The construction industry is a less attractive profession than it was several decades ago, writes Eric Hedlund, an executive with Sundt Construction, and recruiting has become more difficult. He advocates more proactive training and recruiting, as well as investing in vocational schools.
Because public-private partnerships bring together diverse interests on a project, conflicts are more likely. What is the best way to handle them? A paper in ASCE's Journal of Management in Engineering suggests alternative dispute resolution, specifically arbitration, as a good place to start. Consider the paper's advice to enhance the status of all parties in the ADR process, free for a limited time from ASCE Library.
"As we begin a new year, the issue that will dominate the civil engineering industry in 2018 is ____." Filling in that blank, four prominent professionals offer their predictions in a new ASCE News feature, Civil Engineering Roundtable, where you're also invited to reply. What will be huge in 2018?
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation Planning Board wants to see toll lanes on the Beltway outside Washington, D.C., expanded and extended soon, and it has voted in favor of placing the proposal in a long-range plan. The plan also includes a streetcar project, bike lanes and a push to widen other roads in the region.
Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., wants to see an infrastructure bill where the federal government contributes more than the $200 billion that's been tossed around. Republicans will need support from Democrats to pass any infrastructure legislation, and Carper says that "most people understand if we want to have better roads, highways, bridges, trains ... we gotta pay for them."
The South Florida Water Management District proposes a timeline of seven to nine years to build a reservoir that captures runoff from Lake Okeechobee, but some state lawmakers are pushing for a more aggressive timeline. The project could cost $1.6 billion, and design work is expected to start soon.
Software company Trimble and construction company VolkerWessels have partnered to enhance the capabilities of building information modeling. Trimble wants to improve the data sharing within the architecture, engineering and construction sector and believes that will drive innovation within the industry.
2018 will be a "critical period of intensified risk," with extreme weather events and natural disasters highly likely, according to a World Economic Forum survey. Environmental disasters, cybercrime and the use of weapons of mass destruction are among the top global risks cited.
A report by the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission on vehicle fee options in Vancouver, British Columbia, recommends two options. Motorists could be charged a toll for driving past a specific area, or they could be charged for miles driven.
The $45 million bond to build the Cobequid Pass in Nova Scotia, Canada, will be paid off in fiscal 2019-2020, and the government is trying to decide what to do with tolls once the debt is paid off. Among the options are eliminating the tolls and modifying them.