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International Gas Industry Seminar Energy News reports on Mark Bridgers & Glyn Hazelden‘s participation in the seminar

Posted on 03/14/2012 in Uncategorized - 0

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In large-scale projects related to gas and structurally well-organized process, an understanding of risk, specific risk management techniques to three kinds of actions that should be kept in mind.



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The 2012 Utility Construction Outlook: Powering American Competitiveness As published in Utility CONTRACTOR

Posted on 11/14/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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America’s economic competitiveness is under threat and the convergence of power, water and sewer infrastructure integrated through communication technology is one solution to an economic competitive advantage. This convergence matters because the ability to efficiently generate and distribute power combine with access to clean water integrated by highly effective communication technology can form the basis of the next generation of “American Exceptionalism.”



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August 2011 Economic Overview

Posted on 08/28/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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Overall economic weakness, pockets of prosperity for contractors by geography and work type, 12-24 month environment will be volatile and exhibit low to moderate growth.



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Where’s the Pressure? The Look Ahead in Power Construction As published at EnergyPulse.net

Posted on 07/14/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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American infrastructure, particularly power infrastructure, faces a host of self-imposed and external challenges that will impact design and construction activity over the next 2-3 years. As pressure mounts to jumpstart economic activity and resolve the financial turmoil, many eyes look to Washington and state capitals for infrastructure-related solutions. In this look at the power construction market, we focus on understanding the impact and influence governmental agencies at all levels have on utility construction.



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Poison or Nourishment? Why Quantitative Easing Demands That Utility Contractors Hedge Their Risk Today As published in the PCCA Journal

Posted on 06/14/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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Fearing continued economic stagnation and high unemployment, the Federal Reserve recently announced a policy of “Quantitative Easing” as a panacea for these ills. Many contractors wonder how this policy will affect their ability to profitably construct a client’s capital assets. What is certain is that inflation will increase, the dollar will depreciate in value, and commodity prices will increase dramatically. Unprepared utility contractors will be punished by these environmental changes in 2012 and beyond.



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Five Years Into the Downturn: Arizona Residential Trade Contractor Supply

Posted on 03/04/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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It is now more than five years since the residential housing market began its decline. Current start levels have continued to fall through this period. Starts peaked in 2005 at over 87,000. In 2010 starts were at just 11,700, or 13.4% of peak. Even if we consider the 2005 peak to be an aberration, using the 1990’s as a guide, a normal year for Arizona would average 57,000 starts. Using that as a yardstick, starts in Arizona for 2010 were at 20% of normal.



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Quantitative Easing as Alchemy: Why Electric and Gas Utilities Should Hedge their Capital Construction Risk Today As published in Electric Energy

Posted on 03/03/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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Fearing continued economic stagnation and high unemployment, the Federal Reserve recently announced a policy of “quantitative easing” as a panacea for these ills. There is a broad diversity of opinion about whether using $600 billion to purchase bonds will work, even among the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors.



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Takeoff and Cost Management: A Return to Profitability

Posted on 03/02/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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Virtually all large U.S. builders are losing an average of $2,000 to $4,000 per home due to inaccurate takeoff procedures, inflated waste factors and careless use of materials on site, according to research conducted by Continuum Advisory Group. Continuum has analyzed building materials packages for more than 1,000 different house plans in multiple divisions of the nation’s top home builders between 2006 and today.



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Trade Contractor Pricing Will Rise in the Next Two Quarters: Find Out Why and What Can Be Done

Posted on 03/01/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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The business of construction trade contracting is unique. While it is one of the most closely aligned businesses to macroeconomic conditions, it also features some characteristics that are not just unique, but downright counter-intuitive… unless you understand the industry structure in which they operate.



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