Category Archives: Construction

Quebec, $186 billion in contracts and the question of self-regulation

Justice France Charbonneau presided over public hearings in Quebec that exposed one of the biggest construction scandals in the history of North America. Many of the companies that admitted to wrong doing, like SNC Lavalin, have working presences in the Tristate area.

Do engineers use the public’s lack of expertise in the technicalities of their profession to operate outside the law?

by Nicholas Zeman

More challenges to engineers’ “privilege” to police themselves surfaced across North America in 2016, with the most dramatic example coming when Quebec’s Department of Justice took administrative control of the Canadian province’s Order of Engineers'(OIQ) in July, the first time in the nation’s history a major professional association (61,000 members) has been placed under government “trusteeship.”

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Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority, hit with fed enjoinder, puts construction contracts at risk

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Minnesota and North Dakota are clashing over the construction of  a rural ring levee opponents say is part of the approximately $2 billion Fargo Moorhead Diversion Project meant to change the course of the treacherous north flowing Red River—it threatens the Fargo, ND -Moorhead, MN, cities with flooding almost every spring.

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