This year, for the first time, ENR will not be mailing out printed copies of the ENR Top 100/400/500 survey forms. The surveys will be online and can be completed through our interactive online form. Survey participants already on our mailing list will receive a letter containing the company ID and password needed to complete the online form. Others also can file online or download and print out the survey from ENR.com in .pdf format or as a zipped set of .doc files.
If you need a company ID and password or have other questions about the survey process, please e-mail Gary Tulacz, ENR’s surveys manager, at email@example.com. Tulacz reports that more than 60% of survey participants are already using online filing, and that number is going up every year. Online filing also provides a deadline advantage: Online surveys can be filed through Monday, March 1, 2010. However, those who choose to download and print out a copy of the survey for return by fax or e-mail will have to file by Feb. 12.
This week’s Global Sourcebook also takes advantage of ENR.com to expand its content. Some breakout charts that appeared in print in last year’s Global Sourcebook are Web-exclusive content this year. For example, the retail market ranking only appears online. For other breakout charts, shorter rankings in print are expanded with longer rankings online.
This week’s cover story continues ENR’s series on military construction. Senior Editor Tom Sawyer took a road trip in Germany with Justin Ward, the public affairs chief at the Europe District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sawyer interviewed Corps officials and project managers about the challenges of building internationally in host nations throughout Europe, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. “Some construction techniques and materials in Germany are really appealing, and the craftsmanship of the German trades is highly regarded,” he says. In addition to the story, Sawyer has posted several videos about the projects on ENR.com.