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Project to Bring Smart Robots to Construction Sites

Project to Bring Smart Robots to Construction Sites

Brief  The complexities and human presence in construction have precluded the introduction of robots on work sites, but a research team led by the University of Michigan aims to change that. The team will use a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to...

Drones Can Help with Inspections at Cement Plants

Drones Can Help with Inspections at Cement Plants

Brief  Drones are helping the cement industry in various ways, including surveying and inspection. Holcim deployed drones to measure the thickness of cement kiln walls at a cement plant in Switzerland, while HeidelbergCement inspected its kilns by drone at a plant in...

Researchers Study Novel 3D Printing Method

Researchers Study Novel 3D Printing Method

Brief  Researchers in Braunschweig, Germany, are studying "injection 3D concrete printing in suspension," during which one fluid is robotically injected into another to creates a stable structure. Researchers have experimented with ground limestone suspensions and...

A Tiny House With Tons of Storage

A Tiny House With Tons of Storage

Brief  Minimaliste's latest iteration of its Noyer tiny house, the Noyer XL V2, retains the superb all-weather performance of its predecessors, while offering an even more spacious interior that contains lots of storage space. Read more.   Insight  Canada's...

Thermocol/EPS Boosts Seismic Resistance for RC

Thermocol/EPS Boosts Seismic Resistance for RC

Brief  Researchers in India have found that adding thermocol or expanded polystyrene to reinforced concrete can help boost the seismic resistance of 4-story buildings. Researchers at IIT-Roorkee tested the material in a full-scale building and performed computer...

Skybridge Links Singapore Skyscrapers

Skybridge Links Singapore Skyscrapers

Brief  Developer CapitaLand has revealed a new collaboration with architects BIG to design a cluster of towers in Singapore. The four buildings will include a luxury hotel and plush residences, with an amenities-packed skybridge connecting the tallest two.  ...

Caterpillar Launches 6 New Pulverizer Models

Caterpillar Launches 6 New Pulverizer Models

Brief  Caterpillar is offering six pulverizer models with faster cycle times to speed up concrete demolition. The updated product line includes three rotatable primary models and three fixed secondary models.   Insight Caterpillar has introduced its new...

Shed-like Tiny Cabin Cultivates Rustic Off-grid Charm

Shed-like Tiny Cabin Cultivates Rustic Off-grid Charm

Brief  At a glance, you might think that the wedge-shaped Gawthorne's Hut was a simple farm building – and that's by design. Its utilitarian form references a hay shed destroyed in a storm in 2017. It also runs off-the-grid thanks to solar power.   Insight At a...

Biggest 3D-printed project in N. America Complete

Biggest 3D-printed project in N. America Complete

Brief  Icon can claim the largest 3D-printed project in North America: a 3,800-square-foot military barracks in Bastrop, Texas. The 3D-printing company applied its Vulcan printer and proprietary material to the project, which shows how the military might quickly build...

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