London's Crossrail to be called the Elizabeth Line

London's Crossrail to be called the Elizabeth Line

23 February 2016

London's mayor revealed the line's name and purple logo as he visited Bond Street station with the monarch. Trains on the railway will travel under the centre of the city, linking parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire to Essex when it opens in December 2018.
Source: BBC.com

Rethinking

Rethinking "Bankability" for Africa Infrastructure

29 January 2016

Throughout the last decade, Africa’s economic growth has been robust.  While this growth is expected to continue during 2016 for sub-Saharan Africa, it will likely not reach the region’s full potential due to ongoing global challenges and under-investment in infrastructure. Doubling-down on implementing infrastructure projects will thus be a critical step in enhancing Africa’s economic climate.

Source: U.S. Council for International Business

Rigging Engineers

Rigging engineer raises profile of critical industry profession

11 January 2016

“When you are lifting and moving stuff, you are dealing with considerable risk,” explains J. Keith Anderson, Bechtel’s chief rigging engineer. “Training for people who are going to plan and execute this type of work is really haphazard.”

Source: Engineering News-Record

10 years later, did the Big Dig deliver?

10 years later, did the Big Dig deliver?

29 December 2015

To everything there is a season, and a 10th anniversary — in Big Dig lore, the 2006 opening of the Albany Street ramps marked its completion — is a time for taking stock.
Source: The Boston Globe 

Construction Industry Leaders: Full Tilt Into the Future

Construction Industry Leaders: Full Tilt Into the Future

03 December 2015

If you’ve seen Back to the Future, you might remember that the mid-1980s movie franchise pegged 2015 as “the future”. Here we are. Obviously things didn’t pan out quite like Hollywood imagined. Not only are cars still rolling on four wheels, we rely on roads, bridges and every other form of infrastructure more than ever.
Source: FieldLens.com

Congressional negotiators agree to 5-year, $305B highway bill

Congressional negotiators agree to 5-year, $305B highway bill

02 December 2015

Congressional negotiators from the Senate and House have agreed to a $305 billion, five-year highway bill. This newly agreed-upon bill knocks one year and $20 billion off the House’s measure, but it still should send a signal to the industry that stability is waiting in the wings. In addition, the nation's infrastructure needs a reliable flow of funds. In fact, in a recent USA Today editorial, Brendan Bechtel, president of the Bechtel Group, implored federal and state officials to prioritize the nation’s "crumbling" infrastructure.

Bechtel hands over to BG Group

Bechtel hands over to BG Group

25 November 2015

Construction and commissioning on QCLNG is all done and dusted and it's time for BG Group to start making some money.The British multinational oil and gas company took 100% control today.It took control of train one of the gas plant back in May, and yesterday Bechtel handed over a completed train two, along with the rest of the QCLNG facilities.
Source: The Observer (Gladstone)

Prince Philip visits Crossrail site

Prince Philip visits Crossrail site

23 November 2015

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is shown around the new Crossrail station taking shape 30 metres below Farringdon in London, where he met some of the apprentices, construction workers and engineers delivering the station on November 4, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Source: Rail Magazine

Bechtel Enka opens first section of Pristina-Skopje motorway

Bechtel Enka opens first section of Pristina-Skopje motorway

09 November 2015

The first part of the €600 million Arber Dzaferi motorway between Pristina, the capital of Kosovo and Skopje in Macedonia, has opened to traffic. US-Turkish consortium Bechtel Enka is contractor for the 60km road that will eventually link Pristina, capital of the former Serbian province Kosovo, and the city of Skopje, capital of Macedonia, a former Yugoslav republic.
Source: World Highways