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GPS is Taking Construction to New Heights

The expression “everything old is new again” can be aptly applied to The Global Positioning System (GPS). The first satellite-based navigation technology was launched by the U.S. Department of Defense way back in 1973 for military applications.…

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North Carolina Orders Duke Energy to Excavate All Coal Ash

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country’s largest electric company was ordered Monday to excavate coal ash from all of its North Carolina power plant sites, slashing the risk of toxic chemicals leaking into water supplies but potentially adding billions of dollars to the costs consumers pay.…

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US Housing Starts Slumped 8.7 Percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of homes under construction fell 8.7 percent in February, as ground breakings for single-family houses plunged to their lowest level in nearly two years.

The Commerce Department said that builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units last month, down from a 1.27 million pace in January.…

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In a First, Electric Cars Outsell Traditional Ones in Norway

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a symbolic first, electric cars outsold fossil fuel-powered ones in Norway last month.

Christina Bu, the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association’s general secretary, said Monday that 58.4 percent of new cars sold in the country in March were battery-powered, calling it “historically high.”

Bu added that electric cars’ share of the market in the first three months of 2019 was 48.4 percent and is expected to hover around 50 percent for the whole year.

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Apple vs. Netflix: Why turf wars are flaring in big tech

Apple’s ambitious leap into streaming video illustrates an escalating trend: Tech’s biggest companies, faced with limits to their growth, are encroaching on each other’s turf.

Apple is taking on Netflix by launching a subscription TV service with its own original shows.…

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What is Bad Equipment Management Costing You?

You can quickly lose the advantages of owning construction equipment if you don’t review equipment needs regularly. Worse, when your equipment isn’t up to the task because of its bad shape, you end up with scheduling and budget problems.…

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The Sharing Economy’s Impact on Construction

A hallmark of today’s economic landscape is the rise of the so-called sharing economy, the key feature of which is maximizing the utility of fixed assets that aren’t constantly in use, creating a revenue stream for owners and cutting costs for the end customer.

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The Future of Cement is 3D

Nature is a common source of inspiration for builders and architects. They often turn to natural elements to incorporate them into their designs borrowing from their perfect symmetry, impeccable forms and strength developed over millions of years of evolution.…

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US Housing Starts Climbed 18.6 Percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. housing starts jumped 18.6 percent in January, as builders ramped up construction of single-family houses to the fastest pace in eight months.

The Commerce Department said Friday that January ground breakings occurred at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million.

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Las Vegas Bets on Elon Musk for Tunnel Transit System

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s dream of an express tunnel transit system could finally become a reality in Las Vegas after major setbacks in other cities.

Las Vegas’ tourism agency announced Wednesday it is recommending that an enterprise backed by the divisive billionaire receive a contract to build and operate an underground tunnel system through which autonomous electric vehicles would whisk people around a mega convention center, and in the future, possibly the city’s famous casino-filled corridor.…

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Georgia Tech Uses 5D BIM for $100M Campus Project

Even by construction industry standards, the commercial construction sector in particular has been slow to get on board with the latest technological innovations. That said, the fact that Georgia Tech is leveraging 5D Building Information Modeling for the design and construction of a more than $100 million campus center project shows the future viability for the process in commercial construction.…

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New Projects Bring Economic Growth to The Whitsundays

The Whitsundays has long been recognised as a popular tourism destination. Now, however, it’s also making headlines with one of the fastest growing populations in Queensland. Nestled high on the East Coast and showcasing 74 enchanting Islands, the Whitsunday region has some exciting projects in the pipeline and the potential to become the economic powerhouse of North Queensland.…

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Building Approvals Hit 5-Year Low

Council approvals to build new apartments and houses have declined to their lowest level in five years. According to the latest monthly figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the approvals plunged by 24.7 per cent in the 12 months to December 2018.…

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What Does Future Hold for Women in Construction?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about women’s participation in the construction industry to help with the lingering labor shortage. Like most things these days though, it’s complicated.

One question the industry can’t avoid asking is whether it wants to be an employer of choice, or an employer of last resort.  …

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Building a Career in Construction From the Ground Up

Calling all future industry leaders. A graduate or cadet program could be the first step to opening a whole world of opportunity. These programs offer the ability to work alongside global leaders that have an abundance of experience and invaluable knowledge to offer.…

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Infrastructure Driving Economy in Victoria and NSW

CommSec has released the State of States report, and it shows construction playing a major role in the success of the top two players, New South Wales and Victoria.

The quarterly report analyses eight key indicators: economic growth, retail spending, equipment investment, unemployment, construction work done, population growth, housing finance and dwelling commencements.…

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Most In-Demand Construction Skills

Civil construction skills are among the most in demand, along with risk and compliance and data analysis roles, according to a recent Hays Jobs Report.

“Recruitment activity will remain buoyant during the first half of the year, especially for highly-skilled professionals who perform non-routine tasks that are not subject to automation,” said Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.…

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Building Ministers Prepare for Industry-Wide Reforms

Federal, state and territory building ministers have promised to deliver a joint implementation plan for progressing reforms recommended by the Shergold Weir “Building Confidence” report within the next few weeks.

The recent issues with Opal Tower and a fire at the Neo200 apartment tower in Melbourne just a few days before the forum, had compliance and confidence high on the agenda.…

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Technology Helps Keep Workers Safe from Heat Stress

While the kind of extreme heat Australia experienced through January is a risk to construction projects and the industry workforce, those challenges can often be managed with some foresight.

Christine Killip, Managing Director of Katestone Environmental and Founder and Managing Director of Weather Intelligence, part of the Katestone Group, explains that heatwaves are by nature “very predictable.”

“We can see them developing,” she says.…

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Technology Trends in 2017 that Will Transform the Way You Work

Will your company’s productivity out work the labor shortage? Are legacy systems finally on their last gasp? Will AEC move fully into the cloud? Those are some of the questions that may be answered when new technologies and trends enter the mainstream in 2017. 

One thing is certain, as we move towards these trends, our industry will be one step closer to turning the construction trailer and the jobsite into a more automated and smooth factory floor.…

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