Backed by two referendum victories for expansion and repair, Texas' highway budget for 2017 to 2026 has more than doubled to a record $70.2 billion. Among the highlights of the plan awaiting approval from the Texas Transportation Commission are two downtown Houston projects totaling more than $2.5 billion in costs that will be funded with toll, state fuel tax and federal money.
Wind was not a factor in the July 20 collapse of a crawler crane boom at the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York. The state's Department of Labor and the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.
Fastbrick Robotics' Hadrian 105 machine can precisely lay 225 bricks per hour with guidance from a laser system -- about four times faster than a human. The company is working on a robot that would handle 1,000 bricks an hour, hoping to wind up with entirely automated 3D-printed brick construction.
Some automakers hope to introduce cars equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle communication this year, but those plans could be hampered as the Federal Communications Commission considers a petition to halt the move until it develops cybersecurity standards.
With the help of a new $1.2 billion loan, Related Cos. and Oxford Properties Group plan to build a mixed-use tower called 35 Hudson Yards in New York City. The 1.1 million-square-foot, 1,000-foot-tall tower will be part of the $20 billion Hudson Yards megaproject.
Superior Construction Co. will soon begin work on the last section of Central Florida's $1.6 billion, 25-mile-long Wekiva Parkway. The project is the work of the Central Florida Expressway Authority, the state's Department of Transportation and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise.
Partially autonomous machinery is now part of many construction sites, increasing accuracy and productivity. While fully autonomous equipment for such sites hasn't yet emerged, advanced equipment used in the mining sector is expected to spur more innovations outside that niche.
Three videos taken by drones show ongoing construction at the East End Bridge connecting Indiana and Kentucky over the Ohio River. Footage includes a look at two 1,700-foot tunnels on the Kentucky side's approach to the bridge.
Determining direct costs, including all of the costs incurred by employing workers, is the first step that contractors must take when calculating a budget. Once fixed and variable costs are added into the picture, total overhead can be used to determine the firm's break-even point.
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