Metro areas in Colorado, California and Florida saw the greatest increases in construction employment in the 12 months ending in August, and jobs were added in 61% of 358 metro areas, the fewest in three years, according to AGC. The lackluster increase was partially due to the limited size of the available construction workforce.
Suffolk Construction is expanding its headquarters in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood and held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony to launch the project. Executives projected a hologram of the expansion and talked about the important role construction technology, including virtual and augmented reality, will play in the company.
Public transit in the US is aging, and some transit agencies have delayed maintenance due to lack of funds. The train crash Thursday in Hoboken, N.J., highlights the need to invest in rail infrastructure along with positive train control technology that could prevent some types of crashes, according to this article.
A multi-modal transportation management plan has been developed for the Interstate 76 corridor in Pennsylvania. Part of the plan calls for the installation of an Active Traffic Management system on the interstate to reduce congestion and increase safety.
A panel at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association annual meeting discussed the public-private partnership financing model and how to improve its use for infrastructure projects. "We need to capture what is unique about our tax exemption and our highly decentralized government structure and combine it with the effectiveness of the private sector," said RBC Capital Markets' Chris Hamel, the panel's moderator.
The American Society of Civil Engineers has developed building design codes aimed at mitigating structural damage in the event of a tsunami. The "first-of-its-kind digital geodatabase tool" allows engineers to determine "the specific tsunami conditions to be resisted by the structure at its site," ASCE said.
The metal roofing industry is benefiting from new technology that improves efficiency and productivity. These include drones, weather-monitoring services and apps like CompanyCam, which allows employees to add notes and drawings to photos, as well as swiftly transmit photos to the office.
- Page 1