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    Project Agility through 4D BIM Webinar

    October 7th at 9:00 am CDT / 10:00 am EST Join Hexagon for their webinar to learn how to use more of your data efficiently to increase decision-making capabilities and improve project agility through 4D BIM. In any large construction project, we see discrete roles within a connected ecosystem. From concept and design through construction, maintenance, commissioning and turnover, Hexagon enables data governance of a projects’ information, connecting it across the lifecycle all the way to management of an owner’s… Read More »Project Agility through 4D BIM Webinar

      In an Eye-Popping First, Rents Increase by Double Digits

      Between January 2012 and June 2021, 12.3 million households formed in the United States. How many homes were built in the same period? Seven million. That’s a shortfall of more than five million units, according to a realtor.com report. Material and labor shortages stemming from COVID-19 exacerbate the current housing crisis, and contribute significantly to a dramatic decrease in the number of lower-priced homes coming to market. “Homes with a median value of $300,000, which is considered relatively affordable, represented… Read More »In an Eye-Popping First, Rents Increase by Double Digits

        M&A Highlights: Zweig Group’s 8/30/21 – 9/05/2021 Activity Report

        By Shirley Che Domestic Transactions DCCM, (Houston, TX) a national provider of design, consulting, and program & construction management services has announced the acquisition of Rochester & Associates (Gainesville, GA). Link to Details National consulting, engineering, and construction services firm, Atwell Group, (Southfield, MI) has announced the completion of a merger with Waldrop Engineering (Bonita Springs, FL). Waldrop is an established planning, landscape architecture, and civil engineering company providing professional design and entitlement services. Link to Details Wind Point Partners, (Chicago, IL) a private equity firm, has acquired The Vertex Companies, Inc. (Weymouth,… Read More »M&A Highlights: Zweig Group’s 8/30/21 – 9/05/2021 Activity Report

          Indian Megacity Mandates On-Site Construction Waste Recycling

          India, one of the world’s most rapidly growing economies, is projected to grow 12.55% in 2021, according to Nasdaq. The country’s construction sector is more than keeping pace, and is expected to grow 13% in the same period. But growth comes at a price. A new report from a Delhi-based nonprofit, the Centre for Science and Environment, estimates India’s building activity—construction and demolition combined—generates a whopping 165 million tons of waste per year. Despite the national government’s 2016 C&D Waste Management… Read More »Indian Megacity Mandates On-Site Construction Waste Recycling

            Robot Assistants, Coming to a Construction Site Near You

            With construction plagued by inefficiency, safety concerns, and labor shortages, the smart money is on robotics transforming the job site. The National Science Foundation, in particular, is betting $2 million on a consortium of researchers from the University of Florida, University of Michigan, and Washington State University, for their study pairing human workers with so-called “interactive robot assistants.” According to the University of Michigan’s University Record, the robots will learn how to learn on the job from their flesh-and-blood mentors.… Read More »Robot Assistants, Coming to a Construction Site Near You

              SpecLab by Big Ass Fans

              Every space and owner will have different needs, variables, and goals regarding airflow. Big Ass Fans industry-leading SpecLab tool gives you custom 3D airflow analysis of your facility. SpecLab begins with a drawing of your building’s space taking into account inventory, obstructions, working spaces, machinery, and more. Then, they’re able to layer in your fan solution to demonstrate exactly how Big Ass Fans will transform the airflow within your space.

                Measuring Tech Savviness, and Tech Needs, in the Construction Industry

                Just how tech-friendly is the construction industry? It’s clear that contractors are increasingly relying on digital tools for their projects. But a new study by Dodge Data & Analytics reveals that only 34% of civil contractors in the US have adopted model-based technology, while 57% of those in the vertical building sector report using these tools. The adoption rate for field and project management tools is much higher: 61% among civil contractors, and 83% among vertical building contractors. The Dodge… Read More »Measuring Tech Savviness, and Tech Needs, in the Construction Industry

                  U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index Points Upward for Q2 2021

                  The Commercial Construction Index (CCI) is a quarterly economic indicator designed to gauge what drives the commercial construction industry and its leaders, based on research conducted with contractors. Topics covered include the three factors from which the Index is derived—backlog levels, new business opportunities and revenue forecasts—as well as additional market drivers such as workforce, financing, and materials and equipment trends. The Index also features a quarterly spotlight on revolving construction industry topics. Highlights from Q2 2021 include the following:… Read More »U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index Points Upward for Q2 2021

                    The Dog Days of Summer & What I Did on My Summer Vacation

                    By Richard Branch, Chief Economist Prices are rising, workers are hard to find, logistics chains remain tangled, and leading indicators of construction are softening … what does it all mean? First the good news: lumber prices are falling. This should help stabilize the single family market and make it easier for builders to put more homes on the market in 2022. The bad news? As lumber prices fall, metals and plastics prices are accelerating. This poses more of a risk… Read More »The Dog Days of Summer & What I Did on My Summer Vacation

                      Five Strategies for Successful Networking

                      “It’s not what you know but who you know.” This adage is particularly true for building product manufacturers. In Dodge’s new e-book, you’ll learn the best networking strategies to get the attention of people who specify, select, and purchase products. Find out how to generate new leads, deepen connections with existing contacts and keep your fingers on the pulse of the industry — so you can deliver more relevant services and grow more business. Here are a few of our… Read More »Five Strategies for Successful Networking