Construction industry is broadly upbeat on next year’s prospects

January 6, 2010 According to KPMG’s annual "Global Construction Survey," the global engineering and construction industry is broadly upbeat on next year’s prospects. "The bottom line is the nonresidential construction recession is largely over, but 2011 will be associated with grudgingly slow progress,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. In terms of segments poised to… Read more »

Port Arthur crane collapse

A crane collapse at Port Arthur refinery on Tuesday knocked out power to one of the plant’s vacuum distillation units. Nobody injured in Tuesday’s crane accident, which is the 2nd at the project trying to make the Motiva refinery the largest in the United States by early 2012. The unit was shut as workers were… Read more »

Safety System for the Vehicle Introduced

Vehicle-Based Integrated Safety System IVBSS is a five-year, $32 million cooperative agreement between the US Department of Transportation and a group of partners to test an integrated system of crash-warning technologies for different types and classes of vehicles. Partners for the heavy-truck category include Eaton Corp., International Truck and Engine Corp., Takata Corp., Con-way Freight,… Read more »

Vets Satisfied with Post 911 Gi Bill

According to a report released by the American Council on Education, although veterans encountered a number of challenges during the first year of Post-9/11 GI Bill implementation, they were still satisfied with their overall experience. Data was based on surveys from 230 veterans and 22 student focus groups across 13 institutions, reported Inside Higher Ed…. Read more »

Scranton, PA Booming

It’s difficult to detect a construction slump from downtown Scranton’s skyline. More than $260 million in building development is progressing at projects in Central City and at its fringe, creating work for more than 1,400 people in the building trades. "It’s incredible," Mayor Chris Doherty said of the biggest development boom in downtown Scranton in… Read more »