Author: Constructech Editors

Not every infrastructure company has been waiting for governments to fund new programs. One, AECOM, has been starting projects, winning bids, and preparing for the future increase in business the carious infrastructure bills will provide. The company is leading the effort to obtain the consents and permits for the Humber Zero project, which will contribute to the decarbonization of critical industry in the Humber region of Northern England, United Kingdom. The Humber Zero project will integrate CCS (carbon capture and storage) technology into units at the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery and VPI Immingham combined heat and power plant. By 2030,…

Read More

No, not the old pirate’s saying, a modern adaptation of wood construction, a timber building in Canada (hence the shivering). On Vancouver Island, Structurlam Mass Timber Corp., in partnership with Design Build Services and Aspect Structural Engineers, has completed a five-story mass timber post-and-beam building contains the first buckling-restrained braces housed within a timber frame. The building, Terminus at District 56, is in one of the highest seismic regions of North America, requiring its lateral system to be highly ductile while allowing the wood to be exposed. The construction is one of two projects from the same partnership in Langford,…

Read More

Bridges often make it into the movies. Some bridges are so familiar, they represent the city where it is located. See the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco comes to mind. See the Brooklyn Bridge and you’ll be transported to New York City. And even when you don’t know the name of the bridge, it can seem familiar. The 6th Street Viaduct, in Los Angeles, is one of those structures that appears in films and is famous to people who have never been in LA. The 6th Street Viaduct has long served as a vital connection between the Arts District…

Read More

According to the World Building Council, the building sector must operate at “net zero carbon” by 2050 if global warming is to remain under two degrees Celsius, the limit enshrined in the Paris Agreement. At least two approaches using HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) technologies are looking good to help. The VRF (variable refrigerant flow), also known as VRV (variable refrigerant volume), is an HVAC technology invented by Daikin Industries, in 1982. VRFs use refrigerant as the cooling and heating medium. This refrigerant is conditioned by one or more condensing units and is circulated within the building to multiple indoor units. Unlike conventional chiller-based systems,…

Read More

Trimble, like many suppliers to the construction industry, is looking forward to the expansion of infrastructure work developing from the bipartisan infrastructure bill President Biden signed last year. With the passage of the IIJA (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act)—and other infrastructure legislation across the globe—owners are investing in digital transformation to better manage the full lifecycle of their assets from design to build to operation. The adoption of the digital twin—a virtual 3D model designed to accurately reflect a physical object—is transforming construction and asset operations. To compliment its portfolio of software and services, Trimble has acquired AgileAssets, a provider…

Read More

DEI: Diversity, equality, inclusion. What do those words mean in regard to employment and recruiting and technology today? Consultants at Deloitte define them this way: Diversity: The characteristics with which we are born and gain through experience, both seen and unseen, that make us different and similar. Equity: The outcome of diversity, inclusion, and anti-oppression wherein all people have fair access, opportunity, resources, and power to thrive with consideration for and elimination of historical and systemic barriers and privileges that cause oppression. Inclusion: The actions taken to understand, embrace, and leverage the unique strengths and facets of identity for all individuals so…

Read More

Branding has become the go-to word for companies large and small. Get the name out, name recognition creates buyers, be associated with winners to be a winner. If people know your product or company name, they will seek you out. But does name recognition surpass quality? Do you buy the tools of your trade based on how many times you see the company name or on how good the tool is? Television, radio, social media all play a role in getting company and product names in front of potential buyers. On those media, sports—professional, amateur, college, local—all have sponsors eagerly…

Read More

Now that the infrastructure bill has ben signed, the DOT (Dept. of Transportation) among other agencies is processing applications for some of that available money. The DOT’s FAA (Federal Aviation Admin.) will award $2.89 billion made available by the law to 3,075 airports around the nation. The money can be invested in runways, taxiways, safety, and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections, and roadway projects. The money will come from the Airport Infrastructure Grant program, one of three new aviation programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The law provides $15 billion five years for this program. The…

Read More

With all the emphasis on the bipartisan infrastructure bill that (finally) passed and was signed, heavy construction companies are gearing up, literally and figuratively, for an increased amount of work. Literally in the sense of equipment and figuratively in regard to staffing that equipment. Workers returning after pandemic layoffs and reduced work levels are potential safety risks. Indeed, heavy construction ranks in the top three industries worldwide for serious injuries and fatalities. Whether operating heavy equipment or working around the machinery, keeping everyone alert on the jobsite helps to eliminate accidents. Addressing these risks and helping prevent incidents on construction sites, constituted…

Read More

The wind that filled sails for explorers can be harnessed to aid the energy revolution. Offshore wind farms are a growing opportunity for energy companies worldwide. But there is more than wind to think about when placing the tall structures in the sea. The sea itself can cause trouble with waves and freezing condition in some climes. Below the surface lies even more concerns as the seabed can range from rock to sand and silt accumulated for eons. Rock would seem to be a positive seabed for wind turbine installation as it can support the structure better than other environments.…

Read More