The Boring Co.'s drill boring a tunnel for a people mover beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center is off to a slow start, but the machine will work at a rate of about 100 feet daily once it is fully underground, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Steve Hill says. The drill should reach the West Hall by February or March, Hill says.
Crews are in the homestretch of a $1.47 billion replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, Calif., says Duane Kenagy, capital programs executive at the Port of Long Beach. The current bridge, built before containerization took hold in the shipping industry, is considered obsolete, despite bearing 15% of inbound waterborne cargo in the US.
Facebook will add 500,000 square feet to a data center under construction in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Since ground broke in May 2018, almost 2 million hours of work have gone into the site, which now has more than 41,000 yards of structural concrete and more than 7,000 tons of steel.
The Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission in Virginia plans to use a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan to fund infrastructure along Interstate 64. The Regional Priority Projects should reduce traffic congestion in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News while increasing highway capacity.
Scaled Robotics has developed a roving robot that maneuvers through a job site to quickly produce precise 3D progress maps. The autonomous robot uses lidar and object-recognition technology and draws on computer-aided design models.
Devices that alert construction workers to the proximity of hazards, such as active heavy equipment, have proved 95% effective in trials, according to a study from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Wearable vibrating motors create a tactile-based language that informs workers of the hazard location, equipment type and degree of danger.
Oracle Construction & Engineering plans to expand the testing arena of a Deerfield, Ill., innovation lab, which will also assess technology offered by the company's utility and communication units. Testing technology at a mock job site is easier than trying it at an actual site, says John Jurewicz, technical optimization leader at Walbridge.
LGBTQ+ construction workers have encountered difficulties finding work, despite high qualifications, and legal protections are spotty. But many construction firms are replacing discriminatory policies with ones that encourage diversity and inclusiveness, Scott Blair writes.
Leaders in construction and manufacturing have met with President Donald Trump and Cabinet members to discuss the effect of steel tariffs, the role of technology in infrastructure and the need for deregulation. But while technology is vital to the construction industry's growth, "the regulation piece, candidly, is a bigger opportunity," said Drew DeWalt, co-founder of construction-technology firm Rhumbix.
More than 2 million Americans do not have running water or sanitation, and the problem is particularly acute in Indian reservations and rural areas, according to a report by DigDeep and the US Water Alliance. The problem in some rural areas is akin to the developing world, experts say.
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