Bullet train takes aim at traffic and dangerous roads

Bullet train takes aim at traffic and dangerous roads

12 February 2019

Texas’ high-speed train ended 2018 with remarkable progress, putting Houston and the rest of the state another step closer to a dynamic and much-needed transportation choice.

Source: Houston Chronicle

US LNG: here comes the second wave

US LNG: here comes the second wave

12 February 2019

Even though the entire first wave of US LNG is not yet online, the market is eagerly awaiting FID announcements for the second wave of US LNG – projects targeting start-up in the mid-2020s.

Source: LNG World Shipping

 Cinco Ranch JH Robotics Teams Earn Awards!

Cinco Ranch JH Robotics Teams Earn Awards!

01 February 2019

It is the robotics season and Cinco Ranch Junior High has had an exceptional showing.  Cinco Ranch Junior High sent two school sponsored teams to the regional competition.

Source: The Katy News

Cleaning up Hanford, currently a Bechtel project, has already cost taxpayers $170 billion over 30 years.

Cost To Taxpayers To Clean Up Nuclear Waste Jumps $100 Billion In A Year

29 January 2019

The estimated cost of cleaning up America’s nuclear waste has jumped more than $100 billion in just one year, according to a DOE report – and a watchdog warns the cost may climb still higher. The Energy Department’s projected cost for clean-up jumped from $383.78 billion in 2017 to $493.96 billion in a financial report issued in December 2018.
 

Source: NBC News

Bechtel's Savannah River Site team receives top marks from DOE.

SRS Management, Liquid Waste Contractors Earn ‘Excellent’ Performance Rating

28 January 2019

Two incumbent contractors at the Savannah River Site have received top marks from the U.S. Department of Energy, netting the teams millions of dollars each. Between Oct. 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions performed to an ‘excellent’ standard, according to a recent review.

Source: Aiken (SC) Standard

Bechtel is one of the 10 biggest construction companies in the world.

And Finally...The 10 Companies Dominating The Global Construction Industry

28 January 2019

In an effort to put the world’s ten biggest construction companies size and revenue into perspective, online merchant Roof Stores has been investigating exactly where these companies operate, how much money they make, how many staff members they employ and have calculated revenue per employee. It found that companies that have the largest revenues that are not necessarily the most efficient.
 

Source: Scottish Construction Now

10 industries further along in AI than construction and will increase AI spending over next three years.

How AI And Machine Learning Could Transform Construction

25 January 2019

Anyone who uses Facebook can’t have failed to notice that in recent years it has become rather good at recognizing faces – it is as if the social network has been scrolling through photos of your friends for years and is now as familiar with them as you are. You may find this unsettling or remarkable, but the reality is that this is only the most visible manifestation of the rapid improvements in artificial intelligence under way across the globe – improvements that have, for example, led the US government to announce it is trialing facial recognition systems as a security measure at the White House, and sparked protests – on ethical and privacy grounds – against e-commerce giant Amazon for selling such technology.
 

Source: Building UK

Draft RFP released for next Tank Closure contract at Hanford Site.

DOE Cleanup Office Provides Batch Of Draft RFP Documents For Hanford Tank Contract

24 January 2019

The Energy Department Office of Environmental Management on Friday released the key sections of a draft request for proposals (RFP) for the next Tank Closure Contract at the Hanford Site in Washington state. In particular, the agency is looking for industry feedback on its master indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract option, which it has suggested for the upcoming tank contract.
 

Source: ExchangeMonitor