In an effort to prevent train accidents on a new $2.3-billion, 10-mile-long extension line in San Francisco, the Berryessa-Valley Transportation Authority/Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) team is installing a railroad intrusion-detection system (RIDS) that uses warning devices originally developed for protecting shipping ports from break-ins.
For 20 years, contractors and architects have been increasing their use of building information modeling to reduce conflicts, provide comprehensive material takeoffs and deliver beautiful 3D renderings for improved design and construction of buildings. But mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers have been stuck in 2D.
As Congress hurries to its preelection recess, the list of major bills the House and Senate must pass before leaving may only include one item: legislation to keep federal agencies operating past September.
The fatal collapse of an underground parking lot in a Tel Aviv commercial district just weeks before construction was due to be completed has not only focused attention on the lack of safety and inspection in Israel’s construction industry but also raised question over potential engineering issues.
The Dec. 26 ENR MidAtlantic issue will include the annual rankings of the region’s Top Specialty Construction firms.
Based on 2015 revenue, the survey shows that the 18 participating firms in the survey collected a total of $2.4 billion in revenue. The MidAtlantic regions includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The Dept. of Energy’s Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) effort has entered Phase 2 with DOE’s announcement of a $29-million investment in enhanced geothermal systems.