Construction Industry News: Jan 11, 2019

Shutdown Spares Some Construction Programs, But Highway Concerns Arise

The partial shutdown of the federal government is starting to affect some federal construction programs—such as those at the Federal Transit Administration—but other major infrastructure accounts have full 2019 funding and aren’t harmed. The biggest federally funded construction account, highways, is open. But if the shutdown is protracted, states may slow bid lettings. 


Todd Orbus: Navigating a Complex Spillway Reconstruction in California From Pre-Bidding to Early Completion

Replacing flood-ravaged spillways at Oroville Dam in just 18 months over two brief construction seasons required the focus and tenacity of many. At the helm of the final season’s push, Todd Orbus, project director for Kiewit Infrastructure West, guided 700 workers to complete the main and emergency spillways rebuild weeks ahead of a Nov. 1 deadline imposed by the start of Northern California’s rainy season.


Modern Materials: Bendable concrete, ‘knitted’ concrete shells and more

First conceptualized in the 1990s, Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC), or bendable concrete, is almost ready for market, according to researchers at Louisiana State University’s College of Engineering.


Technology’s critical place in construction in 2019

Construction has been slow compared to other industries to adopt technology, but it’s starting to catch up as technology gets more sophisticated to accommodate the industry’s unique needs.


Sarcos Achieves Unprecedented Power Performance through its Exoskeleton suit

Sarcos® Robotics, a global leader in robotic systems that augment, rather than replace humans working in the industrial, public safety and military sectors, today announced a number of significant technology advancements for its highly anticipated Guardian XO Max full-body, powered industrial exoskeleton robotic system. 


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