Previous Polls


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 16 - December 23, 2016
When it comes to promotion and technology, which of the following will receive the greatest investment at your company in 2017?

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 11 - December 17, 2016
A group of Construction Specifications Institute members have started an online initiative called “Let’s Fix Construction,” encouraging discourse on issues ranging from project collaboration to the lack of technical knowledge in construction documents. Do you believe construction is broken?

December 4 - December 10, 2016
Shortly after the U.S. election, the American Institute of Architects issued, and then apologized for, a statement in which the organization said its members "stand ready to work with" President-elect Donald Trump on schools, hospitals and infrastructure projects. Was the apology warranted?

December 4 - December 10, 2016
Which social media platform do you refer to the most?

November 27 - December 3, 2016
A survey recently published by the American Institute of Architects indicates that the architecture industry has almost fully recovered from the recession and is seeing healthy profits. Do you feel that trend reflected in your business?

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 20 - November 26, 2016
Do you find safety rules and regulations governing scaffolds and scaffold-related hazards such as falls, failing objects, structural instability, overloading and electrocution easy to understand and follow? *Editor's Note: Poll answer options were updated Nov. 22.

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 13 - November 19, 2016
Some recent high profile projects have architectural designs that utilize ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) technology. Do you consider this material to be a viable option for years to come?

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?

November 6 - November 12, 2016
Some subcontractors working on the new hockey arena in Detroit are facing fines for not hiring enough local workers; contractors have said they simply can't find skilled help in the area. Are local-hiring mandates on big jobs like this a good idea, or unfair?

October 30 - November 5, 2016
Will you be voting in the upcoming U.S. election?

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 23 - October 29, 2016
How important is it to you to use green building materials when they are an option?

October 16 - October 22, 2016
How often should building codes be revised to stay abreast of any significant building or energy efficient practices?

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 10 - October 14, 2016
University of Michigan researchers are working on a home lead test kit that can test paint for lead content down to 5,000 ppm, by dropping a chip into a solution and heating it. Good or bad idea?

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?

October 2 - October 7, 2016
How likely are you to use or specify an entirely new product?

September 25 - October 1, 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?

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 16 - September 23, 2016
FEMA has proposed new rules that require new construction that uses federal money to build at higher elevations, to mitigate flood-related risks. Is this the best way to address potential flood dangers?

September 11 - September 17, 2016
U.K.-based Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology, or BREEAM, has moved forward with plans to compete in the U.S. green building market. Will the use of this rating system take off in the United States?

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
California is considering requiring building contractors to report any monetary settlements related to their work to the state's licensing board. Is this a good or bad idea?

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 28 - September 3, 2016
The recently completed U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis features transparent glass on its facade that could injure or kill birds in collisions, according to critics. The National Football League’s Vikings and stadium officials have decided to fund a $300,000 scientific bird study to determine the extent of the problem, if any, before installing any sort of bird deterrent. Good or bad decision?

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 22 - August 26, 2016
A recent survey found that less than 10 percent of Millennials are interested in working in construction, retail or manufacturing careers. What would help the construction industry attract these workers?

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 14 - August 20, 2016
San Francisco's Millennium Tower has been found to have sunk 16 inches since it opened eight years ago—more than the 6 inches it was predicted to settle in its lifetime. What should be done now?

August 7 - August 13, 2016
When a safety inspector finds a potentially unsafe condition on a jobsite and notifies supervisors who then fail to warn workers of the danger, he or she should:

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
After being found guilty in connection with the death of a 22-year-old worker on a New York City construction site, a general contractor was handed a sentence requiring it to fund and take part in a public service announcement regarding construction site safety. Was this sentence fair?

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
How important do you think novel building materials, including natural substances like bamboo and synthetic materials developed in the lab, will be to the future of building construction?

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 15 - July 22, 2016
Do color forecasts and trends affect how you choose paint colors for design or renovation projects?

July 10 - July 16, 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. Has this been your experience?

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
What’s the best way to maintain a safe jobsite?

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?

 
 
 

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