A new report shows that there are now two million solar installations in the U.S. The two million number was reached only three years after the installations first reached 1 million, a number that took 40 years to achieve. Read more.
NASSTRAC members brought their voice to Capitol Hill during NASSTRAC's Spring Event in Washington earlier this month, meeting with elected representatives and Congressional staff. "We have to attack the 'freight don't vote' syndrome," said Michael Regan, advocacy chair for NASSTRAC.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved a set of amendments to the Interior Department's spending bill that would prohibit offshore drilling in most coastal waters for a year as well as block seismic testing for oil and gas exploration. The bill will now be considered by the Senate.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has selected five possible candidates from eight submissions for a pilot program of public-private partnership projects. The five potential pilots, which include the Brazos Island harbor channel improvement in Texas and the LA River ecosystem restoration in California, would be used to test the viability of new delivery methods to cut costs and time.
Bechtel has been contracted to build a proposed $6 billion cracker in eastern Ohio. The project from Thailand's PTT Global Chemical and South Korea's Daelim would include six furnaces to produce 1.5 million tons of ethylene and other materials annually from ethane produced by shale drilling.
A federal disaster declaration signed last week by President Donald Trump will bring federal aid to eight flood-ravaged counties in Mississippi. More counties affected by the April flooding may be added to the declaration later.
Many drinking water systems across South Carolina are in dire need of repair, according to Bonnie Ammons, director of the state's Rural Infrastructure Authority, who cited an American Society of Civil Engineers estimate that the necessary improvements would cost about $1.8 billion. At gravest risk are systems in smaller communities with few resources and limited technical staff.
Civil construction companies in the Asia-Pacific region are lagging much of the rest of the world in digitizing their paperwork, Soumik Roy writes. He examines five reasons digital document management is essential for engineers, including better time and resource management and more efficient resolution of conflicts.
Legislators in New York and New Jersey have approved the creation of a new commission to supervise financing and construction of the $13 billion trans-Hudson River tunnel. The seven-member Gateway Development Commission will also oversee the $1.6 billion Portal Bridge replacement.
University of South Carolina trustees have greenlighted the first phase of a $460 million student-housing project. The entire project comprises seven buildings on 18 acres, including four residence halls, a parking garage and commercial properties.
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