Despite the headline-grabbing attention of federal deficits and budget cuts, the real problems facing construction remain the prolonged recession in the private nonresidential building markets, the weakening of the once-dependable public markets, a stalled housing recovery teetering on the brink of slipping back into recession and high unemployment. That does not add up to a quick recovery, which in turns equals low inflation abetted by desperate bidding. The sudden turnaround from the Keynesian economics of stimulus to the Hoover-era economics of austerity only make the outlook bleaker. Related Links: Confidence Survey: Top Industry Execs Believe the Market Has Turned a
Arch dams, classically curved monoliths situated in narrow valleys, are not as common as other types of dams, such as embankment dams and gravity dams. ENR takes a look at some of the biggest arch dams in the world, both completed and under construction.