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CDM Smith’s Bill Howard Ascends to FIDIC Presidency

ACEC News / Industry News
September 11, 2019

CDM Smith’s Bill Howard Ascends to FIDIC Presidency

Former ACEC Chair Bill Howard of CDM Smith will serve as the president of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) for the next two years.

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U.S. Cities Play Catch Up on High-Speed Rail

September 11, 2019

U.S. Cities Play Catch Up on High-Speed Rail

“THIS IS THE reinvention of train travel in America,” Patrick Goddard, a dapper Irishman and the president of Virgin Trains USA, declared in late June. The path to reinvention traveled through a nondescript platform outside Orlando International Airport, where Goddard and area luminaries had gathered for the groundbreaking of the company’s new Orlando-to-Miami route. It was made possible by 67 wealthy investors, who had collectively financed the project with $1.75 billion in private bonds.

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ACEC Named Best Engineering Association at International Engineering Association Conference

ACEC News / Awards
September 10, 2019

ACEC Named Best Engineering Association at International Engineering Association Conference

At the annual conference of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) in Mexico City this week, ACEC was named the Best Member Association.

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Engineering Influence Podcast Features FIDIC Diversity and Inclusivity Taskforce Chair Michelle Kruger

Industry News
September 10, 2019

Engineering Influence Podcast Features FIDIC Diversity and Inclusivity Taskforce Chair Michelle Kruger

In the latest ACEC Engineering Influence podcast, ACEC Director of Strategic Communications Jeff Urbanchuk speaks with Michelle Kruger who chairs FIDIC’s Diversity and Inclusivity Taskforce.

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Dodge Momentum Index Drops 1.3 percent in August

Industry News / Market Forecast
September 10, 2019

Dodge Momentum Index Drops 1.3 percent in August

The Dodge Momentum Index declined 1.3 percent in August and is down 10.3 percent year-over-year. The Index tracks the first report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

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Member Firm News
September 17, 2019

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing & Urban Development approved an annual funding bill that increases investment levels for most federal transportation infrastructure programs for the coming fiscal year.

The bill fulfills FAST Act funding levels for highway programs at $46.4 billion from the Highway Trust Fund and adds an additional $2.7 billion from the General Fund for surface transportation block grants, railway-highway crossing safety improvement, and bridge repairs.

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September 10, 2019

Seven innovative technology startups – focused on sustainability solutions that range from artificial intelligence and next-generation analytics to autonomous heavy equipment and electric vehicle energy management – have been selected to join Black & Veatch’s IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator.

https://www.bv.com/news/s


September 3, 2019

Montreal-based WSP Global Inc., says it intends to grow its U.S. presence further with a planned $65-million acquisition of environmental consultant Lancaster, N.Y.-based Ecology and Environment Inc.

https://www.enr.com/artic


Market Indicators
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Engineering Employment
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1,521,200 (August)
1,520,200 (July)

Construction Spending
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$1,287,300,000 (August)
$1,285,600,000 (July)

ACEC Stock Index
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39.16 (October 7)
40.25 (September 9)

Dodge Momentum Index
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143.6 (September)
137.9 (August)

Morrissey Goodale M&A Index
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285 Deals--Down 2 percent year-over-year

AIA Billings Index
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47.2 (August)
50.1 (July)

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