Wed.Mar 13, 2019

Ballast – Functions and Types

The Constructor

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Large Job Gain in January, Association Survey Shows Ongoing Demand But Workers Hard to Find

Construction Superintendent Magazine

Construction employment decreased by 31,000 jobs in February as extreme winter weather gripped much of the nation.

Top contractors partner with AI firm to prevent jobsite accidents before they happen

Construction Dive

By sharing images and project data, Suffolk, JE Dunn, Clayco and more will boost the Smartvid.io AI engine's ability to spot risks, which can cost contractors as much as $36,000 per incident

Arkansas: Creating Competitive Communities

Business Facilities Blog

A new Competitive Communities Initiative in Arkansas aims to make locations across the state even more attractive for new and expanding businesses. Read: Arkansas: Creating Competitive Communities at BusinessFacilities.com.

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

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

Cloud app creates drone deliverables in hours instead of days

Construction Dive

Using a Microsoft Azure app, drone services provider Dudek is speeding up the process of stitching together aerial imagery for projects on the scale of the California bullet train, for example

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Hotel construction pipeline reaches 8-year high in 2018

Construction Dive

The number of projects in development and construction has steadily climbed, with New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles among the world's top five cities by pipeline count, a new report finds

SkillsUSA National Signing Day to Celebrate Thousands of High School Seniors

Contractor Magazine

National Signing Day, sponsored by Klein Tools, will high school seniors who have chosen to pursue a career in the skilled trades

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3D-printed components define Seattle high-rise's sloped facade

Construction Dive

3Diligent's technology was chosen for the 59-story Rainier Square Tower because of the accuracy that would be required to achieve different angles on each sloping floor

44 States See Construction Employment Increases

Construction Equipment

The Associated General Contractors of America said 44 states added construction jobs between January 2018 and 2019, and 33 states added jobs between December and January. Officials said the employment gains may not last without an increase in the number of people trained for construction careers.

FEMA to fund only half of California's Oroville Dam repairs

Construction Dive

The federal agency approved only $333 million of the $639 million the state requested, reportedly citing the dam's condition prior to the 2017 failure

Nevada leads Region In Construction Jobs

ENR Construction

After leading the nation in job growth for most of the year, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico report weak gains early in 2019

$1B of work slated in Des Moines, Iowa

Construction Dive

The soaring value of commercial building permits in 2018 is expected to hold its momentum, driven largely by urban renovations and suburban data centers

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Trump 2020 Budget Has Deep Cut in Corps Construction

ENR Construction

Civil works construction request, down 46% from enacted 2019 level, includes funds to complete four projects

Climate change can’t be stabilized without addressing urban sprawl

BD+C

Transportation accounts for more than a quarter of U.S. carbon emissions, making it the largest source of U.S. carbon emissions. This sector surpassed power generation in 2017 as the top emitter. Urban sprawl, and the transportation challenges it presents, is one of the reasons for this development.

Trump 2020 Budget Has Deep Cut in Corps Construction

ENR Construction

Civil works construction request, down 46% from enacted 2019 level, includes funds to complete four projects

Some best formwork methods

Construction Cost Estimating

Formwork means the temporary or permanent molds which are applied to retain wet concrete unless it gets cured. It is a vital component in concrete construction as without formwork the schedule, labor requirements, quality and total cost of a project are significantly impacted.

Matterport raises $48M to expand entry-level 3D imagery tool

Construction Dive

As the reality capture firm hones its products to a lower price point, contractors like Mortenson are able to generate immersive virtual environments to overlay with BIM, among other uses

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The Code Council and CSA Group Publish New Rainwater Harvesting Standard

Contractor Magazine

The new standard sets guidelines for the safe implementation of rainwater harvesting components and systems in the U.S. and Canada

Trump's 2020 federal budget request omits $13B Hudson River tunnel

Construction Dive

The administration has made it clear to states that the key to federal funding for projects is to first secure local, state and private support

GROHE Highlights Innovation at ISH Keynote Event

Contractor Magazine

GROHE reflected on five mega trends in its offerings to customers at the start of the ISH trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany

44 States See Construction Employment Increases

Construction Equipment

The Associated General Contractors of America said 44 states added construction jobs between January 2018 and 2019, and 33 states added jobs between December and January. Officials said the employment gains may not last without an increase in the number of people trained for construction careers.

Design and Construction Week Defrosts Chilly Vegas

Contractor Magazine

The combined Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and International Builders Show drew crowds of more than 100,000

Construction Economics for March 18, 2019

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

Cemen Tech Introduces New Concrete Management Tools

Construction Equipment

Cemen Tech has added AP Office and AP Mobile to its ACCU-POUR technology suite for volumetric concrete mixers. The cloud-based solution allows production communication between office and mixers. After an order is placed, dispatch enters the job parameters into AP Office, which transmits them to AP

5G opens up new possibilities for Volvo

Digger Blog

Volvo Construction Equipment has got Sweden’s first 5G network for industrial use and plans to exploit it by developing remote-controlled construction machinery.

Space-as-a-Service Business Models Are Reshaping Office Design

ENR Construction

Nic Rader says his job, figuring out how to offer space as a service, is one of the most exciting jobs at WeWork

Skyjack SJ9253 Scissor Lift-web

Construction Equipment

The SJ9253 scissor lift is the company’s largest, with a working height of 59 feet. Operating weight is 18,400 pounds, and the unit’s capacity is 1,500 pounds. It can climb grades to 35 percent

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Why It’s Critical to Have a Sound Cybersecurity Strategy

John Chaney

Protecting yourself and your organization from cyber criminals can feel like an uphill battle – but it doesn’t have to be. It wasn’t all that long ago that data security was something that most of us took for granted.

Worker Injured After Debris Falls from a Crane

Construction Equipment

A construction worker was critically injured when debris fell from a crane on Friday. There was also speculation that a piece of the crane had fallen onto the worker. Firefighters arrived at the scene in Fort Worth, Texas, at about 8:45 a.m., where workers are currently building a bridge near

All-Electric Commercial Zero-Turn Mowers Head for Southern California

Green Industry Professionals

With 10 years of electric mower experience, Mean Green is now part of a commercial electric lawn and garden exchange program

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The Many Health Effects of Noise

Green Industry Professionals

Lawn mowers and other equipment can reach noise levels high enough to cause hearing damage and potential cardiovascular problems

Oil Consumption Control for Heavy-Duty Engine Service

Green Industry Professionals

Kawasaki introduces two new KTech engine oil formulations with a focus on oil consumption control for heavy-duty service

Plugging the Black Hole That Is a Contractor’s Shop

Green Industry Professionals

Landscape contractors are increasingly outsourcing their shop needs to a dedicated outdoor power equipment service department