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Archive for the ‘Competitiveness’ Category

Infographics: Trucking by the Numbers

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Trucking web site Fleet Owner recently released a series of infographics covering a variety of issues that affect our nation’s truckers, from road conditions to fuel costs.

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Investor Insights about Infrastructure Growth

Monday, August 8th, 2016
REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

This factsheet outlines key insights that will help policy and market makers understand how to meet investor expectations and expand the infrastructure market.

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Thom Hartmann: Why Can’t We Unite About Our Crumbling Infrastructure?

Friday, July 8th, 2016
Thom Hartmann: Why Can’t We Unite About Our Crumbling Infrastructure?

Thom talks to caller Bob about the fact that we should all be upset by our national need to invest in infrastructure.

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Shaping the Future of Construction: A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Figure 1: Industry Transformation Framework

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
The Engineering & Construction (E&C) industry strongly affects the economy, the environment and society as a whole. It touches the daily lives of everyone, as quality of life is heavily influenced by the built environment surrounding people. The construction industry serves almost all other industries, as all economic value creation occurs within or by means of buildings or other “constructed assets”. As an industry, moreover, it accounts for 6% of global GDP. It is also the largest global consumer of raw materials, and constructed objects account for 25-40% of the world’s total carbon emissions.

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ASCE: Our Nation’s Infrastructure Bill is Overdue and It’s Costing You

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
ASCE: Our Nation’s Infrastructure Bill is Overdue and It’s Costing You

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ “Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future” economic study finds that our nation’s inadequate infrastructure is costing your family $3,400 a year. Watch the video to learn more about how underinvesting in infrastructure comes at a high cost.

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Global Infrastructure Spending Outlook

Friday, July 1st, 2016
Figure 1. Seven regional groupings

PWC
OXFORD ECONOMICS
Oxford Economics estimates that if conditions stay as they are – what we are calling the baseline projection – capital project and infrastructure spending growth will likely remain low, hovering at about 2%, over the coming year, before inching up in 2017 and reaching about 5% in 2020. The improvement would be driven mainly by higher oil. However, even at 5% growth, infrastructure spending growth would be well below its double-digit levels before the global financial crisis.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — 2016 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Engineering, Inc.: Engineering Excellence Awards

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)
The 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala—known as the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry—showcased 151 ACEC Member Firm achievements from the United States and throughout the world…A panel of 29 judges, representing a wide spectrum of built environment disciplines, selected 24 projects for top awards—16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the Grand Conceptor Award, for the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement.

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One Oregon: A Vision for Oregon’s Transportation System

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Oregon Transportation by the numbers

STATE OF OREGON
GOVERNOR’S TRANSPORTATION VISION PANEL
In order to create the system that will best serve our future needs, one that allows for the efficient movement of people and products in an environmentally responsible way, we must be cognizant of current challenges in today’s transportation system and we must be willing to act.

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A National Strategy for Energy Security: The Innovation Revolution

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Oil Price Chart

SECURING AMERICA’S ENERGY FUTURE
ENERGY SECURITY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Too often, America’s exposure to the risks of oil dependence has been measured by consumers and
policymakers as a function of the price of oil at a specific point in time or our level of reliance on foreign
suppliers. The result has been long periods of inaction and inattention after each crisis, which simply
leaves the country dangerously exposed for the inevitable next crisis. The risk of such complacence
today is high. Low oil prices have reduced the sense of urgency shared throughout the country as
recently as 2014. Yet just as it has been so many times before, the oil market is in the midst of a cycle.
We must be better prepared when the tide once again turns.

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New Principles for Our Transportation Program

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Century Foundation: New Principles for Our Transportation Program

THE CENTURY FOUNDATION
The next president will need to create a true and comprehensive vision of America’s transportation infrastructure, a program to pursue that vision, and honest mechanisms to fund it. This report addresses the new principles that should serve as a foundation for a future transportation program that will enable America to meet its potential.

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