Construction of First Offshore Wind Farm Is Underway

Rhode Island is the backdrop of the nation’s first wind farm. The project—developed by Deepwater Wind—will consist of a five-turbine, 30-megawatt wind farm that will produce enough energy to power all homes and businesses on Block Island. Previously, Block Island has relied on diesel generators, according to the Sierra Club.  … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Troopers Embed with Road Construction Crews to Stop Speeders

This summer, ‘Operation Orange Squeeze’ gets underway in the Keystone State. State troopers will be positioned in construction vehicles inside highway work zones with radar equipment. “They’ll relay speeders to other troopers waiting outside the work zones who will then pull over and issue tickets,” according to a post on … Continue reading

Construction PMs Using Drones

It’s a sophisticated toy. That’s how one project manager describes the ease of use associated with drones his company has been using on construction projects in Seattle and several other areas.  “We’re saving the owner money because we’re not spending money each month to have a plane fly over, plus … Continue reading

OSHA’s ‘Safety Stand-Down’ Campaign Launches May 4

Some 3 million workers are expected to participate in the second annual “Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction” initiative. The outreach campaign organized by OSHA is set for May 4-15. Fatalities caused by falls are the leading cause of death of construction workers, according to the Occupational Safety and … Continue reading

Architecture Billings on the Rise; Indicate Construction Growth

The Architecture Billings Index, or ABI, is a leading economic indicator of construction activity. The March ABI brings good news for construction jobs, as the score reflects healthy growth. “The ABI reflects the approximate nine-to-twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending,” says a post on  There … Continue reading

New Rules on Mobile Cranes Aim to Curb Overloading and Accidents

A new crane standard no longer allows users to exceed the rated capacity, even for load tests, reports Engineering News Record. “The American national standard for mobile cranes, ASME B30.5-2014, brings major changes to the rules governing how crane users are to work within a lifting machine’s capacity range, or … Continue reading

Modular Construction Growing in Multifamily Housing

The multifamily housing market is poised for strong growth this year, and modular construction has an important role in the boom. Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute (MBI) says the approach is ideal because it shortens the overall construction schedule allowing for earlier occupancy and quicker return … Continue reading

Project Managers Tour Bloated VA Hospital Construction Jobsite

In Aurora, Colorado, construction professionals joined news reporters for an inside peek at a Veteran’s Administration hospital that’s being built. The $1.73 billion project is mired in controversy. It’s well over budget and delayed, as contractors point fingers at VA officials, and vice versa.  To try and sort out the … Continue reading

Data Visualization Transforming Construction Jobs

The graphics and images may be one dimensional, but the data can be a deal breaker. Construction companies are using data visualization tools to improve business processes, writes Paul Tibbert on “These tools help inject enhanced quality, accuracy, accountability, efficiency, efficacy, predictability, profitability, cost and safety into the business,” says … Continue reading