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ARTBA’s Highly-Rated Project Delivery Academy Set for Oct 15-17 in the Nation’s Capital

image007The increased use of alternative project delivery methods such as Design-Build (DB) and Construction Manager-General Contractor (CMGC) by transportation agencies present new opportunities and challenges for transportation design and construction industry executives.  The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Foundation has a professional development program, taught by a nationally-recognized engineer, to help ensure industry professionals have a comprehensive understanding of both delivery methods.

The Project Delivery Academy (PDA), built around the highly successful adult learning model of instruction by industry experts and supported by peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, is scheduled for October 15-17 at ARTBA’s headquarters building in the Nation’s Capital.  It is designed for project managers, procurement personnel and contractors.

The PDA will be led by Dr. Douglas Gransberg, an Iowa State University professor with more than 35 years of experience.  He is a designated design-build professional and owner of a construction management/project delivery consulting firm.  He helped write the book on alternative project delivery methods, co-authored the “AASHTO Guide for Design-Build (DB) Contracting,” and the “AASHTO Guidelines for Construction Manager General Contractor Project Delivery.”

Dr. Gransberg’s instruction will cover four core areas:

·         Procurement models/contract structure;

·         Project pricing provision models;

·         Developing responsive submittals to requests for qualifications (RFQ) and/or requests for proposals (RFP); and

·         Post-award contract administration.

Registration is $1,999 for ARTBA members.  More than 20 Professional Development Hours are available.  Contact ARTBA’s Kashae Williams for more information at kwilliams@artba.org or 202.289.4434.

The ARTBA-TDF is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity to promote research, education and public awareness.  It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, roadway work zone safety and training programs and special economic reports.

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Topcon Technology Roadshow Hits Northern Illinois

As part of a 24-stop North American tour, the Topcon Technology Roadshow visited Wilmington, Ill., located just south of Joliet—approximately 55 miles from Chicago. The two-day visit—June 25th and 26th—was held on the grounds of the IUOE Local 150 Union Training Center and was hosted by Positioning Solutions Company, Carol Stream, Ill., an authorized Topcon dealer.

6L4A2525ext copy 2“It was an awesome opportunity for construction and survey customers to see everything in one spot,” said Ed McCaffery, marketing director with Positioning Solutions Company. “From my observations and interactions, it was clear to me that contractors were surprised by the breath of the offering, enjoyed the hands-on exhibits both in the trailer and on the grounds, and they were intrigued with some of the new technologies that were demonstrated.”

Outdoor-Presentation-Areas_Overview copyThe Technology Roadshow displays and demonstrations covered the full range of machine automation, Topcon Enterprise Solutions, BIM and 3D layout, Sitelink3D site management, GNSS and robotics, and scanning and mapping. Contractors were able to maximize their time by scheduling their visit at a convenient time and choosing which displays or demos were of interest.

Justin Smith, survey/machine control manager with K-Five Construction Corporation, Lemont, Ill., liked the opportunity to see engineers and product reps that he’s worked with. “I was able to talk directly with them and get answers to my questions and learn better ways to take advantage of the technology I have.”

Interior Presentation Areas-Overview copyThe 53-foot mobile solutions center truck showcases the latest technology for the construction, survey, civil engineering, architecture, and design industries. The information provided is designed to help contractors learn:

  • The latest tools and technologies available for the job site and office.
  • The impact of field computer technology on project data and administration.
  • The latest software technologies and the ability to improve business productivity.
  • Total job site solutions to fit any size business.

6L4A2622int copy 2“My area of knowledge and expertise is in machine control, so it was nice to have the opportunity to learn the intricacies of survey systems,” stated Dan Breunig, mechanical supervisor with The Lane Construction Corporation, Shorewood, Ill. “The Technology Roadshow was beneficial to me because I had access to Topcon experts and was able to meet other contractors.”

6L4A3154 copy 2During the two-day stop, there were contractors from Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

“All in attendance were decision-makers and key personnel with keen interest in getting as much as they could out of their time there,” McCaffery stated. “Everything is geared toward helping the contractor understand the state of our ever-changing industry and what technologies they should consider adopting to stay competitive. After all, that’s what it’s all about!”

CONEXPO-CON/AGG continues momentum with 2017 dates, chair announced 
Richard Goldsbury of Bobcat/Doosan Infracore leads industry managing committee for 2017 exposition

The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG international exposition will be held March 7-11, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA.

Named CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 chair is Richard M. Goldsbury, President Bobcat/Doosan North America & Australia/Oceania for Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment, West Fargo, North Dakota. He will lead the triennial show’s management committee, a group of volunteer manufacturers and other industry stakeholders who oversee show planning to ensure the event meets industry needs.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the Western Hemisphere’s global gathering place in North America every three years for the construction and construction materials industry, co-located with the IFPE exposition for fluid power/power transmission/motion control. The recently held 2014 CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE saw record exhibit and education numbers and nearly 130,000 registered attendees, including 24-percent international.

“2017 will definitely build on the momentum of 2014, and we are already in analysis and planning mode just weeks after such a successful event. Our focus is to amplify our efforts to deliver an outstanding quality show experience for our visitors, plus expand our exhibitor engagement outreach that results in improved exhibitor ROI,”  stated Goldsbury.

Rich Goldsbury is President of Bobcat Company and the Doosan heavy equipment division in North America, Australia, New Zealand and other Oceania countries and territories, responsible for all operations in these regions. He returned to the Bobcat organization in 2008, serving as President, Bobcat Americas, and was promoted to his current position in July 2010.

Previously, Goldsbury served as President for global product and business strategy with the Security Technologies Sector of Ingersoll Rand. He had been part of the Security sector since 2006 and also served as President of Schlage Security Products. He has been part of the industrial and construction equipment industry for almost 30 years, with extensive global experience in general management, marketing, operations, finance, engineering, product portfolio management, aftermarket and mergers and acquisitions.

Goldsbury is a Director for the Greater Fargo/Moorhead Economic Development Corporation. His leadership involvement with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), a show owner and show producer, is extensive and includes currently serving on the AEM Board of Directors and as 2014 chair of its Government and Public Affairs Committee, and he has served as a director on the AEM CE Sector Board.

For the latest details on attending or exhibiting at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, go online to www.conexpoconagg.com

TCA Announces Call for Entries for 24th Annual Achievement Awards Program

TCAThe Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of tilt-up as the preferred building system – has announced the call for entries for the 24th installment of the Tilt-Up Achievement Awards.

Established by the TCA in 1992, the Tilt-Up Achievement Awards program honors projects that use site-cast tilt-up concrete to introduce new building types, advance industry technology and provide unique solutions to building programs. The winning entries illustrate the variety, beauty and flexibility of the tilt-up construction method.

A panel of seasoned tilt-up professionals representing the fields of architecture, development, education, engineering, and construction evaluate each project’s aesthetic appeal, architectural ingenuity and creativity in engineering and construction.

“Because the benefits of tilt-up concrete construction are so diverse, ranging from economy to architectural potential to resiliency, the projects that are recognized through this program are equally diverse,” said Mitch Bloomquist, Managing Director for the TCA. “Projects are awarded for a variety of reasons. While the best looking projects often rise to the top, innovative applications, projects in new markets and those designed or constructed innovatively are often recipients of this award.”

“All projects submitted are incorporated into our ever expanding project database and become the cornerstone for the association’s marketing efforts for the year ahead,” said Ed Sauter, Executive Director of the TCA. He explains that the program has an extremely large reach and provides projects with global exposure. “Projects are often featured in major concrete industry publications, displayed at premier industry events, and used as fodder for expanded articles in Tilt-Up Today and case study presentations at convention.”

“It’s exciting to be entering our 24th year for the awards program,” said Glen Stephens, Principal at Stephens Architectural Associates and chair of the TCA Awards Committee. “It was not all that long ago that the award submittals consisted of warehouses and distribution buildings – but that is no longer the case. The spectrum of buildings using tilt-up construction continues to expand: retail centers, office buildings, educational facilities, faith based buildings, monuments, healthcare buildings and car dealerships… the list goes on.”

Continues Stephens, “Once again I anxiously await my opportunity to review and enjoy the submissions and discover the many new ways in which architects and designers have raised the bar even higher!”

Industry professionals are encouraged to consider submitting projects for the annual Achievement Awards competition throughout the year. To qualify for consideration, a member of the team that maintains a current TCA membership must submit projects. All TCA members affiliated with the project will receive recognition. Awards will be presented at the 2nd Annual Tilt-Up Awards Gala, sponsored by Nox-Crete, during the 2014 TCA Convention in San Jose, Calif. this fall.

The entry deadline for this year’s program is June 2, 2014. To view the program guidelines and criteria and to submit a project, visit www.tilt-up.org/awards. Entries not communicated or received by the entry deadline will be placed into the following year’s program.
About the TCA

TCA was founded in 1986 to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast tilt-up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place.  Tilt-up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method. For more information, visit www.tilt-up.org or contact TCA at 319-895-6911