Drones, once a hobby for a few enthusiasts, are now prominently featured across a number of professional fields. Today, delivery and cargo drones transport goods across increasing distances1, military drones spy on enemy combatants, and ag-drones engage in precision farming2. More than any other industry, however, drones are being put to use on construction worksites, with drone use surging by 239% from 2017 to 20183. Infrastructure work now makes up 35.5% of professional drone-use, far ahead of the next two biggest drone-using industries, agriculture (25.5%) and transportation (10.2%)4.
Typically operated by project managers, technology managers, and superintendents, construction drones have many functions, as they can be used in every phase of the project lifecycle3. Equipped with GPS technology, as well as cameras and sensors that can capture images, video, thermal readings, and infrared data, drones can help improve project conceptualization, planning, measurement, building, management, reporting, monitoring, inspection, safety, security, and even marketing. Drones are revolutionizing construction at a breakneck pace, which is why today we’re breaking down 8 Ways Drones are Changing Construction: Continue reading “8 Ways Drones Are Changing Construction”
As news coverage focuses on improvements to our infrastructure, priced around $1.5 trillion, there’s one big project from the early days of highway construction that still hasn’t been finished: Interstate 95.
The famous highway stretches along the East Coast, from Miami, Florida to the U.S.-Canada border crossing near Houlton, Maine. As America’s most-used highway, I-95 is a massively long stretch of road, reaching almost 2,000 miles and passing through major cities like Jacksonville, Richmond, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and Portland. Continue reading “Completion of I-95 Fulfills A Decades-Old American Dream”
News stations were buzzing earlier this week when SpaceX successfully launched its Heavy Falcon rocket into space, marking “the first time a rocket this powerful has been sent into space by a private company,” according to the New York Times. The launch was also notable for its side boosters, which once detached from the rocket, flew back down to the launch pad, instead of falling apart as has been typical in NASA launches. But while reporters fawn over spaceships that might one-day be useful, there is futuristic technology currently on construction job-sites that is altering the industry in innovative and revolutionary ways. In this post, we’re breaking down some of the Technology that is Revolutionizing Construction!! Continue reading “The Technology That’s Revolutionizing Construction”
The first 3D-printed building in Europe was recently completed, demonstrating the efficiency of 3D-printed construction. Printing the structure – referred to as the Building on Demand (BOD) – took less than 3 months!! The walls themselves took only 50 hours to print on-site in Copenhagen, Denmark. Now that is quick work!! Anticipated to be used for office or hotel space, the BOD is impressive in its own right, but also demonstrates the industry’s slow but certain turn towards 3D-printing for construction. That’s why today we’re looking at 3D-Printing in Construction: Breakthroughs and Benefits!! Continue reading “3D-Printing in Construction: Major Breakthroughs and Benefits”
Construction has quietly been taking some giant steps into the future. Most recently, Microsoft announced that its mixed reality (MR) headset will be compatible with hard-hats beginning 2018.
MR headsets place clear digital screens in front of the user’s eyes, allowing the user to view the real world and virtual images at the same time. With advanced programs, MR headsets can even adjust the virtual images based on what is happening in reality. For example, a navigational arrow attempting to guide you to a GPS-selected location would adjust direction, depending on which way you turn. Or, if you wanted to temporarily keep tabs on your laptop power, a battery icon could appear whenever you look at the laptop, but disappear if you look away. Okay, but what does this have to do with construction?? Continue reading “The High-Tech Hard-Hat Revolution”
The United States has been battered by huge storms over the past few weeks, as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria decimated parts of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. These areas continue to need help recovering, but there is a dramatic shortage of skilled workers who are available for rebuilding sections of Houston, neighborhoods in the Florida Keys, and most of the island of Puerto Rico. So where is all the skilled labor?? Continue reading “Hurricanes Highlight the Skilled Labor Shortage”
In the battle the defeat the terrorist caliphate known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), bulldozers are finding an unlikely role in expelling the extremists out of the heart of urban areas. Continue reading “Heavy Machinery Used to Fight ISIS”
In one corner, weighing in at 8,000 tons, with a cutterhead height of 57.5 feet, and a machine length of 326 feet, Big Bertha!!! You definitely don’t want to be in the other corner!!
Last month, Bertha, the world’s biggest “earth pressure balance boring machine” finished digging a gigantic tunnel under the city of Seattle to replace a damaged highway viaduct. The completed tunnel stretches 1.75 miles – or 9,270 feet – long and is 5-stories tall!! And now, with the job done, she’s being pulled apart. Continue reading “Bertha Being Dismantled After Record-Breaking Dig”
This spring, the Oakland Raiders received official approval from the NFL to relocate to a new city. Even if you don’t follow football, you probably heard about the move since the city is Las Vegas and they’ll be building a brand new stadium with a price tag of $1.9 billion. That’s billion with a ‘B.’ Today we’re digging into the construction specs of this enormous project. Continue reading “Raiders Roll Dice On New Vegas Stadium”
A raging fire, with flames reaching upwards of 40 feet, ignited Thursday evening underneath a northbound bridge on Interstate 85, a major roadway near downtown Atlanta, causing the overpass to collapse. Continue reading “Massive Fire Collapses Interstate Overpass in Atlanta”