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Mass Timber, Not Steel, Is the Future of Construction
January 30, 2020
Infrastructure

Mass Timber, Not Steel, Is the Future of Construction

Fire-blocking mass timber construction could bring millions of pounds of carbon absorption to cities around the world. Wooden skyscraper designs are trendy around the world and reflect changing attitudes about wood construction. Making construction-grade timber can also cost less in carbon emissions than concrete and steel....

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Scientists Bring Concrete To Life & It Might Be The Future Of Construction
January 19, 2020
Infrastructure

Scientists Bring Concrete To Life & It Might Be The Future Of Construction

Today in weird news we didn’t expect to read: Researchers in Colorado have produced Franken-concrete. It’s alive, and it may be the future of green buildings. Concrete is, quite literally, all around us. It, or versions of it, has been used since 1300 B.C., meaning even a trip to Roman ruins is surrounded by...

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Hotel developers are pushing this Lego-like construction trend
December 20, 2019
Infrastructure

Hotel developers are pushing this Lego-like construction trend

Built section-by-section in a factory, hotel units are shipped to a site and stacked, sometimes practically overnight. Photo credit: Guerdon Modular Buildings. Modular construction is something like Legos — and hotel developers can’t get enough of the new building trend. Built section-by-section in a factory, hotel...

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Intermodal Efficiency Boosts Savannah’s Container Volumes
December 14, 2019
Infrastructure

Intermodal Efficiency Boosts Savannah’s Container Volumes

Credit: Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton The U.S. Port of Savannah moved 363,000 TEUs in November, a 5.4 percent increase over the same month last year. For the fiscal year to date (July-November), the Georgia Ports Authority has handled nearly two million TEUs, an increase of 109,000 TEUs, or 5.8 percent. The...

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Samendeni hydroelectric dam officially operational in Burkina Faso
December 14, 2019
Infrastructure

Samendeni hydroelectric dam officially operational in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, inaugurated the Samendeni hydroelectric dam at the end of November 2019. Having an electricity production capacity of 2.6 MW, it is the third-largest in Burkina Faso, after the Kompienga and Bagré dams. Its value is estimated to be US$105M. The Samendeni...

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This Bricklaying Robot Is Changing the Future of Construction
December 14, 2019
Infrastructure

This Bricklaying Robot Is Changing the Future of Construction

Hadrian X and the FBR team on an outdoor build. Courtesy FBR. Brick is one of the oldest building materials, dating back to 7000 BC for sun-hardened varieties and 3500 BC for the first kiln-fired blocks. It’s also among the most versatile, used for modern “abstract menorah ” shapes and stunning arches . Even the method of...

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How Robots Are Changing the Construction Industry
December 14, 2019
Infrastructure

How Robots Are Changing the Construction Industry

A robot called MULE, from Construction Robotics, lifts heavy concrete blocks. Along the banks of Lake Michigan, 20 masons lay bricks for a huge dorm, as big as three football fields, at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois. Compared with those in years past, these workers are doing far less laying and “buttering” and,...

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There is a Black Mecca forming on China’s 20 Trillion Dollar New Silk Road
November 24, 2019
Business

There is a Black Mecca forming on China’s 20 Trillion Dollar New Silk Road

Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, Central Asia Along the hills in the mountains of the caucus stretching from the historic city of Urumqi all the way down to the historical roads built by the Romans, there is a road that once was the absolute center of all trade in the world. The Silk Road as they called it, is the instrument that...

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Atlanta Based Construction Firm Sponsors Winning House in Africa’s First International Home Building Contest.
October 03, 2019
Infrastructure

Atlanta Based Construction Firm Sponsors Winning House in Africa’s First International Home Building Contest.

atlanta-based construction firm, Freedom builders, and their sponsored team, Interhouse, took the first place prize in Africa's first International building...

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