Before completion of the Enugu-Bamenda Road Project linking Nigeria and Cameroon, travel was treacherous even in the best weather, but forward movement on the project is already producing positive impacts in the region. Financed by the African Development Bank it is a success story, and one that illustrates the opportunities in addressing infrastructure needs there. (Courtesy African Development Bank Group)
By Lindsay Edwards
With the worst of the downturn behind us, the construction industry in the U.S. is back to growth. While we aren’t seeing stratospheric growth, the green shoots are very much established. And do we really need another boom and bust cycle so soon after the sub-prime fuelled mess of the last few years? Few would actually want that to happen again. Read More
With low availability of substitutes and the cost of switching suppliers high, drywall and plaster costs are predicted to rise significantly to 2016 in the face of increased construction activity. (Image credit: auremar / 123RF Stock Photo)
Buyers of drywall and plastering services can expect a continuing erosion in their purchasing power for those services all the way to 2016, according to a recent IBISWorld procurement report. Price increases for these services will be fueled largely by increasing demand and the rising cost of gypsum.
The three year price forecast from the beginning of 2013 to 2016 is for an 8.4% rise, slightly less than the increase of 9.2% from the beginning of 2010 to 2013, according to the report. Read More
Rising costs in electrical wire and cable will track with the increasing construction activity worldwide. Spikes in copper prices could drive up wire and cable costs even more. (Image credit: auremar / 123RF Stock Photo)
Certain construction materials and services are poised for significant price increases over the next three years, according to IBISWorld Inc., an independent research firm. Plywood, particleboard, medium density fiberboard, plastering and drywall services, and electrical wire and cable will post price increases above four percent through 2017.
Wood building materials are expected to respond to the increased residential and nonresidential construction. Demand from developing countries will also figure into the mix. IBISWorld predicts plywood, particleboard and MDF to see price increases of 4.8%, 5.3% and 5.8% respectively per year to 2017. One hedge according to the research firm is to lock in multiyear contracts, which will help avoid service interruptions and price hikes during a period of heightened demand; such contracts generally range in length from one to three years. Bulk purchases of more than a couple thousand square feet also reduce per-unit costs. Read More
On average, 40 construction workers are killed every year by falls from residential roofs, and fatalities from falls are the number one cause of death on-the-job in the construction industry. A proposed new rule will affect the reporting of these and all other safety incidents. (Image credit: stranger / 123RF Stock Photo)
By Carmen Rane Hudson
OSHA has extended the comment period on proposed rule changes that would require some employers to submit injury and illness reports online. This window of opportunity now closes on March 8th, 2014. The extension was made in response to a request from the National Association of Home Builders.
OSHA plans to use this data to create a publically-accessible and searchable database in the hopes of creating better health and safety programs. The proposed rule is an amendment to the Recordkeeping Rule, part 1904. The rule would affect any employer with 20 or more employees in “high hazard” industries, such as the construction industry.
It would also effect employers with 250 employees or more who are already required to submit OSHA 300 logs and OSHA 301 incident reports. OSHA may also send notifications to individual businesses asking them to submit the reports. Read More
As the rush to exploit African natural resources continues, the continent is seeing unprecedented mining activities that also must be supported by construction of infrastructure in particular. At the same time, commercial developers are responding to Africa’s growing consumer markets and erecting new commercial spaces such as the one pictured under construction here in Rwanda. (Image credit: ryanfaas / 123RF Stock Photo)
(This post has been written and sponsored by Mirage Machines, manufacturer and supplier of portable machine tools for on-site machining applications including pipe cutting & prepping procedures.)
Construction and mining are inextricably linked to the demands of equipment and infrastructure that mining requires. Recent analysis by Frost and Sullivan predicts rising investment in extracting Africa’s mineral wealth and that is creating increased demand for roads, railways, ports and bridges. But construction firms thinking about entering the African market should be aware of the challenges to investing in the mining boom there. Read More
The Metro de Santiago will finally be getting its long-delayed Line 3, being built by Isolux Corsán and employing the NATM for the tunnels.
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An extension of Santiago, Chile’s Metro that has been on the drawing boards since before 1985 is now scheduled to be built by Grupo Isolux Corsán, a builder working in more than 40 countries on transport, railway, airport, maritime, and hydraulic infrastructure, and residential and non-residential buildings. Line 3 was previously delayed by the earthquake in Santiago in 1985. Then in the 90s, a population explosion in the south of the city side-tracked the project once again as Lines 4, 4a and 5 were built.
But that wasn’t the end of Line 3′s delays. In 2010 when the new Line 6 was announced against a backdrop of growing criticism about the Line 3 delays, Line 3′s construction was finally cleared. Read More
If ESI International’s assessment of trends in project management for 2014 is anywhere near accurate, construction project managers are going to be in demand and challenged to deliver more leadership value to the project.
ESI is a project management training company that puts together prognostications about project management every year. The trends are picked by their own executives and by subject matter experts. Internationally, ESI expects Agile to expand in Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong, that portfolio management will continue its ascendancy due to the new PMI credential, and that virtual learning will be a key aspect to project management training. Read More