Each month RTM explores the top news and headlines affecting the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) communities.
This month, AEC news looks at the Dodge PlanRoom app as it offers contractors a new way to access and share information about projects. We also uncover details of the recently issued EPA final regulation to safeguard the public from formaldehyde—a carcinogenic chemical commonly used in the composite wood products that make up interior furnishings.
Dodge Launches New App to Simplify Pros’ Search for Suitable Projects to Bid and Work On
Dodge PlanRoom is an application designed by Dodge Data & Analytics to support construction-specific workflows by allowing pros to quickly review linked plans, sections, and elevations. This app provides contractors as well as subcontractors a new way to access and share information about projects of interest. Learn how you can try out a free basic version of the Dodge PlanRoom that offers storage for up to five projects.
Federal Construction Contractors propose Reforms to Federal Project Delivery
The Federal Owners Forum recently issued a report based on a brainstorming session held earlier in the summer in an effort to spur improvements in federal construction project procurement. The event, sponsored by The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and the Society for American Military Engineers (SAME), hosted 13 construction industry leaders who focused on how to solve complex project delivery challenges, such as budget constraints, agency staff turnover, and inconsistently defined requirements, in the federal marketplace. Learn more.
EPA Issues Final Formaldehyde Rule
After 69 trailers were donated to families of Hurricane Katrina survivors in 2005, hundreds would later suffer from symptoms including burning eyes and throat, nausea, and nosebleeds. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were brought in to test the trailers and found high levels of formaldehyde, exceeding what was considered safe. Nearly a decade after the FEMA-trailer scandal, the EPA issued its final regulation to safeguard the public from the dangerous chemical used in composite wood products, such as hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard. Read more.