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Adapting community engineering work to COVID construction challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has both highlighted the importance of fundamental community infrastructure and made it increasingly difficult (if not downright dangerous) to construct and update that very infrastructure.

Third-quarter data depict good news for AEC industry despite pandemic

Most notably, the survey shows a lack of expansive layoffs in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

AEC industry shows signs of slow but steady recovery

As of late August, early third-quarter economic data and consumer confidence indexes were heading in the right direction as the architecture, engineering, and construction market segment began to pull out of a relatively short but substantial recession, according to AEC industry economists. After COVID-19 shutdowns and stay-at-home orders in many areas of the country in the second quarter of 2020, the deep trough in...

Near-Term Economic Forecasts Plunge amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, and construction (AEC) forecasters are struggling to comprehend the economic hardship that is likely to arise from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting market influences. Although signs of a mild slowdown were prevalent before the pandemic, previous forecasts can be “thrown out the window,” says Richard Branch, the chief economist at Dodge Data & Analytics, of Bedford, Massachusetts. Several recent surveys of industry...

COVID-19 Requires Changes to Keep Construction Personnel Safe

KEEPING CONSTRUCTION personnel safe on-site during the COVID-19 pandemic is serious business. From safety guidelines to make transmission of the virus less likely to technology that enables heightened remote monitoring and site review, companies are working to ensure that construction sites remain safe as work continues or shuts down. On March 25, the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) published guidance documents for construction employers and...

Surveys, Tools Track COVID-19-Related Construction Delays

THE FULL IMPACT of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry will not be known for many years. Yet it is already clear that many construction projects are experiencing partial delays or full stoppages as the pandemic spreads across the globe. In North America, associations and companies have organized surveys and created tools to help the AEC industry better...

COVID-19 Community Calls 15: Missing the Camaraderie of the Construction Site

Every day in April, ASCE Plot Points is calling a different civil engineer from around the world to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their life, their community, their work and the civil engineering profession. Thirty days. Thirty phone calls. Community Call 15 reaches out to Gabrielle Grompone, incoming chair of the ASCE Construction Institute’s Young Professionals Council and a project engineer at J....