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construction+technology.jpgWe’ve heard a lot of promising developments on construction technologies in the past few years, many of which will not only make the industry more efficient, but create a much higher quality product. Testing this technology inside of a controlled facility, however, doesn’t quite paint an entire picture for how the product will perform on a constantly evolving jobsite.

In addition to the challenge of adapting to jobsite changes, there are currently many silos separating technology brands from working together.  That’s slowly beginning to change, as we’ve seen many of the top project management platforms, like Procore, Plangrid, and Bluebeam, allowing integrations of 3rd party applications, some of which are in direct competition with some of their products. Many have realized that if you want a specific technology to stick in construction, you have to make the construction team’s lives easier and more effective.

Oracle Construction and Engineering, a technology company, has recently opened an Innovation Lab in Deerfield, Illinois, where they will work together with several other construction technology companies to “drive digital transformation” in the construction and engineering industries.

“Advances in technology are reshaping the industry landscape at an accelerating pace. Our Innovation Lab enables organizations to experience firsthand how new technologies can help drive better project outcomes in critical areas such as safety, productivity and quality,” said Mike Sicilia, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Construction and Engineering, in a press release. “We are excited to welcome our current and prospective customers, partners, the academic community and others to our Innovation Lab to help them experience the future of projects.”

There are several companies that we’ve talked about in the past involved in the launch of the Innovation Lab, including Bosch, DAQRI, and Triax.

Bosch has connected power tools and asset solutions, like this GPS tracked jackhammerDAQRI is the manufacturer of the world’s first smart helmet for construction, which integrates augmented reality on the jobsite. Triax has developed a worker-worn sensor that can detect hazardous conditions, like the presence of carbon monoxide, or determine if a worker has suffered a slip, trip, or fall.

Other companies that were a part of the launch were: Autodesk’s Assemble Systems, a BIM enhancer; HERE, which uses location tech to manage fleets or autonomous driving; Jovix, an RFID asset management solution; and Reconstruct, a visual tool for project management.

Bosch shared a quick video of the Innovation Lab on their Instagram page for those interested in seeing what the simulated project worksite looks like:

A post shared by Bosch Power Tools (@boschtoolsna) on Aug 30, 2018 at 11:19am PDT

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Extranet Evolution by Paul Wilkinson – 1h ago Preview

Former 4Projects, now Viewpoint, VP EMEA Steve Spark leaves Trimble’s UK construction collaboration Software-as-a-Service technology business, with a former Sage executive joining the Newcastle firm.

Steve SparkViewpoint EMEA commercial director Steve Spark is leaving the now-Trimble-owned construction collaboration Software-as-a-Service technology company to become CRO at a haulage and logistics software company based in his native north-east of England.

Spark joined 4Projects (as it then was) in December 2005, and has been a key member of the management team over the last decade, working with CEO Richard Vertigan to help grow the UK-based business and to negotiate its acquisition by US construction ERP specialist Viewpoint in February 2013. After Vertigan stepped back from the business in September 2013, Spark became interim MD, helping the business through a number of key transitions including expansion of the business’s sales and development teams, relocation from its Sunderland base to new offices in central Newcastle, and rebranding of the core solution from 4Projects to (eventually) Viewpoint For Projects. When I talked through the 4Projects changes with him and Viewpoint VP Matt Harris, they were planning to grow the 4Projects product footprint across the EMEA region, and to add new Viewpoint products, including mobile solutions.

In April 2014 Viewpoint received a US$230m investment from Bain Capital, and started to spread its wings. Alun Baker joined 4Projects as its new MD, as the business continued its profitable growth, buoyed by increased UK owner/operator adoption of its services to support building information modelling (BIM). And before the end of the year, Baker and Spark – as commercial director for EMEA and global SVP Sales – were briefing on the company’s acquisition of MCS and its Priority1 mobile data capture and reporting solution, later rebranded as Field View.

Viewpoint - a Trimble companyThe following summer (July 2015), Viewpoint announced a new CEO, Manolis Kotzabasakis. He instigated some changes, creating a functional, rather than regional, reporting structure across the Viewpoint group, as a result of which Baker left the UK business in 2016, with Spark now leading the UK operation, taking responsibility for collaboration and Field View sales in the US and in Australasia, and continuing to capitalise upon the UK adoption of BIM. And he has remained in this role through this year’s US$1.2bn acquisition of Viewpoint by Trimble (announced in April 2018).

“A fantastic business in a fantastic industry”Always passionate and enthusiastic about the construction industry and about the SaaS collaboration sector in particular, Spark assures me his decision to leave Viewpoint has nothing to do with the Trimble deal (which completed in July 2018 – news release).

“Viewpoint is a fantastic business in a fantastic industry. It has been an outstanding journey with 4Projects and then Viewpoint, and I have learnt so much.  We have developed an amazing team and customer base – passionate people that want to help the AEC sector improve and help deliver better projects and assets.

“I will miss construction tech, and leave feeling the job is half done. While adoption of collaborative solutions is far greater than it was back in 2005 – and that’s great to see – it’s still only really the beginning. Over the next ten years or so, I expect  we will see a move toward true ‘integrated data’  flows connecting the AEC tech stack and supply chain in ways that we have only dreamed of to this point.”

Spark leaves Viewpoint on 7 September and will be succeeded by former Sage executive Steve Attwell.  Spark says: “He is a fellow north easterner, with a fantastic wealth of experience that I think will help take Viewpoint to the next level.”

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ArchDaily by Daniel Tapia – 2h ago Preview

© Dennis Gilbert / VIEW © Dennis Gilbert / VIEW

  • Architects: Walters & Cohen
  • Location: London Borough of Newham, United Kingdom
  • Lead Architects: Walters & Cohen
  • Area: 690.2 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Dennis Gilbert / VIEW

© Dennis Gilbert / VIEW © Dennis Gilbert / VIEWText description provided by the architects. Sandringham Primary School is a four-form-entry school with approximately 1000 pupils and 135 staff in Newham, east London. In 2014 Walters & Cohen was asked to undertake a feasibility study for the school. Following an increase in pupil numbers, the school had assumed the brief would provide two or three extra classrooms and early years facilities. Walters & Cohen’s feasibility study extended and improved this.

© Dennis Gilbert / VIEW © Dennis Gilbert / VIEWGround Floor Plan Ground Floor Plan© Dennis Gilbert / VIEW © Dennis Gilbert / VIEWHaving demonstrated that the existing teaching building was working well, we instead proposed that the new building, Sandringham Central, accommodate the specialist nursery, pre-school and art spaces the school lacked. The new building replaces the old nursery, which was tucked away with its back to the street and the local residents it served. Sandringham Central is a friendly building that fits in with the scale of neighboring houses.

© Dennis Gilbert / VIEW © Dennis Gilbert / VIEWSection A Section A© Dennis Gilbert / VIEW © Dennis Gilbert / VIEWThe design has given the school a new presence on Henderson Road; the improved street frontage formalizes a spacious, accessible entrance and waiting area, while the zinc cladding, lime-green window reveals and glazing at ground floor level make the school welcoming and visible in its community. The building also becomes the secure line, giving back what would have been the front garden to the pavement and reinstating the rhythm of terraced row. On the ground floor, the L-shaped nursery and pre-school accommodation have large sliding doors that can be opened completely to enhance the relationship between indoors and out.

© Dennis Gilbert / VIEW © Dennis Gilbert / VIEWThey spill out to covered and open-air spaces for outdoor learning and play, something the nursery was very keen to offer. The school’s older pupils access the first-floor classrooms up an external amphitheater stair that links the Victorian main school building with generous art, music and drama rooms that belie the domestic scale of the new building. Long rooflights flood these classrooms with light, and the children love the timber-lined music and dance spaces, and pitch-roofed form.

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© David Schreyer © David Schreyer

© David Schreyer © David SchreyerText description provided by the architects. A specific approach to the building tradition and a special respect for the landscape characterize the building in Ausseerland. To combine this particular atmosphere with the ideas of a timeless, comfortable home for family and guests was a challenge.

© David Schreyer © David SchreyerThe cross-shaped ground plan creates a connection to regional models, defines the views of the lake and the mountains, and simultaneously creates spatial zoning.

© David Schreyer © David SchreyerFloor 1 Floor 1© David Schreyer © David SchreyerWood as the material of the panel is in the foreground. Used on the outside as a pre-grayed cover, it creates a warming atmosphere on the inside in combination with exposed concrete and brass elements, without a rustic finish.

© David Schreyer © David Schreyer

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By adding 1,000 construction jobs, The Land of Enchantment paces nation, but Arizona and Nevada are not far behind.
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More work on major projects caused revenue for Robertson Group to jump by a third from £565.4m to £752.4m in its last financial year ending 31 March 2018.
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The governments of Singapore and Malaysia have called a halt to their high-speed railway project while they look for ways to bring down the cost.The governments of Singapore and Malaysia have called a halt to their high-speed railway project while they look for ways to bring down the cost.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) has welcomed new legislation ensuring freedom of movement for most migrant workers in Qatar.The International Labour Organization (ILO) has welcomed new legislation ensuring freedom of movement for most migrant workers in Qatar.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Bristol City Council has abandoned plan for a 12,000 capacity concert arena in the face of rising costs and is looking instead to build an alternative mixed-use development.Bristol City Council has abandoned plan for a 12,000 capacity concert arena in the face of rising costs and is looking instead to build an alternative mixed-use development.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Bovis Homes Group is set for a record year after posting interim results showing a 41% leap in pre-tax profits for the first half of 2018.Bovis Homes Group is set for a record year after posting interim results showing a 41% leap in pre-tax profits for the first half of 2018.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Retirement housing specialist McCarthy & Stone has had a difficult year with potential customers struggling to sell their family homes in order to downsize and ground rent reform impacting on prospects.Retirement housing specialist McCarthy & Stone has had a difficult year with potential customers struggling to sell their family homes in order to downsize and ground rent reform impacting on prospects.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Researchers at the USA’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have launched a software tool that they say could help architects and engineers design more efficient buildings.Researchers at the USA’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have launched a software tool that they say could help architects and engineers design more efficient buildings.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Lobbyists for the house-building industry, keen to ensure the government maintains its Help to Buy initiative, have produced a report highlighting the benefits of the equity loan scheme.Lobbyists for the house-building industry, keen to ensure the government maintains its Help to Buy initiative, have produced a report highlighting the benefits of the equity loan scheme.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Amey has turned to an 18-tonne c for road marking duties on its Birmingham City Council highways maintenance term contract.Amey has turned to an 18-tonne c for road marking duties on its Birmingham City Council highways maintenance term contract.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Developer Quintain has appointed Huber Car Park Systems International to build what is thought to be Europe’s first multi-storey coach parking complex.Developer Quintain has appointed Huber Car Park Systems International to build what is thought to be Europe’s first multi-storey coach parking complex.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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MHM Plant, a supplier of generators and lighting towers, has signed up Glendun Plant Sales as its distributor for Northern Ireland.MHM Plant, a supplier of generators and lighting towers, has signed up Glendun Plant Sales as its distributor for Northern Ireland.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland has handed SES Engineering Services (SES) a multi-million pound building services contract on the student accommodation it is building in Manchester as part of the £750m mixed-use Circle Square development.Main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland has handed SES Engineering Services (SES) a multi-million pound building services contract on the student accommodation it is building in Manchester as part of the £750m mixed-use Circle Square development.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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A small UK-based charity is looking for help from the construction industry to implement its most ambitious building project to date, which looks to help children in one of the most disadvantages countries on the planet.A small UK-based charity is looking for help from the construction industry to implement its most ambitious building project to date, which looks to help children in one of the most disadvantages countries on the planet.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Foundations contractor Aarsleff has taken delivery of a new Klemm 909-3G drilling rig, along with a new Putzmeister P11 concrete pump, and a new CX 4/10 colloidal mixer.Foundations contractor Aarsleff has taken delivery of a new Klemm 909-3G drilling rig, along with a new Putzmeister P11 concrete pump, and a new CX 4/10 colloidal mixer.Read Full Article: The Construction Index

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Yorkshire potash mine developer Sirius Mineral this morning confirmed Austrian civil engineering giant Strabag will deliver all three big tunnel drives to transport excavated polyhalite mineral underground to the coast.

The mine developer also revealed it would be raising a further £460m for construction after tunnel drive costs have nearly doubled from an estimated £858m to over £1.46bn.

The cost increase has driven by an increase in the planned internal diameter of the tunnel from 4.3m to 4.9m and an increase in lining thickness from 250mm to 350mm.


Strabag has clinched all three contracts for the 23-mile drive from the mine head site at Dove’s Nest Farm near Whitby to a portal near the town of Redcar.

Further geotechnical analysis has also resulted in a decrease in planned advance rates from 25m per day to 17m per day.

There has also been more construction and delivery risk transferred to Strabag pushing up contract costs further. The contract is a lump sum arrangement, with fixed rates for tunnelling advance.

Sirius Minierals also said it had signed an EPC contract with engineer Jacobs to deliver the big materials handling facility planned at Wilton on the Yorkshire coast.

The expected cost of this element has been cut by around £100m to £538m as the overland conveyor installation is deferred until 2025 and will be funded from operating cash flow.

Sirius now estimates the total cost of the massive potash mine scheme has risen from £3.6bn to near £4.2bn.

Chris Fraser, Managing Director and CEO of Sirius, said: “The signing of the contracts for the remaining tunnel drives and the materials handling facility at Wilton are significant steps forward for the business with almost all procurement now complete.

“The expected increased funding requirement coming from this process reflects an optimisation of the tunnel design and a significantly improved risk allocation for Sirius to support the senior debt financing.

“The project’s economics remain extremely compelling and we are confident they support the expected additional funding requirement.”

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A construction worker is in an induced coma after a fall at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre where Robertson is main contractor on the £333m job.

The victim was working for a subcontractor when he suffered serious head injuries after falling from a platform.

A Robertson spokeswoman told The Press and Journal: “We can confirm that one of our subcontractors working on the AECC was taken to hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

“We are conducting an investigation into the circumstances and will report in full to the HSE.”

The conference centre is Robertson’s largest ever contract award.

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Newspaper tycoon Richard Desmond has scaled-up plans to redevelop Northern & Shell’s Westferry Printworks site on London’s Isle of Dogs.

Revised plans submitted by development manager Mace to Tower Hamlets Council will see the number of homes planned for the site more than doubled from around 722 to 1,500 new homes.

Previous lower rise flats scheme with outline planning

This will be achieved by dramatically raising the height of the main buildings and including an extra building. Blocks previously planned to rise from four to 30 floors will jump in height to scale up to from 9 to 46 floors (161m).

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