The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the construction industry is trying to fill 225,000 construction jobs each month due to an inadequate labor force. "Among the contractors expressing concern about worker skill levels, more than one-third (37 percent) believe the problem has worsened in the last six months, and almost half (47 percent) believe it will continue to worsen in the next six months," a new report says.
Put yourself in the right frame of mind and have the right energy before you go to a networking event by seeing yourself on a level playing field with your peers, writes entrepreneur David Meltzer. It's important to find something in common with the other person by connecting on an emotional level and being interested in what he or she has to say.
In his latest Ask Anthony post to ASCE News, engineering career adviser Anthony Fasano stresses how vital it is that civil engineers remain up to date on technology, given how fast it keeps evolving. Read Fasano's seven actions to take to stay current on civil engineering-related technology.
Winners of The Georgia Smart Cities Challenge included a Gwinnett County connected vehicle project and a Chamblee, Ga., effort to use autonomous vehicles to transport people from mass transit stations. Selected entrants will receive seed funding and technical support from Georgia Tech, sponsor of the challenge.
California should replace vehicle fees and fuel taxes with user fees that are based on miles traveled rather than fuel source, writes James Moore II of the University of Southern California. "The need for a policy change is urgent," writes Moore, citing declining fuel use as autonomous vehicles become more prevalent.
Seattle has become the test site for dockless bike-sharing in the US, and with that comes a juggling act of attempting to ease traffic congestion while not becoming a nuisance to the city. With LimeBike, Ofo and Spin operating in Seattle, the city has almost one quarter of the nation's dockless bikes, accounting for 350,000 riders and more than 1 million miles in the first five months of operation.
Construction workers have carried out 7.6 million man-hours on the $1.4 billion Interstate 35W project in Fort Worth, Texas. Work began in 2013, and the project is now 97 percent complete, according to project contractor North Tarrant Infrastructure.
Project Neon, the largest road project in Nevada history, is 70% complete. The current phase entails the expansion of Interstate 15 and rebuilding of US 95, and this work is expected to require 400,000 man-hours between March and November 2018.
Miron Construction in Wisconsin hosted an event that encourages young women to enter the construction industry. At the Build Like a Girl event, the girls were given hands-on opportunities in framing walls, pouring concrete and operating boom lifts.
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