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Dealing with Data in the Construction Industry

February 19, 2020 - 3:51pm
The exponential growth of big data has had a profound effect on the heavy building materials industry. Per Techjury, every person this year will generate 1.7 megabytes of data in just a second. In 2019, internet users generate about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day.

Two-for-One

February 18, 2020 - 4:54pm
A new two-for-one value proposition can be found in GTL-1000 — available from Topcon Positioning Systems — a new compact scanner integrated with a fully featured robotic total station, offering a site manager a dual-function instrument designed to complete a layout and scan on a single set-up. The data can be processed, mapped and provide construction verification.

Woman Boss

February 14, 2020 - 11:43am
Women comprise 9.9 percent of the construction industry workforce, with an even smaller number of women on the front lines - an estimated 1 percent.

Cold-Formed Steel Essential to Resiliency of New City Hall

February 11, 2020 - 11:00am
The city of Boerne, Texas, will soon get its first-ever City Hall and like the structures that inspired its design, the building was designed to serve the community for centuries not decades. To contribute to the resiliency of the City Hall, a number of steel framing systems were specified by general contractor Lee Lewis Construction, ...

Construction Technology: Long-Term Benefits with Short-Term Investment

January 28, 2020 - 1:08pm
One of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, Brasfield & Gorrie, based in Birmingham, Alabama, provides a number of contracting services. To ensure it provides clients the best possible service, the company investigates and embraces new technologies that increase productivity.

The Five Essentials for 5D

January 28, 2020 - 12:54pm
If you’ve worked in the construction industry for any significant amount of time, chances are you’ve been asked what kind of work you do — which is usually code for “I know you don’t swing a hammer, but have no idea what your actual job is.”

Two Robotic-Assist Devices Help Ensure Project Success

January 16, 2020 - 10:08am
For the first time in the United States, contactors have deployed two semi-robotic construction devices — Material Unit Lift Enhancers (MULE) and a Semiautomated Mason (SAM) — to ensure success at a $62 million project at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois.

McCarthy Building Companies Completes Construction of Two-Story St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

January 15, 2020 - 3:00pm
McCarthy Building Companies, a member of multiple AGC chapters, has completed construction of the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, a 120,000-sq-ft, two-story attraction built inside the footprint of a nearly 500,000-sq-ft 19th century iron umbrella train shed designated a National Historic Landmark. The grand opening was Christmas Day 2019. Featuring one-of-a-kind exhibits and aquatic ...

Skanska to Renovate New ASHRAE Global Headquarters with Net-Zero Retrofit Design

January 15, 2020 - 2:54pm
Skanska, a global construction and development firm and member of multiple AGC chapters, will renovate ASHRAE’s new global headquarters in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. Photo credit: ASHRAE The net-zero-energy ready design is set to exceed all of ASHRAE’s own energy and indoor environmental standards to achieve a high-performing and environmentally sustainable building. “ASHRAE is excited to ...

Pepper Construction Group CEO J. David Pepper Lived His Life in Service to Others

January 15, 2020 - 2:46pm
J. David (Dave) Pepper, 59, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at his home in Barrington, Illinois. He was born in Evanston on January 15, 1960, to Richard and Roxelyn Pepper. He was a civil engineering graduate of Iowa State University, where he met his wife, Katy, and he served as ...

Bob Shell, Pillar of Baldwin & Shell, AGC Arkansas Member, Passes at 88

January 14, 2020 - 1:17pm
Bob Shell, former Baldwin & Shell president and current chairman emeritus, passed away earlier this year at 88 years old after a battle with cancer.

Sales Pipeline Enablement for the Construction Industry

January 14, 2020 - 11:00am
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More than Providing an Education, New Trade School Helps Students Find Meaning in Industry Work

January 13, 2020 - 3:14pm
With a goal to equip students with the employability and technical skills required for employment and/or advanced training in construction and related fields, the Riverchase Career Connection Skilled Trades Academy in Birmingham, Alabama, is off to a great start.

AGC Makes Its Voice Heard in the Regulatory Arena

January 13, 2020 - 11:32am
The regulatory environment is shifting considerably as the Trump administration continues to undo numerous changes that occurred during Obama’s time in office.

Guessing Game for Materials Costs

January 9, 2020 - 4:16pm
After two years of price shocks, contractors have experienced a break in materials cost increases in recent months, but budgeting and estimating are likely to remain challenging throughout 2020.

The Student Becomes the Teacher

January 7, 2020 - 6:38pm
We can all learn something from Chinmay Lad, whose potent dreams of a civil engineering career, of an industry-wide “digital revolution,” inspired him to join the ranks of those who have earned their Certificate of Management — Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM) designation.

Under Attack

December 17, 2019 - 12:33pm
There is an old adage concerning timely action about the uselessness of locking the stable after the horse is gone. It is, unfortunately, the story of many construction companies confronting the issue of cybersecurity. They never considered themselves a target until it was too late.

Cold-Formed Steel Essential to Resiliency of New City Hall

December 10, 2019 - 11:29am
The city of Boerne, Texas, will soon get its first-ever City Hall and like the structures that inspired its design, the building was designed to serve the community for centuries not decades. To contribute to the resiliency of the City Hall, a number of steel framing systems were specified by general contractor Lee Lewis Construction, ...

PEMB Use Keeps SoCal Icy

December 10, 2019 - 8:00am
Constructing California’s largest public ice arena meant designing a structure that could withstand the state’s warm temperatures and higher earthquake propensity.

Protecting Bridges in Extreme Climates

December 9, 2019 - 1:42pm
Harsh weather conditions can be a challenge for bridge construction and renovation projects, in more ways than one.

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