As the general public is exposed almost daily to marketing that promotes the prospects of self-driving cars, it’s not too much of a stretch for construction professionals to imagine a similar future for autonomous equipment on the jobsite.
Far out on an O’Hare International Airport airfield, Ginger Evans, Chicago’s aviation commissioner, faced a barrage of TV cameras, recording devices and reporters with notebooks. Behind her, a poster board displayed different potential configurations for a brand-new Terminal 2.
Hawaii utility Hawaiian Electric Co. has withdrawn its $1.2-billion plan to upgrade oil-fired power plants to burn natural gas after state regulators rejected its planned merger with Florida-based clean-energy firm NextEra Energy Inc.
The 80-year-old Bow Tie Building in the heart of New York City’s Times Square is undergoing a major renovation of retail space, but the tens of thousands of daily passersby will not see any construction activities: A 53-ft-tall dark-green plywood wall completely hides the 167,000-sq-ft structure.
With the list of cities experiencing some type of mass-casualty violence growing in the past few weeks—Munich; Nice, France; Baton Rouge; Dallas; Baghdad; Istanbul; Paris; and Orlando, Fla.—some communities have expressed their resolve against the forces perpetrating these acts by lighting up landmark buildings and infrastructure.
When crunching the numbers on the construction wrap-up program for the T-Mobile Arena project outside Las Vegas, insurance broker Aon Risk Services South allegedly failed to take into account a Nevada workers’ compensation rule, one of many intricate features of the state’s workers’ compensation regulations.
Looking to realign its presence in Europe following the U.K.’s Brexit vote on June 23, India-based steel producer Tata Steel is in talks with German-based ThyssenKrupp AG and the British government about a possible joint venture for the European market.
Enbridge Energy Partners LLP has agreed to replace close to 300 miles of one of its pipelines and pay for any remaining cleanup stemming from two oil spills in 2010, including one of the worst inland spills in U.S. history, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say.
Since Los Angeles joined San Francisco Bay Area cities last October in tightening seismic standards for non-ductile concrete buildings and multi-family, wood-frame structures with parking underneath (ENR 11/9/15 p. 16),
seismic retrofit work in those cities has been booming.
The Hills’ four constructed rises—the 70-ft Outlook Hill, 39-ft Discovery Hill, 36-ft Slide Hill and 26-ft Grassy Hill—represent the last stage in the redevelopment of the southern tip of the 172-acre former military base, according to the nonprofit Trust for Governors Island.
In Coatesville, Pa., a depressed, rust-belt town about 40 miles west of Philadelphia with a population of 13,100, the city manager and the town’s consulting engineers are using 3D reality capture to help prospective developers see a diamond in the rough.
The Village Shores Senior Community in Richfield, Minn., is getting a major infrastructure upgrade and expansion—one that includes carving an elevator core through every floor slab of a 10-story, 1980s-era, post-tensioned building.
In its many studies on the benefits of building information modeling in construction, Dodge Data & Analytics has consistently demonstrated that larger companies are more likely to use BIM and to benefit from it than smaller ones.
A research team at the University of Colorado in Boulder is using liquid crystal technology, widely known for its use in smartphones and flat-panel HD televisions, to create a transparent, solid film for windows that could significantly improve energy efficiency in buildings.