Wed.Aug 12, 2020

HEAT STRESS

FDR Safety

As the summer heat sets in across the country, heat stress begins to raise to the forefront of conversations. This silent killer is prevalent in many settings and can take its toll on workers in the blink of an eye. It is key to remember that there are easy ways to combat heat stress and to ensure workers safety from the inside out. We are taught to wear hard hats for head protection, steel toe shoes for foot protection, and safety glasses for eye protection, but what about our internal systems?

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Florida Tech Time

Business Facilities

The Sunshine State is used to making things grow, this includes its tech industry, where Florida is sprouting thousands of new jobs. Read: Florida Tech Time at BusinessFacilities.com.

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How to manage claims in construction more efficiently

Lets Build

In construction, documentation is always key. As a Project Manager, you need to be able at any time to retrieve critical data that will allow you to efficiently manage claims in your projects. Free guide: How to reduce construction delays by more than 20%. The smallest mistake and you can quickly end up fighting against claims that can block your project and cost you thousands of Euros. So, it goes without saying that your programme should reflect reality at all times.

5 Ways to Support Diversity & Growth in Your Company

Construction Business Owner

5 Ways to Support Diversity & Growth in Your Company. Elizabeth Manning. Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:50. Recessions and other setbacks have placed the construction industry in a severe crisis. Skilled labor is aging out and moving into retirement, and there aren’t enough employees to fill the pipeline. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is currently a shortage of around 300,000 jobs in the construction industry.

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

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

Wacker Neuson Sales Drop 25%

Construction Equipment

Sales for the second quarter of 2020 are down 25.4 percent compared to 2019, reported Wacker Neuson Group, to about $455 million (385.9 million euro). The company cited Covid-19’s effect on markets, and said first half revenue is down 16.4 percent, to about $940 million. After a positive start to

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Bobcat Adds Dealerships in Calif, Fla.

Construction Equipment

Bobcat Co. has added three locations to it distribution network. Bobcat of Ventura is located in Ventura, California, and is part of Giffin Rental. In Florida, Grove Equipment added two locations—in Bartow and Plant City. Giffin Rental has been buying, selling, and renting construction equipment

Mortgage Rates Drop Again, But May Soon Reverse Course

Pro Builder

Mortgage Rates Drop Again, But May Soon Reverse Course. cbroderick. Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:21. Record low mortgage rates have had a good run, but it may be coming to an end, CNBC says. Last week looked good for mortgage rates, which dropped from 3.14% to 3.06% on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances of $510,400 or less. Mortgage application volume began a slight downturn in previous weeks but rose 6.8% last week.

[VIDEO] Idaho Bridge Slid Into Place

Construction Equipment

Last month, construction crews managed to slide the first of two new bridges at the Blacks Creek Interchange on Interstate 84 into place. The side-in-place maneuver was designed to minimize impacts to the heavily traveled interstate. Crews constructed most of the new bridge right next to the

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4 Ways to Improve Building Sanitization During the Pandemic

The Constructor

Building sanitization has become an integral part of facilities management in today’s COVID-stricken world. Though the impact of the virus hasn’t. Building Technology Guide

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.

Caltrans Repaves Highway with 100% Recycled Asphalt and Plastic Bottles

Construction Junkie

courtesy of Caltrans. Asphalt is the material of choice for much of the roadways in the United States, but as everyone that’s ever driven in a car knows, the material is prone to cracking and potholing, creating a considerable maintenance problem. A new process being tested in California is showing promising results by using cold in-place asphalt and recycled plastic bottles.

What is Hyperloop Technology and How Will it Affect Us?

The Constructor

The hyperloop technology is a transportation system where the passengers will sit in pods that will travel faster than the airplanes through. Construction Engineering & Management civil engineers commute developed cities economic growth fast travel hyperloop infrastucture projects mumbai to pune pollution traffic Transportation

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Miller Releases Wireless Interface for Engine Drives

Construction Equipment

Miller Electric has announced the release of Wireless Interface Control as an option on Trailblazer and Big Blue welder/generators. Wireless Interface Control is designed to provide full control of the machine in the palm of the operator’s hand, so they can work hassle-free. When operators have

Buyers Are Snatching Up Homes in Record Time

Pro Builder

Buyers Are Snatching Up Homes in Record Time. cbroderick. Wed, 08/12/2020 - 09:43. The housing market seems like a revolving door for new listings, with homes coming and going at a fast pace. Redfin found that in the four-week period ending August 2, 46% of homes were sold within the first two weeks. At the same time last year, 32% of homes were sold within two weeks.

Construction Industry Adds 20K Employees in July; Nonresidential Employment Dips, Says AGC

Construction Superintendent Magazine

Construction employment increased by 20,000 jobs in July but the gains were limited to housing, while employment related to infrastructure and nonresidential building construction slipped by 4,000, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government data.

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Dennis Calvert, the right architect for Design-Build

The Korte Company

When it comes to providing value on a project, Dennis Calvert has long since learned the worth of letting the best ideas win the day. . Design-Build was not always accepted in the industry. In fact, most architects avoided it and many local, state and federal laws prevented it. . But from his early days as an architect, Dennis saw the value in teamwork. So when he encountered Ralph Korte’s vision of Design-Build in action, he saw the industry’s future. .

Richland Creek Water Supply Program Nears Completion

PC Construction

The Richland Creek Water Supply Program is a new greenfield project comprised of an entirely new water system for Paulding County, Georgia. PC Construction holds Contract 4, one of five separate owner-issued contracts to construct. All Integrated Delivery Projects Water & Wastewater Treatment CMAR

FIGG Bridge Engineers Sues to Block Federal Debarment

ENR Construction

The engineering firm blamed for role in fatal 2018 collapse fights back

Document provides guidance for mass timber construction

BD+C

The American Wood Council (AWC) and International Code Council have released a joint publication, Mass Timber Buildings and the IBC

Navistar Announces Leadership Appointments

Construction Equipment

Navistar announced a series of executive appointments under the leadership of President and Chief Executive Officer Persio Lisboa, effective immediately. Friedrich Baumann has accepted the role of president, sales, marketing and after sales. Baumann will be responsible for the complete commercial

Apple Central World welcomes first visitors in Bangkok

BD+C

Located at the heart of Central World Square in Bangkok, Apple Central world has officially opened

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3 Approaches to Drone Program Management

Construction Equipment

How can one person or team account for all the factors that make a drone program successful? The folks at Skyward point out that fleets have options. According to its downloadable Guide to Starting a Drone Program eBook, depending on a program's size and complexity, there are a few different ways

68 US Companies Gets Support to Supply Mozambique LNG Project

ENR Construction

The companies from Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and the District of Columbia, will deliver exports of equipment and services worth $1.8 billion with financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank

Oregon Getting Green(er)

Constructech

With most schools closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remodeling and construction plans in school districts around the country have been put on hold. With classes possibly beginning again in August or September, Boards of Education are reopening some of the contracts that had been postponed and issuing new contracts for work to be done as soon as possible. In Eugene, Ore., Ameresco , Framingham, Mass.,

Cooperation Is Key in COVID-Related Site Disputes, Lawyers Say

ENR Construction

Most owners, contractors and project teams are working amicably to resolve cost and scheduling issues, attorneys' group says

What Is the Gradient of Road | Types of Road Gradient | Factors Affecting Gradient |Effect of Gradient on Roads

CivilJungle

What Is the Gradient of Road? It is defined as the rate of rising or falls along the length of the road with respect to the horizontal is known as Gradient of Road. In another word, it is the longitudinal slope provided to the formation level of the road along its alignment. It is generally expressed in 1 in n ( where 1 is a vertical unit to n is a horizontal unit ). It is also expressed in percentage. Gradient = (Vertical distance / Horizontal distance) x 100.

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How to Make a Natural Pot Refrigerator

Natural Building

This short video demonstrates how simple it is to make a very basic evaporative cooler for produce. You can watch the video at www.youtube.com. Obtain two large clay or terracotta pots. One pot must be smaller than the other pot. Check that the smaller pot fits inside the larger and that there is a space around it of at least one centimeter, up to three centimeters. Fill the base of the larger pot with coarse sand to about 2.5

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The University of Toronto’s new learning and support hub is a ‘learning landscape’

BD+C

The University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) is set to receive a new student-centered learning and support hub courtesy of ZAS Architects, in collaboration with CEBRA Architecture. The design of the building is inspired by the form of a 19th century Printer’s Tray. The building’s four distinct facades mirror the tray’s compartments and represent the diversity of spaces and educational environments within.

Lumber Prices Lead the Latest Surge in Building Material Costs

Pro Builder

Lumber Prices Lead the Latest Surge in Building Material Costs. cbroderick. Wed, 08/12/2020 - 09:53. The cost of building materials continued on an upward trajectory last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index. Prices paid for goods used in residential construction rose by 1.8%, according to NAHB. The overall rising price for goods is led by increasingly expensive softwood lumber. Softwood lumber prices grew by 11.0% in July but have grown 29.3%

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6 must reads for the AEC industry today: August 12, 2020

BD+C

Sustainability is key for Denver Water’s modernized campus and distribution system (BD+C) . "As As part of the public agency’s multiphase modernization that linked eight new or fully renovated facilities within a 35-acre operations campus, the building was designed to achieve LEED-NC Platinum and Net Zero Energy certification standards

Pandemic Ripple Effect: Homeowners Focus On Outdoor Spaces

Pro Builder

Pandemic Ripple Effect: Homeowners Focus On Outdoor Spaces. cbroderick. Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:04. With social distancing and travel restriction guidelines in place, many homeowners have shifted focus to elevating their outdoor spaces. Even amid economic turmoil and uncertainty, demand for housing industry professionals has skyrocketed by 60% compared to last year, according to Houzz’s latest analysis.

Do Work Boots Become More Flexible Over Time?

Work Gearz

How often do we suffer from painful blisters caused by new work boots? How often do we avoid wearing them altogether to relieve ourselves from that pain? . I am certain that most of us have answered with ‘multiple times’ to the above questions. Work boots can indeed be a pain to break into, and we keep hoping for a shortcut to this problem. Unfortunately, there isn’t any, but to continue wearing them for as long as it takes to make them comfortable. .

How Much Income Is Needed to Live In the Largest U.S. Cities?

Pro Builder

How Much Income Is Needed to Live In the Largest U.S. Cities? cbroderick. Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:14. As the pandemic continues wreaking havoc on Americans' financial stability, less than 88% of apartment households made full or partial rent payments in July. This 3% drop from this time last year pushed SmartAsset to analyze the average cost for a two-bedroom apartment in the top 25 metros. The U.S.