Construction
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8/23/2016

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.

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TechCrunch
8/23/2016

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.

8/23/2016

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.

8/23/2016

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.

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climate change, Transport Canada
8/23/2016

The tallest twisted skyscraper in the world is China's 2,073-foot Shanghai Tower. It's just one of 28 twisted skyscrapers that have been built or are under construction around the world.

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Dezeen
8/23/2016

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.

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Curbed
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8/23/2016

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.

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IFSEC Global (U.K.)
8/23/2016

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.

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Construction Dive
8/23/2016

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.

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8/23/2016

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.