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Technology such as building information modeling and laser scanning is transforming the construction industry, and a recent report from McKinsey says wider adoption could boost construction productivity by as much as 60%. Technological innovations can improve communication among stakeholders and create opportunities.
One of the standouts at the recent TechInnovation expo in Singapore was SOVA3D, a Finnish studio that uses building information modeling to present virtual architecture in 3D. The company's web-based system for building project management maps structures in 3D for full visualization that clients, builders, designers and architects can all tap into and share ideas.
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The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in California failed during a winter storm earlier this year, and a replacement bridge should be ready Oct. 13. The California Department of Transportation said a similar project would take seven years, but crews have worked 24 hours a day to complete the bridge in eight months, because Big Sur has been cut off to vehicles entirely following a landslide on Highway 1 in May.
Students at the Colorado School of Mines have constructed an efficient and sustainable tiny house that uses roughly the same amount of energy as it produces. The approximately 220-square-foot house, which is built on a six-wheel trailer, includes a kitchen, sleeping loft, bathroom and deck.
Bloomberg's newly constructed London headquarters has earned an "outstanding" rating and a 98.5% score from BREEAM, a global, independent sustainability assessment. "Having achieved the highest BREEAM score ever awarded to a major office development, [this] may just be the world's most sustainable office building," Jennifer Hermes writes.
Robotics and 3D printing definitely have a future in on-site construction, finally transforming an industry that hasn't changed much in about a century. A case in point is a viral video of a Russian company's robotic arm building a small house out of lumps of concrete, which is just the beginning of the many possibilities for replacing human workers in boring or dangerous construction tasks.
Recent events discussing Chicago's landscape architecture offered lessons about designing public spaces, Virginia Small writes. These ideas included that people are drawn to successful projects, collaborations matter and that sustainable solutions can be visually attractive.
People will withhold information from co-workers to protect their standing in a company, which is understandable, but sharing knowledge is the way forward, writes Ted Bauer. He offers a distinction between "sharing ideas" and "collaboration," as well as ideas on encouraging the former.
Construction industry adds 8,000 jobs in Sept. and 184,000 over the year; hourly earnings rise 3% as sector struggles to fill key positions
Construction employment increased by 8,000 jobs in September to the highest level since October 2008, amid a tight labor market that may be keeping contractors from hiring as many workers as they need, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said construction employment gains would have been higher if more high school students were exposed to construction as a possible career option. "Construction firms added employees over the past year at a much higher rate than the public and private sectors as a whole, and contractors have been boosting pay to attract more workers," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "But with unemployment so low overall and in construction, many contractors are having trouble filling a variety of hourly craft and salaried openings." Read the full news release.