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8/14/2018

The North Carolina Department of Transportation may begin construction on the Mid-Currituck bridge over the Currituck Sound in 2020. Currituck County Manager Dan Scanlon said a record of decision may be available by October.

8/14/2018

John McKeage, who wore the Mr. MacPass costume to represent the Halifax Harbour Bridges' transponder system, is retiring. McKeage said he valued the experience of serving as the mascot and making even "the toughest person" smile.

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Halifax Harbour Bridges
8/14/2018

Construction on the $219.1 million refurbishment and improvement project on the Garden State Parkway bridge in New Jersey is expected to be completed next year.
"The work remains on target," said Tom Feeney of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

8/14/2018

Congress approved $1.4 billion for transit projects in March, but the Federal Transit Administration has awarded only $25 million so far, says Transportation for America. The FTA said the Capital Investment Grants Program projects mentioned by the group have not yet complied with all requirements to receive the grant funding.

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Route Fifty
8/14/2018

Building information modeling is being used in the restoration of the historic five-story Sazerac House in New Orleans that began in 2017. BIM is employed to help design and coordinate construction in the various project phases.

8/14/2018

Brockton Capital has selected Balfour Beatty to construct a luxury apartment scheme in London expected to be finished in 2020. Balfour Beatty says over the course of the project's life cycle, it will use building information modeling to manage information onsite.

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Balfour Beatty
8/14/2018

Drones have a variety of uses in construction projects including watching earth movement, keeping track of material stockpiles and allowing owners to observe progress. When starting a drone program, it is important to do plenty of research and always first consider safety so you create a program that best fits your needs.

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Commercial UAV News
8/14/2018

A pair of augmented reality glasses by Microsoft called HoloLens was recently used to identify a design flaw for a proposed pedestrian bridge at Villanova University and remedy it prior to construction. The contractor on the project, High Concrete Group LLC, noticed a sheltered horizontal concrete surface would attract roosting birds, which would lead to unwanted residue and stains.

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Villanova University, Microsoft
8/14/2018

The BIMForum Conference brings together emerging leaders from across the AECO industry to network, collaborate and share. This year, the conference kicks off on Monday, Sept. 24, 2-5:30 p.m. with our Sponsored Technology Sessions. At this two-day conference, we will explore case studies in which architects, engineers, builders and owners are improving industry performance through the adoption of standards and best practices and the integration of technology and process. Check out the agenda and register today.

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8/14/2018

Officials in Springfield, Mo., terminated a practice that allowed city workers to increase their pension payouts by selling their accumulated vacation time back to the city after retirement. This move has saved the town around $1.5 million in a single year, according to Bill McCarty, the city's budget director.

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Bill McCarty