Carelessness in construction in Vietnam

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Carelessness in construction in Vietnam

The following article on 20 November 2009 from Thanh Nien News Online (English version) tells an unfortunately common story about construction mishaps in Vietnam: Quang Ninh resident dies in bizarre housing accident A man watching TV on the third floor of his house in Quang Ninh Province was killed in bizarre fashion when a wall […]

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I am living over an old project of mine…

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I am living over an old project of mine...

While in Saigon to manage construction contracts to Vietnamese construction contractors in 1972, I worked with a company called VIHICO to build a large storm drainage tunnel two or three kilometers long. The project was called Vo Thanh Drain, which might have been for the name of the street that was dug up during construction […]

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RMK-BRJ Construction Legacy in Việt Nam Today [Part 3]

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

RMK-BRJ Construction Legacy in Việt Nam Today [Part 3]

Between 1965 and 1972, the consortium of the four largest American construction companies, RMK-BRJ, built much of the infrastructure of the lines of communications now serving southern Việt Nam today.  All of the photographs below were taken in 1972 — click on any of them to enlarge it. The Newport Saigon River depot  (now called […]

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RMK-BRJ Construction Industry Legacy in Việt Nam [Part 2]

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

RMK-BRJ Construction Industry Legacy in Việt Nam [Part 2]

All of the photographs below were taken in 1972 — click on any of them to enlarge it. The huge American construction consortium RMK-BRJ was ubiquitous thoughout southern Việt Nam is the 60s and early 70s with its thousands of ochre-colored trucks and equipment. RMK-BRJ gave construction training and employment to 200,000 Vietnamese in this […]

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Getting civilian military construction done — RMK-BRJ [Part 1]

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Getting civilian military construction done -- RMK-BRJ [Part 1]

KBR (formerly the M.W. Kellogg Company and Brown & Root, Inc.) is the 4th largest American construction firm today (listed by Engineering News Record) and is a subsidiary firm of Halliburton, well known for its former CEO, now U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.  KBR makes the news regularly under criticism of the non-competitive sole-source contracts […]

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Two boys drown at construction site

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

5/15/2010 Two 13-year-old boys drowned at an excavation site in the central-coast resort town of Phan Thiet on Friday. According to rescuers at Doi Duong beach, Nguyen Minh Thanh and Pham Hoang Khang were found dead in a three-meter-deep hole dug for the construction of a dyke. The hole, located at the seashore, is usually […]

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Delta boy drowns in hole at construction site

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Delta boy drowns in hole at construction site

5/17/2010 A 7-year-old was killed in Can Tho on Sunday after slipping into a hole filled with water at a construction site. Nguyen Van Quoc Duy, a Mekong Delta first-grader, and five of his friends went to the area, designed to be the location of Phong Dien District Commercial Center, to play after class. Duy […]

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Cầu Khe Dầu ở Quảng Bình lộ… cốt tre

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cầu Khe Dầu ở Quảng Bình lộ... cốt tre

19/03/2010 TTO – Cầu Khe Dầu được xây dựng với số tiền 1,45 tỉ đồng từ nguồn vốn ADB của Dự án giảm nghèo khu vực Miền Trung tỉnh Quảng Bình. Dù mới đưa vào sử dụng từ tháng 8-2008 nhưng hiện nay cầu này đã bị hư hỏng nặng nề. Cầu Khe Dầu dài […]

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