President Donald Trump appears to be softening his position that a continuing budget resolution to avoid a federal government shutdown must include funding for a border wall after Democrats indicated they opposed any funding. Trump told conservative media outlets he could wait to ask for funds when Republicans begin drafting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Energy Transfer Partners has started construction on the $4.2 billion Rover natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Michigan. About 7,570 people are working on the 713-mile pipeline that is expected eventually to create 10,000 construction jobs.
AGC says construction material costs have increased significantly, led by a 19% rise in steel mill products and 17% for copper and brass between March 2016 and March 2017. AGC says construction companies have not been able to increase prices as quickly as costs and urges the federal government not to restrict the importation of materials.
A report prepared for California's Department of Water Resources says the failure of the spillway at the Oroville Dam "likely occurred as a result of high velocity flow ... penetrating under the slab, causing a strong uplift force and causing the slab to lift, eventually causing all or part of the slab to break away" with "[s]ubsequent erosion of foundation material." A final report on the cause is expected in the fall.
The State University of New York's next chancellor will be an engineer. Kristina Johnson's resume includes development of technology for 3D movies, the founding a hydroelectric company and her service as undersecretary in the Department of Energy.
Gensler's architects have used Microsoft's HoloLens technology to speed up project designs, among other commercial and industrial applications. The technology is also useful for remote collaboration, according to Aviad Almagor, director of Trimble's Mixed-Reality Program.
Think tank Next 10 says the recent 12-cents-a-gallon increase in the gas tax is not enough to fix aging roads and bridges in California because more fuel-efficient and electric vehicles make the gas-tax model outdated. The group contends that tolling and a mileage-based tax are better ways to make a dent in the estimated $137 billion deferred maintenance needs for the state's roads.
Proposed residential towers at The Star development and the 240-acre Frisco Station are among about a dozen residential high-rises under construction or in the planning stages in North Texas.
Flex-N-Gate, a manufacturer of exterior plastic parts for autos, marked the beginning of construction of a $95 million plant in Detroit with a groundbreaking ceremony Monday. It's the first major investment by an auto parts manufacturer in the city in 20 years.
Researchers at the Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic Institute have developed a concrete based on nanotechnology that increases the material's load-carrying ability by 200% and decreases its density by 80%. "The invention can be used in the construction of bridges and pedestrian crossings, nonmetallic ships, low-rise residential buildings," graduate student Alexander Rassokhin said.
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