Dodge Data + Blue Book: 10 billion construction data points

Dodge Data & Analytics and the Blue Book Building & Construction Network are combining their businesses, affording current and prospective customers access to the industry’s leading platform for data insight, market intelligence, firm discovery and networking. The Dodge | Blue Book Construction Industry Database will embody the industry’s most complete, up-to-date and accurate information about projects, people, firms and products.

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Report tracks architectural trends driving construction materials selection

Silicon Valley management consultant and industry analyst Frost & Sullivan offers predictions for the global construction market in “Key Architectural Trends Determining Construction Materials Usage, Outlook 2021.” Authors see the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, renewed focus on environment-friendly and circular solutions, along with geopolitical issues affecting business the next 10-15 years.

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Clark Pacific NetZero Building Platform contours to 2030 Challenge

West Sacramento, Calif.-based precast, prestressed producer Clark Pacific has launched the NetZero Building Platform, a complete prefabricated system for next-generation office buildings that prioritize the environment and occupant wellness, and help owners and designers meet the 2030 Challenge. The American Institute of Architects-endorsed Challenge calls for new projects and major building renovations to be carbon neutral—operating free of fossil fuel…

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Engineering lab loads Auburn University with testing prowess

The Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University, Alabama, has strengthened its reputation as a premier structural engineering research venue with the opening of a $22 million laboratory equipped to provide solutions to growing infrastructure challenges. The 42,000-sq.-ft. Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory (ASEL) includes a high bay expanse with a strong floor specially engineered to handle extreme structural testing loads…

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Technology developers step up industrial setting-programmed robotics

Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF), a leader in smart following technology and subsidiary of the Piaggio Group, and Trimble have unveiled a proof-of-concept collaboration to enable robots and machines to follow humans and other machines in industrial applications. It integrates a PFFtag smart following module prototype and Boston Dynamics Spot robot platform controlled by Trimble advanced positioning technology, superseding a joystick.

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Foundations group gauges form tie shortage impact on residential work

The Concrete Foundations Association is leading an industry-wide effort to mitigate a pending steel form tie shortage across North American markets. Designed to withstand the fluid pressure of concrete placement, the ties structurally connect foundation and wall forming systems. A typical residential concrete foundation can require up to 700 form ties.

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Contractor survey finds commercial market prospects on the rise

Data from the first quarter U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index reveals contractors are growing more optimistic, mostly driven by a rise in revenue expectations. They also have better outlooks on hiring and equipment spending plans as business concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic lessen.

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Masonry interests affirm the block construction economy, speed, soundness

Block Strong, a public awareness-geared partnership between the Florida Concrete & Products Association Inc. and Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council Inc., taps current Pennsylvania State University research to inform multifamily project specifications. Stakeholders especially note a) how construction materials can be an afterthought when developers and real estate investment trusts (REIT) define the financial position of an investment opportunity; and,…

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NCMA probes depth of CMUs’ carbon dioxide-sequestering potential

National Concrete Masonry Association technicians are collecting block from a cross section of producer members for a two-year investigation measuring specimens’ carbon dioxide sequestration characteristics. Findings have the potential to arm the industry with critical CO2 uptake data plus delineate the sequestration rates and net volumes of dry cast versus conventional precast and cast-in-place concrete units or elements.

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