Construction
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1/23/2017

Barclays and CG/LA Infrastructure have developed a list of 10 major construction projects that President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan could fund. The list has a value of $132.6 billion and includes the $68 billion California high-speed rail project and the $10 billion Texas Central Railway project.

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MarketWatch
1/23/2017

Bechtel is investing in drones, simulation models and other technology to add value to competitive bids, improve projects and create a safer workplace. The company says the technology increases collaboration and provides innovative solutions to problems.

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Bechtel
1/23/2017

President Donald Trump wants to build "new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation," and Elaine Chao, his nominee for transportation secretary, could be a key factor in whether legislation is adopted to do this. Chao's Cabinet experience, Republican support and ability to work across the aisle could be influential factors.

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The Hill
1/23/2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to increase the use of design-build among state agencies to help attract federal funds, but the expansion would not apply to New York City. Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, might try to advance similar legislation for the city.

1/23/2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers will issue a new national infrastructure report card on March 9, which ASCE President-elect Kristina Swallow hopes will serve as a wake up call for legislators. She says the US needs $3.6 trillion by 2020 to restore its infrastructure and says ASCE is leading the effort to increase infrastructure spending.

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ASCE, Kristina Swallow
1/23/2017

President Donald Trump's limited-regulation stance could mean the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will focus more on compliance assistance and less on enforcement, writes Tom Musick. Several industry experts voice opinions on the likely changes coming to the government agency under the new administration.

1/23/2017

China conducted a series of implosions to clear the way for an inner-city redevelopment project in the Hubei province that will include multiple buildings and a 2,320-foot tower. In the latest demolition effort, 19 buildings -- between seven and 12 stories tall across 37 acres -- were imploded over a 10-second period.

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China
1/23/2017

China-based WinSun has built a five-story apartment building and a 11,840-square-foot villa with 3D printing. The company says the technique reduces labor costs by up to 80% and cuts construction time by as much as 70%.

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CNET
1/23/2017

Two final rules regarding air quality and transparency were issued Thursday by the Federal Highway Administration. "These rules will play an important role in reducing travel delays and air pollution, and also improving infrastructure quality, giving the American people a better travel experience," said outgoing Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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EquipmentWorld.com
1/23/2017

Construction started in 2013 to add a tolled express lane in each direction on a segment of Texas' MoPac expressway. The $204 million MoPac Improvement Project should wrap up this year.