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Drones away! FAA says AEC use will soar

Drones away! FAA says AEC use will soar

Look, up in the sky! Since last June, there has been an unprecedented surge in the registration of commercial drone pilots. So, get ready. The FAA predicts the next five years will see a spectacular proliferation in the use of drones, on and above, jobsites.

Integrated project delivery saves time, cuts costs, shares rewards

Integrated project delivery saves time, cuts costs, shares rewards

The delivery method contractually puts owner, designer, and builder on equal footing, requiring shared financial risk and reward while promoting collaborative decision-making that shaves schedule and budget.

BW Summit nears, all-star speakers in place

BW Summit nears, all-star speakers in place

Those who attended our first annual summit last spring need no persuasion. But this year's iteration of our signature event, returning May 3-5, will be even more compelling. Read on to see who will be here, why you should join them, and how to make that happen.

8 companies bringing robotics and automation to construction

8 companies bringing robotics and automation to construction

In anticipation of our upcoming “Rise of the Machines Conference” on April 6, we take a look at a few of the participating firms working to mechanize and simplify the building process through a variety of innovations.

The future of cost estimation, from BIM to VR and beyond

The future of cost estimation, from BIM to VR and beyond

Estimating is one of the most tedious and revision-heavy aspects of the construction process, but a few new solutions, including model-based estimating, VR, and generative design, offer potential ways to speed it up.

Model behavior: How to optimize BIM during preconstruction

Model behavior: How to optimize BIM during preconstruction

Promoting collaboration, coordination, efficiency, and design intent among owners, designers, and builders during the design phase is critical to laying the foundation for activities that occur in the field. 

Preconstruction Q&A: AGC, Sinclair offer best practices

Preconstruction Q&A: AGC, Sinclair offer best practices

Jack-of-all-trades Tim Sinclair is the new chair of AGC's Specialty Contractors Council. We talked with him about the group's growth and what he sees as a healthy surge in collaborative pre-construction between general contractors and subs nationwide.

World Econ Forum urges AEC innovation

World Econ Forum urges AEC innovation

Sometimes, it's not the message, but the messenger, that turns heads. Such may be the case with new research from the World Economic Forum that highlights cutting-edge innovation and makes policy recommendations, all part of its Future of Construction Initiative.

Bridgit's Lauren Lake is on a mission to perfect the punch list

Bridgit's Lauren Lake is on a mission to perfect the punch list

The development of project management software, time-keeping applications, and bid-management programs has changed the way work gets done on the jobsite. We talked to Lauren Lake, co-founder of mobile punch list app Bridgit, about her impact and dedication to the industry.

Jen Suerth pushing technology in construction

Jen Suerth pushing technology in construction

While other young girls were playing with Barbies, Jen Suerth was designing the dolls' homes. This VP of technical services at Pepper Construction has always had a passion for design and building, and, through her experiences, she's become passionate in technology, specifically when it comes to leveraging it for the industry. 

Utopia Hill: From project engineer to director of project management

Utopia Hill: From project engineer to director of project management

As you travel alongside vast, open plains, and giant turbines spread as far as the eye can see, have you ever considered how those wind farms are constructed? For you built environment vets, my guess is probably yes. For this National Women in Construction Week feature, Alexis Chastain spoke with Utopia Hill, Director of Project Management, Procurement and Construction at Invenergy. 

Trend Watch: Contractors hiring, trading tech talent

Trend Watch: Contractors hiring, trading tech talent

As firms gather in Las Vegas this week for the 98th annual AGC Convention, for the first time they can stay on for a one-day Technology Summit. That simple addition is just one more example of how tech staffing and leadership are gaining leverage.

New start: Illinois Tech engineers 2017 ASCE Concrete Canoe (pt 1)

New start: Illinois Tech engineers 2017 ASCE Concrete Canoe (pt 1)

Each year, teams of student engineers design, construct, and race a canoe made of concrete against other university teams in the ASCE's Concrete Canoe competition. This year, we're once again following the Illinois Tech team as they try to make it to Nationals.

Bechtel charged with managing Saudi Arabia's infrastructure

Bechtel charged with managing Saudi Arabia's infrastructure

It isn't just glittering high-rises. In addition to Bechtel, other US-based, multinational firms are flocking to the Middle East to work on projects such as canals, oil fields, airports, and mega tourist attractions.    

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