The road to rebuilding America’s Infrastructure is a long and winding one. Current President Donald Trump has emphasized the need to fix the nation’s infrastructure. Yet, the World Economic Forum ranks the United States 10th internationally in terms of quality of overall infrastructure.
The problems continue to get worse too. The White House says infrastructure problems are increasingly evident, with urban drivers spending an estimated 6.9 billion hours stuck in traffic, costing an estimated $160 billion in wasted time and fuel. Even more, there are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks every year in the United States.
With this in mind, construction companies in North America are helping rebuild—everything from transit to LNG (liquefied natural gas).
Fluor’s Canadian Project
As one example, Fluor recently entered a joint partnership with JGC for LNG Canada’s proposed LNG export facility in Kitimat, B.C., Canada. This is conditional on a positive final investment decision later this year at which point Fluor will book its share of the contract value.
This proposed facility will liquefy surplus Canadian natural gas so that it can be safely exported to help meet global energy demands. The facility will initially consist of two LNG processing units, referred to as trains, each with the capacity to produce at least 6.5 million tons per annum of LNG per train. The project includes the option to expand to four trains in the future.
Colorado DOT Rebuilds
As another example, the Colorado DOT (Dept. of Transportation) and the HPTE (High-Performance Transportation Enterprise) are currently engaged in a number of highway infrastructure projects. As a result, they must comply with government regulations and be prepared for audit checks.
In order to do this, it began leveraging technology from Oracle’s Aconex, which offers a platform for digital project delivery. The technology can help project teams in construction, infrastructure, and energy and resource sectors, provide visibility and control between the different organizations collaborating on the project.
Bechtel Advances Rail with Tech
In order to help improve processes on rail construction projects, Bechtel has developed a semi-robotic solution that can rapidly and safely install communications and control systems infrastructure in subway tunnels.
The system enables rapid deployment, reduced installation time, improved safety, and scalability across the entire subway system. The technology will be used to accelerate upgrades to the New York MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) subway communications infrastructure.
While these are just a few examples, construction companies continue to rebuild infrastructure—from LNG facilities in Canada to subways in New York.
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