Study looks at how technology, design can improve construction safety | OSHA to focus on female-specific construction safety | Timeline: 10 years until fully automated construction?
January 17, 2018
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Study looks at how technology, design can improve construction safety
Study looks at how technology, design can improve construction safety
A partnership among Dodge Data & Analytics, the Center for Construction Research and Training and United Rentals has produced a report on construction safety. It examines using technology such as building information modeling, drones and wearables to improve safety on construction sites, and it considers how design can be incorporated to enhance safety.
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OSHA to focus on female-specific construction safety
Workplace intimidation and personal protective equipment will be among the gender-specific areas of focus for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as it examines ways to reduce the risk to female workers on construction sites. It's part of the OSHA Alliance Program in a renewed partnership with the National Association of Women in Construction, and the safety initiative will involve raising awareness of rules and laws through various media and forums.
Safety + Health magazine online (1/9) 
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Timeline: 10 years until fully automated construction?
Timeline: 10 years until fully automated construction?
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Nick Herdsman contends that recent advances in lidar, prefab construction and other technologies mean construction could be fully automated in 10 years. He offers a timeline of how that process could evolve and urges contractors to start now to retrain crews.
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The Economy
Simonson, other economists give 2018 construction industry predictions
Simonson, other economists give 2018 construction industry predictions
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Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America, and economists from three other construction industry associations offer their predictions for the industry in 2018. They discuss construction trends, material costs and the ongoing labor shortage.
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Commercial Project News
$2.2B tunnel in Seattle expected to open this fall
The two-deck, $2.2 billion Highway 99 tunnel, also known as the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, is expected to open this fall, but tolling rates have yet to be set. The project is three years behind schedule and has experienced cost overruns, but the closer the tunnel gets to completion, the lower the chances of additional overruns.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (1/11) 
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Project Delivery & Financing
Conn. governor suspends road projects due to funding concerns
Conn. governor suspends road projects due to funding concerns
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The Connecticut Legislature has not adopted a funding solution for infrastructure, leading the state's governor to delay construction of $4.3 billion worth of transportation projects. The Special Transportation Fund could have a deficit during the 2019 fiscal year, which starts July 1, and Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to release a possible solution soon.
Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (1/10),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/10) 
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