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ENR December 24, 2012
 ENR December 24, 2012
Cover Story:

2012 In Review: Critical Infrastructure, GigaProjects and New Records

ENR's editors have rounded up some of the biggest stories and themes of the year in construction.

2012 in Review: Structures That Set Records
In 2012, ENR launched a new quarterly feature that is focused on world-record structures or machines. These compilations proved to be very popular with our readers.
Dangling Crane Was Act of God, Engineers Say
Here's how workers secured New York's 'dangling crane' and a roundup of other big news in equipment from 2012.
Elections, MAP-21 and 'Fiscal Cliff' Top Federal Construction News in 2012
During the contentious and costly 2012 elections, construction industry and union groups poured more than $139 million total into federal campaigns. But after the votes were in on Nov. 6, the balance of power was little changed between the parties.
Construction's Year of More BIM, Tablets and Apps
If 2011 was the year that tablets took off in construction, then 2012 could be called the year when even more apps found their way on to construction professionals' tablets and smartphones.
Business and Management 2012: Pushing for Maximum Value
Amid global recession, mergers and acquisitions were still key to strategy, and bidding for key projects was fierce. More new faces popped up in industry "C-suites," but age, illness and accidents claimed a number of AEC pioneers, and some current leaders.
A Year of Defaults, Prosecutions and Court Triumphs
For many companies in the AEC sectors, business never seemed more fraught with risk and complication than in 2012
Sustainability, Modular Delivery and Collaboration Dominate the Buildings Scene
Though sustainability, modular construction and team collaboration dominated the news in the buildings sector in 2012, green building seems to be the topic most talked about.
Innovation, Policy Baby Steps Cheered a Frustrated U.S. Transportation Industry in 2012
The world didn't come to an end in 2012, but at least the wait for the re-authorization of the federal transportation funding bill did.

Cover image: Graphic by ENR Art Dept.


Headlines
Fluor-Led Venture Wins $3.14B Bid for New Tappan Zee Bridge
It's a big win for the joint venture Tappan Zee Constructors and venture lead Fluor Corp., which called the megaproject the single-largest bridge project in New York's history.
How Liberty Mutual Prepared for Ballenger's Bankruptcy
Although one of 2012's big failures may have surprised some creditors, the Texas contractor's main surety has been dealing with the trouble since the summer.
EPA Tightens Soot and Fine-Particle Standard
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued tougher air-quality standards for soot and other fine particles, setting the annual health standard at 12 micrograms per cubic meter, compared with the current standard of 15 micrograms per cu m.
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Washington Observer: States' Revenue Up, But Growth Modest and Uneven, Report Says
The fiscal condition of U.S. states continues to improve as revenue and spending rise, but the gains are modest, and many states are still not back to their pre-recession financial levels, says a new report.
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