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Debt ceiling bill launches construction permitting reform
Provisions in the Fiscal Responsibility Bill of 2023 set time limits and scope for environmental review of new federal energy projects
Mecalac’s new compact loaders push the limits of versatility
New hydraulic and maneuverability options, such as M-Drive and Speed Control, are designed to widen the scope of what six new machines can do in terms of both application and industry
Permit reform: Supreme Court limits Clean Water Act scope, Biden bargains with energy permitting
SCOTUS redefines what are protected waterways while President Biden promotes a measure that could help move much-needed infrastructure projects along
Rebar-tying robot expands into Wisconsin with MKE Iron Erectors
TyBOT augmented the rebar subcontractor’s crew and boosted productivity on the IH-39 Structure B-11-166 bridge in Columbia County
Over half of firms working on highways experienced vehicles crashing into their work zone last year
Officials call for tougher safety enforcement and education programs as annual survey details continued risks to drivers and workers in work zones
Top 10 construction equipment brands revealed
This year’s study shows sales for 2022 were $230.6 billion, one of the highest figures ever recorded in the listing
Fannie Mae expects 2023 recession from Fed’s faltering ‘fix’
Despite a year of not really working, resumed interest rate hikes would ensure that jobs are the primary sacrifice to control inflation
Cat’s redesigned D10 dozer is all about efficiency
A stator clutch torque converter and load-sensing hydraulics make the new machine up to 6% more efficient than its predecessor 
Cabin Cool offers first air conditioning system for open-cab construction equipment
Maryland startup aims to improve conditions for workers operating equipment without climate-controlled cabs
U.S. government sets aside $749 million for natural disaster road and bridge repairs
The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide $749 million in Emergency Relief Program funds to repair roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters and catastrophic events
Is construction losing out on efficiency gains by using too many tower cranes?
Recent trend suggests using fewer but larger cranes is better suited to modern construction which uses more bulky, prefabricated building elements
Disney scraps plan to build $1-billion Florida campus
The announcement came on the heels of a widening legal battle between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the entertainment giant
Construction takes over Washington, D.C. with an agenda for the future
Major equipment manufacturers brought their machines to the National Mall as part of the Celebration of Construction, an event aimed at highlighting the industry’s innovations
Homebuilding rebound and infrastructure swagger tease construction’s strength
Measures of construction activity and contractor confidence suggest a big rebound
Earthmover gains award-winning ROI after dumping spreadsheet estimating
Software that automates field-performance tracking continuously improves estimating and profitability
Case previews WX175E SR wheeled excavator
The manufacturer is re-entering the wheeled excavator market in North America with a preview of the product line recently shown at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023
Komatsu tests hydrogen-powered excavator
Toyota Motor Corp. is collaborating on the project, which has proof-of-concept testing underway and commercial production expected ‘in the near future’
BLOG: What happens to the batteries? Volvo’s plan for sustainable electromobility
Here’s how Volvo is focused on extending battery life and finding new ways to refurbish, repurpose or recycle them
New study points to 4 areas of construction tech that are changing the world
It’s not just the equipment itself that’s transforming, it’s the way technology is affecting the way people work and the effect their work has on the environment
Contractors’ profit margins pinched by rising materials costs and lower bid prices
Prices jumped 13.7% year-over-year for cement, 13.3% for electrical switchgear, 13.2% for concrete products, and 12.1% for gypsum building products
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