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AIA, Microsoft, Steel Institute support embodied carbon calculator

California-based Charles Pankow Foundation has announced a grant to the University of Washington for development of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) to advance transparency in the construction industry. By enabling a performance-based approach to embodied carbon reductions in design, procurement, and construction, the EC3 team aims to provide climate conscious building owners tools to make more informed decisions about the materials going into their projects.

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Volvo programs autonomous dump truck as ‘limestone transport solution’

Volvo Trucks North America parent, Volvo Truck Corp. of Sweden, recently entered an agreement to equip Norway limestone producer Brønnøy Kalk AS with six dump body-bearing FH cabover models programmed for driverless operation. Following individual vehicle demonstrations last year, the fleet will be deployed in 2019 to haul rock from underground mine to crusher—navigating a three-mile tunnel and outdoor road route at a wheel loader operator’s direction.

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Beck, Con-Tech, Kenworth and Mack ensure robust CIM Auction payload

For the second year in a row, the Concrete Industry Management Auction at World of Concrete will have an equipment pool topped by two mixers, thanks to donations from Beck Industrial and Mack Trucks, plus Con-Tech Manufacturing, Kenworth Truck and Kenworth of Central Florida. Vehicle bidding will cap the CIM Auction, January 23 in Las Vegas Convention Center Room N262.

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Digitization, powertrains takecenter stage at bauma 2019

Organizers of the bauma 2019 building material machinery and construction equipment trade fair, April 8-14 in Munich, stress the digitization trend across attendees’ markets as more and more technologies make their way into the industry. Cloud-based infrastructures, digital services and security solutions are spurring what show manager, Messe München, dubs a change of paradigm for stakeholders up and down the construction value chain.

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Cemex Ventures funds job progress-tracking app developer

The venture capital unit of Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. has invested in StructionSite, a new technology player promoting digital worksite models to reduce time required to calculate construction progress—a function representing up to 2 percent of total project costs. StructionSite software generates models with images from 360-degree view cameras. Through the user’s position, plus Computer Vision and Machine Learning technologies, it analyzes and illustrates exterior and interior work status. The application obtains contextualized information to enable strategic decision making, along with improved coordination between project principals and the trades. It offers what Cemex Ventures calls deep differential value by combining support on a web-based platform and mobile application, plus ease of use and integration with other tools to streamline information flow.

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