Projects Where Risk Management Takes Center Stage

Projects like these, where resilience is central to their design and construction, are becoming more commonplace, as developers and their AEC teams adopt positive measures to give their property assets a fighting chance of surviving the ravages of natural disasters, and to minimize recovery costs. On July 28, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection […]

Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope Gets Go-Ahead

The ruling could allow the project to move forward after years of delays and opposition. A $1.4 billion telescope project has finally gotten the go-ahead to resume construction high up on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano. The state’s Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) announced Friday (Sept. 29) that it has decided to approve a construction […]

Construction & Closing Delays – Hurricane Irma Spared Real Estate Market

Hurricane Irma’s effect on South Florida’s vibrant real estate market is not likely to be much more than the hassles of delayed home deliveries and closings, industry observers say. Twelve years ago, Hurricane Wilma swept across Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties, causing major damage to roofs. Blue tarps became a common sight in many […]

Digital Banking – Battle for the Home Screen

The growth in digital banking is showing no signs of slowing down. Convenience, speed, and security aren’t just extra benefits in consumers’ minds anymore. They are now a standard requirement of the rapidly changing customer-bank relationship. As a rule, traditional bank institutions struggle to build a loyal customer base, while the newly emerging digital-only banks, […]

Graphene: The Game-Changing Material of the Future

Technology is only as good as the materials it is made from. Much of the modern information era would not be possible without silicon and Moore’s Law, and electric cars would be much less viable without recent advances in the material science behind lithium-ion batteries. That’s why graphene, a two-dimensional super-material made from carbon, is so exciting. […]

6 Ways Construction Technology Has Transformed the Industry

From using your smartphone at work to aerial drones mapping and surveying the job site, the construction industry is exploding into new realms with the technology of today. Digital blueprint apps and cutting-edge software manage every facet of a project without having to lay a brick, while 3D imaging and gadgets have lent a whole new […]

Technology Upgrade Coming To Construction And Real Estate Industries

The construction and real estate industries are primed for technology disruption. Don’t miss out on the opportunity. Heard of constru-tech? How about RE-tech? If you’re scratching your head, don’t feel like you’ve missed something. Those monikers simply don’t exist. Construction and real estate may be some of the last holdouts when it comes to fully embracing technology. Some players […]

Smart Buildings – The Wave Of The Future

How Smart Building Technology is Shaping the Future of Commercial Real Estate – How many times have you discussed how hot or cold your office was over the last few months? Many office workers would agree that the biggest battle in commercial buildings is the fight over the thermostat. Not only do people have different […]

Avoiding the Construction Schedule Float Game

Often in today’s fast-paced construction industry, critical path method (CPM) schedules are used as a tool to sequester project float as a hedge against potential project risks. Float is how long a specific task can be delayed without causing disruptive delays to key tasks that follow it. The practice of sequestering float violates a major […]

Futuristic Construction Technologies – Transparent Aluminum

For decades, chemical engineers have dreamed of a material that combines the strength and durability of metal with the crystal-clear purity of glass. Such a “clear metal” could be used to construct towering glass-walled skyscrapers that require less internal support. Secure military buildings could install thin transparent metal windows impervious to the highest-caliber artillery fire. […]