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September 9, 2023 | Industrialized construction

Advanced Timber Construction Industry: A Quantitative Review of 646 Global Design and Construction Stakeholders

This research is a quantitative review of the architects, engineers, and manufacturers involved in realizing 300 contemporary multi-story timber buildings.

#contech #timberconstruction #masstimber #aecbusiness

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September 9, 2023 | Smart construction

Improving BIM data management in the cloud

Clear structures are crucial to realizing the full potential of BIM data management, says Matthew Smith, BSc (Hons)/MCIAT, AEC technical manager, and BIM adoption specialist at Graitec.

#contech #BIM #aecbusiness

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September 8, 2023 | Industrialized construction

Silicon Valley-based start-up ‘Hyprlift’ to launch ‘next-gen’ elevators

Unlike traditional elevators that rely on hoist ropes to raise and lower the cab in the shaft, Hyprlift cabs are self-propelled by an onboard dynamic-tractive drive that engages with the shaft’s guide rails and propels the cab without using ropes. Hyprlift received a $1 million grant to develop its elevator technology for high-rise buildings. The company is eyeing the Middle East as its market.

#contech #aecbusiness

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September 8, 2023 | Industrialized construction

Florida Mechanical Contractor Cuts Installation Costs 70% with Prefabricated Hydronic Piping System

Colwill Engineering combines Uponor’s new pipe prefabrication services with timely job-site deliveries to reduce installation time and crew size on a high-rise apartment project.

#contech #MEP #prefabrication aecbusiness

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September 7, 2023 | Smart construction

Shared lessons: The promise and pitfalls of preconstruction technology

Tech has turned a corner during the planning stage of projects, but more work remains to meet schedule and budget constraints. According to KPMG’s 2023 global construction survey, 37% of owners and contractors have missed budget or schedule over the past year due to a lack of effective risk management. That’s up from 32% in the 2021 survey and represents half of all owner projects not being completed on time.

#contech #aecbusiness

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September 7, 2023 | Smart construction

Why small construction businesses should invest in construction management

The increasing competitiveness of the construction business demands the use of tech solutions. This LetsBuild’s article explains why small firms must invest in construction management software.

#contech #aecbusiness

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September 6, 2023 | Smart construction

Construction’s digital progress proving slower than bosses believe

Evidence from a survey by a construction software supplier suggests that the industry is not as digitally mature as its leaders seem to think.

#contech #aecbusiness

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September 6, 2023 | AI

Unleashing the potential of artificial intelligence in construction

David Johnson, pre-construction director at Volumetric Building Companies, looks at the use of artificial intelligence in construction and why the sector should embrace this new technology

#contech #AI #aecbusiness

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September 5, 2023 | Smart construction

Wirtgen CEO: “The digitalisation of road construction will come in steps”

Dr Volker Knickel, CEO of the Wirtgen Group, tells Andy Brown about electric equipment, global sales, worker shortages, and the sector’s path to digitalization.

#contech #infrastructure #equipment #aecbusiness

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September 5, 2023 | Smart construction

Successful transformation to digitalisation with Tecklenburg

German contractor Tecklenburg has successfully made the digital transformation from a traditional construction company to an award- and prize-winning BIM specialist with software solutions from the Nemetschek Group.

#contech #BIM #aecbusiness

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September 4, 2023 | AI

I spent a day in a construction site to see how AI protects workers

Over 90 of this Singaporean construction site’s CCTV cameras are equipped to use Ailytics’ AI vision solution. “The AI model comprises about 60% of the whole system. The rest is made up of lots of tuning through software engineering.”

#contech #AI #aecbusiness

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September 4, 2023 | AI

Generative Design & AI Trends: ‘Pre-procurement’

In the final article of this series, Keir Regan-Alexander looks at how new technology could revolutionize approaches to technical design and procurement

#contech #AI #aecbusiness

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September 4, 2023 | AI

The Future of AI is at the Edge

Edge computing This allows businesses to make decisions in real time, which can significantly improve efficiency and productivity.

#contech #IoT #AI #aecbusiness

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September 4, 2023 | Business development

10 emerging roles in the construction industry: Part one

As the construction industry continues to digitize and modernize, here are some relatively new roles trending in the space.

#contech #aecbusiness

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September 1, 2023 | Business development

Collaborative contracting: Making it happen

Full implementation of IPD or other forms of alliance contracting isn’t for everyone. Collaborative contracting treats projects as mutual enterprises within the boundaries of traditional contracts.

#contech #IPD #aecbusiness

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September 1, 2023 | Business development

Increasing carbon literacy in the C-suite

Sustainability awareness is gaining momentum across built environment C-suites, but progress in reducing construction’s carbon footprint remains slow. Tech firm Cohesive and CIOB assembled a panel of experts, including low-carbon working group Zero, to discuss how digital tools can help a faster transition towards net zero. CM reports.

#contech #sustainability #aecbusiness

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September 1, 2023 | AI

Hyundai Engineering to develop conversational AI for construction

Hyundai Engineering Co. is developing a conversational AI program for use in the plant and construction sectors with Jenti AI, a startup specializing in AI research and development of related solutions.

#contech #AI #aecbusiness

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August 31, 2023 | Industrialized construction

ConTech Conversations: How putting trust in building models eliminates uncertainty

Hannu Lindberg, DPR’s virtual design and construction leader, spoke about keeping teams on the same page and the future of workers on jobsites.

#contech #BIM #prefab #robotics #aecbusiness

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August 31, 2023 | Industrialized construction

Real-Life LEGO Set: Putting Together a New Way of Building

Structural materials have not changed all that much since reinforced concrete was introduced to construction in the late 19th century, but a fiber-reinforced, mineral composite system boasting easy assembly and considerable strength offers a new alternative.

#contech #aecbusiness

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August 30, 2023 | Smart construction

What’s driving construction technology spending in 2023 and 2024?

Despite the potential for a recession and minimal growth in construction starts, the construction industry is still investing heavily in technology. IT budgets are projected to rise in 2023, with a global total of $4.6 trillion, representing a 5.1% increase from the previous year, as reported by CIO Dive citing Gartner projections from October.

#contech #aecbusiness

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