The latest construction news from around the globe…
Catch up on what’s going on in construction this week. From the world’s first hydrogen-fueled jobsite to Queensland’s new $14 billion infrastructure plan, we’ve got you covered on all the industry news from around the world.
How Data is Helping Contractors Survive the Coronavirus
Never before has there been such an immense amount of data circulating in construction. Although the global pandemic has taken a toll on the industry, data provided by companies like Procore Technologies have allowed construction companies and associations like the AGC to gain insight into market conditions and real-time trends. In turn, this has enabled construction leaders to mitigate project risks and plan strategically for the future.
World’s First Hydrogen Fueled Jobsite Takes Shape in Lincolnshire
For the first time ever, a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell has been installed on an off-grid jobsite, providing enough heat and energy to power at least six to eight months of the project. By entirely removing the need for diesel generators, this construction achievement brings the UK one step closer to reaching its goal of being net zero on all greenhouse gases by 2050.
Despite the Pandemic, Projects are Still Being Financed
Hear from Frank Cook, National Program Director of Construction Risk at EBI Consulting, to get his take on why project selection and funding are so important nowadays. Although the economy is not nearly as robust as it was before COVID-19, Cook believes there are still a number of compelling avenues for funding new construction projects.
San Francisco’s Millennium Tower is Finally Being Rescued
A few years ago it was discovered that the structural integrity one of the largest structures in San Francisco, Millennium Tower, was faulty. Per Construction Junkie, the tower has since sunk 18 inches and leaned 4 inches. Recently, the engineer of record, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, completed a seismic evaluation and restoration work is expected to begin soon.
How Coronavirus is Expediting the Build Process Like Never Before
Through combining lean building practices and and early engagement with the permitting department, a hospital in Maryland was constructed in just 120 days. This feat speaks to the new streamlined work approach that many construction companies are having to adopt as the demand for healthcare facilities has skyrocketed.
Australia’s Queensland Region Announces $14 Billion Infrastructure Plan
Earlier this week the Queensland Government unveiled its $13.9 billion infrastructure investment plan for 2020-20201 to the public. Most notably, $70 million will go towards the redevelopment of Cairns Hospital, $16 million will go towards ambulance stations, and $20 million will go towards the Queensland Apprenticeships Centre at Beenleigh.
When Leadership Becomes Lonely
If you have an extra moment, check out this op-ed on leadership from Melanie Parish, a well known public speaker, podcast host, author, and coach specializing in coaching and management. In the article, Parish discusses how to best deal with the stress, loneliness, and pressure that often accompanies leading a large team.
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