5 Reasons Construction Projects Fail

For commercial contractors, both GCs and subs, a successful project is one completed on time and within budget. The client is happy with the finished product and the contractor walks away with a tidy profit. Everybody wins. When a project fails, it’s typically due to conflicts and issues that cause cost overruns and delays in the schedule.

Akhtar elevated to ASCE fellow


Anwar Saeed Akhtar, P.E., F.ASCE, chief engineer in Houston for Fugro, a multidiscipline international firm, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Akhtar’s professional career began in 1998 as a staff engineer at a small firm in Houston, but at Fugro he progressed from staff and field engineer to his current position by taking on challenging projects and developing innovative project-specific solutions. He has contributed to the efficient design and stability of structures in the geotechnical services industry for over 23 years.

As chief engineer, he provides project guidance and supervision to geotechnical teams.

Society welcomes Tripp as new fellow

Russell E. Tripp, P.E., F.ASCE, senior aviation engineer at CH2M Hill (now part of Jacobs), has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.


Tripp has more than 50 years of worldwide civil engineering design, construction, and management experience, and has been employed by engineering firms, land developers, construction contractors, and government agencies.

He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, with 28 years of Regular Army and Army Reserve service in a variety of engineer, special operations, and other assignments in the United States,

Multiple Layers to the Inflation Watch Story

There are two major questions overhanging the economies of the U.S. and Canada. (1) Will a reemergence of coronavirus infections, mainly among the unvaccinated and tied to the Delta variant of the disease, force a slowdown in what was proving to be exceptional gross domestic product (GDP) growth? And (2), the subject of this article, will rapid price increases compel the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Canada to move more aggressively on interest rates?

Airports to receive COVID-19 relief grants

(Photo by Emanuel Alexandru on Unsplash)

Airport revenues depend on passenger volume. So when the number of air passengers globally declined by 65% in 2020, airports took a hit, according to Airports Council International-North America, the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada. Despite an uptick in travel in recent months, U.S. airports are still expected to lose $17 billion between April 2021 and March 2022, according to ACI-North American. These steep losses are in addition to the $23 billion of losses already on the books from the depths of the pandemic lockdowns between

Construction begins on 2 mi long combined sewer overflow tunnel in Alexandria, Virginia

Large-scale efforts to reduce combined sewer overflows typically have compliance deadlines on the order of 15-25 years. However, such is not the case for RiverRenew, the ongoing $615 million project to reduce CSO discharges into local waterways in Alexandria, Virginia.

In 2017, the Virginia legislature mandated that the project be completed by July 2025, granting a mere eight years for the planning, design, and construction of a scheme that includes a 2 mi long, 12 ft diameter storage and conveyance tunnel; multiple deep shafts; two large, below-ground pumping stations; the significant expansion of the 0.5 mi long Hooffs Run

Inequities for Black and Latinx engineers continue, report finds

The numbers are worrying.

Of the nearly 1.7 million prime-age (25-54) engineering workers in the United States in 2019, only 14% were either Black or Latinx (a gender-neutral term for the Latino community) despite making up almost one-third of the U.S. adult population. And only 3% of engineers in 2019 were Black or Latinx women. The report, Mission Not Accomplished: Unequal Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Latinx Engineers, issued by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, also found that 15% of all engineers were Asian while 66% were white.

As a category, women in general