Mobile Time Tracking Construction Industry Update: September, 2011

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Welcome to the latest edition of MobileTime, a blog about the issues affecting mobile time tracking and the construction industry in general.  Our goal for this blog is to provide useful, helpful information presented in a concise format to our customers and all others who might benefit. Today’s article will feature select news topics regarding the construction industry as a whole.

Lack of Confidence Pervasive In Construction – 9/20/11
The most recent ENR Construction Industry Confidence Index survey which included responses from 664 executives of large construction and design firms, showed a large ratings drop from the prior two quarters of 2011. The rating has fallen from a 3/31/11 high of 51, to 46 as of the end of June, to the current low mark of 37 as of the end of the third quarter. The new rating reflects the increasing pessimism in the forecasts of the survey group.

The use of a Chinese firm to build sections of the new San Francisco Bay Bridge sparks much controversy – 7/12/11

The State of California estimates it will save $500 million by outsourcing this work, but at what cost to the local, state, and federal economies at a time of high unemployment? In addition, what are the implications for future infrastructure projects?

Latest Developments In The Government’s Complaint Against Boeing
House Passes Legislation to Ban NLRB from ordering any employer to shut down plants or relocate work – 9/15/11
Boeing internal documents released bringing into question motives for opening of new plant in Charleston, SC. – 9/24/11

National Science Foundation Researchers Call For More Stringent Building Standards To Prevent Future Damages From Tornadoes and Hurricanes – 8/8/11
Research into the massive damage caused by this past spring’s tornadoes results in findings that call for better design standards as well as improved local building codes and inspections. The Joplin, MO tornado in June of 2011 killed over 150 people and caused an estimated $3 billion in damages.

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