Mon.Sep 14, 2020

AI: Slowed but not Stopped

Constructech

AI—Artificial Intelligence (or Augmented Intelligence)—has been a buzzword for decades. Every day we hear of things being augmented with AI: autonomous cars, for example. But is AI really growing and being implemented in practical, useful applications? Apparently so.

2020 Viewpoint Collaborate in Review!

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Missed Viewpoint's Collaborate conference this year or couldn't attend every session you wanted to? Here's some of the key highlights: Events

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Topeka Will Pay Up To $10K To Remote Workers That Buy A Home

Business Facilities

The Choose Topeka Relocation Incentive is expanding to encourage remote workers to relocate to Kansas’ capital city, recently named a top 10 housing market by realtor.com. Read: Topeka Will Pay Up To $10K To Remote Workers That Buy A Home at BusinessFacilities.com.

Examining the Variables Affecting Bids in 2020

Construction Business Owner

Examining the Variables Affecting Bids in 2020. Elizabeth Manning. Mon, 09/14/2020 - 16:31. The construction industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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

What are the Important Types of Pipe Appurtenances?

The Constructor

Various pipe appurtenances or fixtures are required to carry out inspections, tests, and cleaning and repairing works on isolated portions of pipes. Water Supply

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Industrial Revolution 4.0: Its Impact on the Construction Sector

The Constructor

The concept of the Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0 embodies digitization, automation, and an increased use of Information and Communications. Digital tools

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20-Year-Old Operator/Instructor Trains Newcomers

Construction Equipment

When Dawson Vanderwiele walks into a heavy equipment operator training class at Baker Technical Institute in Oregon, not many students suspect that she’s the instructor. After all, in addition to teaching groups of mostly male students, she’s only 20 years old. What the students might not

Amazon Hiring 100,000 New Employees Across U.S., Canada

Business Facilities

In September alone, Amazon will open 100 new operations buildings — including fulfillment centers, delivery stations, sortation centers and other sites. Read: Amazon Hiring 100,000 New Employees Across U.S., Canada at BusinessFacilities.com.

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Tech Reduces Truck Crashes: Study

Construction Equipment

A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that heavy trucks equipped with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems could avoid more than 2 out of 5 crashes in which the truck rear-ends another vehicle. Download the study here.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Latest addition to Fermilab campus about to begin construction

BD+C

This fall, construction is scheduled to begin on the Integrated Engineering Research Center (IERC), an $86 million, 85,000-sf infrastructure project on the 6,800-acre campus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., the nation’s premier particle physics lab.

Fuel Burn Marks Rebuild Sweet Spot

Construction Equipment

When acquiring a piece of construction equipment, many equipment managers ask dealers one common question: How long will the engine run before a rebuild is needed? The powertrain is on many of our customers’ minds, even at the time of purchase,” says Scott Tolley, product support sales specialist

2020 and the Mobile Worker

Constructech

Some might say 2020 is the year that mobile has exploded, but those of us in the construction industry know that this trend has slowly been coming to fruition for more than a decade.

Traton Ups Offer for Navistar

Construction Equipment

Traton has offered to acquire Navistar Internation for $43 per share, Navistar says, and its board agreed to explore the deal. In a statement, the board acknowledges that the offer is 23 percent higher than previous bids, and—although it “significantly undervalues the company and substantial

Opportunities: Construction and Manufacturing

Constructech

We were starting to see manufacturing companies make capital investments and building in their industrial facilities throughout North America prior to COVID-19.

The importance of photo documentation for construction and how to avoid the admin nightmare

Lets Build

Reporting progress from a construction site comes in a number of ways and forms. Without a doubt, photo documentation is one of the most essential aspects of field reporting and field tracking.

Home Prices Jump 13%—Highest Yearly Advance in 7 Years

Pro Builder

Home Prices Jump 13%—Highest Yearly Advance in 7 Years. cbroderick. Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:11. For the four-week period ending September 6, median home sales, pending homes sales, and new listings increased. Median homes sales grew by 13% year over year, according to Redfin.

A Kickoff to Construction Safety Week

PC Construction

Today kicks off the celebration of Construction Safety Week. While safety is a focus every moment of every day on the jobsite, this celebration brings together construction firms from across the U.S. and Canada to.

Dodge Momentum Index Climbs in August

Construction Superintendent Magazine

The Dodge Momentum Index increased 1.8% in August to 126.5 2000=1000) from the revised July reading of 124.2.

BF Location Video: Business in New Braunfels, Texas: Since 1845

Business Facilities

Strategically located between San Antonio and Austin, New Braunfels was recently named the 9th Fastest Growing City by Percentage in 2019, US Census, 4th Fastest Growing County by Percentage in 2019, US Census, #15 in Millennial Growth, Haven Life Insurance Group.

Smart Device Partners and Energy Management for the Connected Home

Pro Builder

Smart Device Partners and Energy Management for the Connected Home. ibush. Mon, 09/14/2020 - 19:39. Should home builders work with one of the big three—Apple, Amazon, Google—on a connected home solution? And what about energy management? Is microgrid technology the answer?

Omnitracs Acquires SmartDrive

Construction Equipment

Omnitracs will acquire SmartDrive. Omnitracs offers software as a service (SaaS) for fleet management and data analytics, and SmartDrive offers video-based safety and transportation intelligence. The resulting company will offer a “converged, end-to-end platform that optimizes safety, driver

Lumber Prices Fuel Overall Increases in Prices Paid for Residential Construction

Pro Builder

Lumber Prices Fuel Overall Increases in Prices Paid for Residential Construction. cbroderick. Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:59. Prices paid for goods used in residential construction increased even more in August, mainly pushed up by increasing softwood lumber prices.

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Test for Compressive Strength of Brick | Water Absorption | Dimensions Test

CivilJungle

What is Brick ? One of the oldest building material in construction line brick continues to be the most popular and leading construction material because of durable, being cheap, and easy to handle and work with.

Relocation of neighborhoods, the next step in U.S. flood strategy, is underway

BD+C

policymakers used to believe that relocating entire flood-prone communities away from vulnerable areas was too extreme a measure. That view is changing. There is a growing acceptance that rebuilding over and over after successive floods makes little sense.

Manufacturers Bet on Tech for New Home Appliances

Pro Builder

Manufacturers Bet on Tech for New Home Appliances. ibush. Mon, 09/14/2020 - 06:00. Appliance manufacturers are offering consumers tech features, large and small, on their latest appliances. Nigel F. Maynard, Editor-in-Chief, Products.

Bridge Building Technique Speeds Up Google Hub

ENR Construction

Precast concrete panels with Lego-style connections form the building core for Google’s fast-track rehab of a Manhattan freight terminal into its new Big Apple headquarters

McShane Construction begins work on Gilbert, Ariz., multifamily development

BD+C

In response to the surge in population growth in the Greater Phoenix Area, a new multifamily development is now under construction in Gilbert, Ariz. Springs at Cooley Station will feature 276 apartment units spread across 14 acres and 10 garden-style buildings.

ENR MidAtlantic Announces the 2020 Excellence in Safety Award Winners

ENR Construction

ENR MidAtlantic Announces the 2020 Excellence in Safety Award Winners

Construction Time for Multifamily Buildings Increases, Continuing Upward Trend

Pro Builder

Construction Time for Multifamily Buildings Increases, Continuing Upward Trend. cbroderick. Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:04. Continuing the upward trend from the past seven years, the average length of time for multifamily construction to conclude in 2019 was 17.3 months.

Bridge Building Technique Speeds Up Google Hub Project

ENR Construction

Precast concrete panels with Lego-style connections form the building core for team's fast-track rehab of a 4-story Manhattan freight terminal into the tech giant's 12-story NYC headquarters

6 Atlanta Construction Workers Injured After Parking Deck Collapses Twice in 2 Days

Construction Junkie

photo by Arvell Dorsey Jr , CC BY 2.0. Multiple construction workers were transported to local hospitals in Atlanta on Friday and Saturday after an 11th floor parking deck collapsed onto the 10th floor and then collapsed again while workers were shoring up the site the next day.

ENR Northwest Announces 2020 Regional Best Projects Winners

ENR Construction

ENR Northwest names 2020's top Regional Best Projects for Alaska, Oregon and Washington