January, 2019

Exoskeleton suit allows construction workers to lift 200 lbs

Construction Dive

Sarcos Robotics' Guardian XO Max full-body exoskeleton robotic system is controlled by sensors that respond to human movement within milliseconds

Commercial Construction Trends: Three Headlines That Won’t Die In 2019

Commercial Construction

After nearly 10 years of publishing Hard Hat Chat (more to come on our blog’s 10 th anniversary later this year), we know there’s never a shortage of fresh topics and trends to discuss in the commercial construction industry.

Field Density of Soil by Rubber Balloon Method

The Constructor

Rubber balloon test method is an in-situ test conducted to determine field density of soils especially compacted soils. Apparatus required, test. Geotechnical Engineering Material Testing Guide Soil Engineering Dry Density of Soil Field soil density rubber balloon method Soil density

8 Construction Trends to Pay Close Attention to in 2019

John Chaney

As 2019 kicks into full gear, the construction industry is in the midst of a fascinating transition, with contractors transforming their operations across the globe to integrate new technologies, ideas and opportunities. Though the political and economic landscapes remain a […].

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

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

How to Keep Your Construction Site Safe

Construction Marketing Blog

If you’ve been on a construction team or helped out a construction site, you understand the importance of maintaining a functional work environment.

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ISO publishes first international BIM standards

Construction Dive

The guidance will provide the necessary framework to help designers and contractors from different countries collaborate more efficiently on all phases of construction projects and will encourage BIM's wider use

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St. Petersburg is Bold in Mandating Envision

Green Building Law Update

The City of St. Petersburg, Florida passed a progressive ordinance last week mandating that City infrastructure projects and newly constructed and renovated City building be third party certified as green. The new Ordinance 359-H, passed by the St.

How to Cut Control Joints in Concrete Slab?

The Constructor

Control joints are provided in the concrete slab to reduce cracks formed due to shrinkage. The specifications of the control joints such as the depth. Concrete Crack Repair Concrete Technology How To Guide

State of the Construction Industry: January Roundup

John Chaney

We’re one month into 2019 and already there are some big stories making waves across the United States — from the government shutdown and battle over a potential border wall to the impacts from tariffs and concerns of a slowing economy.

Small Projects to Make Your Kitchen Look New

Construction Marketing Blog

Even the most loved and lived-in kitchens can benefit from a sprucing up after just a few years of constant use. Making an older kitchen look new again doesn’t have to be a big budget ordeal. A few carefully chosen DIY home projects can have your kitchen look brand new for a fraction of the cost of a remodel. The projects do not have to be major structural upgrades or big appliance purchases.

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OSHA Penalty & Record Keeping Changes

FDR Safety

On January 23rd OSHA released its annual Federal Register report containing the changes within the organization. We recommend reading the article in its entirety but have included many of the highlights below. OSHA Penalties Increased Due To Inflation.

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Complex brick patterns fall into place with mixed reality tool

Construction Dive

Fologram scales 3D models to workers' environments via HoloLens headsets so they can accurately assemble tough designs in hours rather than days

Virginia Is Business Facilities’ 2018 State Of The Year

Business Facilities Blog

The Commonwealth secures BF's top annual honor with a diversified and successful high-tech growth strategy. Read: Virginia Is Business Facilities’ 2018 State Of The Year at BusinessFacilities.com.

Effect of Excess Water in Concrete Mix

The Constructor

The use of excessive water in the concrete mix may facilitate easy placing of concrete but it produces less quality product. The damage of concrete. Concrete Durability Concrete Technology Concrete Mix Design Concrete Properties Water Cement Ratio

Improving Your Construction Technology Knowledge in 15-Minutes

John Chaney

You can learn a lot in 15 minutes. Viewpoint’s Take 15 webinar series — launched last year — has been met with rave reviews, and we have a whole slew of new topics planned throughout 2019.

3D Drone Mapping Captures Project Conditions from the Air

PC Construction Blog

Waterhead Mill, located in Lowell, Massachusetts, is a four-story, brick building originally built in the early 20th century as a corduroy mill. The building is situated on a two-acre site surrounded by the Concord River. All Commercial Projects Technology & Innovation

Denmark to build nine industrial, energy-producing islands surrounded by a ‘nature belt’


URBAN POWER, an architecture firm based in Denmark, has recently unveiled a plan to build nine islands that will be used for fossil-free energy production, act as a flood barrier, and add a publicly accessible nature area

Richmond, Virginia, has $500M+ of hospital projects planned or under construction

Construction Dive

The regional market is ripe for contractors well-versed in what the Facilities Guidelines Institute sets out as design and construction best practices for medical projects

Volkswagen Will Create 1,000 New Jobs In Tennessee

Business Facilities Blog

The company has selected Chattanooga as the U.S. base for its electric vehicle production and will invest $800 million in the facility. . Read: Volkswagen Will Create 1,000 New Jobs In Tennessee at BusinessFacilities.com. Automotive Business Clusters/Corridors Capital Investment Daily News Featured Manufacturing Tennessee corporate expansion Electric Vehicles EV production Hamilton County LEED Site Selection Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Volkswagen AG VW

Polymer Modified Mortar- Types, Properties, and Applications

The Constructor

Polymer modified mortar is produced by mixing water with polymeric admixtures, Portland cement, and sand. The addition of polymer improves mortar. Concrete Admixtures Concrete Crack Repair Concrete Technology

Test Your Construction Industry Knowledge!

John Chaney

Take a Short Quiz on Construction Trends and Statistics and See How Much You Know. Ever wonder…. What is the largest construction related project? How long did it take? How much did it cost? Do you know just how large the construction industry is or what it’s projected to be in the near future?

Engineering the Digitalized Jobsite

Construction Business Owner

Last week, Autodesk announced the official closing of its acquisition of BuildingConnected, an online bid management solution designed to serve general contractors and subcontractors.

Tall mass timber code changes receive final approval


The International Code Council (ICC) has approved all 14 of the tall mass timber code change proposals.

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7 trends that will shape commercial construction in 2019

Construction Dive

Is a trend really a trend if it repeats year after year? Many construction trends are similar to those in years before, but will affect markets in nuanced ways

New Trucks and Equipment Rolling Out at The Work Truck Show 2019

Contractor Magazine

Ford, FCCC, Freightliner, International, Mack, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Ram plan news

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Bond Beam Block vs. Lintel Block

The Constructor

Bond beam block and lintel blocks are concrete units which are used especially for masonry purposes. The differences between both bond beam block and. Building Technology Guide Masonry Construction Others Bond beam bond beam block concrete block concrete masonry lintel lintel Block

It’s Tax Time. Is Your Construction Organization Ready?

John Chaney

Tackle Your Tax Questions During Viewpoint’s 2019 Tax Symposium for Construction. That three letter word is back: TAX. That word can mean something different depending on your role at your construction organization. For many, it’s a puzzling, stressful and taxing (pun intended) word.

GenieBelt and APROPLAN merge to create a new force in construction technology


We are extremely proud to announce that GenieBelt and APROPLAN have agreed to enter into a merger agreement that will give customers an end-to-end digital solution covering the construction phase with on-site planning, progress communication, and on-site follow-up communication.

Safer K-12 design: School should feel – and look – like school


K-12 schools exist to engage students in active learning, providing them with the skills and knowledge for successful futures. Unquestionably, these environments should also be safe and welcoming.

3D: 3 viable printing tech developments for construction

Construction Dive

Completion of the world's longest 3D-printed pedestrian bridge and other recent milestones indicate the technology is making big advancements

South Carolina: Cherokee County Lands $75 Million Recycling Facility

Business Facilities Blog

Green Tech Solution, a subsidiary of an investment company based in Tianjin, China, will process plastics, scrap metal and electronics at the South Carolina plant. Read: South Carolina: Cherokee County Lands $75 Million Recycling Facility at BusinessFacilities.com.

Grade Separation and Interchanges

The Constructor

Grade separation is a method developed to avoid the disruption of traffic flow at intersections. Grade separation is adopted at junctions where two. Bridges Highway Engineering Roads/Highways Transportation Grade seperation interchages traffic engineering Transportation Engineering

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Build Toward Construction Industry Success in 2019

John Chaney

Welcome to 2019. It’s a new year. It can be new you. You’ve made a list and checked it twice…or not. Sometimes, that list gets messy or doesn’t exist at all. Either way, it’s OK! Make a list with a […].