Kroger is investing in state-of-the-art automated grocery fulfillment centers with help from Ocado, though the grocer doesn't expect to see changes until the first one comes online sometime in 2021. "With shopper receptiveness to digital innovation limited mainly by retailers' imagination, Kroger's new facilities will be coming online about the time that expectations for speed, accuracy, assortment and freshness are hitting new highs," Mike Troy writes.
The UK-based Institution of Civil Engineers honored the Hong Kong section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge with a People's Choice Award. The entire structure is the longest combined bridge and tunnel sea crossing in the world and reduces the distance and travel time between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao.
General Motors has patented a smarter, less obtrusive stop/start system. Existing systems save gas but annoy drivers when they're triggered frequently, so GM developed one that uses cameras, GPS and machine learning to determine whether the vehicle's engine should be shut off, based on the surroundings and traffic conditions.
Most drivers now get calls via vehicle interfaces, and half use built-in navigation systems. These are two examples of how the automotive industry is changing as it embraces "computers on wheels," writes
Sophie Zoria, adding that soon, "The most crucial factor when looking for a new vehicle will be its communications with other vehicles and infrastructure, as well as personal assistants."
The Hart Island cemetery in New York's Bronx borough will become a public park pending approval from the City Council today. It is the largest public cemetery in the country and has been operated by the city Department of Correction.
There are 3,200 construction workers on site each day
building the $5 billion SoFi Stadium for the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. About 200 18-wheeler flatbeds are needed to transport a massive crane, and 8 million cubic yards of dirt must be excavated for the bowl.
Clark Construction Group will build an addition for inpatient and outpatient care, renovate two buildings and demolish six buildings at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center under a $570 million contract. Work is expected to finish in March 2026, with funding allocated in increments.
An opening is scheduled next year for the 6,200-foot Cline Avenue Bridge in East Chicago, Ind. The $150 million structure will replace the bridge standing above Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal and will serve an estimated 10,000 vehicles daily.
Developers have revised plans to address neighborhood objections over traffic and open space for what would be Chicago's second-tallest tower. Construction on the 96-story skyscraper proposed by Golub & Co. and CIM Group is expected to begin in mid-2022.
Seventy percent of architecture, engineering and construction companies surveyed for the 2020 FMI Industry Report say they have no road map for implementing technology. Contractors see the value of data but generally think they have no ability to glean insight from it, the report states.
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