4specs - Directory of construction products provides fast and reliable access to manufacturers' websites. Access and use information about their "specified" products for your projects. Links to 3,515 manufacturer websites and 300 associations.
Advanced Building Technologies and Practices - A building professional's guide to more than 90 environmentally-appropriate technologies and practices. Architects, engineers and buildings managers can improve the energy and resource efficiency of commercial, industrial and multi-unit residential buildings through the use of the technologies and practices described in this web site.
aecportico - UK guide to architecture, engineering and construction.
AGC Contract Documents: DocuBuilder - The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) publishes an expansive array of standard form contract documents and related materials that address the different tiered relationships and project delivery approaches found in today's construction environment, such as general contracting, subcontracting, program management, construction management, and design-build. In order to develop contract documents that fairly and realistically balance the interests of project parties, AGC solicits input and comments from all segments of the industry. AGC maintains active liaisons with numerous trade and professional groups, including the Associated Specialty Contractors, Inc., American Institute of Architects, Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee, Surety Association of America, National Association of Surety Bond Producers, American Insurance Association, American Bar Association, and American Arbitration Association, among others.
AISE Steel News - Steel industry news, including the latest updates on North American and international steel producers, trade cases, and safety and environmental issues.
Barbour - The oldest and best-known provider of information services to construction industry professionals and those responsible for health and safety at work.
Bechtel Corporation - One of the world's largest engineering-construction firms. Bechtel provides development, financing, engineering, procurement, construction, project management, operations, maintenance, and technical services.
Big Dig, The - Everything about Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel Project, one of the largest, most complex and technologically challenging highway project in American history.
Bricsnet - E-marketplace for the global building industry where building professionals access industry information, buy and sell materials, obtain mission-critical software applications, and share project information.
BridgePros - Bridge construction and engineering, bridge project updates, links to other bridge sites, employment classified listings and a learning center.
Builder Online - Beautiful house plans, home building products, home builders, and Builder Magazine.
BuilderDirectory - Find home builder, home improvement, contractor, floor plans, manufactured and custom homes.
Buildipedia - Architecture, sustainable design, DIY ideas and construction projects from around the world.
Builders Without Borders - An international network of ecological builders who advocate the use of straw, earth and other local, affordable materials in construction.
Building Codes by State - A compilation of multiple construction related resources for each state. Provided by Carolina Services, Inc., a commercial space planning and improvement company in Charleston, South Carolina.
Building Codes Online (MAD CAD at McGraw Hill) - A subscription based reference database containing building codes, knowledge-based design solutions and guidelines. Access collections of building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire, and maintenance codes from BOCA, SBCCI, ICBO, ICC, and NFPA.
Building Design and Construction Magazine (BD&C) - News from the nonresidential building industry; listings of the industry's top 300 firms; information on special events, award programs and links to industry associations; archives of BD&C articles; and information on products and suppliers.
BuildingGreen - Providing information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings. Publisher of Environmental Building News.
California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) - Licenses, enforcement procedures, complaints and citations, bonds, license classifications, blueprint for becoming a California Licensed Contractor, license Q&A, baseline cost for type B construction, contractor license status check, and more. Protects consumers by regulating the construction industry through policies that promote the health, safety and general welfare of the public in matters relating to construction.
Caterpillar - The world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines.
Center to Protect Workers' Rights (CPWR) - Focuses on safety and health in construction and related economics issues. CPWR is the research and development institute of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO.
Clark Reports - Clark Reports provides advanced notification of upcoming opportunity in the major construction marketplace. Two billion dollars of new project intelligence is distributed daily, providing comprehensive coverage of the North American construction market.
Code Check - Help with building codes, plumbing codes, mechanical codes and electrical codes.
Construction Book Express (CBE) - Offers the widest selection of building codes, standards, study guides, exam-preps, business forms, training videos and software for today's professionals. national electrical code. Also provides current International Building Codes.
ConstructionEducation - Online continuing education offerings for licensed and certified professionals in the engineering, architectural, interior design, construction, building inspection and land surveying industries.
Construction Risk Management Portal and Library - Risk management resources and information including articles, newsletters, the ConstructionRisk Report, and a well organized arrangement of valuable websites. This site covers architects and engineers (A/E's) professional liability, architects insurance, engineers insurance, construction law and litigation, contractor claims and disputes, loss control, design-build liability, continuing education, and project management. Directories of claims consultants, expert witnesses, construction lawyers, and insurance carriers are also provided.
Construction Specifications Institute - Provides technical information and products, continuing education, professional conferences, and product shows to enhance communication among all nonresidential building design and construction industry disciplines.
Contractor Resource - Directory of contractors and other building industry professionals, marketing serivces and business tools, including downloadable business policies, safety procedures, general business forms, construction contracts and agreements, and other forms.
Contractors Group, The - Business construction management solutions. Downloadable legal construction forms. Industry links, forums, legal connections, safety products.
Crane Hot Line - The leading national marketplace for the crane industry.
Design Build Network - Procurement and reference resource for members of the global architectural community and the construction market. Drawing content from its partner publications, as well as online exclusives, it examines the critical issues facing the industry today. Provides a thorough breakdown of products and services from leading architectural contractors from around the world, up-to-date news and press releases, white papers and detailed information on current industry projects and trends.
DYWIDAG-Systems International GmbH - A leading specialist subcontractor for post-tensioning and related techniques. Research in the fields of materials, structural engineering and construction methods.
ebuild - Professional's guide to building products, materials and tools for home construction.
e-worldconstruction - A news and e-commerce website for construction contractors, equipment manufacturers and dealers, and providers of services and supplies to the construction industry. The subjects covered include: road and bridge construction, earthmoving and civil engineering, the mining and aggregate industries, utility construction, trenchless construction, and commercial and non-residential building.
Electrical Contractor Network - Locator for Licensed Electrical Contractors, Electricians and their Electrical Suppliers across the U.S. and Canada.
Engineering News-Record (ENR) - Construction industry web site featuring headline news, searchable directories of engineers, contractors and industry job listings for architects, engineers, designers real estate developers, builders and contractors. Covers major projects, technological achievements, business conditions, markets, finance, costs, legislation, government, management, labor, construction methods, equipment and materials. Engineering News Record is part of McGraw-Hill's Construction Information Group. Also see Sourcebooks.
EJCDC Contract Documents - The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) includes the American Consulting Engineers Council, American Society of Civil Engineers, and NSPE's Professional Engineers in Private Practice division. The EJCDC develops and updates fair and objective standard documents that represent the latest and best thinking of practicing engineers and attorneys on the subject of contractual relations between the parties involved in a project. All EJCDC documents are prepared with the advice of legal counsel and reflect the experience of the practicing engineers.
Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) - This site is provided by the General Services Administration (GSA) for the purpose of disseminating information on parties that are excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits, pursuant to the provisions of 31 U.S.C. 6101, note, E.O. 12549, E.O. 12689, 48 CFR 9.404, and each agency's codification of the Common Rule for Nonprocurement suspension and debarment.
Fluor - One of the world's largest, publicly owned engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance services organizations. Fluor serves customers in a wide variety of traditional and evolving industries worldwide, including chemicals and petrochemicals; commercial and institutional; government projects; life sciences; manufacturing; microelectronics; mining; oil and gas; power; telecommunications; and transportation infrastructure.
Foundation and Associate Pte Ltd. - Sales, rental and back-up services for foundation and geotechnical equipment, i.e. hydraulic vibratory hammers, impact hammers, drilling rigs, jet grouting pumps and vibroflot.
Irish Building Industry Directory - Over 10,000 companies: an essential guide to the Irish construction industry used by architects, building contractors, subcontractors, project mangers and engineers.
Junttan Oy - A company specialized in the design and manufacture of hydraulic piling equipment.
Laing O'Rourke - The largest privately owned construction firm in the UK. We have offices in the UK, Germany, India, Australia and United Arab Emirates, with over 27,300 employees worldwide. Led by Chairman and Chief Executive, Ray O'Rourke.
Lend Lease - One of the world's leading project management and construction companies.
Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) - An association of approximately 2,300 mechanical, plumbing, and service contractors. Members enjoy MCAA's outstanding education programs, an expanding catalog of resources to help them manage and grow their businesses, periodicals and a website to keep them informed and connected, and business services to save them money.
National Building Museum - U.S. cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): Codes and Standards -NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks. Virtually every building, process, service, design, and installation in society today is affected by NFPA documents.
National Driller - Provides current industry news and information to the water well and construction drilling industries.
National Electrical Code Book (NEC) - Every three years the National Electrical Code is significantly revised to keep pace with technology and enhance protection against electrical fire and shock hazards.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - Virtually every building, process, service, design, and installation in the U.S. today is affected by codes and standards developed through NFPA's true consensus system.
Oceaneering International Inc. (OII) - Oceaneering is an advanced applied technology company that provides engineered services and hardware to customers who operate in marine, space, and other harsh environments.
OETIO - A training facility in Ontario, Canada for hoisting and heavy equipment operators, including mobile cranes, tower cranes, overhead cranes, tractor-loader-backhoes, excavators and bulldozers.
Parsons - One of the world's largest engineering and construction organizations specializing in infrastructure, transportation, planning, environmental, industrial manufacturing, and energy and chemicals for private industries and government agencies.
Perini Corporation - One of the leading construction companies in the world, providing general contracting, including building and civil construction, and construction management and design-build services to private clients and public agencies in the U.S. and selected overseas locations.
Reed Construction Data - Source for building and construction information on codes, products, projects, news, liability, management and more.
Remodeling - Remodeling, home renovation, and home design.
Report Card for America's Infrastructure - Reports by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) assigning the nation's roads, bridges, water systems and other critical foundations a cumulative grade of D and noting a five-year investment need of $2.2 trillion and examining the basis for those failing grades. Offers statelevel infrastructure data on a variety of subjects, including needed drinking water investment, number of deficient bridges and number of high hazard dams that lack an emergency action plan, as well as suggested ways for individuals to take action.
Standard Construction Industry Contracts - Common families of documents are available from: American Institute of Architects (AIA), Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), Associated General Contractors (AGC), Federation Internationale Des Ingenieurs-Conseils (FIDIC), Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). Each set of standard contracts has a unique set of risk allocations, intended uses, allocations of responsibilities, payment arrangements and overall control on project performance. The standard contract forms are usually not well-suited for a wide range of conditions without some revision to meet specific project conditions. However, a single form of contract is commonly used for all client projects.
structurae: International Database and Gallery of Structures - Information on works of structural engineering (and architecture) around the world. Find a diverse range of structures from bridges, skyscrapers and towers to dams and off-shore structures. All periods of history are covered ranging from the pyramids of ancient Egypt and Gothic cathedrals to the most daring bridges of today.
ThomasNet - Search for U.S. manufacturers, products, and services.
Thoughts on Adobe Codes - Model building codes, such as the Uniform Building Code (UBC), the Basic Building Code (BBC), and the Standard Building Code (SBC), always lag behind current knowledge of materials and construction practices. Within the so called "high tech" building material industries (e.g., steel, concrete, wood, and masonry) the lag time is not significant, with changes being made every two to three years. This is because trade associations (Portland Cement Association, American Institute of Steel Construction, National Forest Products Association, among others) are the main active ingredient in the model code writing process. It is not the same with earthen building materials. Provisions for the design and construction of adobe structures within the UBC, for example, have not changed significantly since they were first introduced into the code back in the late 1930's or early 1940's. Local "adobe codes", while they are more up to date than the model codes and address more aspects of earthen building practice, are for the most part sorely incomplete and either inconsistent or in opposition to latest knowledge (sometimes rediscovered older knowledge).
TWI - Specialist knowledge in manufacturing, fabrication and repair technologies, structural integrity and corrosion management, materials and structural testing, inspection and maintenance, failure investigation, materials processing and training.
U.S. Access Board - Also known as the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, the only independent federal agency whose primary mission is accessibility for people with disabilities: Building and Facility Design Guidelines, Transportation Vehicle Guidelines, Enforcement, and other resources and minimum guidelines and requirements for standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA).
World Housing Encyclopedia - Interactive, dynamic, web-based encyclopedia of housing construction types in seismically prone areas of the world.
World Road Association (PIARC) - PIARC deals with road infrastructure planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation. The World Road Association has been founded in 1909. Today PIARC has 97 national or federal government members, 2,000 collective or individual members in 129 countries, and over 750 experts in 20 standing Technical Committees. The official languages of PIARC are French and English.
Dredging / Dredge
Dredged Material Management Office (DMMO) - Information regarding navigational dredging projects processed through the DMMO in the San Francisco Bay area. The DMMO is a joint program of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission(BCDC), San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), State Lands Commission(SLC), the San Francisco District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Dredging and Material Management - Dredging management and planning in EPA Region 2. Dredging laws and regulations, testing, material placement, marterial management, dredging contracts, dredging projects and more.
Dredging Operations and Environmental Research - Supports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Operation and Maintenance Navigation Program. Research is designed to balance operational and environmental initiatives and to meet complex economic, engineering, and environmental challenges of dredging and disposal in support of the navigation mission. Research results provide dredging project managers with technology for cost-effective operation, evaluation of risks associated with management alternatives, and environmental compliance.
Dredging Statistics Program - Provides dredging data to support decisions pertaining to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers national dredging program. The Dredging Information System (DIS) database contains information on all Corps performed and contracted dredging and supplies comprehensive dredging statistics to all dredging partners. The database offers a synopsis of information which includes project name, quantity of dredged material, type of dredge, method of disposal, government estimate, winning bid and bidder, and small business status.
Environmental Effects & Dredging and Disposal (E2-D2) - A literature database comprised of technical references covering environmental effects of dredging and dredged material disposal projects. The database focuses on broad topics such as beneficial uses of dredged material, contaminated sediments, and effects of sediment resuspension and sedimentation on aquatic organisms and their habitats.
International Dredging Review (IDR) - Coverage includes on-site visits to dredging projects, interviews with workers and managers, discussion of legislative and policy issues, news of the activities of suppliers, profiles of dredging contractors and suppliers, personnel notices, financial reports, and other news of interest and usefulness to people in the industry.
MAGIS - Marine sand and gravel information. Information is provided for: sand and gravel extraction licenses; dredging contract and tenders; sand and gravel geological and geophysical information for the North West European continental shelf area; dredging industry news; dredging companies and their vessels; dredging equipment manufacturers, suppliers and their products; survey companies; survey vessel owners, operators and their ships; and more.
Terra et Aqua - The official quarterly publication of IADC. Presents dredging related papers on important scientific and state-of-the-art subjects.
SBA Office of Surety Guarantees - Can guarantee bonds for contracts up to $1.25 million, covering bid, performance and payment bonds for small and emerging contractors who cannot obtain surety bonds through regular commercial channels. A surety guarantee, an agreement between a surety and the SBA, provides that SBA will assume a predetermined percentage of loss in the event the contractor should breach the terms of the contract.
Surety Association of America (SAA) - A voluntary, non-profit, unincorporated association of companies engaged in the business of suretyship. It presently has approximately 650 member companies which collectively underwrite the overwhelming majority of surety and fidelity bonds written in the U.S.
SuretyBondNet - Facilitates the securing of state-required bonds and the replacement of stock and bond certificates. With more than 1,500 of the most common bond-related forms required by U.S. federal, state and local agencies, SuretyBondNet a leading surety bond service providing online bond issuance.
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