Engineers and construction workers have designed and built some game-changing projects around the world recently. A slide show highlights 19 massive works, including the Itaipu Dam between Brazil and Paraguay and smart cities in various countries.
A public transit center was built at the Denver International Airport, and the mixed-use project also includes a hotel, conference center, restaurants and retail space. A collaborative effort by multiple parties was essential, and was made possible with the use of building information modeling.
Multiple stakeholders can access the cloud and leverage building information modeling with Autodesk's new BIM 360 Plan. The app works with iPads or web browsers for easy access, with a variety of filters and the ability to create work plans in list, Gantt or swim-lane form.
A 28-story student housing building in London is now Europe's tallest modular structure. The technique of placing a concrete core and then stacking prefab, furnished room modules cut construction time by up to a year compared with traditional methods and reduced environmental impact.
Synthetic biology is increasingly being used in industries that do not require biological processes, including construction materials, mining and adhesives, writes Gigi Kwik Gronvall of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. However, synthetic biology still faces several barriers to its adoption, such as a lack of data on its economic impact and "a weak governance framework," Gronvall writes.
3D printing for construction is taking on a novel form with technology now used by UK-based Laing O'Rourke. The company uses a device with a gantry-mounted arm to cover an area 90 feet long by 11 feet wide and 3 feet deep, allowing it to create molds for complex structures that avoid the frailty associated with some conventional 3D-printed structures.
Behrokh Khoshnevis of Contour Crafting developed a large-scale concrete 3D printer that can allegedly print a 2,000-square-foot house in 24 hours, which could quickly build low-cost housing for the poor and those hit by disasters. The company, now 30% owned by Doka Ventures, is working to make the robotic printers deployable.
Environmentalists, labor unions, regulators and other groups worked together to get Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm in Rhode Island up and running and will have to do the same as other projects begin to take shape in New England and New York, said BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kimberly Glas during a boat tour of the wind farm on Tuesday. Deepwater Wind Massachusetts Vice President Matthew Morrissey agreed, adding "it's an opportunity to come together and see that you can actually build a new economy in America while protecting the environment."
Broadway and film producer Scott Rudin has said he views his producer role as creating an atmosphere that encourages trust and collaboration, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "Putting people into positions where they can succeed and supporting them with coaching -- well, heck, that's the job of every good manager," Baldoni says.
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