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The net zero challenge: feeling is believing

Forget everything you thought you knew about building design if you want to achieve net zero, writes Susan Roaf.

#contech #netzero #aecbusiness

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August 15, 2022 | Smart construction


MMC makes it harder to reuse materials, experts warn

National Federation of Demolition Contractors chief executive says modern materials are ‘nowhere near’ as reusable as those used in traditional construction.

#contech #modular #prefab #MMC #aecbusiness

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August 15, 2022 | Industrialized construction


This Gates-Backed Startup Builds Modular Homes Out of Energy-Efficient Panels

Vantem Global has already helped construct a total of over 3 m square feet of living space in six different countries. It now has closed a Series A funding round co-led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

#contech #aecbusiness

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August 11, 2022 | Industrialized construction


Modular Design and Construction Transform Building Processes

Dassault Systèmes’ 3D EXPERIENCE platform, a collaborative, cloud-based environment that enables data sharing, is aiding the modularization of numerous AEC projects. It can incorporate data from multiple sources and software providers.

#contech #aecbusiness

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August 11, 2022 | Industrialized construction


Modular startup raises $38M, says it’s “the opposite of Katerra”

Assembly OSM compares method to Ikea-style construction. The startup has now raised more than $60 million.

#contech #aecbusiness

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August 11, 2022 | Industrialized construction


Connected Construction: How to Chart a Digital Course for Success

In some regards, small contractors stand to benefit more than anyone from implementing project management, business management, or other construction technology tools.

#contech #aecbusiness

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August 11, 2022 | Smart construction


Digital construction: Is it the industry’s wonderland?

The “not just yet; we must focus on delivering our projects first” thinking slows down the digitalization of the construction industry.

#contech #aecbusiness

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August 9, 2022 | Smart construction


How augmented reality is revolutionizing data center construction

David Mitchell, XYZ Reality on construction technology: “Designed to make life easier, invariably they made it more difficult. Getting the technology right is no easy feat, and its development needs to be approached with a sector-first attitude.”

#contech #aecbusiness

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August 9, 2022 | Extended reality


5 Ways Big Data Improves the Way Your Construction Company Operates

Software Advice has outlined five ways big data can improve the way a construction company operates.

#bigdata #AI #contech #aecbusiness

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August 9, 2022 | AI, Smart construction


Siemens Launches Building X Open AI-enabled Suite for Net Zero Buildings

Siemens Building Technology division has released Building X, which integrates a suite of applications that makes all your building data accessible from a single interface.

#contech #aecbusiness

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August 5, 2022 | AI


Adding More Data Isn’t the Only Way to Improve AI

Connecting data-driven AI with other scientific or human inputs about the application’s domain is a way to avoid mishaps and increase efficiency in machine learning.

#contech #aecbusiness

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August 5, 2022 | AI


Driverless and Smart Vehicles Are Coming to the Construction Industry

Smart construction equipment is on the horizon, but is the industry ready for it? Tools are evolving, from AI-powered driverless construction equipment to intuitive IoT sensor technology. It remains to be seen whether or not the sector is prepared to adapt to these major changes.

#contech #aecbusiness

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August 5, 2022 | AI


ITP Media Group presents BIM & DIGITAL TWINS MIDDLE EAST 2022 and SMART CONSTRUCTION 2022

The 4th annual BIM & DIGITAL TWINS MIDDLE EAST 2022 is the region’s leading event for Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Digital Twins, organized in partnership with Event Partners buildingSMART UAE, Dubai Municipality, Land Department, and buildingSMART International.

#contech #smartconstruction #event #aecbusiness

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August 5, 2022 | Smart construction


Finnish AI Region drives digital growth in small businesses

Helsinki-based SMEs are being offered support and resources to help them get the best out of artificial intelligence technology to improve their operations and create services to sell

#contech #ai #finland #aecbusiness

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August 5, 2022 | AI


Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy backs Terabase’s robot-built solar farms

Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a climate-focused VC firm linked to some of Earth’s wealthiest individuals, has joined a $44 million bet on solar startup Terabase Energy. Terabase aims to rapidly build new solar farms “at the terawatt scale.”

#contech #robotics #aecbusiness

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August 5, 2022 | Industrialized construction


How can factory-built homes cut carbon?

Modular construction is playing a vital role in the construction sector’s battle to cut carbon emissions with factory-built homes, says Nick Hillard, ESG lead at Tide Construction.

#contech #modular #aecbusiness

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August 5, 2022 | Industrialized construction


Innovating the construction industry through modules

Samsung C&T Engineering and Construction Group recently completed its first modular building project that is also its first “smart turnkey” project.

#contech #modular #prefab #aecbusiness

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August 5, 2022 | Industrialized construction


Causeway launches ‘world’s first’ design engineering platform

Causeway Live Design is a cloud-licensed platform that provides seamless integration across all aspects of site infrastructure design, graphical ground modelling, roads and drainage design including hydraulic analysis and 2D overland flow, vehicle swept path analysis, road marking and traffic sign design.

#contech #infrastructure #aecbusiness

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August 5, 2022 | Smart construction


Intelligent City raises $22M for sustainable prefab homes

The Vancouver-based firm aims to achieve the dual lofty goals of combatting climate change and housing affordability with its Platforms for Life. It combines robotics and in-house software to build homes based on Passive House principles.

#contech #prefab #robotics #aecbusiness

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August 5, 2022 | Industrialized construction


Code updates, sustainability spur mass timber’s US adoption

Nordic Structures’ David Croteau said demand for CLT is growing as companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook seek to reduce their carbon footprints.

#contech #masstimber #woodconstruction #aecbusiness

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August 4, 2022 | Industrialized construction


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