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Are Floating Cities the Solution to Rising Seas?

Are Floating Cities the Solution to Rising Seas?

Brief  The Maldives recently greenlit the construction of a floating community and a similar development off the coast of South Korea by Bjarke Ingels Group is underway. Are the efforts a realistic bulwark against climate change or merely a sci-fi distraction?  ...

Modular: Home Building to Become More Popular

Modular: Home Building to Become More Popular

Brief  THE homes we live in will increasingly be constructed off-site as investors and developers seek to balance spiralling costs with environmental concerns, it is predicted.   Insight Poole-based property finance specialist MSP Capital foresees a growing role...

3D- printing Makes Mark in British Clumbia Construction

3D- printing Makes Mark in British Clumbia Construction

Brief  The British Columbia building industry and universities are embracing 3D printing, with Twente Additive Manufacturing co-founder Ian Comishin saying "3D printers will be as common on building sites as excavators" in the next decade. Hit by devastating floods in...

Ceramic Waste a Promising Solution for Concrete

Ceramic Waste a Promising Solution for Concrete

Brief  Ceramic waste used as aggregate in concrete can match or improve performance over concrete using other aggregates, writes Ben Pilkington. With as much as 10% of ceramic tile production ending up as waste, it can be an important source to relieve ongoing...

New L.A. Bridge Built with Seismic Resilience in Mind

New L.A. Bridge Built with Seismic Resilience in Mind

Brief  The iconic, 3,500-foot-long Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles was deteriorating and vulnerable to seismic shocks when it was demolished in 2016. The bridge that will replace it will feature a low-shrinkage, 6,000 psi concrete mix and triple-pendulum isolation...

Good Equipment Helps Operators Minimize Distraction

Good Equipment Helps Operators Minimize Distraction

Brief  Improving construction equipment and technologies that enable productivity is often a focus of manufacturers, but interfaces and heads-up displays that provide operators information for safe and efficient work are often overlooked. Displays that monitor...

Placing or Repairing Concrete in Hot Weather

Placing or Repairing Concrete in Hot Weather

Brief Hot weather brings added considerations for contractors placing or repairing concrete, should be aware of for placing concrete or performing concrete repair in hot weather, writes Dick Tharpe from Sakrete. Tharpe offers tips on combatting reduced setting times,...

How Digitized Codes, Standards Help Contractors

How Digitized Codes, Standards Help Contractors

Brief  The digitization of fire and life safety codes and standards can help construction professionals improve collaboration, reduce miscommunication, document project-specific equivalencies and keep important knowledge in-house, writes Val Ziavras, an engineer in...

Top Ideas for Gravel Driveway

Top Ideas for Gravel Driveway

Brief  There's more to gravel driveway ideas than meets the eye — find out how to make this simple materials shine with expert top tips and design inspiration.   Insight Gravel driveway ideas are popular thanks to the material's cost-effectiveness, optional DIY...

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