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8/15/2018

The Omaha, Neb., school board has selected Jacobs Project Management Co. to manage $409.9 million worth of construction projects. The company has done previous work for the district.

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8/15/2018

Drones have become valuable construction industry tools for measurements, inspections and photographs due to their ease of use, low cost and potential to improve safety. Drone sales in 2017 jumped 33% year-over-year, according to market research firm NPD Group.

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8/15/2018

Contractors say tax reform under President Donald Trump has increased business confidence and given an extra boost to an economy that already was growing. The cut in corporate tax rates has spurred companies to buy more equipment and pay bonuses to employees.

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The American Society of Civil Engineers says 9.1% of bridges are structurally deficient -- an improvement of just 3.2 percentage points in the past 10 years -- and Andy Herrmann, an ASCE past president, says further improvements are vital. He recommends an increase in the gas tax, which has been static since 1992: "Could you live on your salary from 1992? Our bridges can't."

8/15/2018

A California Department of Water Resources video shows before-and-after footage of the Oroville, Calif., dam construction after its spillway collapsed last year. Concrete work for the 3,000-foot spillway should wrap by Nov. 1.

8/15/2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, plans to invest $2.1 billion to improve its infrastructure, including new sewer lines, a seismic upgrade for an aging bridge and affordable housing. The city also plans to invest $5.4 billion in transit expansion, including an extension of the city's SkyTrain network, improved bus service and a new light rail line.

8/15/2018

Sidewalk Labs showed Toronto residents plans for innovations such as timber skyscrapers and heated and lighted roads in its forthcoming Quayside smart neighborhood. While Sidewalk's Rit Aggarwala acknowledged concerns about privacy related to the data-intensive technology, he said this public meeting was to "focus very much on this built environment aspect, where there's a ton of work and creativity being put into it."

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8/15/2018

The advisory group that recommended tolling interstates 5 and 205 in Portland, Ore., should have considered tolling proposals on additional regional roadways to make the potential costs incurred by drivers from Washington state more equitable, writes the editorial board of The Columbian. "Only a comprehensive proposal that addresses all of Portland's overburdened freeways will effectively prepare the area for a prosperous future," the editorial states.

8/15/2018

A section of the Morandi Bridge on the A10 toll motorway in Genoa, Italy, collapsed Tuesday, killing at least 26 people. The portion of the highway involved is managed by Atlantia unit Autostrade.

8/15/2018

A report by McKinsey & Co. and the International Road Federation has identified five best practices for improving infrastructure. The report identifies a toolbox of funding and management methods, including tolling and congestion pricing.

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