8 Field Focused Challenges in Heavy Civil Construction And How to Overcome Them

| April 21, 2019

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Heavy Civil and Infrastructure projects are some of the largest and most critical support structures in society. These projects include roads, bridges, tunnels, sewers and other public works resources that people rely on. To put this in perspective-in order to meet the world’s basic infrastructure needs-$3.3 trillion per year will need to be spent through 2030.

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