The US Department of Transportation plans to replace Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants, known as TIGER, with the $1.5 billion Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD, grants. The grants, which would make more awards for rural areas, would fund local road, bridge, transit, rail, port and intermodal projects.
Lawmakers in New Jersey are considering a bill that would require the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to hold meetings in multiple locations around the state. Meetings are now held in the agency's administrative building, but they will take place in counties throughout the state if the measure passes.
Building information modeling along with 3D printing and piezoelectricity are three of the principal technologies currently reshaping urban construction, according to The Digit Group consultant Paul Doherty. Speaking at the ULI Carolinas' Meeting, Doherty in particular noted BIM's role in addressing a pressing industry challenge: an adequate supply of cheap labor.
Insulating concrete forms provide energy-efficient buildings; resistance to fire, hurricanes and tornadoes; and are quiet and make mold and drafts much less likely, Murray Snider writes. Commercial builders also find ICFs make job sites more efficient.
Japanese construction company Shimizu Corp. will deploy the Robo-Buddy and Robo-Welder at construction sites this year. The robots, which were demonstrated at a test facility in Tokyo, can reduce the number of workers needed to complete a task by up to one-third.
Scientists at Britain's University of Exeter have used graphene to develop a concrete that is stronger, environmentally friendly and water-resistant. The graphene gives the concrete a 146% increase in compressive strength, a 400% decrease in water permeability, and the product meets British and European construction standards.
The concrete structural foundation and wall placements have been finished for the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant at Washington's Hanford nuclear waste site. The project includes more than 7,465 cubic yards of high-strength concrete, 990 tons of reinforcing steel bar and 147 tons of embeds.
The Virginia Department of Transportation wants to spend $13.1 billion on infrastructure improvements over the next six years. The plan includes new interchanges and roadway expansions, as well as getting all roads in "fair" condition.
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