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March 4, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • 3D printing adds a fourth dimension
    So-called 4D printing takes 3D printing a step further, enabling individual chunks of material to assemble themselves intelligently into any form desired. The new technology from Skylar Tibbits activates individual strands of material that in turn guide themselves into the prescribed shapes. The process also has the advantage of enabling the objects to be self-adapting after their creation. (U.K.) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  Light-transmitting concrete facade opens new design possibilities  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Rotating, floating solar islands built on Switzerland lake  (More stories below ...)

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Hot Topics:  Translucent concrete panels let light in -- and out  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  CSI Webinar: Abrasion and Impact Resistant Floors  (More stories below ...)

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Light-transmitting concrete facade opens new design possibilities
    The recently opened LUCEM Media Facade at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany is the world's first building exterior with concrete panels that transmit light. Aside from facades, the color-changing panels could be used for other purposes, including "interior walls, claddings and flooring systems up to the design of room dividers and bars," according to LUCEM, the product's manufacturer. World Architecture News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New software smooths collaboration on construction projects
    Collaboration is important on building projects and much software exists to enhance it, at least in part. cProject offers new web-based software to provide general contractors and subcontractors with a more seamless "flow of communication and information throughout all levels of the construction project," according to this article. The goal is to "help improve the productivity, quality, and profitability for teams." Constructech (free registration) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. unveils $6.5B North Coast Corridor Program
    The California Department of Transportation and the San Diego Association of Governments have unveiled a $6.5 billion North Coast Corridor Program, a proposal to build new express lanes on Interstate 5 and add a second rail track along 27 miles of North County coast. The project, which encompasses Camp Pendleton to La Jolla, also calls for improvement of lagoons and enhancement of coastal access by adding bicycle and pedestrian paths. San Diego Union-Tribune (3/1), KSWB-TV (San Diego) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CSI Webinar: Abrasion and Impact Resistant Floors
    TUESDAY, 2 p.m. ET
    Speaker: Dave Flax
    Credit: 1.0 PDHs; 10 AIA CEHs

    There are many projects where increasing the abrasion resistance of the slab is important, such as distribution centers/warehouses, maintenance facilities, and retail locations with heavy traffic. There are many other projects that require increased impact resistance as well, such as manufacturing facilities, loading docks, tracked vehicle maintenance bays, mining operations, and solid waste transfer stations. This presentation will cover how to select and specify the proper dry shake surface hardener or topping system to achieve all of these benefits. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CSI Webinar: Specifications--Quality Control & Coordination
    THURSDAY, 2 p.m. ET
    Speaker: Michael D. Chambers, FCSI, CCS, SCIP 
    Credit: 1.0 AIA CEHs, 1.0 PDHs

    Quality control and coordination of specifications is key to preparing a truly comprehensive and conflict-free set of contract documents. This seminar reviews specification procedures and techniques with the goal of ensuring that quality control and coordination are accomplished as effectively as possible. Quality control tools will be reviewed in terms of effective application to documents and construction. Specifications must be coordinated and checked for quality control, but more importantly, deployed effectively in the field. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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