State of the Industry

State of the Construction Industry Research and Articles

  • How to Manage Your Construction Operations With Telematics

    How to Manage Your Construction Operations With Telematics

    What is Telematics? Telematics refers to the long-distance transmission of computer-based information. It has long been regarded as being the basis for tracking the GPS location of vehicles....

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  • Blockchain and BIM: Does Construction Really Need This Right Now? (Revisited)

    Blockchain and BIM: Does Construction Really Need This Right Now? (Revisited)

    Following the success of my first BIM and Blockchain article, I received a lot of comments and responses from people both inside and outside of the construction industry on why this pursuit for...

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  • Next in BIM: City Information Modelling (CIM)

    Next in BIM: City Information Modelling (CIM)

    Technology is leading building design in all sorts of areas, from consumer products to smart homes. However, city planning is one area that has not moved substantially forward. The way we think...

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  • Flexible Solar Cells Could Let Buildings Generate Their Own Power

    Flexible Solar Cells Could Let Buildings Generate Their Own Power

    Imagine a high-rise, downtown office building doubling as a power plant. The image isn’t so farfetched and will probably be realized in the not-so-distant future, says Hannah Bürckstümmer,...

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  • Did Labourers Fear the Wheel? Why New Tech Means New Skills

    Did Labourers Fear the Wheel? Why New Tech Means New Skills

    Throughout human history, advances in technology have often had a faceted impact: for every positive improvement it brings, someone, somewhere is (or feels) negatively affected.

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  • Construction Layout: Then and Now

    Construction Layout: Then and Now

    If you’ve worked in construction layout — especially in the MEP disciplines — for more than a decade or so, you’ve seen some incredible changes in the standard operating procedure. Some of the...

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  • BIM Pioneers – What We Can Learn From the Dutch [Interview]

    BIM Pioneers – What We Can Learn From the Dutch [Interview]

    The Netherlands are amongst the leading countries when it comes to BIM: nearly 60% of construction projects are carried out using a digital model.

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  • This Concrete Saves Lives

    This Concrete Saves Lives

    Earthquakes are, unfortunately, a constant threat for some. All engineering and architectural planning has to consider the possible effects of earthquakes and how to diminish the blow.

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  • Centuries-Old Monolithic Construction Is On the Rise

    Centuries-Old Monolithic Construction Is On the Rise

    Monolithic construction is becoming more common in the United States, but not how you might think. Buildings constructed this way aren’t huge monoliths towering over city blocks. Rather, they’re...

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  • Apple's Daisy Robot Can Dismantle Your iPhone. Is Your Jobsite Next? [VIDEO]

    Apple's Daisy Robot Can Dismantle Your iPhone. Is Your Jobsite Next? [VIDEO]

    Plastic waste has been all over the headlines recently, not to mention the oceans and beaches. One of the fastest growing and most problematic types of waste, however, is the waste of electrical...

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  • Designing & Building the Tesla Gigafactory with HD BIM

    Designing & Building the Tesla Gigafactory with HD BIM

    Photo credit: https://www.tesla.com/gigafactory It’s been almost two years since Tesla began limited production at its lithium-ion battery factory, Gigafactory 1, in Sparks, Nevada. With the...

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  • 7 Structures Wasting Billions Every Year [VIDEO]4:41

    7 Structures Wasting Billions Every Year [VIDEO]

    Sometimes an architectural idea looks great on paper but fails to live up to expectations in real life. Occasionally, they’re impressive but relatively useless, representing a huge financial...

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  • UK Spring Statement 2018

    UK Spring Statement 2018

    The UK Spring Statement 2018 was released mid-March. Could it affect you or your business? Take a look at some of the key findings below to find out.

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  • A (Very) Brief History of the Construction Industry

    A (Very) Brief History of the Construction Industry

    The history of construction consists of one innovation after another, and brick by brick we have arrived at the industry we know today. Here is a brief, condensed, history of the construction industry

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  • The CAD Revolution In Construction

    The CAD Revolution In Construction

    The introduction of Computer Aided Design (CAD) has led to an increase in productivity all over the world. CAD is transforming the way we work – and will continue in the future.

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  • Getting Smart Onsite - IoT & Smart Construction

    Getting Smart Onsite - IoT & Smart Construction

    Smart construction with IoT tech lets you track everything from tool and equipment location, to wear and tear—all while monitoring site conditions and worker health.

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  • Energy Efficiency In the 18th Edition, Explained

    Energy Efficiency In the 18th Edition, Explained

    With the 18th Edition wiring regulations (BS7671,18th) approaching, and energy efficiency included, it has become one truly hot topic. This blog discusses what electricians in the UK need to know abou

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  • How to Find Talented Estimators During the Labour Shortage

    How to Find Talented Estimators During the Labour Shortage

    There are a lot of essential roles within the construction industry that don’t physically involve getting your hands dirty. In addition to the individuals undertaking the actual construction,...

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  • When Robots Deliver

    When Robots Deliver

    We’re living in an automated world, and robots are no longer science fiction— they’re increasingly science fact. Most tech comes with a downside, and surely you’ve read predictions about the impact of

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  • Old Buildings Matter: Sustainability and Existing Structures

    Old Buildings Matter: Sustainability and Existing Structures

    According to Carl Elefante, FAIA, LEED AP, “The Greenest Building Is…One That Is Already Built.” The greenest building isn’t necessarily the latest and greatest, highest-scoring LEED-Platinum award...

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