U.S. businesses are expanding their presence into China to take advantage of the country's growing consumer base, improving infrastructure, trading centers and special economic zones. However, understanding the country's cultural, legal and regulatory differences can be extremely daunting. It takes vision, commitment and—in many cases—a guide.By 2003 I had spent several years working for Mortenson Construction in the United States. As a Chinese national, I was struck by the differences between Mortenson and typical Chinese construction firms. The extraordinary capital spending in China resulted in an industry where many firms were driven by short-term gains without a long-term strategy for
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.