Technology

    Musk vs. the Monorail (Or, Why Teslas, Tunnels, and Space Ships Won’t Save Us)

    Think Elon Musk holds the key to transportation’s future? Think again, recent articles in Intelligencer and Time suggest. Critic Alissa Walker, writing for Intelligencer, drills into the business practices of Musk’s The Boring Company. His pitch, in essence, is to convince beleaguered city officials that a tunnel network for cars will solve congestion woes. What they get, Walker suggests, is a host of unrealistic and ultimately broken promises. Michael Manville, associate professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School… Read More »Musk vs. the Monorail (Or, Why Teslas, Tunnels, and Space Ships Won’t Save Us)

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      Construction’s Digital Future

      Luddites despair! The digitization of construction is inevitable. That’s just one takeaway from a recent webinar hosted by Geo Week News. The session picks up where the infamous 2016 McKinsey report, Imagining Construction’s Digital Future, left off. Under the title Is Construction (Finally) Ready to Move Into the Digital Age?, the webinar convened four industry leaders to discuss the state of play, and possibilities for the future: Niknaz Aftahi, Founder & CEO, AEC + Tech Steve Holzer, Technology Visionary and Leader… Read More »Construction’s Digital Future

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        When Smart Cities Aren’t So Smart

        The urban IT movement known as “Smart Cities” offers a seemingly infinite toolset for making cities and their infrastructure more efficient. But tech isn’t the point, cautions Riad Meddeb and Calum Handforth of the United Nations Development Programme, in the pages of the MIT Technology Review. Truly smart cities recognize the ambiguity of lives and livelihoods, and they are driven by outcomes beyond the implementation of “solutions.” They are defined by their residents’ talents, relationships, and sense of ownership—not by… Read More »When Smart Cities Aren’t So Smart

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          Construction Equipment Giant Caterpillar Announces Move to Texas

          After nearly a century in Illinois, construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has announced its relocation to Irving, Texas, near Dallas. “We believe it’s in the best strategic interest of the company to make this move, which supports Caterpillar’s strategy for profitable growth as we help our customers build a better, more sustainable world,” chairman and CEO Jim Umpleby explained in a statement. According to The Wall Street Journal, Caterpillar is not receiving any incentives from the state to make the… Read More »Construction Equipment Giant Caterpillar Announces Move to Texas

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            MIT Researchers Develop Lab-Grown Wood Substitute

            Scientists at MIT have developed a lab-grown, plant-based substitute for wood that can be customized for stiffness, density, and form, the Woodworking Network reports. “The idea is that you can grow these plant materials in exactly the shape that you need, so you don’t need to do any subtractive manufacturing after the fact, which reduces the amount of energy and waste. There is a lot of potential to expand this and grow three-dimensional structures,” said lead author Ashley Beckwith, a… Read More »MIT Researchers Develop Lab-Grown Wood Substitute

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              The Benefits of BIM For Design Firms

              By Steve Jones, Senior Director, Industry Insights Research Since 2008 Dodge has been formally studying the adoption and uses of BIM (Building Information Modeling) and model-based technologies that leverage BIM data around the world. These research studies have been published as free reports with the goal of quantifying this rapidly advancing trend and helping everyone better understand how they are participating in the digital transformation that BIM is driving.   Our latest report, Accelerating Digital Transformation Through BIM, is based on… Read More »The Benefits of BIM For Design Firms

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                Is It Time to Step Up Cybersecurity?

                By Donna Laquidara-Carr, Ph.D., LEED AP The following article originally appeared on constructionbusinessowner.com. New technologies for use on construction projects have the potential to help contractors deliver better projects on schedule, on budget and more safely. However, that new technology also brings new risks into the construction industry.  Like every other major industry across the globe, contractors need to be concerned about cybersecurity, especially as they shift to more data-driven approaches to managing their projects.  But how prepared is the… Read More »Is It Time to Step Up Cybersecurity?

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                  Reality Capture: Helping to Increase Safety and Productivity in Civil Construction

                  Of all the new technology available to improve construction projects, reality capture perhaps holds the greatest promise. It covers a broad span of technology, from sophisticated laser scanning devices to the cameras on phones and the apps designed to better utilize the images they capture. New research conducted in the Civil Quarterly reveals the degree to which contractors have already embraced these technologies, the benefits they experience from their use and the promise they see in it for future improvements. Join Dr.… Read More »Reality Capture: Helping to Increase Safety and Productivity in Civil Construction

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                    Construction Has an Information Supply Chain Problem

                    You’ve probably heard the expression, “What got you here won’t get you there.” In his introduction to the Outlook 2022 event, Dodge CEO Dan McCarthy shares what’s new within the organization and how the changes underway will benefit customers and members. Now is the time to think about the future of the construction industry. His focus? In a word, technology. Just as supply chain disruptions are plaguing global trade, McCarthy observes, information supply chain disruptions are holding back efficiency and… Read More »Construction Has an Information Supply Chain Problem

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                      Four Eye-Popping Facts About Bad Data’s Impact on Construction

                      According to the 1967 film “The Graduate,” the future could be summed up on just one word: “plastics.” Today that word would probably be “data.” So why has the construction industry been so slow to adopt digital technology? SoftwareOne’s Jason Dodds walks us through the downsides and the possibilities in his talk for Outlook 2022. Here are a few data points to get the conversation started. Over the past 50 years, manufacturing productivity has increased 2.5-fold, while labor productivity in… Read More »Four Eye-Popping Facts About Bad Data’s Impact on Construction

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