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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PRODUCERS – MAY 2021

Evercast, a leading specialty precast and prestressed concrete producer in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, has acquired Precast Supply Co. of Concord, N.C. The transaction complements the suitor’s existing product offerings; adds to its portfolio of concrete production brands, all primarily geared to drainage, transportation and utility markets; and, better positions the business “to ensure projects are completed on time, with…

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ORGANIZATIONS – MAY 2021

Cary Kopczynski, principal of an eponymous engineering firm with Chicago and Seattle offices, has been elected American Concrete Institute president for 2021-22, succeeding Minneapolis attorney and (pre-AECOM) Ellerbe Associates veteran Jeffrey Coleman. A recognized expert in reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete building design, Kopczynski has served on the ACI Foundation Board of Trustees and ACI Board’s Financial Advisory Committee, and…

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‘Engineering in the form of functional art’

Sitting down at the prodigious architectural cast-in-place concrete kitchen island of his newest feat, Christopher Parker, P.E. observes, “I build functional art. And this is my masterpiece.” The principal of Parker Construction Group, Wilmington, N.C. enlightened local agent, Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty, on the attention to detail, engineering and craftsmanship behind the 8,200-sq.-ft. home.

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