Weekly Poll (203)


Lake Charles, Louisiana-based SOWELA Technical Community College recently received a $1 million donation for the development of a pipeline academy from TC Energy. Do you believe the regional learning center will positively affect the oil and gas industry?


In July, a ceremony was held to celebrate the competition of the 1.5-billion-euro Chernobyl New Safe Confinement. The infrastructure—known as The Arch—is reported to be the largest moveable land-based infrastructure ever built and took a combined 33 million working hours to construct. Given a lifespan of 100 years, do you believe the essential structure for proper disassembly and decommissioning of radioactive materials will pay for itself?


Toward the end of July, President Donald J. Trump signed an order that would promote the expanded use of American-made iron and steel in federal projects. The “Buy American” platform is slated to push the domestic content threshold from 50% to 95%. Do you believe this will help to boost the U.S. industrial economy?


Announced in mid-July, a historic Pennsylvania bridge will be the first in the U.S. to use an electrically isolated tendon system (EIT), which helps to detect corrosion on post-tension tendons with reported minimal changes to construction schedules. Would you consider using this technology?


In the beginning of July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $33 million contract for four miles of border wall work in Texas. Environmental regulations including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, among others, for this section of work, were waived. Do you think this is the best policy to speed up the construction?


Last month, SSPC and NACE confirmed that merger talks were beginning to make headway. With organizations expected to host a membership vote by the second quarter of 2020, do you think industry professionals will be ready to adapt to this possible change?


In June, ground broke on the $2 billion, 170-mile passenger South Florida Rail Project, which will connect Orlando and South Florida. Expected to remove 3 million cars from Florida roadways between the points of travel, do you believe the infrastructure will pay for itself?


The Florida Department of Transportation recently released information on an $802M infrastructure plan slated to take place in Miami over the next four years. The project involves a new six-arch bridge and rehabilitation to three major highways, all slated to be constructed at the same time. With holidays, weather, special events and unforeseen circumstances all taken into account, do you think the project will be successfully completed by fall 2023?


In Michigan, Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford, suggested selling several state-owned transportation assets to raise money to rehabilitate various roads and highways versus raising the state’s fuel tax. Do you think this is a good idea?


Last month a panel of judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rolled back an injunction that halted construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. According to the panel, the lawsuit was dismissed due to a new presidential permit. Do you expect we will see more exercises of presidential authority for pushes of this kind of infrastructure in the future?


Recently in South Carolina, the Ben Sawyer Bridge had to close due to heat, which ultimately caused the bridge to become stuck partially open. Do you expect we will see more of these instances throughout the summer?


Last month, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi opened what is being touted as the world’s widest suspension bridge in the world. With six lanes of traffic running in each direction, the Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge is intended to shift traffic, ultimately decreasing travel time around Cairo and on various highways. Do you believe other major cities could benefit from this type of massive infrastructure?


According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, external corrosion was the culprit that caused an offshore pipeline to spill roughly 140,000 gallons of crude oil into Refugio State Beach, California. Do you think a better inspection system could be implemented to prevent these types of ocean-based hazards?


In Dubai, a $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park has completed its fourth phase of construction, including the base of a concentrated solar tower (slated to be the tallest in the world). With the ability to power 1.3 million homes, cutting 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions annually, do you think more countries should be funding these kinds of solar-powered innovations?


In a recent report conducted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, just over 47,000 bridges in the United States are classified as structurally deficient or in poor condition. However, the rate at which these bridges are improved is at its lowest point since the Association began monitoring the data. Why do you believe this might be?


A bill was filed by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, after a Florida county’s Bee Ridge treatment facility witnessed a pipe burst, releasing an estimated 900,000 gallons of wastewater, some of which flowed into a stormwater system and out into Sarasota Bay. The proposal suggests that if another sewage spill were to occur, $1 would be fined for every gallon lost. Do you think this legislation will encourage more improvements in wastewater infrastructure?


In April, a stress corrosion crack was to blame for a gas pipeline explosion that occurred just north of Mexico, Missouri. Reports indicate that the pipeline was previously tested in 2015, involving a magnetic field test. However, when a hydrotest was taken of the pipe following the incident, the test failed four times prior to its success. Do you believe pipeline inspections should be using hydro-technology over magnetic methods?


At the end of April, President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders announced the agreement of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. However, no agreements were made on how the plan would be paid for. In anticipation of what ideas will be brought to the table in the next bipartisan meeting, how do you think Congress will decide to fund this proposal?


SSPC and NACE have announced that they will be discussing “synergistic opportunities” amongst one another. Do you think this is a good idea?


Late last month, North Dakota-based contractor claimed that his company could build 234 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border wall for $1.4 billion, a fraction of the funding requested by the president. Do you think that we will see other companies speaking up to compete for a cheaper solution?


Last month, Elon Musk and The Boring Company announced its plans for an underground express tunnel in Las Vegas. With various tunnels already completed and others still in the making, none are officially up and running. How soon do you think passengers will be able to experience this hyperloop travel?


Researchers from Michigan State University plan to add more data-tracking sensors to the Mackinac Bridge. With progression of the prototypes since 2016, do you think this kind of technology will make its way to assist the preservation/management of other bridge structures?


Aldermen in Evanston, Illinois, recently declined to paint a rail bridge that reportedly does not belong to the city; the bridge belongs to the Union Pacific railroad company. Do you think the company should be held accountable for the bridge's appearance?


A judge recently ordered a block on preconstruction on the Keystone XL pipeline, which may delay the project even further. Do you think plans for the project will eventually be revised?


A WY utility firm recently announced that it will be replacing its first wind farm, originally commissioned in 1998. Do you think we'll see green elements such as wind farms change as more and more need replaced?


Earlier this month, the world’s longest 3D-printed concrete pedestrian bridge was completed in Shanghai’s Wisdom Bay Industrial Park. Do you think this construction method will become more commonly used in building pedestrian bridges?


According to a recent report, the border wall prototype selected for construction was damaged with readily available tools. Do you think the long-term maintenance cost of the U.S. border wall will eventually outweigh initial investment?


The former site of a Massachusetts coal-and-oil plant was recently converted to a solar farm. Do you think this kind of conversion will become more commonplace as the demand for renewable energy continues to increase?


As bridge design continues to improve, do you think this will have an impact on the projected lifespan of these structures?


Last week, the DOT announced $1.5 billion in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants for infrastructure projects. Do you think the funding will increase as infrastructure demands also increase?


Over the past few weeks, a number of announcements regarding multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects have been made. Do you think such large-scale projects will become the norm in the future?


Last week, a lawsuit resulted in the dismantling of wind turbines in Iowa due to zoning issues. Do you think this will become more of an issue as renewable energy expands?


Late last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave a nod of approval to a $31B, 70-mile-long coastal barrier that would help protect Texas against future storm surges. Do you think these measures will be enough?


Earlier this month, China announced the opening of the world's longest sea-crossing bridge, which connects Hong Kong, Zuhai and Macao. Do you think more countries will invest in such large-scale projects in the future?


Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that any environmental regulations regarding the construction or repair of a section of U.S.-Mexico border wall for certain areas in Texas would be waived. Do you think waiving environmental regulations in this context will have a negative impact long-term?


Earlier this month, a judge stopped the release of records related to the Florida International University bridge collapse. Do you think this was the best choice to protect the investigation?


University of Sheffield researchers recently identified new structural forms for bridges that involve a one- and three- spoke design, allowing for the construction of very long-span bridges in locations where traditional bridges aren't tenable. Do you think long-span bridges will be a crucial part of global infrastructure?


Recent reports indicate that the general contractor on New York's new Cuomo Bridge expressed concerns over pressure to open the bridge before the contractor thought it would be safe and ready. Have you been part of a project in which an asset owner rushed work despite the contractor's concerns?


The Associated General Contractors recently reported skilled labor shortages throughout the U.S. in the construction industry; has your company had trouble filling positions this year?


Plans are in place for offshore wind development both off the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. and in the Great Lakes. Is your business preparing for the coating work that will come with more U.S. offshore wind structures?


California legislators recently discussed banning new pipelines in state coastal waters, essentially preventing new offshore drilling in federal waters further out. Should states be able to control offshore development in this way?


Do you belong to any water-industry groups (AWWA, WEF) in addition to coatings- or corrosion-related associations?


NASA recently revealed the finalists for its latest Mars habitat design competition. Is it worth our time and money to work on structures to house people on Mars?


A recent report indicates that design-build may be on the rise as a contract model for construction projects in the U.S.; do you think more design-build jobs will have a positive impact on the industry?


Several pipeline and oil and gas companies have gotten mixed results in their bids for exemption from the U.S. steel tariffs so far. In general, should these companies receive exemptions if the best quality steel for the job is from another country?


Talk of a trade war is heating up as Canada and the EU take measures in reaction to the United States' steel tariffs. Will the ultimate effect on the world economy be positive or negative?


As the year reaches its halfway point, how has your business fared in 2018?


Domino's last week announced a plan to fund road repairs in towns that apply for its help. Should a pizza shop be in the business of fixing infrastructure?


A Pittsburgh artist is petitioning his county to save a decades-old series of graffiti geese from being blasted and painted over as part of a current rehab job. Can graffiti be worth saving?


The Canadian government recently decided to buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline to ensure that a planned expansion to the line happens. Was this a wise choice?


Elon Musk's Boring Company is seeking an exemption from a traditional environmental review for its tunneling project, but neighbors are suing to make sure a review takes place. Should L.A. require a full review?


New reports indicate that the Federal Emergency Management Agency may not reimburse California fully for repairs to the Oroville Dam. Should FEMA step in to help?


The U.S. military has expressed recently that it would like to block offshore drilling and wind projects in some U.S. waters where it operates. Should military exercises trump energy development at sea?


A Dutch highway was recently rigged with rumble strips that would "sing" a song when motorists drove over them at the prescribed speed, but the project ended when nearby residents objected to the noise. Cool idea or just plain annoying?


Last month’s Gulf of Mexico offshore drilling lease auction offered more acreage than any before it, but resulted in only about $3.5 million more in bids compared with last year’s auction. Will energy companies be investing considerably more in U.S. offshore drilling in the coming years?


A recent PaintSquare blog by Robert Ikenberry stressed the importance of jobsite photography. Do you take photos for documentation throughout a project?


The U.S. government has instituted tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from other countries, after years of alleged “dumping” that critics say hurt American steelmakers. Is this a positive move for the United States?


SSPC recently opened a call for papers for its Coatings+ conference in Feburary 2019. Will you be submitting a potential presentation?


A water tower construction project in Texas was recently put on hold after a single endangered toad was found at the jobsite. Are environmental rules like this going too far?


It was recently revealed that parts of the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are being converted into a solar farm that can power 2,000 homes. Should renewable energy become commonplace on sites with toxic or radioactive waste risks?


How important are industry conferences and trade shows to your business?


What did you enjoy most about SSPC 2018?


What do you think of the decision to rename the SSPC conference "Coatings+" starting in 2019?


Researchers at a U.K. university have reportedly developed a method of 3-D printing stainless steel that’s stronger and more ductile than steel printed with current methods. Will "printing" large steel structures be commonplace in the future?


What do you expect will be the biggest story in the protective coatings field in 2018?


A major infrastructure plan is reportedly a priority for early 2018 in Washington, D.C. Do you think an infrastructure bill will jumpstart construction this year?


As 2017 comes to a close, how do you feel the economy treated your company this year?


Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has faced controversy over the past year, as more and more gaps in the underwater line’s coating have been discovered. Should the 60-year-old liquids pipeline be retired?


California recently passed the “Buy Clean California Act,” requiring state contractors to use materials with low carbon impact. Are laws like this a positive step?


Aside from price, what is the primary factor influencing your decision to buy surface prep and application equipment instead of renting or leasing?


Overall, do you find that your company buys, rents or leases surface prep and application equipment for your coating projects? Select one, and please explain why in comments.


The $3B Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline began construction in September, having received the last of the necessary state permits earlier that month. However, the pipeline does face at least one more hurdle: A lawsuit brought by a group of Catholic nuns whose plot of land would be divided by the construction, which says the division breaches their religious freedom. Do you agree?


Registration for SSPC 2018 is now open! Are you planning to attend?


Recent research indicates that paraffin wax may be key to creating concrete roadways that deice themselves. Will developments like this eventually lead to the elimination of road salts?


A federal appeals court recently sent a pipeline approval back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking FERC to consider the greenhouse-gas effects of the product the pipelines will move as part of its environmental impact. Will this ruling change the way pipelines are permitted in the U.S.?


A plan for a bullet train in Texas continues to move forward, while Caltrans recently released a report supporting its plans to expand rail travel in California. How great a role will rail play in the next 20 years of transit development in the U.S.?


Several states have passed or discussed “Buy American” rules for steel and other materials on public works projects recently, in addition to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order calling on pipeline companies to use U.S.-made materials. Are these laws a step in the right direction?


A global group focused on infrastructure recently reported that the world will need to step up its spending in the next 20 years in order to keep up with the demand for new infrastructure and fixes to what already exists. Will world governments and private investors heed this call?


With 2017 half over, how has your business performed so far this calendar year?


A Connecticut man was recently convicted of faking a bridge inspection, leading to the reinspection of dozens of bridges in the region. In cases like this, should an inspector’s employer also be held responsible?


What is the best way to help prepare young people for careers in the paints and coatings industry?


Some of the industry’s largest companies have merged or discussed merging in recent years. Will this trend continue in the years to come?


A Florida state transportation panel recently chose a contractor for an $800 million reconstruction of Interstate 395 in Miami, including the design for its “signature bridge” with no public input. Was that wise?


Business magnate Elon Musk announced a plan to construct tunnels under cities for the purpose of using high-speed electric sleds to maneuver vehicles around traffic. Is this plan feasible?


Some local and state governments have moved to punish contractors involved with the potential construction of President Trump’s Mexican border wall by denying them contracts. Is this a fair move?


Which new technology will have the greatest impact on the bridge coating business in the next 25 years?


A recently constructed roadway in Ireland includes a “bat bridge,” to help maintain the flight path of a threatened species of native bat. What do you think of these kinds of infrastructure investments for the benefit of wildlife?


The Trump administration is looking to expand offshore drilling off of U.S. coastlines. Good idea or bad?


The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, California, will be constructed using the “roller launch” or “bridge launch” method. Are you familiar with this method of bridge construction?


The Iron Workers union recently announced the introduction of a paid maternity-leave benefit for its members. Should more employers in the American construction and infrastructure industries follow suit?


An energy company recently won a contract for the United States' second offshore wind farm, which could take decades to build. Are more offshore wind arrays on the horizon for the U.S.?


What was your favorite part of NACE Corrosion 2017?


The Federal Highway Administration is researching augmented reality, an immersive technology that allows a user to see virtual computer-generated images mixed with their actual surroundings in real time, for use on construction sites. Do you think this is a good or bad idea?


Are you attending NACE International's Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo?


Several lawmakers have introduced legislation to limit or repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, which ties wages on construction projects to a “prevailing wage” for the type of work being done and the area it’s being done in. Is this a good or bad idea?


A recent climate-change readiness report in Boston includes the possible construction of a seawall in Boston Harbor to guard the city from rising waters. Will new sea barriers be a more common infrastructure project worldwide in the coming decades?


President Trump recently called on executive departments to identify regulations that might serve well to be repealed or modified. Will the coming regulation reduction be positive for the industry on the whole?


Changes to EPA rules for hazardous waste generators are changing April 28, with major alterations set to affect many, including coating manufacturers and field paint removal contractors. Is your firm preparing for the new regulations?


Wood Mackenzie predicts that oil and gas project spending will be up worldwide this year for the first time since 2014. Are you expecting a boost in business as a result?


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?


What did you learn the most about at this year’s SSPC conference?


Has your company taken advantage of on-site trainings and certifications at SSPC this year or in the past?


What part of SSPC 2017 are you most excited about?


Numerous mergers and acquisition in the coatings and chemical industry were announced in 2016. Do you think it will keep pace in 2017?


What are you most looking forward to at SSPC 2018?


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?


Will the U.S. oil and gas industry grow or falter in 2017?


When do you hire a consultant?


Steel manufacturers in Europe have cut more than 5,000 steelworker jobs in the past year. Manufacturers blame cheaper Chinese steel imports for causing the problem. Do you agree?


Would you recommend a career in coatings for your son or daughter?


What technology do you use to view your PaintSquare Daily News newsletters?


Will you be attending the SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT conference Jan. 18-21 in San Antonio?


What do you think of OSHA's proposed fine increases for 2016?


Does your company offer bonuses during the holiday season?


Engineers in England plan to build a new pedestrian- and bicycle-only bridge to serve the type of transportation Europeans embrace. Do you think infrastructure projects like this in the U.S. would encourage Americans to do more walking or biking?


Is there a shortage of qualified workers to fill available positions in your company?


During the winter and holiday season, how much is your workload affected?


The House of Representatives recently passed a six-year transportation bill, but it includes funding for only the first three years. To “unlock” the last three years of spending authorization, Congress must come up with the money first. If the bill becomes law, where do you think new funding should come from?


Some roadways, like the new LBJ Expressway in Dallas, are charging varying toll rates, based on traffic volume and peak usage times, as a means to repay private investors in public-private partnership (P3) highway projects. Do you think this is a wise move?


How would you describe your email habits?


How often do you or your employees seek additional training?


Drones are seeing more use in infrastructure work. Does your company plan to use them?


What are the odds that Congress will come through with a three-year or longer transportation bill this year?


How much gray hair does your staff have?


While Duke Energy will pay more than $100 million in an EPA case for a coal-ash spill, two companies will each pay just $2,000 for a tunnel collapse that injured five workers. Does EPA have too much enforcement power, OSHA not enough, both, or neither?


Planning a vacation this summer?


Indiana has scrapped its 80-year-old system for setting minimum wages on major public-works projects. What do you say?


A proposed Iowa law would require companies planning mega-projects to obtain agreements with 75% of the affected property owners before seeking eminent-domain authority. Good law or bad law?


Private energy companies are invoking eminent domain authority to gain access to homeowner property, saying their pipeline surveys have a public function. What do you think?


Florida wants to again tighten the statute of limitations for suing over construction defects, even for public works construction. How long should builders, developers and contractors be on the hook for their work?


March Madness will cost employers $1.2 billion for each hour of lost worker production in the first week of the tourney. Is the madness affecting your workplace?


What is the best way to fund infrastructure maintenance in the U.S. going forward?


The Keystone XL pipeline project is back on hold after a presidential veto, while the State Department reviews the project again. No action date has been set. What should happen next?


M/W/DBE fraud has been widely reported lately. What's the best way to address that problem?


What would help your business most in 2015?


Bill Gates and other private owners of an otherwise-sound bridge are under pressure to paint it. What maintenance duties do private owners of infrastructure have?


A new DOD policy will allow up to 1,500 undocumented immigrants with “high-demand skills” to serve in the U.S. military. Ok by you?


Election Day in the U.S. is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Will you vote?


A proposed U.S. rule would prohibit "pay secrecy" by federal contractors and protect workers who discuss company wages. What’s your view?


This Labor Day, how do you size up the trade union movement?


The U.S. Congress is winding up the August vacation it mandated in 1970. It also took off three weeks before March 10, and the House has shortened its 2014 calendar. You’re paying these folks. How much time off should they have in a year?


Five mega-projects are competing for ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. Which gets your vote?


A new U.S. Executive Order will require bidders for major federal contracts to report recent wage, safety or other labor law violations. Good idea or bad idea?


Trading time is over. Who’s your pick for the 2014 World Series champs?


Who, in your experience, is usually the weakest link in the project team?


The U.S. Highway Trust Fund is set to go broke in August. What should Congress do?


New U.S. rules are in effect to increase hiring of veterans and individuals with disabilities. Have these mandates affected your hiring practices?


What is your priority in evaluating a job applicant?


A California utility wants the authority to remove trees and structures from private property if they threaten pipeline integrity. What do you think?


How does your 2014 summer work season look, compared to last year’s?


Planning a vacation this summer?


Two-thirds of construction firms say they’re having a hard time finding qualified workers. How about you and your company?


On average, how much time do you spend each month expanding your job training/education (e.g., attending webinars or training, reading journals)?


The U.S. State Department has put an indefinite hold on the Keystone XL pipeline, due to 2 million new public comments and a lawsuit in Nebraska. What do you think?


The new color of the Jimmie Davis Bridge in Louisiana is being chosen by a public vote. (Note: Voting ends May 2.) Good idea or bad idea?


California is weighing a bill that would hold contractors liable for wages, taxes and workers comp shortchanged by subcontractors and temp agencies. Good idea or bad idea?


What legislative priority should the American Coatings Association’s PaintPAC be looking for in its political candidates this year?


How did you make your March Madness bracket picks this year?


Some in the U.S. Congress have proposed allowing the states, rather than the federal government, to oversee the U.S. highway and surface transportation system. Good idea or bad idea?


How did you watch the Olympics this year?


Did you attend SSPC 2014, and was it worth it?


A bill now before Congress would raise the federal minimum hourly wage to $10.10. Should Congress pass the bill, kill it, or pursue an amended version?


The 112th Congress was one of the least productive in U.S. history. Who carries most of the blame for that?


As of Jan. 1, 21 states now pay more (some substantially more) than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Whom do you think should set minimum wage?


Call them resolutions, or call them goals. Have you set any for 2014?


What song best sums up 2013 for you?


On average, about how many “Top News” articles in PaintSquare News do you skim or read each day?


What, in your experience, is the top cause of coating project failures?


Whom do you hold most responsible for the U.S. budget impasse and government shutdown?


Employers report difficulty in finding skilled workers at all levels. Do you think good help is hard to find these days?


Which work pressure is most likely to keep you up at night?


Have gas prices and the economy crimped your summer vacation plans?


The U.S. has removed limits on the value of contracts that may be set aside for women-owned small businesses. What do you think?


What is your preferred social media tool for business?


What do you think is the most effective way to prevent or resolve project disputes?


What do you advise President Obama on the Keystone XL Pipeline project?


What sort of name would be best for the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Ontario?


Some in Congress have adopted a “zero compromise” approach to the federal budget, no matter the consequences. What do you think of this approach?


PaintSquare is developing a Video How-To Series. What topics would interest you most?


President Obama has proposed a “Fix it First” program for infrastructure, funded by a public-private Partnership to Rebuild America. What should Congress do with these ideas?


How does your upcoming peak season look, compared to last year?


How would tightening immigration laws affect the coatings and construction industries?


Overall, where would you rather work/manage others: a union company or an open shop?


Do you plan to attend SSPC 2013?


How do you expect Hurricane Sandy to affect your business?


The U.S. National Hockey League lockout has already cancelled the pre-season. Whom do you blame?


What is your current/prospective market?


Good news! A magic genie will grant you one wish to improve your business. (Bad news: He has no money.) Which do you want?


OSHA’s UK counterpart is adapting a “loser pays” system, in which companies that break health and safety laws would have to help pay for investigation and enforcement. What do you think of this idea?


Free JPCL/SSPC webinars in which area would be most helpful to you?


What impact overall do you believe that unions have on today’s coatings projects?


Work-site webcams are becoming more popular, to give taxpayers, supervisors and clients a front seat at the action. Would you allow this technology on one of your projects?


Have you cut back on your profit margins and charges to get business in the current economy?


What is the best way for the US to invest in its infrastructure needs?


Where do you turn first when you encounter a significant problem on a coatings project?


Half of Massachusetts’ bridge and highway projects are completed late—many of them, years late, a new report shows. In your experience, what is the chief cause of project delays?


What’s your biggest professional pet peeve?


In what areas of your work would you like to see more apps or online tools?


Two contractors are accused of raking in millions of dollars by running a bogus Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) company to gain federal contracts. What do you think of the DBE and Women/Minority BE programs?


What does Japan's nuclear crisis mean for the future of nuclear power in the US?


What should happen to public-sector unions?


What is the hardest issue you face in coating work?


What do you think of President Obama’s six-year, $556 billion infrastructure/transit proposal?


 
 
   

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