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November 6, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Billions needed for Ariz. transportation system
    Arizona's population has increased over the years, but its transportation system has not kept up. To bring it up to date, the state needs to spend a minimum of $26.2 billion over the next 25 years. To do all that is needed would cost $88.9 billion, and if the goal is to promote economic development, the cost would soar to $250 billion over the next 25 years, according to a study by the Valley Forward Association. American City Business Journals/Phoenix/Phoenix Business Blog (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
4 Ways To Make Cost Estimating Less Painful
Cost estimates are a pain, but they play a key part in your company’s success. See ways to make your cost estimates (almost) fun.
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Md. wants to reintroduce $2.2B Red Line light-rail project
    The Maryland Transit Authority hopes to reintroduce Baltimore's $2.2 billion Red Line light-rail project with a $55.6 million request to help fund preliminary engineering costs. Construction of the 14-mile, east-west rail system could begin in 2015, but the state needs to come up with $1.1 billion in order to get matching federal funds, and state legislators voted down a gas-tax hike that could have helped raise the funds. The Baltimore Sun (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neb.'s Pinnacle Bank Arena is 50% finished
    Construction work on the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., is 50% finished. The project has used 25,000 cubic yards of concrete, 2,500 tons of steel structure and crews are currently installing the four main roof trusses. The arena has created jobs for 250 workers and is on track to be completed for its fall 2013 opening. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • A changing BIM landscape
    The building information modeling landscape is changing as firms work to enhance data integration and make field use easier. Trimble has acquired Vico Software and entered partnerships with Bentley Systems and Computer Guidance Corp. Autodesk has acquired Vela Systems. But there is still room for new entrants, according to this piece. Constructech (free registration) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "eVortex:" Generating power from sewer flows
    Source: KNOE-TV
    Erez Allouche and his team at Louisiana Tech University have developed the "eVortex Generator," which has the potential to turn sewage and stormwater into a source of energy. A pipe, vessel to capture the liquid, generator and four blades work together to increase the velocity of the water and convert it into energy. The group has been working on a second prototype to test it in real sewers. KNOE-TV (Monroe, La.) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • 5 steps to a successful incident-investigation package
    Accidents occur on construction jobsites every day. Incident investigations determine how and why these failures occur. By using the information gained through an investigation, future accidents may be prevented. Order it here, or visit the AGC Store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Parts 1, 5 & 6
    This publication is a must-have for contractors involved in highway construction. The Federal Highway Administration has revised the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Parts 1, 5 and 6 Temporary Traffic Control, and you are required to know about and meet these specifications. This manual will help you meet those requirements. Purchase it here, or visit the AGC Store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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