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From seashells to cement, nature inspires tougher building material

June 12, 2024

Via: ScienceDaily

Inspired by the material that makes up oyster and abalone shells, engineers at Princeton have created a new cement composite that is 17 times more crack-resistant than standard cement and 19 times more able to stretch and deform without breaking. […]


Construction Techniques

The ways contractors are using AI on jobsites now

June 12, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

Across the country, construction firms are using artificial intelligence to improve their safety cultures, monitor their legal documents for questions and issues and manage project risk. Speakers and panelists from firms including Balfour Beatty, Rosendin and Joseph J. Albanese spoke […]


Construction Site Safety, Regulations

Keeping workers safe and preventing fraudulent claims

June 11, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

The safety of workers on construction sites is not just a statistic; it’s a matter of life and death. In 2020 alone, there were a staggering 174,100 reported construction injuries and 1,034 tragic deaths, according to the U.S. Bureau of […]


Sustainability

Invisible threat: Combatting indoor air pollution in buildings

June 11, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

In the ever-evolving landscape of building construction, there’s a growing awareness over indoor air quality. And for good reason. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has discovered that air inside buildings can be two to five times more contaminated than the […]


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How construction escrow helps keep payments safe from cybercrime

June 10, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

Whenever significant amounts of money change hands, cyberfraudsters are always nearby trying to find a weak link in the process. This can be especially true with commercial real estate projects as there are a number of large payments being distributed […]


Sustainability

How to Reduce Light Pollution With Street Light Design?

June 6, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

A recent study suggests that our home galaxy, the Milky Way, cannot be seen by one-third of humanity. Why? Millions of city lamps brighten our cities every night, but only part of their light is used to actually illuminate streets […]


Construction Processes, Financial

Construction spending slips but 1 sector shines

June 4, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

“An unprecedented increase in manufacturing construction spending has pushed overall nonresidential activity 31.9% higher over the past two years,” said Basu. “Ongoing investment in industrial facilities as well as significant infrastructure-related outlays will keep nonresidential spending elevated despite the current […]


Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise

How climate change is hitting highways

June 4, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

Resilience — essentially risk management — is an increasingly critical consideration for road builders. Climate change is impacting roads in surprising ways, and contractors and engineers need to be prepared for extreme weather, sea level rise and hotter temperatures, said […]


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Baltimore Bridge Rebuild RFP Targets Fall 2028 Completion

June 3, 2024

Via: ENR

The program to rapidly replace the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore began in earnest on May 31, as the Maryland Transportation Authority formally issued a request for proposals that the agency hopes will result in a new structure […]


News

New York leads top 50 US markets for most hotels under construction

May 31, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

The New York submarkets with the most projects presently underway include what Lodging Econometrics calls “the New York City area,” which comprises Brooklyn East, the Bronx and Staten Island with 16 projects, or 1,261 rooms; Midtown South with seven projects, […]


News

Solid Earth Civil Constructors Saves $50,000 on Their First Project with Bluebeam Revu

May 30, 2024

Via: ENR

An ultimatum from a large potential client pushed Solid Earth Civil Constructors to purchase, adopt and use Bluebeam Revu for digital estimation and bid submission. Before that, they had been doing estimation in a traditional, paper-based workflow, and they lacked […]


Construction Techniques

Real-Time Collaborative Review With Bluebeam Studio Results in Critical Schedule Savings for DPR Construction

May 30, 2024

Via: ENR

From Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), to developing field practices that promote efficiency, quality and safety, DPR Construction is committed to innovation within construction. The Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC) project in Oakland, California is […]


News

The top 10 residential builders of 2024

May 29, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

Every May, Builder magazine releases its ranking of the top 200 single-family home builders in the U.S. based on closings, including both homes built for sale and for rent. The top 10 builders on this year’s list have largely held […]


News

The Dotted Line: Avoiding common construction disputes on Key Bridge rebuild

May 28, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

Ever since the cargo ship Dali plowed into Maryland’s Key Bridge on March 26 and triggered its collapse, one of the biggest questions in construction has been how much will it cost to rebuild, and who will actually build it. […]


News

The largest commercial construction starts of April 2024

May 28, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

Project groundbreakings posted their largest increase of the year in April after a slow start, according to Dodge Construction Network. Total construction starts rebounded 6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.06 trillion, according to Dodge Construction Network. The […]


Construction Techniques

Optimizing Construction and Engineering Resources

May 23, 2024

Via: ENR

Resources play a vital role in the success of any construction and engineering company, and can be broken down into four main components: Labor Subcontractors Materials The weight and importance assigned to each resource can differ from one company to […]


Construction Site Safety, Hazards

Hidden risks in the construction site

May 16, 2024

Via: ISHN

Construction sites are dynamic environments teeming with activity, equipment, and potential hazards. While the dangers from heavy machinery operation, electrical work, and fall hazards are well-recognized, numerous hidden risks lurk beneath the surface, posing significant threats to worker health and […]


Construction Processes, Procurement

Construction input prices jump again, continue 2024’s upward climb

May 15, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America, echoed Basu’s concerns about rising input costs and its impact on contractors’ bids and project expenses. “Prices for construction inputs have risen faster than contractors’ bids every month so […]


Construction Processes, Financial

5 contech firms announce funding in 2024’s first half

May 15, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

The saying goes April showers bring May flowers, and so far this spring, contech firms announced they’ve been showered with cash. Firms that specialize in green materials, recycling and artificial intelligence-based inspections reeled in cash, as the industry continues to […]


News

Construction Women Explore Workplace Change, Trailblazing Technologies

May 13, 2024

Via: ENR

A construction technology entrepreneur described her firm’s artificial intelligence tool that can digest 3.6-million construction document pages to enable a project team to more quickly and realistically use the megavolume of detail to make job decisions. A U.S. General Services […]