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More money needed for infrastructure fixes: ASCE

Construction Dive

Headwinds such as supply chain challenges and extreme weather are keeping the investment gap from being noticeably reduced, the American Society of Civil Engineers said in a report released Monday.

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NIC review: ‘do nothing’ scenario for rail infrastructure in cancelled HS2 area ‘not sustainable’

New Civil Engineer

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has warned that not upgrading rail infrastructure north of Bimringham that that the cancelled High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2 was due to serve is not a sustainable option. The post NIC review: ‘do nothing’ scenario for rail infrastructure in cancelled HS2 area ‘not sustainable’ appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Begins Concourse D Upgrade

Civil + Structural Engineer

As program manager, WSP provides comprehensive support for innovative modular construction plan at world’s busiest airport. ATLANTA — WSP, a leading engineering, environment and professional services consultancy, joined airport, city and federal leaders, including U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, for the start of a long-awaited expansion of Concourse D at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Spring Housing Markets: Which Markets Saw the Most Appreciation, and Which Saw the Least?

The Pro Builder

Spring Housing Markets: Which Markets Saw the Most Appreciation, and Which Saw the Least? csweeney Thu, 05/16/2024 - 15:32 Florida metros saw the weakest appreciation of all housing markets in the US Across the U.S., home prices are rising, but some markets have observed stronger appreciation than others. According to insight from housing data tracker Resi Club Analytics, national housing costs rose more than 1.15% between March and April 2024.

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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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Construction leaders have raised the safety bar, yet more work remains

Construction Dive

Large GCs have elevated their jobsite practices in recent years in order to limit risk, said a safety expert with insurance firm Charles Taylor.

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Construction tops fresh insolvency table

Construction News

Another 310 construction companies became insolvent in March, the latest official figures have revealed. This took the rolling annual total of business failures in the sector to 4,274, the highest number of any industry measured. Construction was responsible for around one in six insolvencies in… The post Construction tops fresh insolvency table appeared first on Construction News.

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Demand—and Competition—for Skilled Construction Workers Grows

The Pro Builder

Demand—and Competition—for Skilled Construction Workers Grows csweeney Thu, 05/16/2024 - 17:36 Strongest need seen for construction superintendents, with other job titles for skilled trades also in high demand Those seeking a career in construction could be in luck as the field remains one of the most in-demand for jobs in 2024. Citing data from CNBC, Construction Equipment Guide reports a 16% increase for several job titles within the construction industry between October 2023 and March 2024, i

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How is your project tracking? Automation ensures you always know the answer.

Construction Dive

Spreadsheets, calls, messages and emails are heavily used to coordinate projects today, but as the number of stakeholders increase, so does the complexity of communication.

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Plans revealed for £3bn Loch Ness pumped hydro project that will be ‘most efficient in the UK’

New Civil Engineer

Glen Earrach Energy (GEE) has announced its plans to build a £2-3bn, 2GW pumped hydro energy storage facility (PHES) at the Balmacaan Estate in Scotland, next to Loch Ness. The post Plans revealed for £3bn Loch Ness pumped hydro project that will be ‘most efficient in the UK’ appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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MBCEA Announces 2024 Building of the Year Winners

Civil + Structural Engineer

Bethlehem, PA – www.MBCEA.org – The Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) announced its 2024 Building of the Year winners at the 55 th Annual MBCEA Conference, held April 24 – 26 in San Diego, California. The overall winner is the Truck Center Companies sales and service center in Mankato, Minnesota, completed by APX Construction Group of Mankato.

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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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5 Housing Markets That Would See a Drastic Increase in Homeownership if Mortgage Rates Dropped

The Pro Builder

5 Housing Markets That Would See a Drastic Increase in Homeownership if Mortgage Rates Dropped csweeney Thu, 05/16/2024 - 17:49 Spokane, Wash., would experience an 11.4% increase in affordability if rates dropped to 6% A significant drop in mortgage rates would benefit all prospective homebuyers, but recent insight from housing market data platform Realtor.com shows some housing markets could benefit from lower mortgage rates more than others.

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$3.6B Brent Spence Bridge clears environmental review

Construction Dive

The megaproject between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky aims to address a key congested freight link and fortify the supply chain.

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UK does not have capacity or workforce to deliver major infrastructure projects, Committee finds

New Civil Engineer

The UK does not have the capacity of workforce to deliver the government’s portfolio of planned major infrastructure projects, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned. The post UK does not have capacity or workforce to deliver major infrastructure projects, Committee finds appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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CONTINUED GROWTH SEES MEP FIRM ADD TWO REGIONAL BASES

Civil + Structural Engineer

LEADING engineering consultancy Wallace Whittle – which has more than 140 staff across eight regional bases in the UK – is opening its doors in Manchester and Birmingham as part of a strategic expansion of its national presence. The firm is targeting geographical growth as part of its ambitious plans to grow the business, with a focus on regional offices in England having long been established in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

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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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Mortgage Applications Increase Week-Over-Week, but Rates Remain a Challenge for Buyers

The Pro Builder

Mortgage Applications Increase Week-Over-Week, but Rates Remain a Challenge for Buyers csweeney Thu, 05/16/2024 - 12:08 Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association show slight signs of optimism in national housing market Despite reports of high costs, activity in the nation’s housing market is improving. For the week ending May 10, mortgage applications increased by 0.5% from the week prior, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.

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As backlog rises, so does contractors’ confidence

Construction Dive

New work increased 2.4% last month, but only time will tell if construction optimism is justified in the face of fresh headwinds, said ABC’s chief economist.

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How To Build Up And Stand Out By Delighting Your Construction Clients

Contractor Bookkeeping

Most businesses understand that customer satisfaction is crucial to their success. Happy clients are likelier to remain loyal, refer others, and leave positive reviews. This trend has only been amplified by social media and online review sites, where negative feedback can spread quickly and damage a company's reputation. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, more than an effective customer service system is needed: you must provide customers with a positive and memorable end-to-end experie

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Insurance industry experts to focus on technology and risk at the CFMA annual conference

Civil + Structural Engineer

Shkya Ghanbarian, head of global insurance for WINT, joins colleagues to educate participants on how to identify and implement technology solutions, helping their organizations effectively mitigate water damage risks NEW YORK — WINT Water Intelligence , a leader in cutting-edge water management and leak-prevention solutions, will be part of an experts’ panel discussing technology and risk management in construction at the Construction Financial Management Association’s Annual Conference and Ex

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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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4 Housing Affordability Organizations Awarded 2024 Ivory Prize

The Pro Builder

4 Housing Affordability Organizations Awarded 2024 Ivory Prize csweeney Thu, 05/16/2024 - 12:22 Ivory Innovations will provide $300,000 in total prize money to support winners’ initiatives Ivory Innovations, a nonprofit organization with a goal of addressing the housing affordability crisis, recently announced the winners of its 2024 Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability.

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Breaking ground on mental health in construction

Construction Dive

Construction industry news, trends and jobs for building professionals who want mobile-friendly content.

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Free trade hurdle cleared, but who will it help?

The Construction Index

The government reckons that the UK’s imminent entry of an Asia-Pacific free trade agreement is going to have big benefits for UK construction Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Legal challenge against £1.5bn Net Zero Teesside Power project raises wider questions on CCUS

New Civil Engineer

A judicial review of the consent for gas fired power station Net Zero Teesside Power (NZT Power) could have implications for the UK’s wider energy transition, including carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) schemes. The post Legal challenge against £1.5bn Net Zero Teesside Power project raises wider questions on CCUS appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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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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Survey Shows Homebuyers Are Regretting Their Purchasing Decisions

The Pro Builder

Survey Shows Homebuyers Are Regretting Their Purchasing Decisions csweeney Thu, 05/16/2024 - 12:48 More than 80% of respondents have regrets about their home purchase and 50% of upcoming buyers would consider forgoing using an agent Dealing with a market mired in high prices and low inventory, homebuyers during 2023 struggled to find affordable homes.

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Construction input prices jump again, continue 2024’s upward climb

Construction Dive

A new ABC report points to yet another sign that inflation is accelerating and that interest rates are set to stay higher for longer.

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Watchdog spots flaws in biodiversity net gain enforcement

The Construction Index

A government requirement for developers to deliver biodiversity net gain on their build projects in England is open to abuse and not being run well, according to the National Audit Office.

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Under 10% of railway landslips detected by remote sensors despite Network Rail investment

New Civil Engineer

Just 13 of 147 landslips identified by Network Rail in 2023 were detected via remote sensors, despite the rail organisation having spent £33M to increase remote monitoring and sensing during Control Period 6 (CP6), 2019 to 2024. The post Under 10% of railway landslips detected by remote sensors despite Network Rail investment appeared first on New Civil Engineer.

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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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You Never Have to Have “That” Conversation With a Disgruntled Homeowner Again!

The Pro Builder

You Never Have to Have “That” Conversation With a Disgruntled Homeowner Again! kcichowicz Thu, 05/16/2024 - 08:49 Woodford’s Model 19 freezeless and anti-burst faucet won’t burst in freezing weather, even if the homeowner forgets to detach hose in freezing weather. Enabled Active You never have to have “that” conversation with a disgruntled homeowner again!

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$2B George Washington Bridge restoration passes midway point

Construction Dive

The 11-part program includes critical rehabilitation work on steel ropes and cables, which support the weight of the deck.

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Artisan plans summer start for Saltaire Riverside

The Construction Index

With demolition nearly complete, construction of the Saltaire Riverside development is on course to start this summer Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Love & Asphalt | No Edge Lines Season 2 Episode 1

For Construction Pros

Brandon heads to his first-ever World of Asphalt in Nashville, TN, where he walks the showroom floor, talks to attendees, and ultimately ends up on a river boat party. Checkout the first episode of an all-new season of No Edge Lines.

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HS2’s Bromford Tunnel portal completed at Washwood Heath and Water Orton appeal recovered

New Civil Engineer

Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV) joint venture has completed the 22m deep tunnel portal at Washwood Heath in the east of Birmingham, which is where High Speed 2 (HS2) trains will emerge on their way into the city centre. The post HS2’s Bromford Tunnel portal completed at Washwood Heath and Water Orton appeal recovered appeared first on New Civil Engineer.