Seattle airport to undergo expansion | Consortium selected to build Gordie Howe bridge | Bridging history, hipness: Amsterdam's minisuites
July 10, 2018
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Seattle airport to undergo expansion
An environmental review should begin in September for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's expansion. The first phase of the $4 billion effort will include 30 projects, such as the construction of a new terminal and an above-ground people mover.
KIRO-TV (Seattle) (7/3) 
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Consortium selected to build Gordie Howe bridge
Consortium selected to build Gordie Howe bridge
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The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority announced Thursday that the Bridging North America consortium would build the Gordie Howe International Bridge between the US and Canada. Site work for the project, which is estimated to cost between $2.1 billion and $4.5 billion, is expected to begin this month.
Windsor Star (Ontario) (7/6),  Detroit Free Press (7/5),  The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model)/The Canadian Press (7/5) 
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Bridging history, hipness: Amsterdam's minisuites
Tiny structures alongside Amsterdam's canal bridges dating to the 17th century have been transformed into luxury suites through a venture called SWEETS Hotel. The architectural firm Space and Matter and the founders of Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy have converted 28 of the spaces over the past seven years.
CNN (7/6) 
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BIM in the News
BIM in demand in public-sector construction
Former Westchester County, N.Y., Chief Information Officer John McCaffrey chose to forego forming a consulting business to become CIO for LiRo Group and explore the growing use of building information modeling in public-sector construction. "Public-sector clients are looking for companies that have this expertise and will not walk away once the building has been built, but will know where every bolt and component is so it is almost like they are managing the life cycle of the building," McCaffrey said.
Government Technology online (7/3) 
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BIM at forefront of digital construction trends
A new report from Consolidated Contractors focuses on a range of digital technologies transforming construction, with building information modeling prominent among them. These developments represent disruption industry cannot afford to ignore and are "the way of the future," the report says.
AME Info (United Arab Emirates) (7/4) 
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5 things BIM outsourcers should weigh
Many companies taking advantage of building information modeling are outsourcing the task. Azher Memon reviews five relevant criteria to keep in mind, including reputable references.
Sourceable (7/4) 
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Advanced Construction Methods
3 strategies that help companies be circular
The EU's Circular Economy Package requires organizations to look for ways to reuse their goods. Companies that use a modular product architecture, lease products and invest in refurbishment operations were more successful in implementing circular practices, according to this analysis.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (7/3) 
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Program seeks wider construction use of 3D printing
A new program at the National University of Singapore focuses specifically on ways to spread 3D printing in the construction industry. The objective is development of an ecosystem of construction 3D printing capabilities with research and industry collaboration while also training students in the technology.
3Ders (Netherlands) (7/6) 
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Construction Technology in Focus
3D-printed home takes in first family
A home in France that saved about 20% of ordinary construction costs through the use of 3D printing is now inhabited by its first family. The four-bedroom home in Nantes is seen as an experiment to test whether 3D printing is viable for housing construction as well as for other buildings on a comparable scale.
BBC (7/6) 
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Drone photography takes off in construction
High quality and low cost are key factors driving a more than 200% year-over-year jump in drone usage in construction, a rate of adoption that speeds past other industries, according to a report by DroneDeploy. Uses vary, but the most common is aerial site photography.
CNBC (7/8) 
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