Wed.Jan 17, 2018

Trimble exec: BIM, constructible data will transform industry

Construction Dive

Software maker Trimble is teaming up with Dutch construction company VolkerWessels to hone BIM capabilities and better leverage project data

Canada Investing Over $33M In Automotive Growth

Business Facilities Blog

Eleven companies in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia will receive support from the federal government to advance automotive tech, create more than 2,600 jobs. Read: Canada Investing Over $33M In Automotive Growth at BusinessFacilities.com.

Sports venue construction spending expected to jump in 2019

Construction Dive

The upward trend in spending should follow a temporary drop in sports venue outlays this year

Viewpoint: Successful Employee Recruiting Requires a Multifaceted Strategy

ENR Construction

The construction industry needs to make a long-term commitment to solving workforce shortages and improving its recruiting practices

2017 Construction Forecast: A Post-Election Update

What's on tap for construction's economic fortunes in 2017?

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Q&A: Consigli Construction exec on why craftsmanship is still important

Construction Dive

Steven Gentilucci, general superintendent and head of self-perform division, discusses how construction companies can embrace craftsmanship

Exec Turns Unknowns to Action to Speed Rebuild of Damaged Span

ENR Construction

As darkness fell on fire-damaged I-85 in downtown Atlanta last April, uncertainty was as pervasive as the smoke and rubble

Automation's opportunities and threats

Construction Dive

Despite its safety and productivity benefits, a new report indicates that automation could displace 2.7 million construction workers in next 40 years

‘The Quarter’ is transforming a thriving urban neighborhood in Cleveland

BD+C

Old is new again. Neglected urban centers are getting a second chance, and Ohio City is a prime example. The Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood is undergoing rapid revival, adding retail, restaurants and residences to the area

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You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

Mortenson emphasizes community benefits for $2B Las Vegas Raiders stadium

Construction Dive

Mortenson and stadium officials are working to ensure that locals benefit from the $750 million public investment in the new Raiders venue

Energy efficiency funds education

Constructor Magazine

A Pennsylvania school district uses the savings from an energy performance contract to upgrade educational opportunities for its students

Denver to implement $12M smart technology transportation framework

Construction Dive

The plan for connected city infrastructure and vehicles would improve safety and traffic flow

How Artificial Intelligence Can Redefine Your Way of Doing Business

Construction Business Owner

Imagine a jobsite tool that only improves with time. Imagine a tool that records each and every change order, every bit of rework and every safety incident. Not only does that tool record it, but it also files it away for future projects.

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The Construction Health Indicator is a daily pulse of the construction industry.

VR simulators centerpiece of Nevada training facility

Construction Dive

The Associated Generator Contractors of America received a $200,000 government grant to help launch the center, slated to open by late spring

Contractor helps Vets ‘Transition to Trades’

Constructor Magazine

Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Total Tech School and Praxis S-10 hope to go national with their Transition to Trades Program with the United States Army

How to Survive the Big Construction Labor Squeeze

ENR Construction

You can’t compete with the labor shortage. It has too much control over your progress

How You Might Be Creating a Divisive Company Culture

Construction Business Owner

The Hatfields and the McCoys. The Earps and the Clanton Gang. The Yankees and the Red Sox. The Republicans and the Democrats. Adversaries make for the greatest plot lines. But what about the office and the field?

Reaching Out to Public Schools With Engineering 'Dream' Movie

ENR Construction

Passion and persistence from Jane Howell Lombardi, chief communications officer for the American Society of Civil Engineers, were critical in bringing “Dream Big: Engineering Our World,” an IMAX movie about engineering, to the big screen

3 Ways Telematics Can Optimize Operations for Your Mixed Fleet

Construction Business Owner

Empowering Budding Engineers to Power Up Villages in Nepal

ENR Construction

Hiring good high-school engineering teachers is harder than ever these days, but David Mangus is an outlier

Is farming ready to grow up?

BD+C

The United Nations estimates that by 2050 nearly 10 billion people will inhabit the planet, including 6.5 billion living in cities. That would be double the number of urban dwellers today. This population explosion is going to require different modes for growing and distributing food, in terms of yield, land and water use, and nutritional value, because right now, “the field isn’t meeting the needs of the customer globally

Innovation Addresses Multiple Problems in Hampton Roads

ENR Construction

Industry officials credit Ted Henifin, general manager of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, with conceptualizing an innovative initiative that addresses multiple issues under one program: meeting ever-toughening water-quality requirements, ensuring sufficient supplies of drinking water, and slowing and potentially even reversing dramatic land subsidence due to sea-level rise and groundwater over-pumping

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LA looks to $600M in federal bonds to finance infrastructure

Construction Dive

The state has a backlog of road and bridge repairs totaling almost $14 billion

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Fanning the Flames for Structural Fire Engineering

ENR Construction

On Jan. 9, the American Society of Civil Engineers approved for publication its first manual of practice for performance-based structural fire engineering

Green Building Initiative buys global rights to Green Globes rating system

Construction Dive

The deal allows nonprofit GBI to expand the sustainability rating system for commercial and multifamily buildings worldwide

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Clear-Headed Engineer Saves Houston's Drinking Water

ENR Construction

On Aug. 27, Hurricane Harvey’s rains flooded a critical backwash pond at Houston’s smallest water plant

Product roundup: 12 daylighting technologies

BD+C

Phantom 5000. Tubelite. This line of zero-sightline awning and casement windows features a concealed aluminum frame design that is virtually invisible from a building’s exterior, providing a consistent appearance of fixed lites. Designed for mid-rise commercial and multifamily projects, where natural ventilation and daylight are a premium. Hinge options allow opening from the bottom or side of the window. Screens are available with frames to match the window

Construction Economics for the Week of January 22, 2018

ENR Construction

ENR’s 20-city average cost indexes, wages and materials prices. Historical data and details for ENR’s 20 cities can be found at ENR.com/economics

Economic outlook 2018: Room to grow

Constructor Magazine

Both the residential and non-residential construction markets see opportunity to expand, but some demographics say we are heading into unknown territory

Overground, underground: Cats in the mine

Digger Blog

There are a couple of interesting technology developments in Caterpillar’s mining division to report – one relating to automation and the other to battery powered machinery.

Quality is king: Panelized wall systems are the future of multifamily building

BD+C

What do skilled labor shortage and the reemergence of the housing market have in common? Together, they’ve perpetuated the need for higher-quality building standards. Though multifamily housing starts have leveled off to new norms, they are still in high demand.