Study: Concerns over job cuts via automation may hurt workers' health | Despite technology, workers are still the key to construction success | Report: 7% rise in construction spending predicted in 2018
A perceived lack of job security among workers who worry automation will replace them might harm their mental and physical health, according to researchers at Ball State and Villanova universities. Their study also examines costs associated with loss of productivity because of such health issues.
Although technology has allowed construction to become safer and more efficient, it's important for contractors and other professionals to keep the human element of the industry in mind, Jason Seiler says. Workers are "the heart of our projects, the heart of our buildings, the heart of our industry," he writes.
Office construction is projected to increase 9% in 2018, according to investment consultants FMI Corp., and overall construction and engineering spending is expected to increase 7%. Water supply and sewage and waste disposal construction are likely to decline, while highway, hotel, manufacturing, multifamily and power spending should remain steady.
The Allegheny County Airport Authority plans to connect two terminals at Pittsburgh International Airport and has released an initial environmental impact statement for the $1.1 billion project. No significant environmental impacts were discovered, says the authority, which will hold a public review meeting for discussion.
The Trump administration wants to reduce the approval time for major infrastructure projects to two years. "Reviewing and approving infrastructure projects in the most efficient way possible is critical to our nation's efforts in building a 21st century infrastructure and keeping project costs from escalating," says House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster.
Dodge Data and Analytics has identified seven key performance indicator categories that are most effective for helping construction companies manage a project. The proper indicators, which include safety/inspections and productivity, must be based on the project's goals and work toward process improvements.
An increasingly connected world has brought new business opportunities, increased efficiency and consumer convenience. But it has also increased risk. 2017 saw many organizations suffer significant financial damage as a result of cyberattacks. As these attacks affect all areas of operation, cybersecurity is no longer simply an IT issue. How should the C-suite be preparing for cyberthreats? Read more.
Political violence risks are rising globally because of geopolitical tensions, a weakening of liberal democratic governance and the repercussive effects of chronic conflicts around the globe. For the third successive year, more country risk ratings have increased (17) than decreased (six). Aon's Risk Maps provide comprehensive insights into some of the most challenging risks facing firms operating worldwide, acting as an invaluable barometer for those seeking to understand and respond to the risks they face internationally. How do these findings affect your firm? Learn more.
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