Elon Musk says L.A. tunnel construction started | BIM streamlines Singapore water project | Quantity surveyors advised to get on board with BIM
July 11, 2017
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Elon Musk says L.A. tunnel construction started
Elon Musk says L.A. tunnel construction started
Musk (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A series of tweets by Elon Musk, CEO of The Boring Co., said construction has started on a Los Angeles-area tunnel that will include elevators for "pods" carrying cars beneath the surface. The underground car pods are then designed to travel through the tunnels at speeds up to 125 mph.
Tech Times (7/2) 
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BIM in the News
BIM streamlines Singapore water project
Building information modeling figured prominently in the design and management of Singapore's Changi Water Reclamation Plant expansion project. Engineering consultant firm CH2M tapped Bentley's BIM solutions to design a connected data environment to curb costs and facilitate workflows among various project teams.
MIS Asia (7/5) 
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Quantity surveyors advised to get on board with BIM
Quantity surveyors have been slow to adopt building information modeling, but now is the time, writes Peter Clack. "Involvement [with BIM] from project inception will mean that digital models are prepared in a way that quantity surveyors can maximize the data contained in the models for their various cost plan," he writes.
Sourceable (7/4) 
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BIM firmly established as a top trend in construction
Building information modeling takes its place alongside smart buildings, prefab and modular construction and energy saving as the four top technological trends in the construction industry.
Business Matters (UK) (7/6) 
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Advanced Construction Methods
Belgian coalition developing 3D technology
A partnership among private business, nonprofits and universities in Belgium is developing 3D technology and hopes to build a 3D-printed house within three years. The technology could reduce the cost of construction and allow for the development of affordable housing.
3Ders (Netherlands) (7/3) 
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State DOTs embracing modern construction technology
State transportation departments are slowly embracing innovative technology such as 3D modeling and GPS for surveying. The Idaho, California and Colorado transportation departments have all seen gains from the technologies.
Government Technology online (7/5) 
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Seattle light-rail project to run line across floating bridge
Construction in Seattle, Wash., will begin soon on a 14-mile light-rail extension, part of which will go across a floating bridge. "Running trains across a floating bridge is an amazing engineering and planning feat," said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff, adding that it has never been done before.
KING-TV (Seattle) (6/29) 
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Construction Technology in Focus
General contractors turn to new construction helmets for safety
Helmets with retractable visors and adjustable chinstraps are becoming more popular with general contractors. Helmets with improved side impact protection are more likely to stay in place than traditional hard hats in the event of a fall, according to Skanska Commercial Development USA Safety Director Jason Timmerman.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (7/3) 
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Smart city development involves risk assumption
Elizabeth Heider, chief sustainability officer for Skanska USA, explains why it's important for construction firms to be part of the dialogue around smart cities and resilient design. She also discusses risk assumption and its role in project delivery.
Construction Dive (7/5) 
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Working Together
The top traits of high performers
The top traits of high performers
The three best ways to impress a manager are to demonstrate enthusiasm, offer solutions and collaborate well with colleagues, Karin Hurt writes. "I'd take a team of B+ performers who know how to truly collaborate over a few smart lone rangers every time," she writes.
Let's Grow Leaders (7/3) 
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Explore management solutions, tools and technology, and best practices at AGC's 2017 Construction Environmental Conference. The 2017 CEC is about being prepared and having a plan in place to address environmental responsibilities during all phases of a project. We will look at how environment compliance fits in with estimating, permitting, acquiring and closing out properties, common pitfalls during operations, and more. The 2017 CEC will also deliver current information you have come to expect on a wide range of environmental compliance topics, sustainability, and green infrastructure.

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