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Five Things to Know Before Flying a Drone Over Real Estate or Construction Sites

In a wide range of industries across North America, drones and drone technology are being embraced for commercial purposes. The Federal Aviation Administration in the United States estimates that monitor construction crews...more

The Rise, and Risk, of Construction Drones

Drone usage on construction projects is ready to take off. With recent enhancements in performance and capability, it will soon be hard to imagine a large construction project without drones playing some role. Consider this...more

Construction Law Advisory - March 2016

The use of drones on construction projects is increasing rapidly, as the construction industry realizes their many beneficial uses, including: collecting and analyzing aerial imagery; surveying; digitizing geographic terrain;...more

Drones: Maximizing Efficiency And Productivity With a Dash Of Big Brother Thrown In

The expanding use of drones, officially referred to as “unmanned aerial systems,” promises to revolutionize the construction industry. Drones have the potential to allow contractors to efficiently and economically inspect...more

How the FAA’s Announcement Regarding Drone Registration May Affect Drone Use in Construction

Use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) (aka drones) in construction is rapidly increasing and expanding. Drones have been and can be used for a variety of functions, such as imaging (i.e.,...more

Risk or Reward? Using Drones on Your Construction Project

In this week’s issue of ENR, technology writer Luke Abaffy details the use of drones by Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to conduct bridge inspections....more

Federal Highway Administration Publishes CM/GC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On June 29, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration ("FHWA") issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") related to the construction manager/general contractor ("CM/GC") method of contracting. The NPRM is a long-awaited...more

Florida drone bill passed into law, more concerns raised about its restrictions

At the end of April, we posted on the passing of S.B. 766 through the Florida State legislature, and now on May 14, 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, in the State of...more

2013 California Construction Law Update

More than 4,000 bills were introduced in the California State Legislature during the 2011-2012 legislative session. Of these bills, 996 made it to Governor Brown’s desk, of which 876 were signed into law, and 120 were...more

Agenda Setting - Olympia’s new faces must address transportation infrastructure funding

January brings many new faces to Olympia. A new governor and an unusually large number of new members in the State House of Representatives and State Senate who have both volunteered and been elected to assume the mantle of...more

Florida Roads: Future Corridor Action Plan Gets Input From Experts Like Developers, Utilities, and Water Management Districts

The State of Florida has not removed itself from every bit of control over land use and real estate development in the state, despite the huge deregulations of the past two years (see the little ebook in the left sidebar for...more

Fourth Circuit, Flawed NEPA Review Process Cast Doubt on the Future of the Monroe Connector Bypass Project

Why the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Monroe Connector Bypass Project, and what the decision may mean for the future of major highway planning in North Carolina....more

Supreme Court Rules Property Owners May Challenge EPA Compliance Orders

In a closely-watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court on March 21 told the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to stop “strong-arming . . . regulated parties” who wish to go directly to court to...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC: Senate committee reauthorizes pipeline safety programs By Jared Burden

May 5, 2011, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted to pass S. 275, the Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011, moving the process of reauthorizing the pipeline safety program one step...more

Court Questions Use of “Modified” Baseline Approach in Transportation Improvement EIR

The City of Sunnyvale failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when it analyzed the potential impacts of a major street extension by comparing them to traffic, noise, and air conditions that were...more

California Air Resources Board Delays March 1 Deadline For Compliance With Off-Road Regulation

In 2007, the Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted a regulation to reduce diesel particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions from in-use (existing) off-road heavy-duty diesel vehicles in California. With the...more

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