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Field Materials Raises $4.6M Seed Funding

The company’s program aims to streamline materials procurement through the use of AI. San Jose, California-based software firm Field Materials announced that it raised $4.65 million in a seed funding round on April 6, according to a press release shared with Construction Dive. The round was led by San Francisco-based venture capital firm Blumberg Capital, and joined by Zacua Ventures. The startup’s product is an AI-driven program that intends to streamline materials procurement for contractors, and can aid professionals throughout the entire construction process. It performs tasks that were originally done in Excel, Word and on paper, according to the company. It also uses AI-powered checking systems to monitor delivery slips and invoices to catch errors and minimize delays. Field

These Are The 4 Projects Red Sea Global Is Launching During Phase One

Scheduled to welcome its first guests in 2023, the Red Sea Project is greeting the new year with four major tourist destinations to be fully functional in the next few months. The destination, which is being developed by Red Sea Global, sits over 28,000 km2 of pristine lands and waters and is committed to protecting,

Mental Health In The Construction Industry

A staggering statistic, one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness annually. In industries like construction, where safety risks are present daily, taking steps to provide resources and support for individuals to take their mental health seriously is critical. As the industry advances physical safety protocols,
Construction Machines & Vehicles

Impressive Dump Truck Out-Muscles WA Rivals

If there’s one thing to stay out of the way of, it’s a mining company boss on the hunt for savings – capital and/or operational. The pressure on productivity, cost effectiveness and maximum use of capital is immense, driven in part by the demands of shareholders for ever-increasing returns. That’s why Tatra’s latest import, the thoroughly ripped 62t GVM 10 x 10 Phoenix dump truck has opened some eyes on sites where it is comprehensively outperforming articulated dump-trucks. The positives are plentiful, especially as the Phoenix is a road-legal truck that can move itself between sites without the need for a heavy-haulage rig with a float. Presently, that’s only possible in WA, where the expanded limit of 12-tonnes for the front twin-steers has been a boon. Work-wise, a comparison in the

Volvo Construction Equipment To Invest In Electric Wheel Loaders

As part of its ambition towards industry transformation through sustainable solutions, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced an investment into the production of electric wheel loaders from its plant in Arvika, Sweden. The Arvika factory in Sweden specializes in the production of medium and large wheel
Building Equipment & Products

Rainscreen Systems Provide Moisture Protection, Insulation To Building Facades

In addition to water infiltration, rainscreen systems also manage air infiltration, negative wind pressures, heat transfer, and vapor transmission into and out of a building. Contributed by Western Specialty Contractors One of the most successful technologies used today to deter rainwater intrusion into a building’s exterior wall and protect its envelope is the rainscreen system. Introduced more than 20 years ago in the United States, rainscreen technology has continued to advance, along with its popularity among building owners who desire a “stylish raincoat” for their structure. Walls with rainscreen systems tend to be more durable and are less prone to costly repairs resulting from water damage. In addition to water infiltration, rainscreen systems are also effective at managing air

5 Reasons Why Sustainable Timber Must Become A Core Global Building Material

When sourced from sustainably managed, climate-smart forests, biobased buildings can be hugely instrumental in combating climate change, driving investment back into forests while simultaneously creating a carbon sink in the built environment. There are five reasons why sustainable timber must become one of Earth’s

Construction MMI: Aluminum Plate and Steel Rebar Reverse

The Construction MMI (Monthly MetalMiner Index) flatlined sideways, moving downward by a meager 0.07%. The overall volatility of metal prices remains a primary challenge to the index. The near-stationary index contrasts starkly with the downward 2022 trend. Aside from fluctuating metal prices, the industry also had its
Digital Construction

The Future of Construction with 5G Technology

How 5G Technology is Changing the Face of Construction The construction industry is rapidly changing in the wake of the 5G revolution. 5G technology is transforming the way construction projects are designed and built, creating a new wave of smarter construction sites. With 5G, construction projects can be managed with greater efficiency and accuracy. 5G technology provides faster data transfer speeds, enabling workers to access information and data on-site in real-time. This cutting-edge technology also allows for improved site monitoring, ensuring that construction teams can stay on top of their projects and make more informed decisions. In addition to improved data transfer speeds, 5G technology is enabling the use of smart sensors, wearables, and mobile apps to enhance safety and

NEOM TROJENA appoints US firm Bechtel as Project Management Consultant

Bechtel’s Jake Mumm said that NEOM TROJENA is “the most ambitious project in living memory” American engineering, procurement, construction, and project management company Bechtel has been appointed as the Project Management Consultant (PMC) for NEOM TROJENA, Saudi Arabia’s ski resort set to be completed by 2026. As part of the contract award, Bechtel will provide services including technical, commercial and construction management, for the development of NEOM TROJENA and supporting the $500 billion gigaproject’s ambitions for sustainability. “NEOM is without question the most ambitious project in living memory, and we are proud to expand our role to support the TROJENA project,” said Jake Mumm, regional managing director for Infrastructure at Bechtel. Mumm added: “From a construction

First On Site 3d Printed House in California

The 1,200 SF (112 m2) house was 3D printed with locally made real concrete mixed on site and erected in the area of Redding, Northern California which lost 1,100 houses in the 2018 wildfires The one-story house is 8 feet tall, with cavity concrete walls each of 50 mm and was permitted according to the strict California

Building With Recycled Materials

Some 220 million tons of construction waste accumulates every year in Germany – recycling ensures that new buildings can be constructed with this material. Living in a recycling house Germany’s first recycling house was built in Hanover in 2019. The architects came up with creative solutions to reuse as many materials
Security & Fire Protection

Smart Home Security: How Technology is Revolutionizing Home Protection

With the rise of smart technology, home security is becoming more convenient and sophisticated than ever before. Smart home security systems are making it easier to keep our homes safe from intruders, burglars and other threats. These systems allow homeowners to monitor their property remotely with cameras, sensors, alarms and lighting that can be controlled from anywhere in the world. They also provide real-time notifications about any suspicious activity or unauthorized access attempts. With these features in place, homeowners can rest assured that their homes are always protected against potential dangers. Let’s discuss how technology is revolutionizing home protection by providing increased safety and convenience for homeowners everywhere. What is Smart Home Security Smart home

Best Smart Home Security Systems of 2023

The ability to automate and remotely control door locks, lights, thermostats, and other smart home products — also known as home automation — used to be a luxury. Now, it’s commonplace. It has even gotten to the point that home automation has become integral to home security. Security systems that offer home automation
Product Focus

The Best Roof Underlayments Of 2022

From the ground, a roof looks like a simple set of inclined planes meant to shed water. However, roofs are actually complex systems of shingles, plywood, different types of flashing, membranes, vents, sealant, and more. Underneath it all sits one of the most important components of the system: the roofing underlayment. Roofing underlayment serves many purposes. It protects the plywood decking from the elements, helping shed moisture and prevent leaks while also maintaining a barrier between the roofing material and decking. This guide will explain how to choose and what to look for in the best roof underlayments. Types of Roof Underlayments There are essentially three types of roof underlayments: felt, rubberized, and synthetic. Each has its pros and cons, and there are certain situations

BKT Recycling Tires

The BKT Skid Max SR-Skidder tire enables the carrying heavy loads while maintaining stability in recycling environments. It is available now two sizes, including the recently introduced 300/70 R 16.5. An all-steel structure with steel belts provides greater resistance to the carcass and therefore to impacts, the

Manitowoc MLC250 Crawler Crane

Manitowoc MLC250 lattice boom crawler crane replaces the 999 in the 275-ton class. Updates include a switch to open-loop hydraulics from the closed-loop system on the 999. Every main function (aside from swing) is powered by the same two main pumps, reducing parasitic load. The engine remains the same, the Cummins
Country Reports

UAE Construction Industry Shows Confidence Despite Global Challenges

With the real-estate boom in the UAE, and the impressive number of iconic mega projects now underway in the country, construction firms are presented with an unparalleled opportunity Despite economic headwinds plaguing the global construction industry, the UAE appears to challenge the status quo. The vast majority (89%) of construction decision-makers in the country feel confident about the market conditions over the next 12 months. This is according to a new ‘How We Build Now’ benchmark report commissioned by leading global construction management software provider Procore Technologies, Inc. surveying construction decision makers across the UAE. Arguably, confidence is backed up by the high proportion of work in the pipeline, with just under half (46%) of businesses expecting the number

Infrastructure Investments To Drive Strong Growth For China’s Economy

The Chinese economy is predicted to grow by 5.4% in 2023 following its modest growth of 3% in 2022, according to a new report from GlobalData. China – the world’s largest market for construction equipment sales – is reported to be benefitting economically from the lifting of the country’s zero-Covid policy as well as