A Dodge Data & Analytics study showed that 69% of contractors use building information modeling technology to identify potential site hazards prior to construction. The study found that the use of drones and wearables also is helping to improve safety.
Building information modeling is providing significant cost savings around the world, and many nations are implementing BIM standards and mandates. But nothing of the sort is in sight in the US, where -- as Autodesk's Jim Lynch notes -- BIM's major savings could be realized on sorely needed infrastructure projects.
The California Department of General Services has selected Rudolph and Sleeten, which is a subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corp., and ZGF Architects for a design-build contract. The team will construct a $238 million Zero Net Energy office building with exposed post-tensioned concrete for environmental comfort and energy savings; solar power generation; water-reducing technology; electrostatic filters; and a digital lighting management system.
Florida International University professor Arindam Gan Chowdhury is developing what he believes could be a hurricane-proof concrete roof for residences. He has a patent for a monolithic structure that would include prefabricated, 1-inch-thick concrete panels that are 4 feet wide and up to 30 feet long.
Brookhaven, Ga., and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta reached an agreement for the construction of a $1.3 billion, 446-bed hospital with a physical plant and support buildings. The hospital and city agreed to $45 million in infrastructure improvements, and the project should be completed in 2026.
The Trump administration wants to increase spending on border wall construction to $1.6 billion in fiscal year 2019, according to a report released by Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee based on information from a whistleblower. The amount exceeds the original budget request by $700 million, and some of that would be attained through reductions in other border-protection spending.
The University of Houston is leading a group of seven universities in Texas, Florida and Louisiana that will study flood mitigation, hurricane modeling and public policy related to hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. Researchers say more understanding is needed about the impacts of changing weather patterns on infrastructure.
A consortium between Dragados USA and CCA Civil won a $1.8 billion contract from New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to expand the Long Island Rail Road. Work involves adding a third track to a 10-mile section.
Spending on augmented and virtual reality could reach $9.1 billion this year and climb to $17.8 billion in 2018, according to International Data Corp. IDC says consumers will account for much of the increase, but the commercial sector is expected to account for more than 85% of the spending by 2021.
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