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Nimble By Nature as Published by Utility Contractor

Posted on 11/14/2014 in Construction, Utility - 0

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Success in 2015 Depends on Being Flexible in the Utility Market.
In an environment that will exhibit disruption and change, being nimble is a necessity. The concept of being flexible rather than ridged in the face of change is one that for many industry participants is counter intuitive. Bruce Lee might have said it best when he suggested the following: “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” Those leaders who adapt, change and are nimble in the coming decade will thrive while those who remain ridged will be ground down the way water cuts a canyon.



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Good Times, Bad Times, You Know I’ve Had My Share…

Posted on 05/22/2014 in Construction, Utility - 0

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In the immortal words of Led Zeppelin, the overall utility construction market has seen both good and bad times. The current market is perhaps the best in 60 years, and many utility contractors are expressing their optimism that this market will continue for some time. The optimism is particularly strong in the distribution and transmission pipeline construction markets, which are exceptionally healthy, while electric distribution is also expected to yield growth. Water and sewer are least attractive, and telecom, while positive, is not as robust as other markets. As a side note, Continuum is more bullish in the 2- to 4-year prospects of the telecom market.



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Surviving in Scarcity as Published by Utility Contractor

Posted on 11/27/2013 in Economic Overview, Utility - 0

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This 2014 Utility Outlook investigates the spending, scarcity and opportunity in the Electric and Gas Transmission and Distribution; Water, Waste Water and Sewer; and Communication sectors. Suc­cessful contractors will recognize that this situation demands innovative solutions to thrive in an environment of scarcity. Said another way, there is “Water, water, every­where, Nor any drop to drink.”



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March 2013 Economic Overview

Posted on 05/28/2013 in Construction, Economic Overview, Engineering, Utility - 0

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Recent attention on Washington’s ineffective handling of our nation’s deficit, debt and budget overshadowed a strong finish to 2012 and a modest start to 2013. Expect 2013 GDP growth of 2.5% along with moderately improving economic conditions and modest improvement in unemployment rates. Stock markets continue to track upward, although fiscal uncertainty and “kick-the-can-down-the-road” legislation will make them volatile. European financial issues and Middle East turmoil will add to the volatility but will not throttle U.S. economy. After slowdown in 2012, accelerating Asian growth will support and possibly accelerate U.S. growth. Domestic shale oil and gas markets will continue to create jobs and are already having a wide range of impacts, the most of important of which is a resurgence of a U.S. manufacturing and refining competitive advantage.



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January 2013 Economic Overview

Posted on 01/28/2013 in Construction, Economic Overview, Engineering, Utility - 0

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Expect 2013 GDP growth under 2.5% to yield modest economic improvement and unemployment drop. Stock market will improve overall with high volatility as the political process yields “kick-the-can-down-the-road” legislation. February battle over the debt ceiling between House and President will set the precedent for the remainder of the year. European financial issues and Middle East turmoil will add to the volatility, but not throttle U.S. economy. Improving Asian growth will support and accelerate U.S. growth. Domestic shale oil and gas will drive the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing and refining competitive advantage, create jobs, and have a wide-ranging impact across many industries. The overall optimism for 2013-2015 wanes during a 2-3 quarter slowdown between 2015-2017; beyond 2017, Generation Y and demographic and immigration influenced expansion of the workforce drives economic growth and output.



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September 2012 Economic Overview

Posted on 09/28/2012 in Construction, Economic Overview, Engineering, Utility - 0

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Overall anemic growth and perception of general economic weakness; pockets of prosperity for contractors by geography and work type including high percentage growth in residential and energy construction; 12-24 month environment will be volatile and exhibit low to moderate growth; limited legislation or political activity until post election. European Euro and financial issues along with Middle East represent external risks to U.S. economic health.



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American Exceptionalism as Published by Water Utility Infrastructure Management Online

Posted on 05/16/2012 in Economic Overview, Utility - 0

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The next era of “American Exceptionalism” hinges upon clean water access and effective wastewater management. America’s prosperity is based in part upon the leadership demonstrated by forward thinking capital asset owners, American entrepreneurs and farsighted government leaders in the water, wastewater and sewer markets. Will we enter the next generation of “American Exceptionalism” or fall behind competing nations?



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America’s IT Construction Challenge as Published by Compact Equipment Online

Posted on 05/14/2012 in Economic Overview, Utility - 0

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The utility industry has been in the news a great deal lately, with much of the emphasis on the energy segment. Concerns about volatile energy prices, environmental regulation and renewable energy have led to a great deal of focus from both government and industry leaders on America’s energy future. America’s communication infrastructure is frequently an afterthought, however, this is changing. Communication infrastructure spending is accelerating, and in the short-term, it exhibits the fastest construction spending growth rate of all the utility segments.



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