State of the Industry

State of the Construction Industry Research and Articles

  • New Tower 'The Tulip' Is Blooming Over London

    New Tower 'The Tulip' Is Blooming Over London

    One city is going floral with a new tulip-shaped tower rising above the skyline. The city of London, UK, recently revealed plans for a new tower that some are calling both bulbous and...

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  • The BIM Phrasebook Volume 2

    The BIM Phrasebook Volume 2

    In the first volume of the BIM Phrasebook, we reviewed several key terms you need to know. Volume 2 builds on the first BIM Phrasebook, adding new terms and definitions that might be unfamiliar...

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  • How Long Will It Be Before Robots Build Everything?

    How Long Will It Be Before Robots Build Everything?

    When humans talked about robots 20 years ago, it was mostly still the stuff of imagination. Back then, we could barely envision a world where robots could effectively complete tasks that were...

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  • This Is Why We Need Standards

    This Is Why We Need Standards

    Standards shape the world we live in. Shoes come in recognized sizes, foods need to adhere to certain safety standards, electrical outlets come in certain types, and so on. By agreeing on how...

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  • Your Best Estimator Just Quit - Now What?

    Your Best Estimator Just Quit - Now What?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for cost estimators is projected to increase by 11% by 2024. Here are 3 tips to minimize the impact should your top estimator quit.

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  • What Could the New Fire Safety Standards Mean for Your Business?

    What Could the New Fire Safety Standards Mean for Your Business?

    In June of 2017, a fire broke out in London’s Grenfell Tower, reportedly caused by a malfunctioning refrigerator on a lower floor. The blaze spread incredibly fast — quickly consuming large...

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  • CAD to CAM to Field

    CAD to CAM to Field

    A factory operating without human intervention. While this reality may not be ‘full-blown’ today, CAD and CAM developments are quickly reshaping the reality of manufacturing.

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  • Can IoT Change the MEP Industry?

    Can IoT Change the MEP Industry?

    One of the biggest trends in the industrial industry at the moment is Internet of Things (IoT). But how will this trend affect the MEP industry?

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  • 3D Scanning Myths, Debunked

    3D Scanning Myths, Debunked

    3D laser scanning is your most cost-effective and efficient solution to streamline the collection of accurate measurement data on complicated construction projects. But here are some myths debunked.

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  • Cybersecurity In Construction: What You Need to Know

    Cybersecurity In Construction: What You Need to Know

    While building sites have always been attractive targets for thieves, the construction industry is now facing attacks in a relatively new area: cyberspace.

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  • Automation is Driving the CAD Market

    Automation is Driving the CAD Market

    Automation is impacting every phase of design and construction, and it’s advancing at a breakneck speed. Here are some of the most recent impacts, and what you can expect in the near future.   The co

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  • 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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