The Utah Department of Transportation's connected vehicle safety project with Panasonic is moving into its second phase. UDOT fleet vehicles will be equipped with onboard technology that can connect to roadside units, gathering data about weather and road conditions that can be shared with other drivers.
San Francisco hopes an online game, "Unclog Fog City," will help sell the idea of congestion pricing as part of the city's effort to reduce rush-hour downtown car traffic by 15%. Players can create their own congestion pricing system and get a chance to win $100.
2020 has seen a big jump in big-box occupancy, with net absorption increasing by 51% in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year, according to a report from real estate brokerage firm Colliers International Group. Amazon is among the top occupiers and is projected to lease almost 98 million square feet in the US this year, the report says.
A $355 million interchange is planned for the former site of Texas Stadium in Irving, the state Department of Transportation says. Crews will begin work this month on the interchange to connect state highways 114 and 183 and Loop 12, with completion predicted for 2025.
Crews have repaired damage on a washed-out section of Highway 24 in Georgia in two weeks, instead of two months. Flooding from remnants of Hurricane Sally took out a pipe that had crossed the highway, causing shoulder erosion that in turn led to wider erosion along the roadway.
Nonresidential starts for the first eight months of 2020 are down 24%, but the construction industry is slowly recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Lumber prices are rebounding because of "mismatched supply and demand," says Deni Koenhemsi, senior economist at IHS Markit.
The construction industry added 60,000 jobs last month, contributing to better-than-expected employment growth of 749,000 jobs in the private sector, according to a report by ADP and Moody's Analytics. The Labor Department is expected to report a gain of 800,000 jobs overall for September.
Technology slowly finding its way into construction has received a boost from the coronavirus pandemic and the industry's tendency to focus on practicality. Existing solutions were quickly redeployed to fit the situation, and as the country emerges from the first wave of the pandemic, construction companies are preparing to settle down and take further advantage of what they've learned from digitalization.
In the wide world of technology, the construction sector has not been a standout for innovation, but that's changing, as evidenced by activity at Israel's ConTech 2020. The accelerator aims to bring together businesses, software-makers and policymakers to create an ecosystem, beginning with a program that lets tech startups experiment on more than 25 construction sites.
Cityzenith's SmartWorldPro2 digital-twin platform will be used to help build the $500 million Orlando Sports & Entertainment Smart District in Florida. The platform will model not only the project but also most of Orlando, providing "the most advanced and feature-rich 3D digital-twin model of a city in the United States," Cityzenith CEO Michael Jansen says.
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