Attendees at ENR's FutureTech East conference in New York City at the start of October explored the industry's future and looked inside a mid-size construction firm's innovation culture, including an invention that some are calling the Google Maps of construction. Rogers-O'Brien Construction is testing the software created by Joe Williams, director of technology, and Todd Wynne, construction technology manager, on projects.
At the Construction Financial Management Association’s record-turnout annual conference, Chairman J. Brad Robinson said this year’s conference theme, “The Power of One,” was inspired by the “singular, powerful moments” when you invest time in someone else or benefit from someone else’s investment in you.He gave examples, such as changing a tire for strangers on a highway or a high school teacher who makes chemistry fun. Then, he related the stories to CFMA by challenging the 1,300 attendees, in Chicago from June 27 to July 1, “to look for [ways] to be the Power of One agent” for their chapters. “Ask someone
Photo Courtesy APWA At Kansas City Union Station, staff members of the American Public Works Association got a close look at the Hudson. Photo by Aileen Cho / ENR 'Low & Slow' reporters Aileen Cho and Dan McNichol visited the top of Gateway Arch in St. Louis after interviews at the project connecting the arch to the city. Related Links: ENR Low & Slow Across America's Infrastructure Low and Slow: One Day in Kansas City At their headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., staff members of the American Public Works Association greeted ENR's "Low & Slow" tour reporters Aileen Cho and
Enlarge The Low and Slow Tour, as of June 14. Click the image to enlarge. Related Links: Low and Slow Across America's Infrastructure (scroll down for the updated Low and Slow itinerary)While working away at my desk at ENR’s home office in New York City, in spirit I have been touring the nation’s infrastructure with transportation editor Aileen Cho and author Dan McNichol, on special assignment for the cross-country expedition.Happily, I did get to sit in the driver's seat when Mrs. Martin visited Penn Station during the pretour. And I’ve had lots of opportunity to stay involved, working with the
Related Links: Bentley Connect Edition Looking to capitalize on recent advances in cloud computing, software maker Bentley Systems launched the Connect edition of its design suite at its 2015 Connections event, held in Philadelphia on May 18-19. First announced in November 2014, the Connect edition of Bentley's popular software, including Microstation and Navigator, will be available to Bentley subscribers in an early access program rolling out this summer.BENTLEYCEO Greg Bentley explains that the Connect edition combines a common modeling environment with a common project-performance environment and a common asset-performance environment. Tapping the Microsoft Azure cloud service, the system "extends beyond
Related Links: ENR's Low & Slow Across America's Infrastructure Tour How One Old Car Became a Metaphor for America's Infrastructure Staff members of ENR turned out on May 15 to say bon voyage to the stars of our "Low & Slow Across America's Infrastructure" tour and pose for a group photo in front of New York City's Pennsylvania Station.ENR Transportation Editor Aileen Cho and author Dan McNichol, on special assignment to ENR, are traveling coast to coast, chronicling public officials' efforts to finance, maintain and rebuild U.S. infrastructure for the future. The two reporters are driving in McNichol's 1949 Hudson
Photo by Sue Pearsall/ENR The high-profile leaders expressing care at the Safety Week kickoff event included (from left) Lend Lease's Denis Hickey, Limbach's Charlie Bacon and Gilbane's William Gilbane III. Photo by Sue Pearsall/ENR Live Safe Weeks Marine decorated one of its barges, which will be docked next to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan, to publicize Safety Week. The effort promotes personal safety as well as onsite safety. Related Links: Efforts for Weeklong Safety Drive Include Tour at 95 Express-Lanes Site Safety Week 2015 The grass-roots drive of industry executives to focus the nation's attention on
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ENR Award of Excellence, Newsmakers and winners from across the years joined this year’s class and winner, Anvil Builders’ CEO HT Tran, on stage at the gala in New York City on April 16.
Enlarge Related Links: Pinchot University Yau Lee Group The idea of "intrapreneurship"—that is, nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit within big corporations— resonated with attendees of ENR's FutureTech conference, held in San Francisco on March 16-17. Gifford Pinchot III, who coined the term, said the idea is relevant to construction, particularly now as it pushes toward high-performance buildings.Intrapreneurs exhibit curiosity, often spend free time developing an idea and see the big picture, says Pinchot, author of "Intrapreneuring in Action: A Handbook for Business Innovation." He offers an online program that helps intrapreneurs build business plans and teams and coaches them as projects