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A Bridge Too Far: The Role of Structural Concrete in Construction

On May 4th, 2021, passengers of a train in Mexico City did not expect their commute to end in chaos and tragedy. The metro overpass on the southside borough of Tlahuac collapsed, plunging the train—and everyone in it— to the busy intersection below. The actual cause of this collapse is still under investigation, but it […]

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The History of State Roads and New Mexico’s HWY 128

The United States is a wide network of highways, state roads, city roads, backroads, country roads—you name it. If you have a vision of where you want to go, the intricate web of paths laid out before you will lead you there. Despite the state’s small size, New Mexico is known for its hidden gems […]

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Exploring The Use of Technology in the Construction Industry

Aside from human innovation and imagination, one major factor that drives construction is the use and implementation of new technologies and new techniques to get the job done. If it weren’t for new innovations spilling into the construction industry, we’d likely still be digging trenches with shovels and limited to building one-story structures.  Over the […]

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The Evolution of Construction Safety: From the Golden Gate Bridge to Today

Imagine going to work and knowing that a gust of wind could end your life. This was the reality for many of the workers—affectionately called bridgemen—on one of America’s most famous landmarks. Working so high up without safety nets and standardized safety precautions meant that an increase in wind speed could have catastrophic consequences. Life […]

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The Many Skills of a Twenty-First Century Construction Manager

Just like any job that involves managing, there are a variety of different aspects of a job that make the whole. In other words, a manager tends to look over and oversee different parts of any job and maneuver these moving parts in order to steer the whole ship. Project managers are multi-taskers, big-picture people, […]

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Construction Buddies: A Look at Three Essential Construction Site Vehicles

Even the greatest builders can use a little help from their friends. Construction wouldn’t be possible without the right equipment. Well, we suppose it might be possible to return to the way they built structures in Ancient Egypt, using pulleys and levers and thousands of laborers doing back-breaking work. No thanks! Time and technology have […]

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