Details to Consider When Building in the Urban Environment

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The Urban Environment Welcome to the Construction Informer, and this podcast in the series about Building in the Urban Environment. Custom millwork is one example of prefabricated components that we’re all familiar with, and while common across all types of building that doesn’t mean it’s handled the same, or that it has the same types of challenges across all those … Read More

3 Great Reasons to Buy Used Construction Equipment

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Buying Used Equipment You may find yourself asking yourself an important question– Is it time for you to expand your operation to take on more jobs? There are many decisions to make when growing your business. One of the biggest is about equipment. You can always hire more workers and increase your marketing strength without too much trouble, but the bottom line is … Read More

The World’s Next Construction Superpower: India?

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Step Aside China, U.S.; It’s India’s Turn There’s a new world construction hotbed coming down the pike (more specifically, the Mumbai Nashik Expressway in India), and it could mean a major boon for AEC firms that are willing to invest the resources in this rapidly developing, yet still enigmatic, market. India, the world’s seventh-largest economy (by GDP, U.S. dollars), is … Read More

The Challenges of Construction Waste: Urban Development

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What A Waste We’re focusing on indicators pointing to a major population shift moving to the cities. So that means more urban construction and exponentially more of the challenges that come with building in the urban environment. And, this episode is all about dealing with the construction waste on projects that happen in densely packed the areas. And you know in … Read More

Immigrant Investor Program Surrounded by Controversy

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program enjoys bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, and potentially offers solutions for the country’s aging infrastructure. When used to fund public private partnerships these foreign investments offer a pool of low interest, long-term funding that doesn’t have to clear bank hurdles. But, foreign investment from the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program  has to create jobs in … Read More

The Science Behind Modern Wood Construction

People are continuously pushing the limits of wood construction. Now, even very tall buildings, once only the domain of concrete and steel, are getting designed using wood as structural components. Proponents claim the payoff can help trim humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions, lower material costs, reduce transportation costs, and speed up on site assembly. Wood Construction Challenge Metsä Wood, a Finnish quality … Read More

The Science Behind the Materials of the Future of Construction

Fractal Nanotrusses At the California Institute of Technology, Professor Julia Greer uses computer-aided designs to produce new super-materials she calls “fractal nanostructures.” Researchers create these structures to meet specific criteria, such as improved plasticity, better strength, or lighter weight. These structures challenge the idea that density and strength go hand-in-hand. Typically it’s true that heavier materials like steel have greater … Read More

Guard Your Construction Site From Death as “Collateral Damage”

Three people die in construction accidents everyday, and people of Hispanic origin account for two of those, according to this release from the Hispanic Contractors of Texas. Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show that falling, being struck by things, being pinned between things and electrocution account for the lion’s share of construction deaths. Construction workers in a trench Trenches pose significant risks to construction workers. (Courtesy OSHA) So the Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas (HCAT) is holding “The Construction Safety and Health Summit,” a regional event structured to train, educate and promote best safety practices and to increase understanding of issues facing Latino workers. The event will take place September 15–17, 2011 at the Mesquite Convention Center / Hampton Inn & Suites in Mesquite, Texas. This is significant because it marks another event where the rising Hispanic culture is taking the lead in workplace issues. We would have hoped deaths on construction sites would be ancient history by now. But, humans are slow learners when it comes to safety, mostly because they have adopted an attitude of “It won’t happen to me,” as a fear-insulating mechanism to counteract the ridiculous amount of dangers they face on this planet everyday. Some would argue there will always be deaths on construction sites but to argue that implies a sort of acceptance, or resignation that we can’t do any better. And, for some people it is simply a way to avoid responsibility. So, how many deaths everyday are acceptable? If the goal isn’t zero, then we become conditioned to not only expect people to die where they work, but also to accept it. We all have a lot in common and one commonality is that we don’t want to die where we work. Hispanic or not, the world is a dangerous place, and construction sites just add to that danger. But unless we have zero tolerance for deaths on construction sites, as companies, and as individuals, then death while working will simply become a sort of sick collateral damage to our construction business pursuits.

The Statistics Three people die in construction accidents everyday, and people of Hispanic origin account for two of those, according to this releasefrom the Hispanic Contractors of Texas. Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show that falling, being struck by things, being pinned between things and electrocution account for the lion’s share of construction deaths. So the Hispanic Contractors Association de … Read More

A New Generation of Tools Changes The Way We Operate in Construction Jobs

Equipment Telematics Riding on the Leading Edge Modern construction equipment and machinery now includes advanced technology for optimizing safety, efficiency and more. It’s called  equipment telematics, and by using it you can remotely track information about your equipment. The information you collect using equipment telematics helps improve machine utilization, reduces fuel and energy consumption, and even lessens the need for … Read More

Self-Healing Concrete Changes The Way We Operate in Construction Jobs

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Construction Companies Are Using Self-Healing Concrete Meet Bio-Concrete CNN met the founder of this material. “The problem with cracks in concrete is leakage,” explains professor Henk Jonkers, of Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands. “If you have cracks, water comes through — in your basements, in a parking garage. Secondly, if this water gets to the steel reinforcements — in … Read More