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Construction Technolgy News Week 42

Here are our picks from construction technology newsfeeds from the last 7 days.

21 European companies have formed a consortium to “take multi-story timber mainstream”. The group has secured €10m in EU funding and plans to spend the next four years developing standards, documenting social and environmental benefits, and addressing the estimated need for 1.6m new build apartment units throughout Europe.

The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) recently launched their ‘Future of Consultancy Campaign’. This plans to deliver ‘transformational impact’ across 30% of the UKs GVA and highlights a requirement for new business models, innovation, and need to address the current skills shortage throughout the industry.

Abu-Dhabi based Bloom Holdings have deployed a groundbreaking IoT smart platform that can remotely control the property. Phase 1 of the plan allows owners and residents to access maintenance and personalization services, paving the way for future connectivity options with the rollout of 5G technology throughout 2019.

Triax Technologies, Inc. and EarthCam announced a partnership to integrate their solutions to increase visibility into jobsite perimeters, enhancing safety and security. Using Triax’s Spot-r network, the two companies are offering a first-of-its-kind solution, enabling EarthCam’s high-resolution video cameras to provide real-time, independent visual verification of data identified through a worker’s wearable Spot-r Clip as it is swiped by each person entering and exiting the jobsite.

Modular and volumetric experts are set to share their knowledge at Modular Matters 2019. Held in the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, industry professionals will cover a range of innovative solutions for leisure, affordable housing, offsite construction, and more.

Prefabricated technologies have been deployed to build a communal pool in a remote location in Australia. Designed for the Kalumburu community in Perth, the pool was manufactured in Indianapolis, Indiana and was sent via three shipping containers to Perth via Melbourne.

Recent trends show a growing demand for corporate environmental advocacy, from shareholders to employees to executives. Writing for GreenBiz, Jon Guerster highlights a pressing need for change and the potential benefits of taking a renewed approach to sustainable practice.

Varjo have added two ‘industrial-grade’ human eye-resolution VR headsets to their product range. These deploy novel technologies that include advanced eye tracking, OpenVr compatibility, and market-leading peripheral vision and color consistency – increasing legibility and ease of use throughout the sector.

The Third Munich Technology Conference sparked new conversations around the barriers disrupting additive manufacturing in the 3D printing industry. Talking to Dr. Christian Haecker of the Oerlikon group, Tia Vialva addressed the technical, political, and environmental issues facing the sector.

Studies have shown that adding sodium acetate to concrete can increase compressive strength and aid water absorption. The research carried out by Brunel University in London and Mutah University in Jordan found that the need for maintenance was reduced, making the material highly suitable for deployment in extreme conditions. The full study can be accessed from here.

Centrepoint is set to deliver 300 new modular homes to the London and Greater Manchester areas in an attempt to combat youth homelessness. Delivered at a price of £50,000 per unit, the builds are easily transportable and will house citizens for a five-year tenancy.

New Zealand’s Fletcher Building has opened a ‘clever core’ prefabricated build factory in South Auckland. The site employs 20 staff and is designed to minimize heavy lifting, reduce waste, and can produce 500 new homes a year at an average of two units per day.

About the author

Aarni Heiskanen

Aarni Heiskanen, Construction Innovation Agent, is hailed as a Top 100 influencer in construction. Aarni has been a pioneer in computer-aided design, he has co-founded a business software company, and worked as a certified management consultant. At present, he runs AE Partners, a communication firm. Aarni holds a master's degree in architecture.

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