Posts From the monthly archives: "August 2014"

The tallest, strongest, and mightiest cranes of the modern world are truly a sight to see. A post on features a few monster cranes, like the Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1, built by Liebherr Group in Germany. It’s a mobile crane that can lift 1,200 metric tons, which is equivalent to…(Read More)

When our grandparents went to the doctor, they described their symptoms, the doctor conducted an exam, ran some tests, made a diagnosis and prescribed the recommended treatment. Today, patients come into the doctor’s office having already researched their symptoms on WebMD, diagnosed their condition, and researched the various drug alternatives. Before the doc even…(Read More)

Gensler, CH2M HILL, and AECOM Technology Corp., have been named the top three architecture firms in the world, according to Engineering News-Record. For the third consecutive year, Gensler grabbed the No. 1 spot. CEO Andy Cohen says 2013’s success can be attributed to the consistent designs the firm provides to an increasingly interconnected…(Read More)

“Those who design and construct buildings are required to look decades into the future and are expected to provide owners with their best advice on how and where they should proceed with their projects,” writes Don Jacobson in The Star Tribune. “Those considerations can include everything from what kind of materials to use that can…(Read More)

The remainder of 2014 looks promising for the construction industry. Leaders from the Associated Builders and Contractors and the American Institute of Architects are among those predicting economic improvements will last into 2015. Low interest rates and surging energy production are two of the factors driving the uptick.…(Read More)

Construction companies are digging deeper into their pockets when purchasing materials and supplies. There have been fractional increases these past few months, which has gotten the attention of Chief Economist Anirban Basu of the Associated Builders and Contractors. Prices may continue to rise—albeit modestly—through the rest of 2014. Materials including softwood lumber, crude…(Read More)

As the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration keeps a watchful eye on workplace safety, one statistic is raising a red flag. There’s a growing number of less experienced workers getting injured and dying on jobsites. Dean McKenzie, deputy director of OSHA’s directorate for construction, says an increase in construction-related deaths…(Read More)

Managing mega construction projects can bring mega complexities and mega headaches. The secret to keeping problems to a minimal is early planning and superior project management. This post on offers several recommendations when managing huge infrastructure initiatives or complex plant development projects. PMs must assign project tasks early, choose the right project delivery…(Read More)

A new college that’s almost exclusive to science, technology, engineering, and math will soon be opening its doors. Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland features a 162,000-square foot, $60 million Innovation, Science and Technology building that will house the school’s laboratories, classrooms, auditoriums and other meeting rooms. That’s according to Associated…(Read More)

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have punted and decided to send the transportation bill back to the Senate…and recess for the next five weeks. The move has led to uncertainty about how road projects across the country will be funded. There’s also significant concern about the future of the fund…(Read More)