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Programmer opens artificial intelligence-enabled inspection app to agencies

Shortly after governments around the globe effected isolation measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Dynamic Infrastructure announced the availability of its artificial intelligence technology, free of charge, to departments of transportation and public private partnerships (P3). The New York- and Tel Aviv-based technology developer equips agencies to remotely manage critical bridge and tunnel maintenance and generates files with full analyses of their transportation assets.

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Feds move to put integrity, transparency into reporting on union trusts

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has penned a final rule to establish the “Form T-1” Trust Annual Report, requiring unions to file yearly financials concerning their trusts. The reports will increase financial transparency and ensure that rank-and-file have access to information about union transactions.

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Steep restitution, sentence cap case of aggregate procurement contract fraud

A judge in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division recently sentenced Chester L. Neal, Jr. of Bourbon Oak, Mo., to 57 months in jail and ordered him to pay $3.735 million in restitution following a guilty plea to one count of mail fraud. Admissions in connection with the plea indicate a July 2008–December 2017 scheme during which the defendant landed contracts to purchase and transport rock, gravel and other raw materials to federal agency sites.

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Labor Department apprenticeship program rule respects construction trades’ turf

A Department of Labor rule effective next month establishes a system to advance development of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP) and guidelines for third-party stakeholders to become Standards Recognition Entities (SRE). The rule reflects input from a July-August 2019 public comment period during which the Department’s Employment and Training Administration logged a record 326,798 responses.

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Pavement contractors set for another year north of 50 million square yards

The American Concrete Pavement Association sees good prospects for mainline paving and overlay projects, with overall 2020 activity nearly matching last year’s levels. “We expect 2019 market volume to be about 51.5 million square yards. The current projection for 2020 is about 50.2 million square yards. Although this represents a slight decrease of 2.5 percent, the change is attributed to several strong state reconstruction projects and new alignment programs completed in 2019,” says ACPA CEO Gerald Voigt.

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