February 13 - February 17, 2017
President Trump, in an executive order last month, declared that “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired or extended pipelines, inside the borders of the United States,” should use materials produced in the United States “to the maximum extent possible.” Will new American pipelines be manufactured mainly in the U.S. in the coming years?
February 7 - February 13, 2017
What did you learn the most about at this year’s SSPC conference?
February 6 - February 10, 2017
A bridge under construction now in Florida will be made of numerous types of composites in place of concrete and/or steel. Will fiber-reinforced composites be a growing trend in new bridge construction in the near future?
February 1 - February 6, 2017
Has your company taken advantage of on-site trainings and certifications at SSPC this year or in the past?
January 30 - February 3, 2017
Last month, a California court ruled that an employer could be held responsible for so-called "take-home" asbestos, which can allegedly sicken family members after staying on a worker's clothing. Should employers be on the hook for secondhand asbestos exposure?
January 26 - February 2, 2017
What part of SSPC 2017 are you most excited about?
January 23 - January 27, 2017
Numerous mergers and acquisition in the coatings and chemical industry were announced in 2016. Do you think it will keep pace in 2017?
January 16 - January 20, 2017
President-elect Trump announced a $1 trillion infrastructure improvement plan as part of his campaign, but some critics say that will be difficult to achieve. Do you think the plan will come together in 2017?
January 9 - January 13, 2017
Will the U.S. oil and gas industry grow or falter in 2017?
January 1 - January 7, 2017
Is your work schedule affected by seasonal weather changes?
December 18 - December 24, 2016
Hyperloop One and design firm Bjarke Ingels Group recently unveiled more detailed plans for the Hyperloop, a hybrid mass-transit system that would combine high-speed transporters with smaller, autonomous vehicles, being considered in the United Arab Emirates. Is the Hyperloop the future of transit?
December 11 - December 17, 2016
The 2016 Better Roads Bridge Inventory indicates that a greater percentage of American bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete than were last year. What's the best way to address this problem?
December 4 - December 10, 2016
Which social media platform do you refer to the most?
November 27 - December 3, 2016
Several high-profile pipeline breaches, including a gasoline spill and explosion in Alabama, gasoline leak in Pennsylvania, and crude oil release in Oklahoma, have dominated the headlines recently. Do these incidents indicate a growing problem with American pipelines?
November 20 - November 26, 2016
How likely are you to use or specify an entirely new product?
November 13 - November 19, 2016
A group of Dutch universities and businesses joined forces to create what they call the world’s first “biobridge,” in this case a footbridge incorporating very strong girders made from environmentally friendly biocomposite materials. Is technology like this likely to be scaled up for larger infrastructure uses?
November 6 - November 12, 2016
Several towns in New Jersey have been adding a thin blue line paint between the double-yellow center lines on roadways to show they value the work of police officers. What do you think of this practice?
October 30 - November 5, 2016
Are you planning to attend SSPC 2017 Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 in Tampa, FL?
October 23 - October 29, 2016
Surveys have been sharing Americans’ receptivity to other ways to help fund transportation infrastructure. Which options do you think offer the best chance of supporting necessary bridge and highway projects?
October 16 - October 22, 2016
Oklahoma had its largest earthquake ever, at a magnitude of 5.8, last month, and the state ordered more wastewater injection wells to be shut down. How should the state and neighboring Texas proceed in light of the increase in quakes over recent years?
October 9 - October 15, 2016
A recent report issued by the CDC found that construction workers appear in the top five on a list of occupations with the highest suicide rates. What do you think is the cause?
October 3 - October 8, 2016
FEMA has proposed new rules that require new construction that uses federal money, including roads and bridges, to build at higher elevations, to mitigate flood-related risks. Is this the best way to address potential flood dangers?
September 25 - October 1, 2016
Last month, a painter fell to his death on a water tower job, working for a firm with numerous safety violations and falls in its history. What more can be done to prevent such tragedies?
September 19 - September 23, 2016
Fresno, CA, recently banned the use of galvanized pipe for water service in new construction and remodels from fears of corrosion and drinking-water contamination. What do you think of this move?
September 11 - September 17, 2016
The United States Department of Energy recently awarded $137 million in funding to organizations, including one Fortune 500 coatings company, to foster development of technologies to improve commercial and passenger vehicle efficiency. Should large, for-profit companies be eligible for such grants?
September 4 - September 10, 2016
Starting Oct. 25, contractors seeking federal contracts over $500,000 will be required to disclose any civil and administrative proceedings against them violations of any of 14 listed workplace protections in the past three years. Do you agree with this action?
August 28 - September 3, 2016
This summer has been characterized by excessive heat warnings and a “heat dome” in the central United States. How do you protect workers who must be outside in these conditions?
August 20 - August 27, 2016
Upcoming federal regulations governing injury reporting have been put on hold after an industry lawsuit; the new rules would effectively prohibit employers from drug testing employees after an injury or illness is reported, because testing could be considered to be retaliation. Are these rules a good idea?
August 14 - August 20, 2016
Mergers have been everywhere in the coatings industry lately, with giants like Sherwin-Williams and Valspar, Dow and DuPont getting in on the act. Are all these corporate marriages good news or bad?
August 7 - August 13, 2016
San Antonio, TX, recently became the largest American city to ban the use of sealants made with coal tar, which the U.S. government says contains carcinogens. Should more municipalities consider a ban?
July 31 - August 6, 2016
New Jersey recently called for a stop to any transportation infrastructure work that was deemed "nonessential," because the state's legislature couldn't agree on a funding mechanism. Is a summer roadwork shutdown a viable option for a government that's having trouble lining up money?
July 24 - July 30, 2016
What’s the best way to maintain a safe jobsite?
July 17 - July 23, 2016
A recent MIT study found that women training to be engineers experienced negative group dynamics, felt marginalized and were assigned less challenging tasks than their male counterparts. Have you witnessed or experience this in your field?
July 10 - July 16, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted Solar Roadways a total of $1.6 million to study the possibility of constructing roads with solar panels. Are solar roads an ideal way to harness energy from the sun?
June 26 - July 2, 2016
When renovating an old structure, like a ship, where does the responsibility for informing workers about possible lead exposure lie?
June 19 - June 25, 2016
Will new rules extending overtime protections to more workers help or hinder the construction industry?
June 12 - June 18, 2016
A pipeline company was recently indicted on criminal charges for knowingly discharging a pollutant into state waters and wildlife charges; one employee faces up to three years in prison if convicted. Are criminal charges appropriate in such a case?
June 5 - June 11, 2016
How much weight do you give to announcements of new coatings technologies discovered in the lab?
May 31 - June 3, 2016
How has the downturn in oil and gas production affected your business?
May 22 - May 28, 2016
Should more states consider usage fees for motorists in order to help fund transportation infrastructure?
May 15 - May 21, 2016
OSHA recently finalized its rule to better protect workers from respirable silica dust exposure, but several industry groups are against it. What do you think?
May 8 - May 14, 2016
How do you like to learn new skills for your job?
May 1 - May 7, 2016
As a coatings professional, when you tackle “small” painting jobs around the house, do you still observe the same kinds of safety precautions you do on the job?
April 24 - April 30, 2016
When it comes to selecting a paint and coatings supplier, which of these is most important?
April 17 - April 23, 2016
Do you take advantage of free webinar programming offered by Technology Publishing Co. and other organizations?
April 10 - April 16, 2016
When do you hire a consultant?
April 3 - April 9, 2016
Is it more important to complete projects on time or within budget?
March 27 - April 2, 2016
When companies are charged for fraudulently posing as a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE), what do you think the appropriate punishment should be?
March 20 - March 26, 2016
Recycled concrete is often used in nonstructural applications like highways and sidewalks. Do you think it is likely to find a place in buildings and bridges?
March 13 - March 19, 2016
Which is your preferred method of resolving project and contract-related disputes?