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February 7, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • 3-D printing tested as way to build moon station
    There are many building materials on Earth, but the moon offers only fine-grained lunar soil. However, that might be perfect for a 3-D printing process to build lunar habitats. Enrico Dini, inventor of the large-format 3-D printer D-Shape, is working with the European Space Agency and Foster + Partners using a simulated lunar soil to test the concept. "Our current printer builds at a rate of around two meters per hour. Our next-generation design should attain 3.5 meters per hour, completing an entire building in a week," Dini said. FastCoDesign (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  Sydney Opera House: Vaulted roofs took 6 years, much math to design  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  2030 forecast: A technology-driven building industry  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  Don't be a social media robot  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  Register for CSI Certification exams  (More stories below ...)

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Sydney Opera House: Vaulted roofs took 6 years, much math to design
    The cast concrete "sails" that made the Sydney Opera House in Australia an icon were constructed of "1,498 standard rib segments of 12 different types and another 280 nonstandard segments .. each 15 feet long." How the architect and engineers arrived at the best way to construct them was an exercise in creativity, mathematics and problem solving. Alexander Hahn, a professor of mathematics at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, explains the process. (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • 2030 forecast: A technology-driven building industry
    By 2030, technological advances such as building information modeling, three-dimensional printing and assembly-type building materials will facilitate project completion by 50%, according to this article. "Increased precision, energy performance, and sustainable construction will result, with better quality control and much less job-site waste" that will make construction more similar to a manufacturing process, writes Phillip Bernstein. Engineering News-Record (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sea urchin may hold key to carbon sequestration
    The capture of carbon dioxide from power plants could be made practical and cost-effective, thanks to the sea urchin and the U.K. scientists who noted the role that nickel nanoparticles play in forming the urchin's exoskeleton. The mineralization process in the formation of this exoskeleton is considered the most reliable form of carbon dioxide storage, and nickel appears to be the key catalyst. However, some see this as only an incremental step in the capturing process. "True innovation ... should harness catalytic action in the conversion of CO2 to high value products, such as carbamates," said Mark Keane, a chemical engineering professor. Royal Society of Chemistry (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • Don't be a social media robot
    Too many small businesses act like robots when it comes to using social media, using automated posting systems and form comments to populate their feeds. That's a big turn-off for consumers, Susan Payton writes. "People follow brands that seem like they’re run by humans. Show that yours is by writing your tweets like -- you guessed it -- a person," she advises. Small Business Trends (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from CSI 
  • Register for CSI Certification exams
    CSI is the construction community’s authority on communication and construction documentation. Through CSI’s Certification Program, you can develop a conceptual understanding of the entire construction process and concrete skills in:
    • Construction documentation development and administration
    • Specification writing and enforcement
    • Product research and sourcing
    • Communication with the design and contracting teams
    Exams will be offered April 1 – 27. Final registration deadline is Feb. 28. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDT Bootcamp
    CDT Bootcamp March 1 in Dallas
    Credit: 7.0 AIA CEHs, 7.0 PDHs

    Instructor Marc Chavez, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, SCIP assoc, will prepare you for the Construction Documents Technology Exam in this fast-paced, intensive, one-day seminar. This seminar will examine the use of construction documents from conception, through design and construction and facility management. You will review the primary documents used for the exam and the fundamental knowledge they contain. Participants will also review some of the latest trends in construction including sustainability, Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery. The final registration deadline is Feb. 15. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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