The latest construction news from around the globe…
Catch up on what’s going on in construction this week. From Skanska testing out new semi-autonomous drones in the UK to New York state’s infrastructure plan for 2021, we’ve got you covered on all the industry news from around the world.
How Procore Technologies is Enhancing Their Project Management System for Owners
In the summer of 2019, Procore Technologies announced they had acquired Honest Buildings a leading provider of project management software for owners and developers. Since the acquisition, the two companies have seamlessly merged to “double down on delivering a complete construction platform that connects every stakeholder” according to Riggs Kubiak, SVP of owner strategy at Procore.
Why You Should Keep Your Eye on Omaha, Nebraska
Based on input from Dodge Data & Analytics, industry experts, and association leaders, Construction Dive has composed a list of the five most up-and-coming US cities to watch for when it comes to the booming commercial construction industry. First up in Omaha, check out their featured article on the Gateway to the West here.
Skanska Puts Its Drones to Work
Swedish-based construction leader, Skanska, has been in the process of testing out semi-autonomous drones on a redevelopment project of a jobsite in Surrey. In partnership with technology firm Sees.ai, the trials have churned out impressive results as Skanska has already seen cost and time savings.
Teaching Communication Skills to Construction Students
Check out this innovative thought-leadership piece from John John Posillico, an assistant professor at Ferris State University, on how he implemented a lesson about construction communication into one of his technical courses. By replicating different kinds of communicators in a class project, Posillico was able to teach his students a valuable lesson about the need for adaptability.
Ikea to Develop a City Store Without Parking and an Emphasis on Sustainability
The furniture and home furnishing corp recently announced that they are opening a new city Ikea in Vienna that will cater to city inhabitants who take public transportation. The new store is expected to feature “trees on terraces, a large green roof, and spaces arranged into modular boxes that fit into a busy grid of activity” according to Curbed. Photo courtesy of Ikea.
New York Invests Big in Infrastructure
Earlier this week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will spend $275 billion on transportation infrastructure and other state-funded construction projects by 2025. According to Cuomo, this plan is the largest in US history. Photo courtesy of Richard Drew/Associated Press.
It’s Time to Prioritize Health in Construction
According to new research on wellness in construction; dehydration, weight management, poor air quality, and stress are all significant contributors towards health and safety concerns within the industry. Check out this article to learn about four interventions that may help to address these issues.
Where has construction tech taken us in the past 20 years?
In the age of connectivity, the construction technology sector has seen substantial development since the turn of the century. The advents of the iPhone, the cloud, and the iPad have all brought the industry into a new era of hyperconnectivity and visibility.
OSHA Raises Citation Penalty Rates
Just as they do every year, OSHA has increased their civil penalty fines in order to maintain “the deterrent effect” of a citation, according to the Department of Labor. The increases are based on the Consumer Price Index and are aligned with the cost-of-living adjustment multiplier.
The Most Bad@*S Demos of 2019
If you have an extra moment, check out this list of the best demo videos from 2019. You probably won’t learn much but these videos sure are fun to watch.