Construction workers risk exposure to numerous hazardous substances. Startup company SmartSite has developed a system that uses sensors to monitor airborne particulates, noise levels and UV rays to determine how safe workers are.
An old oil storage facility near Huntington Beach, Calif., could become home to a $500 million project that would include a new hotel, shops and residential units. Shopoff Realty Investments recently purchased the land and says most of it is "clean," although "spot remediation" might be needed.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued proposed rules that would require projects using federal money to be built on higher ground in flood zones, effectively redefining the 100-year flood standard. This could have implications for places such as recently flooded Baton Rouge, La., but some are concerned that the rules could increase construction costs.
Transport Canada has started the second phase of a program to monitor the effects of climate change on the roadways in the northern regions. The study will look at permafrost, as 24% of the land in the region is permanently frozen.
Microsoft's HoloLens and its augmented-reality technology are getting a tryout from a number of construction and engineering companies. The hope is that AR will make for greater efficiency and savings by allowing workers to explore a site and see digital plans as they would appear completed in the physical space.
Building information modeling is increasingly seen as key to improving fire safety, playing a role in scoping out how fires behave and how the buildings react, writes Bob Glendenning. UK government authorities now recognize BIM's role in fire safety and require Level 2 compliance on all government projects, in turn creating a demand in the construction industry for BIM-compliant suppliers.
A joint venture between Gilbane Building and Smoot Construction has been chosen by Events DC to provide construction management at-risk services for a 4,200-seat sports arena in Washington, D.C. Construction of the Entertainment and Sports Arena could start next year and finish up in 2018.
The $262 million practice facility and headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys has opened. It's part of a 91-acre, $1.5 billion mixed-use development in Frisco, Texas, that will include an office tower, hotel and retail and restaurant space.
The St. Croix Crossing is designed to carry most of the traffic that now uses and 81-year-old lift bridge that links Minnesota and Wisconsin. The new bridge will be 110 feet above the water on one side and 115 feet above on the other -- tall enough to not need a lift.
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