Command Alkon, IT partners: Heavy civil work looks better than commercial

Sources: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York; Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

A Dodge Data & Analytics survey conducted with support from Command Alkon and three other technology partners finds that heavy civil contractors, despite Covid-19 staff and project impacts, are generally optimistic about business conditions through 2021. The sentiments of 99 heavy civil practitioners surveyed from mid-April to mid-May contrast with more cautious views commercial contractors expressed in companion Dodge research. 

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Safety survey: Worker involvement, supervisor leadership drive metrics

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The latest Safety Management in the Construction Industry SmartMarket Report reinforces prior series findings on the high priority of accident prevention while placing new emphasis on supervisors’ onsite actions and leadership in promoting safety. Prepared with participation from CPWR – Center for Construction Research and Training plus San Francisco information technology developer Procore, the report reflects findings from biennial Dodge Data & Analytics contractor surveys.

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Safety survey: Worker involvement, supervisor leadership drive metrics

Sources: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York; CP staff

The latest Safety Management in the Construction Industry SmartMarket Report reinforces prior series findings on the high priority of accident prevention while placing new emphasis on the importance of supervisors’ onsite actions and leadership in promoting safety. Prepared with participation from CPWR – Center for Construction Research and Training plus information technology developer Procore, the report reflects findings from biennial Dodge Data & Analytics contractor surveys. 

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Dodge forecasting veteran succeeds Chief Economist Murray

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York 

Dodge Data & Analytics Senior Economist Richard Branch is successor to Chief Economist Robert Murray, who retired at the end of August. After a decade in his former role, Branch is now tasked with ensuring the service’s continued preeminence in tracking, analyzing and forecasting North American construction activity. He will work with clients and national, regional, or trade media to share insights on residential and commercial building plus nonbuilding markets. Branch will likewise play lead roles in producing or overseeing the monthly Dodge Momentum Index, National Construction Starts research, and annual Dodge Construction Outlook Conference. 

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MANUFACTURERS – NOVEMBER 2018

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A new thermal beneficiation technology from Charah Solutions, Louisville, Ky., improves finished fly ash quality by reducing loss on ignition, ammonia, activated carbon and moisture in raw feeds. The proprietary MP618 Multi-Process suits both wet and dry ash streams and offers these company-cited advantages over competing technologies: Lower cost profile; efficient footprint with self contained environmental controls that can be deployed in weeks versus years; and, modular design that can be scaled to market demand.

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Report tracks green building escalation among A/E/C pros, clients

Sources: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York; CP staff

A new report based on surveys of 2,000-plus architects, engineers, contractors, owners, consultants and real estate investors from 86 countries indicates significant international market growth for green construction projects in the last 10 years and demand for such building activity continuing to climb. Dodge Data & Analytics’ World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report finds that green building principles will factor into more than 60 percent of survey participant projects by 2021. 

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Dodge Construction Outlook: 2019 markets stay present course

Sources: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York; CP staff 

The 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook predicts that total U.S. construction starts will be $808 billion, essentially even with the $807 billion estimated for 2018. By major sector in dollar terms, residential building will be down 2 percent, nonresidential building will match its 2018 amount, and non-building construction will increase 3 percent.

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Dodge 2019 Outlook Conference: ‘See, think, stay ahead’

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York; CP staff

A review of prospects and risks surrounding 2019 building and non-building markets from Dodge Chief Economist Robert Murray will cap the 80th annual Construction Outlook Executive Conference, October 24-25, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Dodge bill the conference as the cornerstone event for building product manufacturers, service providers, contractors, engineers, industry associations, and other stakeholders to gain critical insights into the economic forecast for North American construction. 

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