A groundbreaking ceremony was held for a rail bridge to replace the Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River in New Jersey, but funding for the span is uncertain. The $1.5 billion bridge is part of the multibillion-dollar Gateway project aimed at reducing reduce rail congestion in the Northeast.
Hotel construction was up 6% nationally between September 2016 and September 2017, although it is increasing at a less rapid rate than last year. However, for the same period in Houston, hotel building was down 15%, attributable in part to Hurricane Harvey.
Safety technology, cameras, monitors, harnesses and other equipment can help reduce fall incidents on construction sites. However, company owners must be willing to invest in the tools, train workers to use them and enforce safety policies.
Chris Heathcote, CEO of the Global Infrastructure Hub, a G-20 initiative, says $97 trillion is needed to improve the world's infrastructure by 2040 -- but funding is running short. Public-private partnerships are often discussed as cure for the lack of infrastructure funding, but leadership and federal funding are also needed, he contends.
Royal Dutch Shell, which is installing electric-vehicle charging stations in Britain, the Netherlands, Norway and the Philippines, has agreed to purchase Dutch-based NewMotion, which oversees more than 30,000 charging stations in western Europe. Shell said it expects about a quarter of cars worldwide will be electric by 2040.
Attorney Nick Ogden notes that architectural, engineering and construction firms that believe in taking a life-cycle approach to infrastructure projects need to make more use of technology to better satisfy client needs. However, "without a shift away from a contracting model which assigns blame to one in which risks are shared more fairly between clients, and in which technology partners and the supply chain are sufficiently incentivized to deliver efficiency improvements for the benefit of the wider project, the whole model is unlikely to succeed," he writes.
Changing weather patterns are making it imperative not to merely rebuild after storm events but to build better to avoid the risk of devastation posed by the storms that follow, writes Michelle Kerr. New building products designed with that inevitability in mind promise to contribute greatly to making recovery faster and easier.
The labor shortage in the construction industry has forced more companies to implement internships, and construction consultant Brad Humphrey offers nine ways a company can get the most out of the students, while also making it a positive experience for them. One idea is to appoint a committed intern point of contact, who works with and coaches the student.
A group setting in which some individuals slack off is a concept called "social loafing," writes Ken Downer. To combat this, Downer suggests creating smaller groups, giving each person clear tasks and goals, and making feedback part of the process.
The federal government is conducting an environmental study on a proposed high-speed rail line from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tenn., that could cost $8.76 billion. The 120-mile stretch would include eight stations, and advocates say it could reduce congestion at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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