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February 18, 2020
Indiana’s Norwell Middle School Wins Engineers Week Future City Competition

A city of the future – Yemoja – engineered by students from Norwell Middle School in Ossian, IN – won the Grand Prize Tuesday at the 2020 Future City® Competition. It's the 28th year of this prestigious international program held Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. It also is one of the showcase events in celebration of National Engineers Week.

February 5, 2020
Survey Finds Voters Support Professional Licensing; Cite Public Safety and Welfare

With professional licensing under assault in state houses across the country, a recent survey by the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) reports that 75 percent of voters believe it is important to license professionals in certain professions.

January 28, 2020
Cyber Security

Recent "ransomware" cyber attacks on the oil and gas sector may have hit five oil and gas facilities, forcing them to revert to manual operations, cyber security firm ThreatGEN said.

Two of the victims were clients of the Sugarland, Texas-based cyber security firm, according to ThreatGEN founder and CEO Clint Bodungen. He said he has reason to believe that three other facilities were also harmed by a hacking campaign that dates back to November and uses a brand of ransomware called Ryuk.

January 16, 2020
New DOD Cybersecurity Regulations Could Adversely Impact Small Contractors

Small Department of Defense contractors are expected to be hardest hit by new cybersecurity standards that the Pentagon plans to release at the end of January.

January 14, 2020
HNTB Study Finds U.S. Drivers Pay Less than $25/month for Transportation Infrastructure

Compared to what they pay for electricity, water, and broadband, American drivers get a great deal on transportation infrastructure, according to a recent report by HNTB.

January 9, 2020
What is the Correct Ethical Response to a QBS Violation?

ACEC staff collaborated with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) to produce an article on the application of Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) in latest issue of ITE Journal.

January 7, 2020
Guest Blog Post: Data is the New Infrastructure

Bentley System's Brian Robins discusses why data is the new infrastructure and whoever has the most data usually wins.

December 20, 2019
Treasury Questions Section 179D Payments to Governmental Clients

The Treasury letter expresses concern that designers are being asked to make payments to their governmental clients, and states that this practice is inconsistent with the policy goals of Section 179D.

December 20, 2019
Congress Boosts Clean Energy and Environmental Spending

The $1.4 trillion appropriations and tax extenders package deal that Congress sent to the White House contains a host of clean energy and environmental wins on the spending side, including large funding boosts for Department of Energy research programs and more money for EPA and the Department of the Interior.

December 20, 2019
Congress Reauthorizes Ex-Im Bank Through 2026

The House and Senate included a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank in the year-end spending deal.  President Trump has indicated that he will sign the legislation.

Member Firm News
February 21, 2020

Semco Maritime and ISC Consulting Engineers, based in Denmark, along with WSP USA based in the U.S. have announced a partnership that will combine Semco Maritime and ISC’s offshore wind farm and substation engineering and construction experience with WSP’s expertise in U.S. offshore wind permitting and engineering.

https://www.wsp.com/en-US


February 7, 2020

Terracon is excited to announce its acquisition of Skelly and Loy (S&L), headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa. S&L is a privately held environmental consulting and engineering services company, with more than 50 years serving public- and private-sector clients in the Mid-Atlantic region.

https://www.prnewswire.co


February 4, 2020

AECOM announced today that it has been named to Fortune magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies for the sixth consecutive year.

https://www.aecom.com/pre


Market Indicators
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Engineering Employment
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1,532,800 (December)
1,529,700 (November)

Construction Spending
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$1,324,100,000 (November)
$1,316,800,000 (October)

Dodge Momentum Index
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156.2 (December)
153.9 (November)

Morrissey Goodale U.S. M&A Index
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310 Deals--Up 4 percent year-over-year

AIA Billings Index
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52.5 (December)
51.9 (November)

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