TILOS Highway Construction Software | Linear Project News: January 2018

TILOS Highway Construction Software | Linear Project News | January 2018

Each month TILOS Americas publishes TILOS Linear Project News, a curated selection of articles about linear infrastructure projects, linear scheduling, and all things TILOS Highway Construction Software. 

Germany and Switzerland to help build coast-to-coast railway in South America

Dec 14 2017

Bolivian President Evo Morales met with representatives of German and Swiss railway firms, and Germany’s State Secretary of Transport, Building and Urban Development to sign an agreement to construct a railway line across South America.

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After the meeting, Bolivia’s president tweeted, “Our meeting with the Swiss-German consortium was very productive. (…) In January, the technical secretariat begins its work.”

To be completed in 2025, this railway infrastructure project will connect three South American countries: Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.

“The transcontinental railway is an important geo-strategic project for South American countries,” says economist José Alberti from the Bolivian export association CADEX “It will improve integration and infrastructures on the continent, foster transatlantic networking and make access to Asia better.”

International Bridge Between US and Canada On Track Despite Setbacks

Jan 2. 2018.

Highway construction and bridge projects are complex enough without adding border crossing facilities, linking major existing roadways and highways and managing both politics between the two countries as well as a handful of lawsuits.

Yet, that is exactly the situation for the bridge between Canada’s Province of Ontario and the US State of Michigan. The Gordie Howe International Bridge was named after Canadian born hockey star that played the majority of his career for the Detroit Red Wings .

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Despite allegations of delays on the US side, a recent tour of progress on both sides show the $350 million linear project is well underway.

With an expected completion date of 2020, this is one linear infrastructure project that hasn’t been dramatically affected by the change in US leadership.

NY / NJ rail tunnel infrastructure project has gone off the rails

Dec 31 2017

The long awaited rail tunnel under the hudson river hits a bump as squabbles between state and federal authorities over the funding of the ail tunnel infrastructure project heat up.

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Gov. Cuomo’s budget chief pushed back Sunday against the federal government’s claim that there is no deal in place to fund a $13 billion rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

The deal hinges on New York, New Jersey and the Port Authority paying 50 % for the tunnel work and the federal government picking up the ​rest of the ​tab.

This latest development leaves commuters afraid they may have to resort to swimming to work

 

Mexican Ministry of Energy Announces Huge Electric Transmission Line Reformation Project.

December 21 2017

Infrastructure investment and upgrades continue to be a priority for the Mexican government.

A huge overhaul to the existing transmission and power line linear infrastructure system will officially open for bidding January 2018, with bid selection ending September 2018.

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The $1.1 Billion USD project is intended to integrate separated energy systems across the country, guarantee power to those in the Baja Peninsula  and pave the way for renewable energies.

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Each month TILOS Americas publishes TILOS Global Linear Infrastructure News, a curated selection of articles about linear infrastructure projects, linear scheduling, and all things TILOS. This month’s headlines were dominated by the politics and policies that directly affect infrastructure project approvals, investment and progress.

Controversial US – Canada Pipeline Expansion Gets The Go Ahead

The fourth phase of the Keystone Pipeline received approval from the state of Nebraska this Monday, just 4 days after leaking.

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The Keystone Pipeline System, owned solely by TransCanada Corporation, currently runs from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Illinois & Texas US, as well as an oil pipeline distribution center in Oklahoma, US.

The planned fourth phase, Keystone XL, attracted growing environmental protest and became a symbol of the battle over climate change and fossil fuels.

The Nebraska commission’s approval of an alternate route is considered a victory for US President Trump, who overturned the Obama administration’s decision to block the pipeline’s expansion.

The proposed line would run about 1,180 miles (1,899 km) from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska.

The Keystone XL project is estimated to create 3,500 construction jobs and 35 permanent jobs after construction.

“Nebraska recognizes the Keystone XL pipeline is in the public interest bringing good paying jobs and more affordable energy for U.S. consumers,” Andy Black, president and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, said in a statement.

 

Sonoma and Sinaloa, MX get $24.5 million USD Worth of Power Line, Transmission Infrastructure.

Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has approved two power transmission lines and two substations in the western states of Sinaloa and Sonora.

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ACCIONA Industrial has been selected to design and construct the four part linear infrastructure project.

The two power lines will measure 276 kilometres in total and is estimated to be worth $24.5 million USD.

ACCIONA Industrial will work with its Mexican subsidiaries and is scheduled to be completed in March 2019.

Canada to invest $173 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

In a bid to reduce emissions, increase jobs and sales of Electric Vehicles, the Canadian Government will instal 34 new electric vehicle charging stations, spaced about 100 kilometres apart along 3,000 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway.

The exact locations are not yet determined, but the EV stations are scheduled to be in operation by 2019.

In a news release, Jim Carr, the Canadian federal government Minister of Natural Resources said “With more electric vehicles becoming available, we want to make them an easy choice for Canadians. The strategic investment brings us closer to having a national coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle charging stations while growing our economy and creating good jobs for Canada’s middle-class.”

Mexico’s Presidential Front-Runner Urges Increased Infrastructure Spending, Delaying NAFTA.

In a third bid for the Presidency, Almo, as he’s popularly known, promises increased infrastructure investment and decreased relations with the US.

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Mexico’s presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Movement for National Renewal (MORENA) party takes part in an event at the Wilson Center in Washington, U.S. September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Mexico’s presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Movement for National Renewal (MORENA) party takes part in an event at the Wilson Center in Washington, U.S. September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The Summer 2018 Presidential election campaign is already in full swing as the current President of Mexico, Peno Nieto is barred by law from serving another term.

Lopez Obrador has mainly avoided picking public fights with Trump, who is widely loathed south of the border for his anti-Mexican rhetoric. On Monday he said he would seek friendly relations with the U.S. government but would demand respect.

Almo’s team repeated that talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) should be scrapped until after Mexico’s election because the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto would not defend Mexico’s interests.

Move over USA; China investing in infrastructure projects and increasing trade with Latin America

In a report released Nov 18, 2017, the US Report on Politics & Policy documents the financial aid and investment in infrastructure Latin America is receiving by switching diplomatic relations from the US to China.

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In 2015 the Chinese President Xi Jinping announced China would invest $250 billion in Latin America between 2015-2018, with the goal of $500 billion in trade with Latin American countries.

And China is making good on that promise, filling the void left by shaky US-Mexico relations during dwindling NAFTA talks and wooing Panama and Costa Rica with substantial infrastructure investments.

The US Report on Politics & Policy report states “For example, China offered Costa Rica a $130 million aid package and purchased $300 million in Costa Rican bonds. In Panama, meanwhile, aside from being the second most important user of the Panama Canal, China is also the largest supplier of goods to the free-trade zone of Colón. By providing both of these Central American states with public works and economic incentives, Beijing obtained political recognition from Costa Rica in May 2007 and from Panama in June 2017.”

And in Mexico, Mexico City’s Secretary of Labor Amalia Garcia Medina told told Chinese national news agency Xinhua that Mexico is exploring new deals due to unstable relations with the US.

Mexico is actively soliciting investment for infrastructure via ProMexico, a government agency tasked with promoting Mexican exports and foreign trade, has attracted a staggering number of projects in recent years in an attempt to increase global competitiveness.

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Each month TILOS Project Scheduling Software publishes TILOS Americas News, a curated selection of articles about global projects, linear infrastructure projects, linear scheduling, and all things TILOS Project Scheduling Software. This month’s headlines were dominated by innovative solutions from the tech sector to address the globe’s most pressing infrastructure challenges.

Mexico accepts Israeli offer to help develop Central America

The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto has accepted Israel’s offer to help Mexico and the United States develop Central America.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto during an address to the media at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Mexico, September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

 

Speaking at a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday Sept. 14, Peña Nieto added that the two nations had agreed to update their free trade agreement, signed in 2000.

“We have agreed to establish and begin the … negotiations to look over this agreement so that the commercial relationship between both nations intensifies and grows,” he said.

In Central America, Peña Nieto said Israel’s assistance could bolster efforts in the region, particularly in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. He noted that Israel brings experience from carrying out development projects in Africa.

 

USA: Following Hurricane Devastation, Calls to Bring Back the Federal Flood Standards Get Louder

Just weeks before Hurricane Harvey hit, on August 15th 2017 US President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process of Infrastructure”.

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As TILOSAmericas.com reported last month, just weeks before hurricane Harvey made landfall in the US, President Trump signed an executive order reducing environmental and permitting requirements to expedite infrastructure development.

However, in the wake of billions of dollars worth of insurable damage that comes after wave upon wave of hurricane, many in Congress are calling for a reinstatement of requirements to build infrastructure so as to better withstand flooding.

The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, signed in 2015, “could require standard infrastructure to be built two feet above the 100-year floodplain, with critical infrastructure like hospitals elevated three feet. Or they could require infrastructure to be built to at least the 500-year floodplain.”

Federal Emergency Management Agency studies have shown that each dollar spent on mitigating disaster losses saves an average of $4 in avoided post-disaster recovery and rebuilding costs.

Hyperloop Shakes Up Traditional Rail Transport: Announces 10 Global Winners & Wins Feasibility Study in the US

Hyperloop, a proposed mode of passenger and/or freight transportation, first named as such in an open-source vactrain design released by a joint team from Tesla and SpaceX, may just succeed with three global hyperloops operational by 2021.

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Hyperloop One Global Challenge winners represent the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, India and Canada. (PRNewsfoto/Hyperloop One)

 

 

Hyperloop announced 2 weeks ago that the Colorado Department of Transportation, supported by AECOM, will enter into a public-private partnership with Hyperloop to begin a feasibility study.  The study will examine transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes and potential strategies, regulatory environments and alignment with overall CDOT high-speed travel, rail and freight plans.

This partnership comes on the heels of Hyperloop’s announcement ten global routes have been announced as possible sites for the world’s first commercially viable Hyperloop.

The winning routes connect 53 urban centers and nearly 150 million people representing Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their combined distance spans 6,628 km (4,121 miles).

One of the routes, The winning routes connect 53 urban centres and nearly 150 million people representing Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their combined distance spans 6,628 km (4,121 miles).

 

Vancouver Gearing Up For “Largest Federal Investment In Public Transit & Infrastructure In Memory”

Spurred on by the Canadian federal government’s infrastructure investment agenda, Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (Translink) is embarking on a wide-reaching public transport enhancement program.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in 2016 that Translink would get $460 Million CDN for the first phase of the program. This was later revised to $370 Million with the provincial government providing $246 Million CDN, and Translink putting in $395 Million CDN of its own funds, taking the total capital spend to $1.01 Billion CDN.

Phase 2 of the program will take this initial investment to the next level. The federal government confirmed the region would receive $2.2 Billion CDN for transit projects, which Translink CEO Kevin Desmond describes as the “largest commitment in anyone’s memory from the federal government towards public transport.”

Desmond says Phase 2 will includes three “mega projects:” the Surrey light rail project, the Millennium Line extension, and replacement of the 78-year-old Pattullo road bridge which connects New Westminster and Surrey.

Drone Data To Further Reduce Linear Infrastructure Maintenance Spending

SenSat, an enterprise company focused on drone applications, uses data gathered from drones to create ‘smart infrastructure’, digital replicas of roads and rail assets that link embedded data about condition, materials and usage.

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This type of data can help save over $1.5 trillion in infrastructure maintenance costs by 2025 according to the Boston Consulting Group.

In an announcement Sept 27th, they announced they will be further saving money by reducing the fees associated with drone data by 90%.

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A favourite of leading infrastructure companies across the globe, TILOS scheduling software gives Project Planning Managers, Contractors, and Project Owners the ability to create and execute a reliable, comprehensive and easy to communicate linear project plan and schedule.

Trimble TILOS software was developed specifically to address the unique challenges of linear projects such as roads, railway, pipeline, and bridges for professionals in the construction, engineering and energy sectors.

TILOS Scheduling Software News, September 2017

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Each month TILOS Americas publishes TILOS Scheduling Software News, a curated selection of articles about linear infrastructure projects, linear scheduling, and all things TILOS. This month’s headlines were dominated by water and discussions around ongoing private investment in publicly owned linear infrastructure assets.

Study: Cities and Companies Team Up to Tackle Global Urban Water Crises

Around two thirds of cities from London to Los Angeles are working with the private sector to address water and climate change stresses with 80 cities seeking $9.5 billion of investment for water projects, according to a report by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a non-profit environmental research group.

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Key issues for cities include declining water quality, water shortages and flooding.

Water investment opportunities are greatest in Latin America (US$6.7bn), where Quito, Ecuador is looking for US$800 million in infrastructure investments to help manage their water supply.

Trump Expedites Infrastructure Projects: Overturns Proactive Flood Prevention Policy

Just weeks before Hurricane Harvey hit, on August 15th 2017 US President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process of Infrastructure”.

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Lee Padilla walks in the Cottage Grove neighborhood of Houston, which has been inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey, on August 27. IMAGE COPYRIGHT GETTY

Trump said, “We’re going to get infrastructure built quickly, inexpensively, relatively speaking, and the permitting process will go very, very quickly.”

This Executive Order, one of the record breaking number Trump has signed in his first 100 days, is intended to reduce the impact of Nixon’s 1970 signing of The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

However it will also do away with the policies Obama put in place to aimed to make infrastructure more resilient to the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and flooding.

While NEPA was intended to mitigate environmental damage caused by infrastructure development, Trump is more concerned with “processing of environmental reviews and authorization decisions for new major infrastructure to be reduced to not more than an average of approximately 2 years . . .”

Underinvested Parks Canada Joins Feds In Exploring Divesting Linear Infrastructure

Parks Canada operates 46 national parks, a national urban park, four national marine conservation areas and 171 national historic sites, including nine historic canals. Of the $9 Billion in assets, $8.3 Billion is made up of linear infrastructure in dire need of repairs, such as roads, bridges and dams.

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A new bridge is shown in Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island. Parks Canada has ordered a study into whether it should give up its bridges, dams and highways. (Parks Canada)

It’s estimated carrying out all deferred repairs to the various infrastructure assets would cost some $2.9 billion.

“Parks Canada is not embarking at this point on any type of divestiture plan,” spokesperson Jason Bouzanis said in an interview. “We’re really just conducting … an exploratory study,” calling the exercise “standard practice” when developing long-term plans.

The federal government is also examining whether to sell off Canada’s major airports and marine ports, and has hired consultants to advise it on the feasibility.

Ottawa’s Unique Linear Infrastructure Project Procurement Model Garners Global Interest: LRT Line

As the $5 Billion phase one of the O-Train, Ottawa’s underground LRT nears completion, it’s innovative procurement model is drawing global acclaim.

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Excavation work takes place at the site of the Tunney’s Pasture station in 2016. It’s the westernmost station in phase one of the Confederation Line build. Ballasted tracks will be installed throughout most of the guideway, while direct fixation tracks that use a rail fastener system directly attached to a concrete trackbed will being used mainly in the tunnel, where vibration and noise must be kept to a minimum. Photo: RIDEAU TRANSIT GROUP http://dailycommercialnews.com/en-US/Infrastructure/News/2017/8/Finish-line-in-sight-for-phase-one-of-Ottawa-LRT-1026320W/

 

 

 


The Ottawa LRT project is the first build of its type to use
Ontario’s alternative financing and procurement (AFP) model.

Under AFP, provincial ministries and/or project owners establish the scope and purpose of a project, while design and construction work is financed and carried out by the private sector. Typically, only after a project is completed will the province complete payment to the private-sector company. In some cases, the private sector will also be responsible for the maintenance of a physical building or roadway.

“In terms of efficiencies and approach, there is a lot of innovation built in having the same group design and then implement their plans through that AFP model. That is hugely beneficial when it comes to linear transit infrastructure. The idea that you are not specifying what needs to be built, you are specifying how that asset needs to perform, that…whole model has been hugely beneficial to the city.”

13 new stations and 2.5km of underground tunnel are part of the LRT work taking place under downtown Ottawa. Phase One of the O-Train is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

 

About TILOS Software:

A favourite of leading infrastructure companies across the globe, TILOS scheduling software gives Project Planning Managers, Contractors, and Project Owners the ability to create and execute a reliable, comprehensive and easy to communicate linear project plan and schedule.

Trimble TILOS software was developed specifically to address the unique challenges of linear projects such as roads, railway, pipeline, bridges for professionals in the construction, engineering and energy sectors.