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April 12, 2024 | Industrialized construction

Saudis Scale Back Ambition for $1.5 Trillion Desert Project Neom

The Line, a 170-kilometer futuristic city, was planned to have 1.5 million residents by 2030. However, according to Bloomberg, officials expect just 2.4 kilometers for fewer than 300,000 people to be completed by 2030.

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April 12, 2024 | Industrialized construction

Canada Announces $600 Million Effort to Fund New Construction Technology

The Ottawa administration promotes a $600 million mix of investment funds and loans designed to encourage modular and other technologies that will allow the industry to “build more homes, faster.”

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April 12, 2024 | Industrialized construction

What’s next for modular construction?

The trend – which goes by many names – sees continued annual growth, but will modular building ever reach mass adoption? Mitchell Keller reports.

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April 12, 2024 | Smart construction

Digital transformation in construction procurement: Enhancing your role, not replacing it

The Build Chain has built a digital construction materials procurement platform that increases efficiency, speeds up the process of sourcing materials, and combats poor product availability and price inflation.

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April 11, 2024 | AI

Inside Innovation: AI in construction is everywhere, doing everything

A survey released by the Association of General Contractors of America finds 87% of firms agree their employees need digital technology skills to be successful.

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April 11, 2024 | Smart construction

Skender hit by ransomware attack

Building contractors are becoming targets for ransomware attackers. Chicago-based Skender disclosed a breach that affected 1,067 people in a filing with the Maine Attorney General’s office on April 5.

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April 10, 2024 | AI

Autodesk develops AI-powered embodied carbon tool for early-stage design

Autodesk has developed an embodied carbon analysis tool to be integrated into the software maker’s AI-driven Forma application.

#contech #Ai #sustainability #aecbusiness

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April 10, 2024 | Extended reality

How Gaming Engines are Fueling Geospatial Workflows

A conversation with Esri’s Rex Hansen on implementing gaming engines and XR into geospatial workflows.

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April 10, 2024 | Smart construction

Achieving sustainable building solutions at scale

Marta Bouchard explains how analysis tools optimize the design process and help reach sustainability goals.

#contech #sustainability #BIM #aecbusiness

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April 8, 2024 | Smart construction

Empowering Project Managers by Extending BIM Beyond Preconstruction

A growing number of MEP contractors are extending BIM’s value beyond the office to project managers in the field, using cloud-based collaboration platforms that provide visibility and access to the 3D model.

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April 8, 2024 | Smart construction

HP announces new features and update for HP SitePrint

HP Inc recently announced the release of Value Pack 2.0 for HP SitePrint – a fully automated robotic solution designed to streamline the site layout process.

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April 8, 2024 | Industrialized construction

Robotics company partners to develop timber houses

ABB Robotics has partnered with UK-based tech start-up AUAR to develop robotic micro-factories that can construct affordable, sustainable, low-energy timber homes.

#contech #prefab #robotics #aecbusiness

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April 8, 2024 | Business development

Bechtel’s Catherine Hunt Ryan on the battle to recruit more female tradespeople

Catherine Hunt Ryan, head of manufacturing and technology at infrastructure giant Bechtel is spearheading company plans to recruit hundreds of female electricians, carpenters and plumbers across the US. Lucy Barnard finds out why.

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April 5, 2024 | Business development

How to get your sustainability message right

Talking vaguely about your ‘net zero’ goals is no longer enough. Ben Shaw, CEO of B2B PR services company SE10, explains why construction companies need to have a meaningful dialogue with their customers about sustainability.

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April 5, 2024 | Industrialized construction

Trimble Announces Fabrication SmartTools

Trimble announced Fabrication SmartTools, a new drawing, routing and fabrication toolkit built to amplify Fabrication Parts in Revit to save time and increase productivity for mechanical contractors.

#contech #MEP #fabrication #aecbusiness

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April 4, 2024 | AI

What is a chief AI officer — and do you need one?

Experts said that not every company will have to jump in and hire an AI executive at the C-suite level, but they are becoming more commonplace.

#contech #AI #aecbusiness

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April 4, 2024 | Industrialized construction

Why VCs Are Betting Robots Will Help Build Your Next Home

Crunchbase aggregated a list of 17 construction robotics companies that have raised funding since 2022.

#contech #robotics #startup #aecbusiness

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April 4, 2024 | Industrialized construction

Icon’s New Suite of Technologies to Further Revolutionize Construction

Icon unveiled a multistory 3D printer, a digital home design catalog, advanced low-carbon concrete, and a new AI tool.

#contech #3dprinting #sustainability #AI #aecbusiness

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April 4, 2024 | Smart construction

Alrik raises €1M Seed to streamline construction transport

Swedish operations software provider Alrik has raised €1M in Seed funding to expand across Europe. Alrik explicitly targets the construction sector, enabling supervisors to monitor fleet activity on a centralized system.

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April 3, 2024 | AI

Construction Experts Remain Wary of AI’s Impact

“Kris Lengieza, Procore’s global technology evangelist, added that expectations for AI are far ahead of reality. The software doesn’t change problems; it changes how problems are attacked and how fast they can be solved.”

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