More competition, more complexity and the involvement of more people in construction projects are creating challenges. However, your chances of staying on time and on budget can increase by communicating well and managing risks, time and tasks, writes Andreas Tremel, CEO of InLoox. He also suggests that you delegate and outsource some project pieces and evaluate efficiency and productivity.
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has approved a construction permit for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. The 1,130-mile pipeline would transport Bakken oil from North Dakota to Illinois, passing through South Dakota and Iowa. South Dakota is the first of the four states to approve the project.
Building information modeling is the background technology that has transformed architecture over the past few decades, contend the editors of ArchDaily. BIM has emerged as a necessity for everything from the humblest of projects to the design of cities. And through parametricism, BIM is carrying architecture into the future with new sweeping forms, they write.
Shell Chemicals is planning a $717 million expansion to its 800-acre facility in Ascension Parish in Louisiana. The project, which is expected to start in 2016, could create 1,000 construction jobs at the project's peak.
Construction started less than three years ago on the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges project between Indiana and Kentucky, and come Saturday, the first of the two bridges -- the Abraham Lincoln Bridge -- will allow pedestrians to cross. Vehicular traffic will be able to use the bridge before year's end. A time-lapse video shows the project's progress.
Henry Cisneros, the former US secretary of Housing and Urban Development, says the country's infrastructure needs help if the economy is to grow. He cites the American Society of Civil Engineer's Report Card that gave the infrastructure a D grade and contends investment isn't a Democratic or Republican issue. "Increasing infrastructure investment on a national level by 1 percent of GDP over three years will result in an additional $270 billion in economic output," he writes. "Think about what that could mean for the countless families who will benefit from new jobs and new opportunities."
A consortium among Bombardier, EllisDon, Fengate Capital Management, Bechtel, Transdev, ARUP and IBI Group was awarded a $1.34 billion contract to build an 8-mile light-rail project in Edmonton, Canada. Construction should start in the spring for the public-private partnership project.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies CEO Dirk Ahlborn contends the Hyperloop is a viable way to alleviate traffic congestion and notes his company has "proven the technical and economical feasibility" of the system. He expects to construct a 5-mile, passenger-ready system in California by 2018. He argues that the cost to build a Hyperloop system would be less than traditional rail projects.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has announced a $275 billion infrastructure plan. She wants to see additional spending on the construction and repair of the country's bridges, ports, highways, airports, sewer systems and electric grid. Clinton hasn't yet detailed how she'll fund the program. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is challenging Clinton for the Democratic nomination, has pledged $1 trillion in infrastructure spending.
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