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AI Tech Trials See Costain Playing a Key Role in Roadwork Innovation

Costain, the infrastructure solutions company, is providing pro bono support to two proposals to trial the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in National Highways projects in 2024. National Highways, supported by Connected Places Catapult, launched a competition to encourage innovative solutions to improve road users’ experience of roadworks on England’s motorways and A-roads. Two of the winning proposals have benefitted from Costain’s mentorship and extensive experience of complex delivery and customer service and will continue to be supported by Costain when the trials get under away in January. Cambridge-based Alchera Technologies worked with Costain to propose using AI technology to monitor data around how roadworks and road closures impact driver behaviour and traffic

Machinery Partner Raises $11M to Serve the Builders of America

“The company will expand its reach in the U.S., making heavy machinery and industrial equipment accessible for builders, small businesses, and subcontractors.” Machinery Partner, a company offering novel procurement, financing, and support for builders and contractors needing heavy machinery, today announced it raised
Construction Machines & Vehicles

Nitin Gadkari Unveils Asia's First Hydrogen-Powered Construction Machine By JCB

On Monday, Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways in India, unveiled a groundbreaking development in the construction industry – Asia's first construction machine powered by hydrogen, a project undertaken by JCB. The hydrogen-powered JCB Backhoe Loader, showcased in New Delhi, marks a significant step in reducing the carbon footprint within the construction sector. This initiative is part of JCB's substantial 100-million-euro investment dedicated to promoting environmentally friendly practices in the industry. At the heart of this innovation is a hydrogen combustion engine, a technological marvel that promises to deliver power comparable to conventional engines but with the added advantage of zero tailpipe emissions. JCB has not only revolutionized the power source but

Case Compact Models Include EV Loader

Case Construction Equipment is now offering durable loading and material handling equipment for small contractors with a new lineup of subcompact equipment. The company’s new generation of small machines will debut at Equipment Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, next week, representing what Case calls “a new commitment to
Building Equipment & Products

BioFiber: Drexel University's Innovative Self-Healing Concrete System Inspired by Nature

Researchers at Drexel University, based in the College of Engineering, have introduced a groundbreaking self-healing system for concrete called 'BioFiber.' This innovative system involves embedding bacteria in concrete, which, when triggered by water, can effectively repair cracks in the material. The BioFiber system consists of a polymer fiber encased in a bacteria-laden hydrogel with a protective, damage-responsive shell. By incorporating a grid of BioFibers into a concrete structure, the overall durability is improved, preventing cracks from expanding and facilitating a self-healing process, as detailed in their research published in the journal Construction and Building Materials. Inspired by the self-healing abilities of human skin tissue and the role of vascular systems in natural

Using Concrete as a Carbon Sink

In pursuit of Switzerland's goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, researchers at Empa's Concrete & Asphalt lab are exploring innovative strategies within the construction industry to create concrete with a negative CO2 balance. By incorporating biochar into concrete and processing it into pellets, the team aims

What The American Concrete Institute Offers the Concrete Industry

Certification, education and training, guidelines for stronger building codes and a concrete community that contributes to a safer, more sustainable built environment. The United Nations estimates that seven out of 10 people are likely to be living in cities and other urban centers by 2050. This influx of more than 2.6
Digital Construction

Polymath Automates Bulldozers

Construction machine control is becoming increasingly prevalent, with early instances of autonomous compactors and hauling transitioning from remote and mining sites to bustling jobsites. This trend offers a potential solution for contractors facing challenges in finding skilled operating engineers, enabling the automation of certain tasks and the utilization of teleoperation to optimize engineer time across multiple machines or remote locations. However, commercial-off-the-shelf automation solutions may not cater to the needs of more specialized equipment. Addressing this issue is the startup Polymath Robotics, which specializes in custom automation solutions and has introduced a configurable product for bulldozers. While automation efforts for bulldozers have been underway, Polymath's

3D Printing Revolutionizes Construction Sector: Omani Experts

In the heart of the bustling construction industry, Oman is quietly making waves with its pioneering approach to building with 3D printing technology. This transformative innovation isn't just garnering international attention; it's actively changing the landscape of Oman's construction sector, driven by a powerful
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Total Construction Increase in August Due to Influx of Nonresidential Projects

Total construction starts rose 6% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.3 trillion, according to Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential starts rose 40% thanks to a large pickup in manufacturing and transportation buildings. Residential and nonbuilding starts fell 1% and 14%, respectively. Year-to-date through August 2023, total construction starts were 5% below that of 2022. Residential and nonresidential starts were down 18% and 9%, respectively; however, nonbuilding starts were up 22%. For the 12 months ending August 2023, total construction starts were unchanged. Nonbuilding starts were 20% higher, and nonresidential building starts gained 6%. Conversely, on a 12-month rolling basis, residential starts posted a 17% decline overall. “Despite the August gain, the

Bechtel Donates Hundreds of Construction Tools to Local School District

Bechtel announced today that the company donated more than 800 new hand, technical, and construction tools to the Brownsville Independent School District (ISD) Career Technical Education (CTE) and Adult Continuing Education (ACE) programs. As students prepare for a career in construction and engineering, learning on

Smart Home Platform ‘Homeniq’

On a hot day, it would be nice to turn on your home air conditioning while still on your commute so that the rooms are cool before you arrive. And what about a coffee machine that brews in time for your breakfast, a vacuum cleaner you can start while away from home, and a washing machine that automatically washes a
Security & Fire Protection

Retrofitting Fire Safety Systems Integrated Approaches for Energy Efficiency

In recent years, there has been a growing concern about fire safety in older buildings. As these structures age, their fire safety systems become outdated and may not comply with the latest regulations. Retrofitting fire safety systems is crucial to ensure the safety of occupants and comply with legal requirements. Retrofitting Fire Safety Systems for Older Buildings Ensuring Safety and Compliance In this article, we will explore the importance of retrofitting fire safety systems in older buildings and discuss the key considerations to effectively modernize these systems. The Dangers of Outdated Fire Safety Systems Older buildings often have fire safety systems that were installed decades ago when the building codes and standards were different. These outdated systems may lack essential

Smart Buildings, Smarter Fire Safety: IoT Solutions for Enhanced Management

Smart buildings signify a remarkable evolution in the construction and management of real estate. These structures harness cutting-edge technologies to optimize energy efficiency, enhance occupant comfort, and streamline facility operations. ‘Smart’ buildings are distinguished by their ability to collect and analyze
Product Focus

Electric Dreams: When Is the Best Time to Switch to An Electric Machine?

With manufacturers set to ramp up production of battery-powered construction equipment over the next two years, does it make economic sense yet to make the switch from diesel? Lucy Barnard finds out. “It’s a lot of money – there’s no two ways about it,” says Mark Ashdown, transport manager at fencing and installation specialist UK-based Tate Fencing. Casting an admiring eye over recently acquired JCB electric rough terrain truck with its long telescopic boom, Ashdown professes to having no regrets so far to becoming an early adopter of battery-powered heavy machinery. In February Tate purchased a JCB35-22E electric machine worth around £58,750 (US$74,000), nearly 15% more than the closest diesel alternatives, which retailed at around £51,250 (US$65,000). “We try to look at it in terms of

Caterpillar 950, 962 Wheel Loaders

Models 950 and 962 Caterpillar wheel loaders have standard technologies as part of the next-generation upgrade. Cat C7.1 engines deliver 249 and 269 horsepower, respectively, and operating weights are 42,461 pounds and 44,469 pounds. New application profiles give operators the ability to set customized profiles for

What Is Masonry Veneer?

Masonry veneer is a construction material used on the exterior walls of homes and commercial buildings. It is comprised of thin pieces of brick or stone, and gives the appearance of solid masonry without the associated weight and cost. The masonry veneer is attached to the building's structure, but is self-supporting,
Country Reports

NEOM And DSV Establish $10 Billion Logistics Joint Venture

NEOM and DSV announce a US$10 billion exclusive logistics joint venture to support the development of the ambitious projects taking shape in NEOM, Saudi Arabia. The partnership will focus on providing logistics services for NEOM in the coming years. Under the agreement, the joint venture will provide end-to-end supply chain management, development and investments in transport and logistics assets and infrastructure as well as transport and delivery of goods and materials within NEOM. NEOM will hold 51% of the joint venture with DSV holding the remaining 49%. NEOM envisions unparalleled demand for construction logistics through to December 31, 2031, with sustained growth in non-construction logistics thereafter. In addition to its impact on the logistics landscape, the venture is expected

Nornickel Is Testing Digital Platform for Construction Management

Sergey Tkachenko, Deputy Director for Asset Development at Nornickel, commented: “Construction is not our core business; we mine base and precious metals. At the same time, the company is implementing a large-scale investment programme that includes construction of production facilities and residential facilities under
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Saudi Infrastructure Expo | 11 - 13 September 2023

Experience the pinnacle of infrastructure excellence at the Saudi Infrastructure Expo, the leading infrastructure event in Saudi Arabia. Showcasing the very best in planning, engineering, transportation systems, communication networks, smart technologies and utilities, this three-day event is essential for 21st-century development. It will support the realization of Saudi Vision 2030. Renowned global brands and qualified professionals come together to network, learn and do business, making it the focal point for Saudi Arabia's infrastructure industry. Don't miss this unparalleled opportunity to acquire services, solutions and cutting-edge technology for ongoing and future project requirements. Join us and be part of shaping the future of Saudi Arabia's infrastructure sector.