It is widely accepted that Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) provide multiple benefits to the construction of vertical structures. These technologies also lend themselves to provide multiple benefits to the construction of horizontal and underground projects as well. The AGC Edge virtual live offering of the BIM Education Program starting September 20th, will also delve into the arenas of Civil Information Modeling (CIM) and 3D Engineered Models for Construction.

The deadlines to apply for a Construction Risk Partners Build America Award, Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award and AGC in the Community Award are quickly approaching, but it’s not too late! These awards honor AGC members who build the nation's most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply online for some much-deserved recognition for your outstanding projects. Apply by Wednesday, October 25 for full consideration! Learn more about the 2024 Construction Risk Partners Build America Award, Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering & Collaboration Award and the AGC in the Community Award.

AGC’s volunteers are valued members who work to address industry issues, exchange ideas, and lead change to advance the industry. You and your colleagues are invited to take the next step in your AGC journey and join the volunteer pool. Complete or update the volunteer tab in your member profile by October 1 to let us know what volunteer opportunities you are interested in. Beginning in 2024, there are both longer-term committee volunteer positions and shorter-term volunteer opportunities available. Make the time commitment that works for you.

At the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Highway and Transportation Division by acclamation elected Jeff Firth as Chairman for 2023-2024. Jeff is the Vice President of Hamilton Construction, in charge of company operations and contract management. With over 27 years of estimating, engineering, and project management experience on complex, heavy civil bridge and highway projects in Oregon and Washington, Jeff provides critical executive oversight on Hamilton’s most complex and demanding projects, as well as insight on elements of open-book accounting, value-engineering, preconstruction technical approach and management.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) waiver on “construction materials” under the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA) quickly approaches the November 10, 2022 expiration date and, as a result, DOT has recently published two proposed waivers with far smaller scopes. The newly published waivers clarify that the general “construction materials” waiver expiring this Thursday will not be extended and instead propose to waive the domestic preference requirements for specific situations.

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