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Construction employers added 19,000 workers to payrolls in March, bringing industry employment to the highest level since June 2009, while the industry’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest March level in seven years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

A one-day conference and exhibit was organized by the Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston, on “Infrastructure, Energy, Geotechnical, Flooding and Sustainable Issues Related to Houston & Other Major Cities” at the University of Houston on March 7.

David Magill

In 2016, NASSCO will celebrate its 40th year of setting standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Moody Gardens is a public, non-profit vacation and educational destination on Galveston Island, TX, utilizing nature to advance environmental research, conservation and rehabilitation, while providing interesting recreational opportunities.

I’ve received a variety of interesting comments and reactions regarding my March 2014 Editor’s Log entitled “Labor: Inhibitor To Growth?” That column discussed the ongoing shortage of skilled labor in the underground utilities/pipelines construction and rehabilitation industries. It created an interesting dialogue.

FMI, a leading provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, has released its latest whitepaper, “Skills Shortages in a Booming Market - The Big Oil and Gas Challenge.”

Case Construction Equipment has entered into a strategic partnership with Leica Geosystems to provide machine control technologies – both factory installed and aftermarket – throughout its line of construction equipment.

Ron “Tag” Tagliapietra, senior vice president for Michels Corporation announced his retired from the company.

On Feb. 12, the Department of Transportation/Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) updated its Gas Transmission Integrity Management Enforcement Guidance for Sections 192.901 through 192.951.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Got utilities to bury in extremely hard, rocky conditions?

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