The multibillion Apple campus under construction in Cupertino, Calif., is taking shape. The ringlike main building is clearly visible in a new drone video, and the drone pilot says that all the concrete work has been done for the garage under the structure. Construction will be finished sometime in 2016.
The advent of building information modeling in the 1970s is highlighted on a construction-technology-history timeline on Facebook assembled by Texas A&M University graduate students. The timeline includes videos, images and articles, with the goal of providing a comprehensive look at developments, as well as key insights. You must be logged into Facebook to view the timeline.
Rolls Royce plans to invest nearly $600 million to renovate and upgrade its manufacturing facility in Indianapolis. Work on the project has already started and will take about five years. State and city incentives worth $35 million will cover part of the cost.
The Centre of Computational Intelligence for Environmental Engineering, or CIEE, in New Zealand is embarking on a 3D-mapping project to create a digital model of Auckland's infrastructure, including sewer lines, and topography, along with real-time environmental data. The goal of the "environmental Big Data analytics project" is to "improve environmental engineering -- and to sell those technologies to the world."
Oklahoma's construction sector is home to 80,000 workers -- a number that likely will increase by 14.5% by 2018. The state is celebrating Construction Month to promote working in the industry, especially hoping to entice young people and displaced workers with the existing and upcoming opportunities.
Thousands of people are without drinking water in South Carolina after unprecedented rains and flooding. The rain has put tremendous pressure on the state's infrastructure. So far, several dams have breached across the state, and numerous roads and bridges are flooded. Prior to the storm, the American Society of Civil Engineers reported that 1,048 of the 9,275 the state's bridges were structurally deficient.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has reintroduced his Clean Water Affordability Act in Congress. It would allocate as much as $1.8 billion over five years to help municipalities upgrade their aging water infrastructure and reduce sewage overflows. The bill would grant cities and towns 75% of a project's cost, thus minimizing the need for water-rate hikes.
Cloud-based platforms for building information modeling are finding a warm welcome in the Middle East, making for greater efficiency and collaboration across time zones. And this in turn is making BIM a key factor in the region's many mega-projects, including Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums and major rail and highway projects.
India's highway construction will soon come under the watchful eye of satellites and drones. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said the government plans to sign a contract for that purpose with the Indian Space Research Organization, with the aim of speeding construction and providing 360-degree mapping of road assets.
Targa Resources Partners and Sanchez Oil & Gas will work together to build a liquefied natural gas processing plant and pipelines on the western part of the Eagle Ford Shale, contributing $125 million and $115 million, respectively. Targa will operate the plant and pipelines when they open in 2017, while Sanchez will provide 125 million cubic feet per day of production over the project's first five years.
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