10 Hottest Construction Stories This Week: How to Ensure PPP Loans are Forgiven

Most-read construction stories include a Cat 336 excavator squeezed 3 weeks worth of work into 1; how much the COVID economy is cutting into new projects, construction employment and construction costs; election results for construction funding and more

DOW plastic-modified asphalt
DOW plastic-modified asphalt

Cu Cemex Carbon Upcycling 5fa086de57620 5fa087fe81997 5fa089cf4b53010. CEMEX and Carbon Upcycling to Use Nanotechnology to Produce Low Emission Concrete

The technology developed seeks to increase industrial by-products availability with cementitious qualities, like fly ash and slag, to produce concretes with a low CO2 footprint


Cu Cat Pac Man9. Caterpillar 336 Excavators Used to Dig Cat Trial 9: PAC-MAN Gameboard

The 336 excavator dug 100% of the maze using 3D GPS grade control. The typical timeframe to complete a project of this caliber would have been 3-4 weeks but it only took one week to dig out the gameboard using Cat technology

 

Cu Asphalt Life8. Social Media Helps Build a Community for the Asphalt Industry

Construction workers new and old have found a place to ask questions and further their industry knowledge by joining groups dedicated to their trade

 

The materials and equipment and subcontractor labor portions of IHS Markit’s Engineering and Construction Cost Index came in below 50, indicating respondents are seeing falling prices.The materials and equipment and subcontractor labor portions of IHS Markit’s Engineering and Construction Cost Index came in below 50, indicating respondents are seeing falling prices.IHS Markit7. Engineering and Construction Costs Fall as COVID-19 Continues to Impact Nonresidential Demand

Costs fell for the month as nonresidential construction continues to see lower demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Cu HiltiHilti North America6. HILTI's New BIM-Enabled Jobsite Robot Means No More Climbing Ladders

The HILTI Jaibot, a construction automation solution, was designed to help contractors tackle productivity, safety and labor shortage challenges on jobsites

 

Cu Tekla Formwork ModelTekla5. Why Contractors Should Model Formwork

The concrete industry is becoming increasingly competitive as a growing number of contractors adopt tools, such as BIM and collaboration platforms, for managing project information

 

Cu Agc Covid Impact MapAssociated General Contractors of America4. Construction Suffers Project Cancellations, Employment Declines as Pandemic Pain Continues

AGC survey finds construction firms are experiencing both project deferrals and cancellations and employment declines in the face of economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic

 

DOW plastic-modified asphaltDOW plastic-modified asphalt3. Use of Plastic Additives in Asphalt Mixtures Increasing

Dow Chemicals have installed their recycled plastic-modified asphalt mixtures on several roads and parking lots in the country, proving these mixtures to be a viable option in sustainable pavement design and construction

 

Cu Election Construction OutcomesAdobe Stock/rawpixel.com2. 2020 Election Day Impacts for the Construction Industry

The implications of ballot outcomes are far-reaching for infrastructure and other construction-related issues

 

1. How to Ensure All is Forgiven Under the Paycheck Protection Program

When it comes to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, forgiveness is more complicated than you thinkCu Ppp Forgiveness©Vitalii Vodolazskyi – stock.adobe.com