China has said it expects to spend more than $1 trillion on its "One Belt, One Road" construction effort, and US firms are striving to get a portion of that money. Some companies are changing the way they do business to increase their odds of winning sales and contracts in China.
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The Russian government announced the establishment of a road map to implement building information modeling across the entire life cycle of capital facilities. Over time, the use of the guidelines "will lead to the situation when the information modeling market and environment will become more systematic, and this will benefit all participants in the construction process," said Khamit Mavliyarov, deputy head of the Construction Ministry.
Asia's real estate industry may be generally lagging in its adoption of new technologies, but there is enthusiasm for and quick uptake of building information modeling, according to attendees at the Second Asia Pacific Leadership Symposium in Hong Kong. "That's where the mojo is -- it's going to transform current practices," one participant said.
Prefabrication in construction is beginning to win some respectability. Designers are learning there's more possibility for creativity and efficiency than commonly believed, as indicated by Marriott International's adoption of the technology for some of its brands.
A floating concrete dry dock was constructed in Indonesia and will be transported to Hawaii, where it will be used to lift ships as heavy as 10,472 tons. The dock was crafted with high-strength Grade 85 concrete and will be the largest in Hawaii.
Europe's cities are some of the smartest in the world, using technology and innovation to boost convenience and efficiency while improving the quality of lives. Standout cities include Copenhagen, Denmark, which uses sensors and wireless data to reduce its carbon footprint; Vienna, with a solar energy initiative; and London, which has green construction efforts.
Long fiber-optic strands incorporating thousands of sensing points are being developed to measure strain and temperature along vast expanses of infrastructure. Researchers at Spain's University of Alcala and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are working on the technology, which could be used to detect changes in structures as measured by alterations in light moving along the fiber.
Social media is finally making big inroads in the construction industry. Katy Tomasulo reviews several ways builders and remodelers are leveraging Facebook and Instagram to increase their business, develop brand awareness and bring in leads.
New ConstructorCast: "Construction's Case for Immigration Reform"
Listen to the latest ConstructorCast for an in-depth examination of immigration and what it means for the construction industry. For this episode, we sit down with Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA, and Ken Simonson, AGC's chief economist, for a rundown on how demographic changes and economic factors are propelling the need for reform in the US and what the Trump administration and Congress can do to help the industry. Stream or download the full episode!