August, 2018

Smart Cities Take Many Forms

ENR Construction

The road to digital cities that know and meet your needs may appear inviting, but before you go there, be sure you know the way

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Will A Skilled Workers Shortage Impede Manufacturing Innovation?

Business Facilities Blog

Workforce investments, not downsizing, are manufacturers' priority as plans for automation increase, according to new L.E.K. Consulting survey. Read: Will A Skilled Workers Shortage Impede Manufacturing Innovation? at BusinessFacilities.com.

The Financial Effects Of A Safe Workplace

FDR Safety

In my 35+ years of working in the safety industry, I have had one goal each day: Help individuals safely return home to their families. There is no greater benefit of safety than this. This doesn’t mean that it is the only benefit.

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Commercial Construction Project Planning: 3 Warning Signs Your Budget Might Go Bust

Commercial Construction

Budget is always a major consideration for our commercial construction clients, and as a general contractor we devote significant time to the budgeting process.

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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.

Developing the PHC Workforce

Constructor Magazine

Resources to help recruit, hire and train new workers

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Green Globes New Multifamily Rating Systems Respond to the Market

Green Building Law Update

On July 11 the Green Building Initiative launched the Green Globes Multifamily for New Construction and Green Globes Multifamily for Existing Buildings.

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4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Construction Equipment

Constructonomics

The construction industry is comprised of numerous tools and equipment that are used for some heavy-duty work. Regular maintenance is necessary but you must also know when it is time to upgrade the equipment. Read on to know more. What Happens When Equipment Fails?

Making schools more secure is imperative, but how best to do that isn't settled yet

BD+C

Despite the constant drumbeat of news about the alarming frequency of school shootings around the country, many communities still view their schools as safe havens, and quite a few schools double as shelters from natural disasters. In Texas, E-class buildings must include a tornado shelter, according to Jon Moreau, Balfour Beatty Construction Services’ VP of Operations, in Houston. Some schools use underground parking garages, others use gyms or music halls.

Voice of Blockchain Event

Collaborative Construction

I'll be presenting at the Voice of Blockchain event in Chicago at the Navy Pier this Saturday. Anyone interested in learning more about how blockchain connects the digital world to the built environment need to attend. Follow the link below to learn more. Voice of Blockchain James James L.

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How To Set Out Your Building Foundation – Profiles

Construction Cost Estimating

The Design: In order to set out the foundation of any Pompeii over, the design should be arranged on paper. Then, it is required to make a proper plant and follow it. Small changes can occur in the plan in due course.

Unpacking BIM: How contractors can reap the rewards of a digital workflow

Construction Dive

BIM isn't a turnkey solution, a Yates executive says, but there's potential payoff for contractors that coordinate all the people, software and processes involved

Mission Critical at the Department of Defense now includes Climate

Green Building Law Update

On August 13 the President signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The $716 billion H.R.

Safety Around Powerlines – Part II

FDR Safety

Working around energized equipment can be very hazardous, it is good to know these helpful tips to prevent yourself from becoming the path to ground electricity is always searching for.

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Top 7 homebuilder trends

Geniebelt

Homebuilder trends in 2018 Certain trends stick around for what seems like forever, while others only last for a year or two, or sometimes even less. The homebuilding industry is at the moment under a significant paradigm shift, as new trends pop up in the sector on a constant basis.

Brickschain Pilot Project

Collaborative Construction

The ENR article linked below details the results of a very interesting pilot project in Minnesota in which a forward thinking general contracting firm, Gardner Builders partnered with an innovative startup firm, Brickschain , to deliver a robust building information model (BIM) on a functional blockchain platform.

11 Areas of Cyber Insurance You Should Know More About

Construction Business Owner

Twenty years ago, no one had heard of cyber insurance, and a hacker was someone with a cough. As recently as 10 years ago, many people still did not know how exposed they were to clandestine attacks on their data

Cement faces special challenges in quest for sustainability

Construction Dive

With each ton of the nearly 3 billion tons of cement produced per year globally releasing one ton of carbon dioxide, manufacturers are ramping up approaches to finding alternative methods and materials

SEC Assessment of Climate Change Risks Still Mandated

Green Building Law Update

While I was on the Baltoro glacier making my way down from K2 in Pakistan earlier this month the Securities and Exchange Commission informed Exxon Mobil Corp. that it closed its investigation into whether the company had misled investors about the risks that climate change posed to its business.

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Good Safety Signage

FDR Safety

There are good safety signs, bad safety signs and those that don’t tell you anything. An example of a “bad safety sign” is shown to the right. Notice the horrible placement and lack of context on the sign itself.

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Types of High-Rise Buildings Structural Systems

The Constructor

A multistory building higher than 21m or 21 to 29 floor buildings with unknown height described as high-rise structure. Various structural systems. High rise structures High-rise structural systems Structural Engineering Structures Structural Structural Design

Free Form Rebar Aligned Distribution in Revit 2019.1

BIM & Beam

Building on Autodesk’s strategy to make Revit a robust model authoring tool for designing and detailing, the Revit 2019.1 release includes an important update for concrete detailers and engineers that will help to increase modeling versatility, accuracy, and productivity.

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Every Contractor Should be Paperless - And Here’s Why

Contractor Bookkeeping

Today's Guest Article Is From Anastasia Harold - Coolfront Affiliate Manager. Running a contracting company has countless challenges. Most of your time and energy is usually focused on customer satisfaction, rightfully so.

Number of construction workers to double in home stretch of New Jersey mega-mall

Construction Dive

Triple Five told media last week it will have around 3,000 pairs of boots on the ground this fall to ensure the $5 billion American Dream Meadowlands opens early next year as planned

Jury Awards Millions in Sustainable Hog Case

Green Building Law Update

Last week a jury in federal court awarded more than $470 million to six people who live from one-third of a mile to one mile away from a hog farm, run by Murphy Brown and affiliate of Smithfield Foods, in a rural patch of Pender County, North Carolina. The lawsuit is the third to go to verdict of more than two dozen cases pending in North Carolina. In April another federal jury award ten families in Bladen County $50 Million.

Bjarke Ingels Group’s new Shenzhen tower includes a folded building envelope

BD+C

Pleats may be out when it comes to pants, but Bjarke Ingels Group seems to think they look pretty good on skyscrapers

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Types of Joints in Concrete Water Tank Structures and their Spacings

The Constructor

Joints in liquid retaining concrete structures are important part of its design as joints are required as per size and position of structure. Structural Design Structural Engineering Water Tank Design Contraction Joints Expansion joints Joints in Concrete Liquid Retaining Structure Water Tanks

Devens: Winning The Battle For Business

Business Facilities Blog

Where troops in full battle gear once lined in formation, high-tech execs squint to take aim at targets today—this time with new patents and breakthroughs in their sights. Read: Devens: Winning The Battle For Business at BusinessFacilities.com.

BIM for Reinforced Concrete – From Design to Detailing in One Model

BIM & Beam

This is the third blog post in a series that discusses the advantages of working on concrete projects in a BIM process for structural engineers.

Industry could be overspending $177B per year, study finds

Construction Dive

Lack of effective communication and low adoption of available tech tools have managers wasting up to 14 hours weekly finding documents, doing revisions and resolving conflicts, according to a PlanGrid/FMI Corp. report

How to Improve Your Marketing Skills in the Construction Industry

Construction Marketing Blog

Sometimes the summer season is a time of reflection, and self-improvement. So how can you improve your marketing skills in the construction industry?

McKinsey: When it comes to AI adoption, construction should look to other industries for lessons

BD+C

Tip of the spear. Cutting edge. Vanguard. These are not words anyone would associate with the construction industry. And when it comes to the nascent technology of artificial intelligence, the construction industry is right near the bottom for both current and future AI adoption

What is Podium Slab, Its Functions, Advantages and Disadvantages?

The Constructor

What is podium slab? Podium slabs are special type of floor system that transfers loads from a steel or wood frame structure above the slab to walls. Building Building Technology Guide Concrete Flooring Precast Concrete Construction

Largest Rubber Dam Bladder in U.S. Installed

PC Construction Blog

Last week, PC completed the replacement of the rubber dam bladder – the largest of its kind in the United States – at the Highgate Dam in Vermont. The original bladder, which was installed in. All Manufacturing & Industrial Projects