Author: Constructech Editors

Motor vehicles have been powered by a variety of fossil fuels, primarily gasoline, diesel, CNG (compressed natural gas), and propane, and lubricated by fossil-based oils for generations. Alternate mobile energy sources, such as steam, hydrogen, and battery, have had minimal success until the recent push for EV (electric vehicles) in response to the climate change predictions that resulted in the Paris Accords and other actions. Now everyone is aware of the need to eliminate dependency on fossil-based energy. Auto and truck makers worldwide are examining their lines and making the necessary changes to eliminate or minimize the use of the…

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Every infrastructure segment operates somewhat differently. Different requirements, regulations, oversight, and data flows are common among utilities and other infrastructure projects. Specific requirements can be addressed best by specific applications design and tested for that segment. For example, Locusview provides a seamless digital workflow for long-cycle construction jobs from design to construction to closeout in the energy utility segment. Locusview is a company known for DCM (digital construction management), specifically for energy infrastructure organizations. After more than two and a half years of product development, large-scale pilots, and collaboration with several large utility organizations, they have released a solution for…

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Natural wood comes from trees, of course. The world’s largest tree, a coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in the heart of Redwood National Park in California, is 380 feet tall. The Hyperion, as it is known, ranks as the tallest tree in the world and is also taller than the tallest man-made wooden building. So far. Wooden buildings are hardly new. Europe’s Neolithic long house, a narrow timber dwelling built in 6000 BCE, is one of the largest buildings constructed during that period, with a capacity of housing around 30 people. Unfortunately, it is known only from remains while the Horyu-ji temple…

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Cracks and fissures are a fact of life(cycle) for concrete and masonry. New chemistry can mitigate the long-range effects of weather on new pours, but existing walls, floors, walks, and aprons are still susceptible to the age-old problems. Contractors who find they are called to repair these faults can now turn to specific materials to help. Master Builders Solutions, a brand of MBCC Group, has been providing advanced chemical results for construction, maintenance, repair, and renovation of structures for generations and is offering new MasterEmaco adhesives designed to provide long-lasting performance in all these applications. They are designed for both…

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Building information modeling (BIM) doesn’t belong only to the building side of construction. Infrastructure projects can also benefit from the technology and advanced companies are exploring, implementing, or using BIM around the world for highway, bridge, airport, and other infrastructure projects. Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., a subsidiary of the Tokyo-headquartered multinational conglomerate Hitachi Group and a leading systems integrator in Japan has signed a new strategic distribution partnership with Datumate, an infrastructure construction software company and developer of the DatuBIM cloud-based Construction Data Analytics platform. The multi-year strategic partnership agreement means that Hitachi Solutions, Ltd. will integrate Datumate’s construction analytics platform into its professional service offering to…

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The construction of asphalt pavement has a significant impact on the environment, in both energy use and emissions. When talking GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions from asphalt pavement construction have been receiving increasing attention in recent years. The results of research show that the greenhouse gas emissions from the mixture mixing phase are the highest, and account for about 54% of the total amount. Companies in the field are testing and developing various methodologies to reduce those GHG factors found in asphalt. Ingevity Corp. received an EPD (environmental product declaration) for its Evotherm M1 WMA (Warm Mix Asphalt) technology showing them to…

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The U.S. Dept. of HUD (Housing and Urban Development) is putting money on the line–$10.3 billion in Fiscal Year 2022. These formula grants will go to communities across the United States for housing and community development activities ranging from affordable housing developments to public housing modernization to economic opportunities for people with low and moderate incomes. The grants include $6.3 billion in allocations to eligible applicants through the CPD Formula Grant Program. Among the distributions are: $3.3 billion for the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) program. These provide annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to…

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Once the building is finished, the managing of the building begins. And that means technology. One of the go-to systems for construction and real estate managers has been Sage 300 CRE (Construction and Real Estate) and Sage has enhanced it with Sage Intacct cloud financial management system. The solution combines the long-trusted, solid foundation of Property Management with Sage Intacct’s proven multi-tenant cloud platform. Sage Intacct Real Estate allows for full lease abstract tracking and provides automatic reminders of important dates, including renewal options, lease expirations, and more. Additionally, users can automate management fee calculations, as well as expense recoveries…

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In case you have forgotten, there was a massive movement towards remote “work-at-home” during the COVID-19 pandemic’s first two years. Everything slowed down while people learned how to get their home computers to act like their office computers. High-speed Internet connections became the gold standard. Childcare for those students locked out of their school, and “how to Zoom” classes were even more valuable. But for the most part, we survived and learned from those inconveniences. The global pandemic shift to hybrid workforces has had time to shake out and the result looks to be a long-term impact on the future…

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The MC of the Kit Kat Klub in “Cabaret” famously sang, “Money makes the world go around, money, money, money….” Set in 1929, the musical’s lyrics are just as pointed today. Money is the source of resources for people and businesses alike and funding the future developments of tech firms especially depend on getting investments. These days, there are a variety of ways to find that funding. Following the more traditional route, Dusty Robotics, a robotic solution provider for the construction industry, closed a $45 million Series B round of investment led by Scale Venture Partners and joined by returning…

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