Industrialized Construction News 7/2022

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The AEC Business newsletter’s Industrialized Construction edition in July featured the following news stories:

The Pros and Cons of Offsite Construction – A French Research Study

The study is titled The current use of industrialized construction techniques in France: Benefits, limits and future expectations. The authors are Emna Attouri, Zoubeir Lafhaj, Laure Ducoulombierb and Bruno Linéatte.

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Rise of the machines? For construction, not yet

Matthew Thibault’s article examines the opportunities and challenges of construction robotics. Robots can improve safety and productivity, but the ROI is still unclear to many contractors.

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5 Lean Construction Project Examples to Understand

Joe Demski’s summary of the five fundamental lean construction principles.

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The New Book on Industry 4.0 for the Built Environment

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Two editors of a new Springer book, Industry 4.0 for the Built Environment, are Aarni Heiskanen’s guests on the AEC Business podcast. 

Marzia Bolpagni, Head of BIM International at Mace, and Rui Gavina, Digital Practice Manager at VN2R, talk about the process of making the book, its content, and how Industry 4.0 can transform the construction sector.

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Robotic dog spotted taking digital construction to the next level

The University of Wolverhampton has taken the lead in digital construction with a state-of-the-art robotic dog designed to increase efficiency and reduce safety risks on construction sites.

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LEXiCON: Creating trustworthy and reliable digital construction product information

The LEXiCON project, developed by the Construction Innovation Hub in partnership with the Construction Products Association, has taken a significant step towards a common approach to construction product information.

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Vancouver office building sets an example for rapid timber construction

The installation of a new Vancouver office building’s 3 top floors was completed in 15 days, using prefabricated CLT panels.

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HKU Uses Blockchain for Modular Construction Quality Management

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A team from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has developed a novel e-inspection system to monitor the manufacturing and delivery of student residence modules. It uses blockchain technology to store inspection records.

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nidus3D to distribute COBOD’s 3D printing technology in Canada

Denmark-based COBOD International expands its distribution network through an agreement with nidus3D. The partnership brings 3D construction printing technology to Canada.

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Prefab floating solar for easy installation

A Norwegian startup has patented a floating solar system made of panels laminated on top of double-aluminum sheets. The pre-stringed floats are rolled out on site and towed into place.

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Construction Robotics Today Receives Great Reviews

Construction Robotics Today

The self-paced e-learning course on construction robotics has received great reviews. Take the course if you want to update your knowledge about the quickly evolving technology!

“This course provides tremendous value and insight into the best use cases of robotics in construction.”

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San Diego construction tech startup lands $6.5 million to digitize and automate home building

Co-founded in 2018 by former Navy SEALs, AGORUS’s software enables off-site manufacturing of homes, apartments, and granny flats in an automated assembly line. Construction teams install the panels in days rather than months.

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This startup hopes to get us to net zero via its platform to construct wooden buildings

011h, a Barcelona startup, develops a digital mass timber construction platform. Results in a recent project: over 90% reduction of a building’s embodied carbon and 35% shorter construction timeline.

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