFPRO+ Blog Healthcare Facilities Hospital Design Trends Designers Architects Biophilic Design Coronavirus Interior Architecture Interior Finishes “Health” has become a buzzword in recent years, and with good reason.

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ICC codes updated with the most significant changes in quarter-century

Construction Specifier

The International Code Council’s ( ICC ’s) 2024 plumbing and mechanical codes have the most significant changes in 25 years. Photo courtesy International Code Council. The 2024 editions of the International Code Council ’s ( ICC ’s) International Plumbing Code ( IPC ) and International Mechanical Code ( IMC ) will provide the most substantial format changes to the International Codes (I-Codes) in 25 years.

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Shared challenges: Why preconstruction is suddenly so important

Construction Dive

General contractors such as Mortenson, Messer and PCL say project collaboration is happening much earlier and with greater transparency than before the pandemic.

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Additional funding announced for Parramatta Light Rail

Roads Online

An additional $200 million in funding has been announced for the second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail project in New South Wales. Parramatta Light Rail Stage Two will connect the Parramatta CBD to Sydney Olympic Park via the growing communities of Camellia, Rydalmere, Ermington, Melrose Park and Wentworth Point. The 10-kilometre extension will include 14 new light rail stops that will provide residents with a public transport link and unlock future housing growth.

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Construction of Hinkley Point C nears first reactor milestone

New Civil Engineer

Work at Hinkley Point C is nearing its next major engineering feat as a 245t steel dome set to be lifted to close the first reactor building. The post Construction of Hinkley Point C nears first reactor milestone appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Equipment firm loses unfair dismissal case amid theft allegations

Construction News

A supply chain firm has been ordered to pay a former staff member £22,000, after a tribunal cast doubt on its claims the ex-employee had pocketed cash by secretly hiring out its products. Concord Lifting Equipment (CLE), based in Wimbledon, south-west London, claimed that the… The post Equipment firm loses unfair dismissal case amid theft allegations appeared first on Construction News.

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Win-Win Scenarios for Residents and Property Managers

BDC Network

Win-Win Scenarios for Residents and Property Managers 1 kcichowicz Fri, 09/29/2023 - 10:33 Multifamily Housing Discover how proptech is opening open new paths to revenue for owners and property managers, while bringing desirable amenities and conveniences for renters. Check out my thoughts on profitable, resident-centric proptech. Multifamily Housing At the end of the day, businesses exist to generate revenue.

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California building expected to be largest U.S. net-zero energy library

Construction Specifier

The Hayward Library and Community Learning Center, in East Bay in the greater San Francisco area, aims to set a new sustainability benchmark and serve as a model for other communities. Once verified, it is anticipated to become the nation’s largest net-zero energy library facility. The library is on track for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification.