A vital storm surge barrier for New Orleans has entered a critical and busy phase. By mid-summer, more than 100 cranes and supply barges will be positioned to work on the more than $695-million, two-mile long, Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier project being constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans. Slide Show Photo: Angelle Bergeron The first of two 500-ton cranes on the job sets the 144-ft cylinder piles, which sink 65 to 70 ft into the bottom under their own 96-ton weight before driving starts. Related Links: New Surge Barrier Project Launched
The growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.