Better Design of HVAC Systems with VR

June 13, 2018
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

Retrofitting new technical systems into an existing building can be tricky. CTRL Reality, a Finnish AR/VR application development company, is completing an experimentation project demonstrating how HVAC design and installation are easier and cost-efficient with the help of virtual reality.

Teijo Lehtonen CTRL Reality“We did research on the business use of virtual and augmented reality for five years at the University of Turku before starting up our company a year ago,” said CEO Teijo Lehtonen. “We’re focused on industrial and cultural travel applications.”

Mr. Heiskanen may be contacted at info@aepartners.fi


Ivory Coast Seeks Return of Golden Age With Roads, Bridges

June 6, 2018
Pauline Bax & Olivier Monnier - Bloomberg

Ivory Coast plans to renew most of its road network and ease congestion in the largest city, Abidjan, as part of a $6.4 billion plan to improve infrastructure in the world’s biggest cocoa producer.

Reprinted courtesy of Pauline Bax, Bloomberg and Olivier Monnier, Bloomberg


Sweco Boosts Construction Productivity and Quality with AI

May 30, 2018
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

Artificial intelligence is a much-hyped technology, but there are only a handful of real-life implementations in construction. Sweco is one of the first in the world to showcase the use of machine learning in structural design.

Mr. Heiskanen may be contacted at info@aepartners.fi


Survey: Manual Processes Hurt Quality Control and Add Costs on Construction Sites

May 24, 2018
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

A new survey of 500 US executives and managers in construction and engineering found that nearly half still use manual collection processes to capture critical data on job sites. These manual processes increase the time needed to make decisions, hurt work quality, and leave firms facing unnecessary costs.

Mr. Heiskanen may be contacted at info@aepartners.fi


Care for Life: Sharing Construction Safety Ideas and Best Practices Creates Industry Unity

May 16, 2018
May 2nd, 2018 - Lauren Pinch - Construction Executive Magazine

In conjunction with Construction Safety Week, May 7-11, Construction Executive interviewed Greg Peele, general manager and executive vice president leading Skanska USA’s North Carolina and Virginia building operations.

A 29-year industry veteran, Peele has spent the last 18 years with Skanska. As part of his leadership role, he sets the tone for the company’s safety culture on 18 active jobsites in his region.

Reprinted courtesy of Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Ms. Pinch may be contacted at pinch@abc.org


House FAA Bill Moves Up on the Runway

May 3, 2018
Tom Ichniowski - Engineering News-Record

A bill to extend the Federal Aviation Administration programs, including the agency’s airport infrastructure grants, through 2023 has cleared an important hurdle with overwhelming approval by the House. Construction officials are focusing intently on the legislation because it is one of the few major infrastructure measures with a chance of enactment this year.

Mr. Ichniowski may be contacted at ichniowskit@enr.com


Mock-Up Work Raises Confidence in Radical Steel Structure

April 11, 2018
Engineering News-Record

The steel sector is so excited about structural engineer Ron Klemencic’s composite steel superstructure, expected to speed office tower construction, that at least three steel fabricators are studying it, many months before erection is set to begin on Seattle’s 850-ft-tall “proof of concept.”

ENR staff may be contacted at ENR.com@bnpmedia.com


Theories Outrun Reliable Facts in Florida Bridge Collapse

March 29, 2018
Scott Judy, Richard Korman, Aileen Cho, and Jim Parsons - ENR

The signature pedestrian bridge, built with state-of-the-art techniques, was supposed to make history and increase safety. On March 15, it did accomplish the former—at the terrible expense of the latter.

Reprinted courtesy of Engineering News-Record attorneys Scott Judy, Richard Korman, Aileen Cho and Jim Parsons

Mr. Judy may be contacted at judys@enr.com
Mr. Korman may be contacted at kormanr@enr.com
Ms. Cho may be contacted at choa@enr.com


Blaze at Denver Construction Site Kills Two, Injures at Least Six More

March 22, 2018
Mark Shaw - ENR

Two people are dead after a three-alarm fire erupted at a construction site near downtown Denver on March 7. The mid-day fire, which destroyed a partially completed apartment building and burned hot enough to damage at least 40 cars in the area, forced construction workers to leap to safety from second and third floors.

Mr. Shaw may be contacted at shawm@enr.com


States Push Rapid Growth of Microgrids

March 14, 2018
Ethan Howland- ENR

California and Massachusetts are preparing to spend millions to support microgrid projects as the micro­grids—energy systems that can run separately from the wider grid system to protect critical facilities from power outages—are gaining steam nationally and worldwide.


New Ideas On How to Cope With Lawsuit Discovery

February 28, 2018
Kenneth Rubinstein – ENR

For better or worse, dispute resolution is a necessary part of construction. In theory, the two sides should be able to quickly and efficiently present their claims to a neutral third party (a judge or arbitrator) who then decides a fair and equitable outcome based on the facts, the parties’ contract and the applicable law. In reality, however, document discovery in the age of email and electronic documents has caused the cost of dispute resolution to skyrocket to the point where some believe that it is not cost effective to contest any but the largest issues.

Mr. Rubinstein may be contacted at Krubinstein@Preti.com


Taiwan Earthquake Kills 12 and Triggers Investigations

February 22, 2018
Saibal Dasgupta – ENR

Investigators are closely looking into the structure and construction method used in the Yun Men Tsui Ti commercial and residential complex, which collapsed partially during the 6.4 earthquake in Hualien County on Taiwan’s east coast on Feb. 8. Nine of the 12 people killed in the quake were in this complex.


Construction Adds 36,000 Jobs in Jan., Jobless Rate Dips from 2017

February 15, 2018
Tom Ichniowski – ENR

The construction industry saw a jump of 36,000 jobs in January and a sharp year-over-year drop in its unemployment rate but an upturn from December’s rate, the Labor Dept. has reported.

Mr. Ichniowski may be contacted at ichniowskit@enr.com


Productivity Gains Found in New BLS Data

February 7, 2018
Alisa Zevin – ENR

After decades of reports about stagnant or slipping construction productivity, a new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, “Measuring Productivity Growth in Construction,” shows gains in several construction sectors. Many economists say the study uses more reliable productivity measures than those used before.

Ms. Zevin may be contacted at zevina@enr.com


Contractor Faces Charges in 2016 Trench-Collapse Death

January 31, 2018
Tim Newcomb - ENR

For the first time in Washington state history, an employer faces felony charges for a workplace fatality.

Harold Felton, 36, died in a January 2016 trench collapse at a West Seattle residential sewer-line project. Phillip Numrich, 40, then-owner of Alki Construction, now faces second-degree manslaughter charges, filed on Jan. 5 by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.


OSHA Cites Contractor Following Trench Collapse

January 24, 2018
Johanna Knapschaefer – Engineering News Record

Schnabel Foundation faces up to $212,396 in proposed penalties in connection with the death of Mark Camire

Following the death of a 32-year-old Dunbarton, N.H. laborer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Schnabel Foundation Co. for failing to protect its employees against crushing hazards while installing permanent foundation supports beneath the Woburn, Mass., Public Library.


New Customer Service Role Raises Client Advocacy to Its Highest Level

January 10, 2018
Jim Parsons - ENR

It’s the rare construction firm that doesn’t pride itself on putting customers first. But are those customers getting what they truly want? And when employees are asked to go the extra mile on a project, are they clear about where to go?


Construction Set for $40-Million Music Center Plaza Renovation in Los Angeles

January 5, 2018
Greg Aragon – Engineering News-Record

Construction is set to kick off next month on The Music Center plaza’s extensive $40 million renovation in Downtown Los Angeles. After receiving approval from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on December 19, the 53-year-old plaza is poised for a major transformation into a new, modern outdoor gathering space.


San Francisco Issues Rules for High-Rise Foundations

December 20, 2017
Nadine Post - ENR

Projects sited in areas with the worst soil—in high-risk seismic zones and subject to liquefaction—would require more than one geotechnical engineer on the peer-review team.

Ms. Post may be contacted at postn@enr.com


L.A. Gives Notice to Owners of Older Concrete Structures About Seismic Retrofits

December 1, 2017
Nadine M. Post - Engineering News-Record

Earlier this month, just over two years after Los Angeles passed a law requiring seismic retrofits of older, nonductile concrete buildings, the city’s Dept. of Building and Safety began sending compliance orders to owners. The L.A. retrofit ordinance, which also includes requirements for weak first-story wood-framed buildings, was the first of its kind in the U.S.

Ms. Post may be contacted at postn@enr.com


Growth to Remain Modest in 2018

November 15, 2017
Alisa Zevin & Tim Grogan – Engineering News-Record

A dip in public works combined with a substantial decrease in utility work, weak industrial markets and slower-than-anticipated growth in residential construction all put a damper on general construction growth in 2017. The consensus among economic forecasts analyzed by ENR indicates a very modest rebound in growth in 2018.

Reprinted courtesy of Alisa Zevin, ENR and Tim Grogan, ENR
Ms. Zevin may be contacted at zevina@enr.com


Construction Begins on Historic Napa Courthouse Damaged by Earthquake

November 8, 2017
Greg Aragon - Engineering News-Record

Richmond, CA-based Alten Construction has begun construction on the historical Napa County Courthouse in Napa, CA. The $11.6-million project will repair the courthouse, which was damaged by the South Napa earthquake that hit August 24, 2014.

ENR may be contacted at ENR.com@bnpmedia.com


DOT Test Program Could Widen Construction Drone Use

November 2, 2017
Tom Ichniowski - Engineering News-Record

The Trump administration is launching a pilot program that seeks to expand the use of aerial drones, a move that could increase that spread of the aircraft in the construction industry.

Mr. Ichniowski may be contacted at ichniowskit@enr.com


Houston Could Learn Something From Austin About Managing Stormwater

October 26, 2017
Peter Coy - Bloomberg

Austin is already ahead of Houston in its approach to stormwater runoff, and it may be about to extend its lead. The Texas capital is working on a rewrite of its building code that, if passed by the city council next year, would require that most rain be absorbed where it falls instead of running off and causing problems elsewhere.



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