Construction-finance software company Built Technologies has acquired Lienwaivers to offer solutions to stakeholders in construction finance. "The real problem we set out to solve was not a construction lending problem as much as it was the recognition [of] the way money moves into the industry and then throughout the industry; the entire construction value chain was really broken," says Chase Gilbert, co-founder and CEO of Built Technologies.
Contractors can promote wellness among workers by offering hydration stations, healthy food, clean air and ways to address stress and anxiety, Stephanie Timm and Jennifer Taranto write. Many guidelines in the WELL Building Standard can be implemented on work sites and in construction trailers, they write.
Forty-five percent of mayors surveyed by Boston University said infrastructure is the most pressing issue of the 2020 election cycle, with roads, water and mass transit ranking as the top three individual priorities. However, some mayors do not appear willing to sacrifice parking space for electric vehicle infrastructure.
Repeated flooding events cause earthen levees to suffer cumulative, yet subtle structural damage that is invisible to the naked eye, according to researchers at North Carolina State University. "Because these levees are aging, and we have limited resources available to maintain them, we need to determine which levees should be prioritized for rehabilitation efforts that will reduce their risk of failure," says doctoral candidate Rowshon Jadid.
Engineers at Duke University have developed a model that can help researchers understand what is happening as a fault builds toward an earthquake. The model illustrates how friction decreases as the speed of the rock slippage increases as the rock changes phases.
Parsons Principal Engineer Nancy Matteoni has figured prominently in bridge construction projects in and around St. Louis in recent years. The 1990 civil engineering graduate of Missouri S&T is taking her expertise underground to focus on tunnels.
Construction is about to commence in Florida to add express toll lanes on Interstate 95 in Boca Raton and Delray Beach as part of a $148 million project that aims to decrease traffic congestion. The tolls will range from 50 cents to around $10.50.
Marwan Al Serkal of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority has called for one unified road toll system in the United Arab Emirates instead of separate systems in the seven emirates. "Just imagine that one has to register his vehicle in all seven emirates and pay registration fees in seven locations," he said.
In a move to ultimately implement all-electronic tolling by the summer, the Maryland Transportation Authority will discontinue cashless tolling on Jan. 31 at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Thursdays and Fridays. E-ZPass and cash will be the accepted payment forms.