Work is underway on a $1 billion commuter-rail project to connect Fort Worth with North Richland Hills, Grapevine and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. The project is not yet fully funded, but the Fort Worth Transportation Authority received the go-ahead to start from the federal government.
Lack of funding and heavy bureaucracy mean many Italian builders pay no attention to anti-seismic building codes, as evidenced by the devastation caused by Wednesday's earthquake. Seventy percent of the country's structures don't meet seismic-protection standards.
Tennessee's Nashville International Airport has cut its energy consumption by more than 50% since it switched to a geothermal energy system that uses a water-filled former quarry as a cooling source. The lake plate system is unique in North America.
The $3 billion Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, which joins the Asian and European sides of Istanbul, will open Friday. The toll bridge, which has eight vehicle lanes and two rail lanes, is part of the larger North Marmara Highway project.
Women possess the leadership skills required for success in the construction industry, according to construction-management educator Barbara Jackson. "I'm convinced beyond any doubt that, at this moment in this industry, there has never been a more critical need for women to be leading," she said.
A joint venture among Stacy and Witbek, Skanska and Herzog has started to construct a $2 billion trolley line in San Diego that will run from La Jolla's University Town Center to downtown. The project includes nine stations and a concrete viaduct to carry the trolley.
Despite objections from industry groups, federal contractors will need to list all labor violations -- even minor ones -- incurred by them or their subcontractors on their federal contracts for the previous three years. Fourteen areas need to be covered, including "wage and hour, safety and health, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and civil rights protections."
Courts may not uphold the coverage of phishing incidents under companies' existing cyberrisk policies, writes Peri Mahaley. "Frequently, insurers assert that there is no coverage because the loss did not proximately result from the fraudulent hack, but rather from the intervening actions of duped individuals," Mahaley writes.
Robotics startup Brain Corp. is working on software that would enable commercial floor-cleaning machines to work without a human operator.
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