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10 US States Account for Nearly 60% of Construction Market, Report Says 10 US STATES ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY 60% OF CONSTRUCTION MARKET, REPORT SAYS

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Jul 17, 2019

Large contractors are always on the hunt for the locations with the most amount of work and, according to a new report, they don’t have to really spread too thin to have a chance at most of it. Not many of the states on the list should be a huge surprise, as most of them are leaders in energy ...

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Is everybody secretly an engineer? IS EVERYBODY SECRETLY AN ENGINEER?

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Jul 17, 2019

I'm sure you’ve all been there – waiting on the platform for a train. The sign says three minutes, then one minute, then four minutes, then that dreaded Delayed.  Nothing more than that – your train is no longer imminent, who knows exactly where it is, does it even you won...

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The Importance of STEM & Global Learning for Young Students THE IMPORTANCE OF STEM & GLOBAL LEARNING FOR YOUNG STUDENTS

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Jul 17, 2019

Countless schools across NJ see the value in teaching STEM concepts during early education. It serves a range of benefits for young, growing minds. In fact, many teachers maintain that STEM is best taught alongside global learning. This concept of global learning further helps children to become mor...

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STEM talent exists in the South, but investment is appallingly lacking STEM TALENT EXISTS IN THE SOUTH, BUT INVESTMENT IS APPALLINGLY LACKING

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Jul 16, 2019

Earlier this month, sports and culture news site The Undefeated published a story about NASA mathematician Clyde Foster. His calculations and computations helped launch rockets into orbit during the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War era of the 1950s, &rsqu...

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What is a General Contractor and What Do They Do? WHAT IS A GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND WHAT DO THEY DO?

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Jul 16, 2019

Construction and renovation projects are often complicated because of the number of different workers involved. To make sure the project gets done on time, a general contractor is usually hired. But what does it mean to be a general contractor, and what does a general contractor do?

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10 Resources to Help You Empower Girls in STEM 10 RESOURCES TO HELP YOU EMPOWER GIRLS IN STEM

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Jul 16, 2019

It’s no secret that the STEM fields are struggling with an incredible gender gap problem. Even though they made up over 57% of the workforce in 2015, women only account for 46% of science professionals, 24% of computer and math professionals, 15% of engineering and architecture professionals a...

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This Dual-Rotor Drone Can Fly Twice as Long as Quad-Rotor Models THIS DUAL-ROTOR DRONE CAN FLY TWICE AS LONG AS QUAD-ROTOR MODELS

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Jul 16, 2019

The vast majority of drones have four rotors, because that’s an inherently stable configuration. In the absence of any kind of external force, the counter-rotation of adjacent propellers moving at the same speed will keep the drone stable. Small tweaks to those speeds can make the drone change...

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What Is Machine Learning Engineering? WHAT IS MACHINE LEARNING ENGINEERING?

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Jul 15, 2019

Machine learning engineering is the process of using software engineering principles, and analytical and data science knowledge, and combining both of those in order to take an ML model that’s created and making it available for use by the product or the consumers.

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3 Ways a Digital Solution Can Improve Visibility Within Complex Construction Projects 3 WAYS A DIGITAL SOLUTION CAN IMPROVE VISIBILITY WITHIN COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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Jul 15, 2019

The wheels of complex construction projects can quickly fall off if you don’t have the proper plan in place - resulting in costly delays. From complicated procurement cycles, material management, and project schedules, there are plenty of moving parts that could jeopardize finishing the job on...

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What is driving up the cost of highway construction? WHAT IS DRIVING UP THE COST OF HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION?

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Jul 15, 2019

The cost of building one mile of interstate highway in the 1980s was three times what it cost in the 1960s, adjusted for inflation, Leah Brooks of The George Washington University and Zachary Liscow of Yale University find in a paper prepared for the 2019 Municipal Finance Conference at Brookings.

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How can the gender gap in engineering be reduced? HOW CAN THE GENDER GAP IN ENGINEERING BE REDUCED?

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Jul 15, 2019

It’s 2019 and yet the engineering industry in the UK remains dominated by men. At the time of writing women make up just 12.3% of all engineers in the UK according to the Women’s Engineering Society. It’s clear there’s a remarkable gender gap in the world of engineering. Our ...

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Partners in STEM: How Jim Burgess Helps Give Children a Chance PARTNERS IN STEM: HOW JIM BURGESS HELPS GIVE CHILDREN A CHANCE

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Jul 15, 2019

Jim Burgess, retired principal of Pennsylvanias Carlisle Area School District, believes in the importance of providing innovative STEM education to as many students as possible. As an advocate of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and our Camp Invention program, Burgess has helped raise an amazing ...

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SailPoint Levels-Up their ABM Strategy with Intent Data SAILPOINT LEVELS-UP THEIR ABM STRATEGY WITH INTENT DATA

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Jul 15, 2019

The buyer’s journey has changed in a way which leaves many sales and marketing teams struggling to find insight from within what we call the Dark Funnel. However, many technology companies are starting to build solutions to address the radical new way customers engage and buy today by collecti...

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Duo Security Sets BDRs up for Success with 6sense DUO SECURITY SETS BDRS UP FOR SUCCESS WITH 6SENSE

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Jul 15, 2019

The role of a Business Development Rep can be a daunting one. Knowing where to prioritize when you have over 1,000 accounts and knowing what content to reach out to them and engage them with can be an impossible task. But if you have the right intent data that can show you where the account is in th...

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STEM - Early years: Designing the future STEM - EARLY YEARS: DESIGNING THE FUTURE

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Jul 11, 2019

One of these is our Inclusion and Diversity programme which aims to support STEM science, technology, engineering and mathematics engagement from an early age, all the way through to employment. My colleague, Sarah, gives an overview of the programme in her blog here.

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What Does it Take to Engineer A Better Solution? WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO ENGINEER A BETTER SOLUTION?

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Jul 11, 2019

It’s 1PM on a Wednesday afternoon. After lunch out of the office, James returns to find his coworkers working away. He notices an engineer sitting at the computer with a puzzled look on his face. The engineer is designing the mechanical system for a new building downtown but doesn’t know...

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Career Roadmap: How to Become a Car Engineer CAREER ROADMAP: HOW TO BECOME A CAR ENGINEER

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Jul 11, 2019

You have always had a deep and abiding love of cars. You always wanted to know how they work and what makes them tick. And now, with your eye on the future, you’re interested in becoming a car engineer. It’s an extremely rewarding career, but you have to set yourself up for success. Here...

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Encouraging Creativity in STEM Class ENCOURAGING CREATIVITY IN STEM CLASS

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Jul 10, 2019

Creativity often may be overlooked in science, technology, engineering, and math, but STEM teachers are finding ways to make their lessons and courses innovative and encourage their students to be creative. For example, Emily Faulconer, assistant professor of math, physical, and life sciences at Emb...

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Redefining the Future of Engineering REDEFINING THE FUTURE OF ENGINEERING

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Jul 10, 2019

Engineering, which has always been defined by its ability to constantly innovate and evolve alongside high-tech growth, is now advancing at a faster rate than ever before thanks to the rise of powerful technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and IoT. Although mastery of these technologi...

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Building STEM Communities at ISTE BUILDING STEM COMMUNITIES AT ISTE

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Jul 10, 2019

I’m back from a whirlwind trip to the ISTE Conference and Expo! And I truly mean whirlwind. ISTE is recognized globally as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world and draws tens of thousands of key decision-makers and influencers from across the globe each year. T...

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Modular Construction Can Cut Project Timelines in Half MODULAR CONSTRUCTION CAN CUT PROJECT TIMELINES IN HALF

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Jul 10, 2019

Modular Construction has been touted for years as a major disruptor in the construction industry, but the building method has been slow to take off as expected. We’ve recently seen a spike in demand for modular building, especially in the hotel and multi-family housing sectors, which has been ...

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5 Incredible Modern Marvels of Civil Engineering 5 INCREDIBLE MODERN MARVELS OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

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Jul 09, 2019

Spectacular feats of engineering are always impressive, but when it comes to civil engineering marvels, the sheer scale of the feat can be difficult at times to truly comprehend. Some projects are singular, elegant, and record-breaking efforts, as is the case of the Millau Viaduct in Millau, France,...

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How to Engage All Students in STEM HOW TO ENGAGE ALL STUDENTS IN STEM

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Jul 09, 2019

Early in their school careers, students see STEM pathways as desirable but then change their minds: 60percent of high school students who start out interested in STEM careers lose interest by their senior year. And too many of those who are interested do not have the skills that are needed: A study ...

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A Beginner’s Guide to SWPPP for Contractors and Developers A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SWPPP FOR CONTRACTORS AND DEVELOPERS

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Jul 09, 2019

I’ve been very fortunate over the course of my relatively short career in construction to spend time focusing on many different aspects of construction.  I recently spent about two and a half years working in site development and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan compliance on a natio...

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Why is cybersecurity risk growing in the construction industry? WHY IS CYBERSECURITY RISK GROWING IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?

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Jul 09, 2019

Many industries address cyber risk as part of their day-to-day function - retail, finance, health care, and government to name a few. One industry that is relatively new to addressing cybersecurity is construction, but as business becomes progressively more digital, the industry is taking steps to a...

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Emphasizing creativity, living role models boost girls interest in STEM EMPHASIZING CREATIVITY, LIVING ROLE MODELS BOOST GIRLS INTEREST IN STEM

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Jul 09, 2019

For the first time, the number of female college graduates in the labor force has surpassed that of their male counterparts, per a new Pew Research Center analysis of 2019 first-quarter data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet, the number of women in science, technology, engineering and ma...

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Why Sales Leaders Need to Digitally Transform Their Teams WHY SALES LEADERS NEED TO DIGITALLY TRANSFORM THEIR TEAMS

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Jul 08, 2019

Three key trends are driving the need for sales leaders to digitally transform their organizations. First, b-to-b buyers are conducting more of their purchase journey in the digital arena and demanding the same kind of frictionless and seamless customer experience they enjoy as consumers. Second, th...

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The Most Important Metric for Sales Leaders in Subscription Businesses to Track and Use to Drive Revenue Growth THE MOST IMPORTANT METRIC FOR SALES LEADERS IN SUBSCRIPTION BUSINESSES TO TRACK AND USE TO DRIVE REVENUE GROWTH

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Jul 08, 2019

Subscription businesses that charge customers monthly for using their offerings are expanding rapidly in response to consumers’ and b-to-b buyers’ desire to try a product and walk away easily if they’re not achieving the expected value. However, the subscription-based business mode...

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How to Avoid Suspension Trauma After Fall Arrest System is Deployed HOW TO AVOID SUSPENSION TRAUMA AFTER FALL ARREST SYSTEM IS DEPLOYED

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Jul 08, 2019

Falls are, by far, the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry, accounting for nearly 40% each year.  That fact is the main reason why personal fall protection devices are so heavily stressed in the industry.  But, even if your fall is arrested by a harness, you’re n...

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Should Engineers Think Like Computers? SHOULD ENGINEERS THINK LIKE COMPUTERS?

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Jul 08, 2019

Peter Kreeft is a philosopher at Boston College and author of a textbook on Socratic logic. So far, so dull, you may think. I have heard Prof. Kreeft speak on numerous occasions, and dull does not apply either to his speaking or his writing.

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Software engineering for machine learning SOFTWARE ENGINEERING FOR MACHINE LEARNING

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Jul 08, 2019

A list of application areas includes search, advertising, machine translation, predicting customer purchases, voice recognition, image recognition, identifying customer leads, providing design advice for presentations and word processing documents, creating unique drawing features, healthcare, impro...

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What Does STEM Stand for in Education & School? WHAT DOES STEM STAND FOR IN EDUCATION & SCHOOL?

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Jul 08, 2019

In 2001 the US National Science Foundation introduced the acronym STEM. Since then the name has become hugely important in education, careers, and even politics. Chances are you will have heard it as a parent. But what does STEM stand for in education and school, and is it important?

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How to Fight STEM HOW TO FIGHT STEM'S UNCONSCIOUS BIAS AGAINST LGBTQ PEOPLE

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Jul 05, 2019

Today is the second International Day of LGBTQ People in STEM, and Im reminded of a story a colleague told me after I took my first faculty job seven years ago. Before deciding whether to interview me, we made some calls, the colleague said, and we found out you were gay. Because I was gay, the sear...

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7-Step Process for Finding Great Contractors for Home Renovations 7-STEP PROCESS FOR FINDING GREAT CONTRACTORS FOR HOME RENOVATIONS

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Jul 05, 2019

To be blunt, most contractors are terrible. As a landlord, I deal with it all the time. They don’t answer their phone. They don’t show up when they said they would. They don’t do what they said they are going to do.

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Defining Pre-Construction, And What Pre-Contruction Services Can Do For You DEFINING PRE-CONSTRUCTION, AND WHAT PRE-CONTRUCTION SERVICES CAN DO FOR YOU

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Jul 05, 2019

Any construction project, regardless of size, has certain requirements in common. No matter what, you have to spend time researching and investigating to find a good team. This team should consist of a designer or design team and the construction contractor or partner. The earlier you choose your co...

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WonderLab Celebrates International Day of LGBTQ+ People in STEM WONDERLAB CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LGBTQ+ PEOPLE IN STEM

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Jul 04, 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019 is the second annual International Day of LGBTQ+ People in STEM.  WonderLab is joining museums and science centers around the world in recognizing past and present accomplishments of LGBTQ+ people in STEM.

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Women in Construction USA: Witness the power of diversity and reconstruct the industry WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION USA: WITNESS THE POWER OF DIVERSITY AND RECONSTRUCT THE INDUSTRY

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Jul 04, 2019

Women in Construction USA is the leading conference for professionals looking to actively tackle the norm, witness the power of diversity and reconstruct the industry. As industries continue to grow and push the boundaries of our public & private spaces, construction is seemingly left behind in ...

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These are the 10 largest construction projects in San Francisco THESE ARE THE 10 LARGEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN SAN FRANCISCO

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Jul 03, 2019

While San Francisco still faces a housing crisis, it is also true that much of the construction currently happening in the city is of new residential units. Data from this years San Francisco Construction Projects List shows that the push for housing in San Francisco has created a boom for residenti...

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SEO best practices for the residential construction industry SEO BEST PRACTICES FOR THE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Jul 03, 2019

Marketing is a non-negotiable part of running your business, and having some knowledge surrounding SEO or search engine optimization can make the marketing part of your job much simpler. You can’t get away with not having a website, so you might as well take a few extra steps to help your site...

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What Does Construction Project Management Entail WHAT DOES CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT ENTAIL

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Jul 03, 2019

From starting at c2s as a laborer, working 10 hours a week, basically trying to stay out of Jamie’s way to now running jobs and being able to go from start to finish with little outside help has been an incredible journey here at c2s. One that I never thought I would be on.

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Six Ways Technology is Reshaping Time Management in Construction SIX WAYS TECHNOLOGY IS RESHAPING TIME MANAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION

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Jul 02, 2019

It’s easy to look back and say things were better back in the day, when simpler times afforded less screen time and smart devices – but that would be discrediting the tremendous advances regularly made today thanks to modern technology. There are few facets of society left untouched by t...

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Women in STEM symposium tackles tough issues WOMEN IN STEM SYMPOSIUM TACKLES TOUGH ISSUES

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Jul 02, 2019

After moving from Puerto Rico to the University of South Alabama for graduate school, Sonia Flores, PhD, encountered her share of biases. Recalling how she fit in to her new town and with her new classmates, Flores said, It was a culture shock for me, and it was definitely a culture shock for them.

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Feature engineering in machine learning - An overview FEATURE ENGINEERING IN MACHINE LEARNING - AN OVERVIEW

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Jul 01, 2019

When comparing machine learning to traditional software development, the main difference is that in traditional software development the developer decides which actions a software must take, under what conditions. Those rules are defined by the developer manually. In machine learning, the software &...

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Morson Group Funds New Additive and Digital Manufacturing Hub to Inspire Future Engineers MORSON GROUP FUNDS NEW ADDITIVE AND DIGITAL MANUFACTURING HUB TO INSPIRE FUTURE ENGINEERS

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Jul 01, 2019

The University of Salford and Morson Group has launched two new facilities featuring the latest industry standard manufacturing technologies to enable students to learn real-world engineering skills in relation to design for manufacture, assembly and inspection, allowing hands-on practical experienc...

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Why we need to enhance STEM education for rural girls in Bangladesh WHY WE NEED TO ENHANCE STEM EDUCATION FOR RURAL GIRLS IN BANGLADESH

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Jul 01, 2019

The garment industry transformed the Bangladesh economy and women’s lives-it increased their economic empowerment. But women are not leading the industry despite making up more than 90 percent of the workforce.

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Common Construction mistakes That You Can Easily Avoid COMMON CONSTRUCTION MISTAKES THAT YOU CAN EASILY AVOID

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Jul 01, 2019

Building a house is never easy. From managing finances, choosing the right construction materials, hiring a contractor and managing labourers can be an exhausting experience. You may be tempted to wrap up the construction work in a hurry, but certain things in life require patience and constructing ...

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These Three Things Could Make the Difference in Getting More Girls Involved in STEM THESE THREE THINGS COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN GETTING MORE GIRLS INVOLVED IN STEM

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Jul 01, 2019

In middle school, I was the girl who would rather figure out math problems over discussing the latest fashion trends or lip gloss shade. Despite my infatuation with math and science and the fact that my dad was a math professor, I never wanted to show too much enjoyment in the Pythagorean theorem.

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10 Construction Trends Impacting the Industry 10 CONSTRUCTION TRENDS IMPACTING THE INDUSTRY

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Jul 01, 2019

The construction industry is continuing to grow and evolve as new technology emerges. Companies and workers will need to adapt or risk being left behind as the entire industry shifts into something new and different. Let's take a closer look at some of the biggest construction trends that are cu...

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The Promise of Artificial Intelligence in Construction THE PROMISE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN CONSTRUCTION

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Jun 28, 2019

AI is being applied in a number of fields including agriculture, medicine, business, marketing and advertising, customer service, and banking. So, is there a place for AI in the construction industry? Of course there is. In fact, there are quite a few applications already in use and others in develo...

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Construction Camp for Girls Builds on Last Year’s Success CONSTRUCTION CAMP FOR GIRLS BUILDS ON LAST YEAR’S SUCCESS

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Jun 27, 2019

One of the fieldtrips at last summer’s inaugural construction camp for girls was to the construction site of the Kum & Go corporate headquarters. Thursday, this year’s cohort of campers returned to tour the finished product, a hardhat zone no more.

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Timelapse shows UCLan’s new engineering building going up TIMELAPSE SHOWS UCLAN’S NEW ENGINEERING BUILDING GOING UP

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Jun 27, 2019

How one of the city’s newest buildings took shape has been documented. Towering over the Adelphi roundabout the £35million engineering innovation centre is now complete. From September students at the University of Central Lancashire will begin learning within the building which has an a...

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Construction Labor Mythbusting CONSTRUCTION LABOR MYTHBUSTING

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Jun 27, 2019

Recent surveys reveal the top myths perpetuating the construction labor shortage and suggestions as to how to bust these myths and bring in new workers. If you read the title of this blog and you are a fan of the show Mythbusters like I am, you might think, hey construction mythbusting could be a co...

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Security by Sector: Construction Industry Most Vulnerable to Phishing Scams SECURITY BY SECTOR: CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY MOST VULNERABLE TO PHISHING SCAMS

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Jun 26, 2019

Phishing scams are a threat to all industries, but none as much as the construction sector well, thats according to new research from KnowBe4 anyway. Those in the construction industry have the highest percentage of phish-prone employees in both the small and medium-sized business categories, rankin...

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The 5 Best Tech Opportunities for Construction Companies THE 5 BEST TECH OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES

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Jun 26, 2019

Construction has been one of the slowest industries to adopt technology. That’s partly cultural-folks in the industry like to solve problems with their own ingenuity. Many firms are still family owned, and there’s still a lot of reverence for tradition. Finally, this is an industry with ...

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How to Build the Next Generation of Construction Leaders HOW TO BUILD THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONSTRUCTION LEADERS

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Jun 26, 2019

The construction industrys age gap isnt just a localized problem; it is a global one. Some of the worlds biggest economies, including the U.S., U.K. and Australia are all experiencing labor shortages and finding it hard to attract the next generation of workers. The problem is further compounded in ...

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How Machine Learning is Improving Construction HOW MACHINE LEARNING IS IMPROVING CONSTRUCTION

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Jun 26, 2019

The construction industry is massive. People all around the world need buildings to live in, work in and relax in. As more people join the population, more buildings will be needed. With 8.6 billion people estimated to inhabit this planet by 2030, we will need to build an average of 13,000 buildings...

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Is a Lack of Student Interest Holding STEM Back? IS A LACK OF STUDENT INTEREST HOLDING STEM BACK?

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Jun 25, 2019

STEM learning is achieved through a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These core subjects form the foundation for STEM education in the classroom. The skills acquired from a STEM-based education help to prepare children for future success.

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Central Florida student robotics team celebrates world championship win at Magic Kingdom CENTRAL FLORIDA STUDENT ROBOTICS TEAM CELEBRATES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN AT MAGIC KINGDOM

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Jun 25, 2019

Over the years Walt Disney World has carefully crafted an image as the place where people go to celebrate life’s victories large and small. From winning the Super Bowl to a marriage proposal, it’s where magical memories are made. The latest group to celebrate is a Central Florida Robotic...

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Digital Construction - Our Industry is Changing DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION - OUR INDUSTRY IS CHANGING

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Jun 25, 2019

Almost 30 years ago we saw a change in the way we deliver drawings, with CAD systems becoming the norm and drawings being generated electronically. This brought huge efficiencies to design teams, making changes and design options achievable at relatively low cost.

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The Importance of Collaboration In STEM THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLABORATION IN STEM

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Jun 24, 2019

Educators have long known the importance of promoting a collaborative environment within their classrooms. By working in groups, or even as one connected learning community, students are able to simulate the style of work they will likely encounter when they enter the workforce - a place where teamw...

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How to Optimize Your Conversion Funnel, from ToFu to BoFu HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR CONVERSION FUNNEL, FROM TOFU TO BOFU

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Jun 24, 2019

No matter who your customer is or what you’re selling, it’s more likely than not that your customer will have to go through several steps before choosing to buy your product or service. Think about your own shopping habits: you don’t just buy the first thing you see. The first thin...

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21 Ways to Triple Your B2B E-Commerce Conversions 21 WAYS TO TRIPLE YOUR B2B E-COMMERCE CONVERSIONS

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Jun 24, 2019

It takes thoughtful work to scale an e-commerce store. I’m sure you’ve had a few growing pains of your own getting to the point where you are today. However, you’re reading this because you may not be content with where your conversions are at this precise moment. You may not even ...

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Could the Breadcrumb Technique Help Boost Your Landing Page Conversions? COULD THE BREADCRUMB TECHNIQUE HELP BOOST YOUR LANDING PAGE CONVERSIONS?

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Jun 24, 2019

We’ve all heard the term “less is more”. And we’ve been told this applies for landing pages too. I.e. your forms should be short and only ask for only the bare minimum of required information if you want to convert. As an example, one of the main questions someone typically h...

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Putting Imagination into Engineering PUTTING IMAGINATION INTO ENGINEERING

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Jun 24, 2019

Whether its computing, electrical, or mechanical, today, engineering touches every aspect of our lives. As such, engineering is frequently positioned as a career path that offers great opportunity for future generations. However, some argue that when it comes to young girls and women, society discou...

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27-year-old Search Marketing CEO Lands 13-stop U.S. Speaking Tour 27-YEAR-OLD SEARCH MARKETING CEO LANDS 13-STOP U.S. SPEAKING TOUR

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Jun 23, 2019

Digital Summit, the largest conference series in the digital marketing industry, has invited Mehrguth to share his unique presentation, 5 Data-Validated Tactics to Increase the Experienced Marketer’s Qualified Lead Volume (…and 3 Tactics Guaranteed to Fail) with their audiences across t...

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A quick guide to construction insurance - what you need and when A QUICK GUIDE TO CONSTRUCTION INSURANCE - WHAT YOU NEED AND WHEN

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Jun 23, 2019

Construction insurance is an overall name given to various types of insurance policies that provide coverage for property damage, third-party injuries or damage claims. But if you are new to building contractors insurance, or the construction industry in general, you are probably finding the world o...

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5 Ways Construction Managers Can Improve Communication at Work Sites 5 WAYS CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS CAN IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AT WORK SITES

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Jun 21, 2019

Developing effective communication is essential to the success of any work environment. Communication is especially crucial on construction sites where safety, productivity, and efficiency are of the highest priority. To make sure your construction site is as safe as possible, follow these simple ti...

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ECM is key for Engineering document control ECM IS KEY FOR ENGINEERING DOCUMENT CONTROL

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Jun 20, 2019

Its estimated that the average company faces 800 hours of downtime each year. With an hour of downtime costing as much as $540,000, inefficiencies and delays in maintenance activities can be very damaging. Having the correct information there when needed is essential to help mitigate these risks.

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How McHugh Construction Shaved 4 Months Off of New McDonald’s HQ Schedule HOW MCHUGH CONSTRUCTION SHAVED 4 MONTHS OFF OF NEW MCDONALD’S HQ SCHEDULE

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Jun 20, 2019

I am always fascinated by the innovative ways that construction companies can shave months off of a complicated schedule.  McHugh Construction was able to shave 4 months off of the 22 month schedule of by employing a construction method thats pretty tricky to employ, but incredibly efficient.

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International Women in Engineering Day INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY

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Jun 20, 2019

The National Inventors Hall of Fame NIHF is committed to promoting gender equality in STEM science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and does so by introducing young girls to inspiring women Inductees through our education programs.

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How Personalized Data Will Change Construction HOW PERSONALIZED DATA WILL CHANGE CONSTRUCTION

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Jun 20, 2019

Furthermore, as the popularity of cloud-based and mobile technologies grows and an increasing number of workflows and processes are digitized, more types of data are being processed and inputted on jobsites daily. However, despite the growing abundance of information in construction, can it truly be...

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How BIM can become the most powerful ally for MEP contractors? HOW BIM CAN BECOME THE MOST POWERFUL ALLY FOR MEP CONTRACTORS?

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Jun 19, 2019

Those following our blog surely have to be convinced by now that the use of Building Information Modeling in the construction industry has grown significantly in recent years. For those joining us here for the first time, perhaps it’s good to start with a usable definition of BIM. We believe t...

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Where Are All the Working Mothers in STEM? WHERE ARE ALL THE WORKING MOTHERS IN STEM?

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Jun 19, 2019

The greatest challenge in the life of a mother-scientist, almost without exception, lies in refining the balance between the two rewarding roles. It takes effort and adjustment, not to mention compromise and sacrifice. It is not about having it all-which, in my opinion, is an unhealthy, unhelpful ex...

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Inspiring Diversity and Inclusion in Construction INSPIRING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN CONSTRUCTION

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Jun 19, 2019

​Over 200 construction professionals gathered at the Hilton, Deansgate, Manchester, for the Inspire Summit, which is continuing to act as a platform for encouraging debate around diversity and inclusion in the construction sector. Creating cultures where everyone can succeed was a focus for this yea...

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Engineering plants to sense and respond to the environment ENGINEERING PLANTS TO SENSE AND RESPOND TO THE ENVIRONMENT

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Jun 18, 2019

Plants can’t flee from predators or seek shelter in inclement weather. Instead, they have to be really good at sensing and responding to subtle changes in their environment. That makes them great candidates for sensors. There is a whole field of research that takes advantage of plants sensitiv...

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Paintmaker PPG’s Digital Transformation Ripples Around The World PAINTMAKER PPG’S DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION RIPPLES AROUND THE WORLD

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Jun 18, 2019

PPG has seen many changes over its 135-year history. Originally a glass manufacturer, PPG transitioned the core of its business to paints and specialty coatings that are used on everything from driverless cars to the posts on NHL goals. But the latest change may be the most drastic. PPG has undergon...

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STEM teachers are most in need of additional pay STEM TEACHERS ARE MOST IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL PAY

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Jun 17, 2019

Most conversations fail to acknowledge that teacher wage penalties differ quite markedly between teachers of different disciplines. Individuals with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics STEM fields are hit the hardest when they choose to enter teaching over other careers in t...

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Why the UK is about to trounce the US in construction productivity WHY THE UK IS ABOUT TO TROUNCE THE US IN CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY

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Jun 17, 2019

Nobody needs a new management or productivity trend like the construction industry. Construction productivity is abysmal all over the world, but in the UK, contractors and governmental bodies are collaborating to improve. Good progress is already being made adopting building information modeling.

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The STEM vs STEAM Debate THE STEM VS STEAM DEBATE

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Jun 17, 2019

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The need for STEM programming in education developed out of concern that future generations were lacking critical skills needed to succeed in the current and future economy. STEM programming teaches innovation, creativity, critical th...

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5 of Arizona’s biggest construction projects in 2019 5 OF ARIZONA’S BIGGEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN 2019

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Jun 17, 2019

2019 looks to be a packed year for Arizona developers and construction crews, as well as the residents and visitors who get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. With plenty of new and exciting developments to look forward to, you’re probably curious about the biggest construction projects that ...

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Discover the Wonderfully Weird Possibilities in Our Latest Engineering Creation DISCOVER THE WONDERFULLY WEIRD POSSIBILITIES IN OUR LATEST ENGINEERING CREATION

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Jun 14, 2019

This was a really cool project for us. We love building something from nothing, and using creative problem-solving to engineer our way towards solutions. From voice technology to slack apps to programs where you can design and create your own holiday decor, we're not only making work easier, but...

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3 tips for attaining project financial control in the construction industry 3 TIPS FOR ATTAINING PROJECT FINANCIAL CONTROL IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Jun 13, 2019

Project financial control involves more than summing historic values, it needs the controller to map the consequences of potential events and adjust the sliders to influence the outcomes. Like a DJ dropping the next track, the controller should drive the cadence and be ahead of the crowd. Here are 3...

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The ConTechCrew Podcast Keeps You Up to Speed on Construction Technology News THE CONTECHCREW PODCAST KEEPS YOU UP TO SPEED ON CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY NEWS

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Jun 12, 2019

This was a really cool project for us. We love building something from nothing, and using creative problem-solving to engineer our way towards solutions. From voice technology to slack apps to programs where you can design and create your own holiday decor, we're not only making work easier, but...

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Construction blueprints 101: What you need to know CONSTRUCTION BLUEPRINTS 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Jun 12, 2019

Every construction worker needs to know how to read blueprints. In fact, anyone that tries to skip this step is going to find that their work will not be done properly, nor will they ever be good at their job. Therefore, every tradesman, subcontractor, and contractor will need a lesson on reading bl...

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Choosing the right construction ERP partner is a critical decision CHOOSING THE RIGHT CONSTRUCTION ERP PARTNER IS A CRITICAL DECISION

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Jun 12, 2019

Today most engineering and construction companies will struggle because they have far too many business systems and are heavily dependent on Excel as their primary management reporting tool. This undisciplined approach will hold them back as they try to extend digital design tools such as BIM and ad...

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New Solution for Visual Data Management at Construction Sites NEW SOLUTION FOR VISUAL DATA MANAGEMENT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES

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Jun 12, 2019

Modern tools can support organizations and the ways of working in performing better. Construction, particularly infrastructure construction, has been considered to be quite a traditional industry. Albeit, if one took a closer look, it would be clear that this is not the case anymore.

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BIM and construction management: the CDE Common Data Environment BIM AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT: THE CDE COMMON DATA ENVIRONMENT

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Jun 11, 2019

The term Building Information Modeling BIM describes the process of creating and managing a digital model that include data associated with physical and functional characteristics structural, energy, geometric, plant engineering, etc. across a project lifecycle.

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Considerate Constructors Scheme launches survey to explore worker fatigue in construction CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTORS SCHEME LAUNCHES SURVEY TO EXPLORE WORKER FATIGUE IN CONSTRUCTION

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Jun 11, 2019

Worker fatigue is often an overlooked hazard in the construction industry. This is despite the fact that fatigue is a serious health and safety risk in construction; fatigue has the potential to significantly impair physical and cognitive capacities, as well as having a damaging effect on the mental...

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Taking the pulse of technology in construction TAKING THE PULSE OF TECHNOLOGY IN CONSTRUCTION

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Jun 10, 2019

As I will demonstrate, it’s clear that more buy-in is required-financially and especially culturally-from those within the industry, and from the technology companies developing the solutions, to ensure the best possible future for the industry.

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The Ultimate Guide to STEM Scholarships for Women for 2019-2020 THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO STEM SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN FOR 2019-2020

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Jun 07, 2019

It's probably not a newsflash that  women are still largely outnumbered by their male counterparts in science and engineering. More colleges and employers are making it a priority to get women into STEM fields-and they're making financial investments to back that up.

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The Ultimate Guide to Retainage in the Construction Industry THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO RETAINAGE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Jun 07, 2019

Retainage, also called retention, is an amount of money held back from a contractor or subcontractor during the term of a construction project.  This is a very unique practice specific to the construction industry, but within the industry, it’s extremely popular.

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5D BIM: How it will help the construction industry 5D BIM: HOW IT WILL HELP THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Jun 06, 2019

Some time ago we explored BIM, Building Information Modeling, and explained what it stands for. We took a deeper look into 5D and the new revelations for this industry changing information sharing system.

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How the Right Technology Can Help You Monitor Your Construction Business HOW THE RIGHT TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP YOU MONITOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

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Jun 06, 2019

Today’s contractors are inundated with data. How can you possibly keep track of emails, plan revisions, conversations, documents, and change orders-from across multiple projects and jobsites-without letting something slip through the cracks?

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Engineers Craft New Plan to Unstick NASA’s Mars InSight Lander ENGINEERS CRAFT NEW PLAN TO UNSTICK NASA’S MARS INSIGHT LANDER

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Jun 05, 2019

The digging instrument on NASA’s Mars InSight lander has been stuck since February 28, and engineers have been hard at work trying to get it moving again. The problem is with its Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package, or HP3, and specifically the part known as the mole, which auto-hammers ...

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Women Engineers You Should Know WOMEN ENGINEERS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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Jun 05, 2019

There are many women engineers whose lives, careers, and achievements might go unnoticed – yet each has a compelling, dynamic, and thought-provoking story. To celebrate their contributions and lives, SWE Magazine reached out on SWE’s social media channels, asking Who are the women engine...

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Environmentally Friendly Home Construction Ideas ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY HOME CONSTRUCTION IDEAS

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Jun 04, 2019

During the recession, green home construction increased while traditional construction tanked. Since then, the market for green homes has only continued to grow. It’s a trend that builders expect to continue-a 2017 study found that 31% expect to be dedicated green home builders by 2022.

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A Game Plan for Real-time Construction Progress Tracking A GAME PLAN FOR REAL-TIME CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS TRACKING

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Jun 03, 2019

Today, let’s start with a little thought exercise. Cast your memory back to the last time you wanted to make meaningful change. Did you take the approach of setting hard goals, tracking them using tools and strategies, checking in frequently and reporting on your progress to a person or group ...

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What Sector Data Tells You About Construction Jobs in 2019? WHAT SECTOR DATA TELLS YOU ABOUT CONSTRUCTION JOBS IN 2019?

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Jun 03, 2019

The number of construction jobs in the UK fell for the first time in more than two years in April 2019, despite the first increase in constructions output since January. Is this decrease in jobs numbers a sign of things to come, or merely a Brexit blip that will soon be forgotten in the coming month...

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Student Impact During Construction STUDENT IMPACT DURING CONSTRUCTION

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May 31, 2019

Safety of students and staff, and minimizing disruption are the project’s highest priorities. The proposed school will be built in multiple phases on the existing site and the current school will remain operational during construction.

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Engineers Develop A More Stable, Efficient Prosthetic Foot ENGINEERS DEVELOP A MORE STABLE, EFFICIENT PROSTHETIC FOOT

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May 31, 2019

Taking on a hiking trail or a cobblestone street with a prosthetic leg is a risky proposition – it’s possible, but even in relatively easy terrain, people who use prostheses to walk are more likely to fall than others. Now, Stanford University mechanical engineers have developed a more s...

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The Futuristic Tech Disrupting Real Estate and Construction THE FUTURISTIC TECH DISRUPTING REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION

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May 31, 2019

In the wake of the housing market collapse of 2008, one entrepreneur decided to dive right into the failing real estate industry. But this time, he didn’t buy any real estate to begin with. Instead, Glenn Sanford decided to launch the first-ever cloud-based real estate brokerage, eXp Realty.

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10 Construction News Stories that Shaped May 2019 10 CONSTRUCTION NEWS STORIES THAT SHAPED MAY 2019

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May 30, 2019

With Memorial Day Weekend now come and gone, the construction summer season has officially begun for jobsites across the U.S. Whether you’re catching up from the holiday weekend or trying to balance work during this busy time of year, it’s essential to take a moment to catch up on the la...

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How to identify uncertified drones with machine learning HOW TO IDENTIFY UNCERTIFIED DRONES WITH MACHINE LEARNING

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May 30, 2019

As described in our white paper Drones and networks: Ensuring safe and secure operations, mobile networks are well suited to support low-altitude drone communication and to be integrated with drone traffic management systems to enhance the safety and security of drone operations.

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Killer Drones from Taiwan That China Will Hate? KILLER DRONES FROM TAIWAN THAT CHINA WILL HATE?

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May 29, 2019

Taiwan reportedly has solved a problem that has prevented the island country from developing its own medium-altitude attack drones. In signing a deal with an Australian company to provide American-designed engines, Taipei has assembled all the basic components it needs to develop a killer drone in t...

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The Hot Construction Topics Everyone Is Talking About Right Now THE HOT CONSTRUCTION TOPICS EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW

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May 28, 2019

As a busy Civil Engineering, Build and Housing professional, we know you don’t always have time to check what is happening in the world of Construction. Here is a roundup of the hot topics that the Construction community are talking about right now.

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10 Highest Paying Cities for Construction Jobs 10 HIGHEST PAYING CITIES FOR CONSTRUCTION JOBS

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May 28, 2019

We define ourselves by our careers. We find fulfillment in the day-to-day joy of working hard and getting well paid for our efforts. Conversely, ill-fitting jobs with low pay bring a great deal of psychological discomfort and dissatisfaction into our lives. Bottom line: The jobs we do matter, and it...

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Navigating Your Software Engineering Career with Tech Together Boston NAVIGATING YOUR SOFTWARE ENGINEERING CAREER WITH TECH TOGETHER BOSTON

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May 28, 2019

Tech Together Boston is Boston’s largest all-female and non-binary hackathon. The event aims to bring together and empower femme and non-binary individuals interested in tech by providing a welcoming, collaborative environment where they can thrive and explore careers in software engineering, ...

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6 Innovative Materials Reshaping the Future of Office Construction 6 INNOVATIVE MATERIALS RESHAPING THE FUTURE OF OFFICE CONSTRUCTION

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May 27, 2019

It’s an exciting time to be part of the construction industry. With commercial buildings being one of the major sources of carbon emissions in the U.S., many architects, designers and engineers have taken up the challenge to create greener, more energy-efficient alternatives to widely-used mat...

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Composites design and process engineering form next-generation truck body panels COMPOSITES DESIGN AND PROCESS ENGINEERING FORM NEXT-GENERATION TRUCK BODY PANELS

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May 27, 2019

With an improved thermal efficiency of up to 28% and 10% less overall weight compared to conventional truck body wall materials, the all-composite Cold Chain refrigerated truck body series, designed and built by Wabash National Corp. Lafayette, Ind., U.S., has now been on the market a little more th...

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China Will Overwhelm Its Enemies With Swarms of Rocket-Armed Heli-Drones CHINA WILL OVERWHELM ITS ENEMIES WITH SWARMS OF ROCKET-ARMED HELI-DRONES

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May 26, 2019

China has a history of overwhelming its enemies with sheer numbers of troops. Now, China may have a modern iteration on that tactic: swarms of tiny rocket-armed helicopter drones that will swamp enemy forces like angry bees.

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The Ultimate Construction Career Guide THE ULTIMATE CONSTRUCTION CAREER GUIDE

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May 24, 2019

Managing careers in construction is something that both employees and employers struggle with.  For employers, trying to balance overhead costs and keeping talent is an age old challenge.  For many employees, there are a ton of uncertainties, like consistency of work and finding the right ...

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Engineering expertise is a powerful communication tool ENGINEERING EXPERTISE IS A POWERFUL COMMUNICATION TOOL

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May 22, 2019

Engineers solve the world’s most complex and important problems. They should use that expertise in their marketing, says David Lewis, director of Memetic Communications There is an age-old tension between engineers and their communications teams.

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3 Unlikely Places To Connect With Engineers Online 3 UNLIKELY PLACES TO CONNECT WITH ENGINEERS ONLINE

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May 22, 2019

As a manufacturer, you deal with many different types of buyers - procurement pros, purchasing agents, MROs, general managers, etc. However, perhaps no type of buyer is more valuable - and more desirable - than an engineer. That’s because engineers aren’t concerned with pricing and contr...

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What are BIM objects? WHAT ARE BIM OBJECTS?

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May 21, 2019

BIM or Building Information Modeling is the future of construction. Using BIM, you can break down silos that hinder collaborative engagement – thus, allowing information to flow seamlessly among different construction stakeholders.

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Drones and Lasers Shape the Future DRONES AND LASERS SHAPE THE FUTURE

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May 21, 2019

Once in a while one needs to crawl out on a limb and see what can be shaken loose.  It is always fun to graft a few different branches of technology lingo onto the tree and see what fruit may fall.  Today’s menu: drones; lasers; control, and the bonus word, data.

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Drone, AI to inspect 2,500 wind turbines DRONE, AI TO INSPECT 2,500 WIND TURBINES

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May 21, 2019

A massive drone-based blade inspection on 1250 wind turbines in Scandinavia is to be carried out in less than 12 weeks. The mass inspection across Sweden and Finland has been initiated by Vestas on its own turbines and will be undertaken by collaboration between Swiss solutions company Sulzer Schmid...

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Just What Exactly Does Delphix do? An Engineer’s Perspective on the Delphix Platform JUST WHAT EXACTLY DOES DELPHIX DO? AN ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE ON THE DELPHIX PLATFORM

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May 21, 2019

Imagine you’re a developer at an enterprise company with millions of users, and you’re about to integrate code that will change your production database in some way. You’ve finished your local testing, and now you want to finally test your change with real data before rolling it ou...

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Why You Can WHY YOU CAN'T BEAT THE U.S. ARMY'S NEW NANO-DRONES

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May 21, 2019

The Army said in a release on Friday that soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg were trained via classroom instruction on the Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System - an Unmanned Aerial System UAS - from April 29th to May 3rd.

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How Zipline Became a $1.2 Billion Drone Company HOW ZIPLINE BECAME A $1.2 BILLION DRONE COMPANY

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May 21, 2019

Last week, drone delivery service Zipline announced $190 million in new financing, bringing the company’s valuation to $1.2 billion dollars.  In the world of commercial drones – or any startup – that’s a big number, and a big achievement. With drone delivery not yet full...

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US Warns That Chinese-Made Drones Could Steal Data for China US WARNS THAT CHINESE-MADE DRONES COULD STEAL DATA FOR CHINA

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May 21, 2019

The US government is warning that Chinese-made consumer drones could pose a data theft threat, sending data back to company headquarters in China that could then be accessed by the Chinese government. CNN reports that the warning came in an alert issued by the US Department of Homeland Security on M...

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Competence in Construction COMPETENCE IN CONSTRUCTION

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May 20, 2019

With the construction industry in need of a widespread culture change and a chain of responsibility, who will have responsibility for delivering standards of performance throughout the lifecycle of a building writes Dr Gavin Dunn, Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Association of Building Engi...

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Drone Food Delivery in Helsinki to Start Summer 2019 DRONE FOOD DELIVERY IN HELSINKI TO START SUMMER 2019

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May 20, 2019

Google’s parent company Alphabet will soon service Helsinki with flying robotic couriers. Alphabet announced that in the coming weeks, residents of the city will be able to order food items by phone, to have them dropped off by Wing drones and Wing’s blog post outlined a detailed road-ma...

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Drones Can Now Dodge Balls DRONES CAN NOW DODGE BALLS

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May 20, 2019

If you aren’t afraid of drone attacks on humans in the near future, you should be. And if your plan was to simply knock them out of the sky, well, forget that. Drones can now dodge balls that are thrown at them. So, they will probably be very good at dodgeball – and also can not be taken...

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Drone Flights Over People - The FAA is too Resrictive DRONE FLIGHTS OVER PEOPLE - THE FAA IS TOO RESRICTIVE

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May 20, 2019

In general, the commercial drone industry agrees on several points: The proposed rules for flights over people is too conservative. The FAA is using a risk profile that doesn’t accurately reflect the risks posed by drones. The FAA should provide clarity and adopt a new framework as soon as pos...

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8 Common Construction Estimating Mistakes 8 COMMON CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING MISTAKES

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May 17, 2019

Estimating is one of the most difficult jobs in construction. It is also one of the most important. Profits are typically won or lost based on how accurate your estimates are and how closely they match up to your final project costs. So, how accurate are your estimates?

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NIMBYism is the biggest multifamily construction barrier NIMBYISM IS THE BIGGEST MULTIFAMILY CONSTRUCTION BARRIER

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May 17, 2019

NIMBYism is the biggest multifamily construction barrier, according to a National Apartment Association report on apartment construction barriers. A survey of government entities, as well as private developers and owners, found that most respondents say that citizen opposition to growth NIMBYism is ...

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6 stages of a project in construction 6 STAGES OF A PROJECT IN CONSTRUCTION

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May 16, 2019

For every stage of a construction project, from the simplest to the most complex, there are certain steps and processes that need to be followed to ensure a successful outcome. Projects in construction may vary based on their size, the number of stakeholders involved, budget and delivery date.

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10 ways to get your field teams to use construction software 10 WAYS TO GET YOUR FIELD TEAMS TO USE CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE

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May 16, 2019

Kickstarting the digital journey of your business is never easy. Heavy resource management, bold initiatives and continuous effort are required in order to convince everyone in your organisation to go digital. Both field teams and people in the office can sometimes be resistant to change as a result...

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The Endless Opportunities of Drones With Thermal Sensors THE ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES OF DRONES WITH THERMAL SENSORS

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May 14, 2019

Last month, we announced that FLIR Systems made a strategic investment in DroneBase. This agreement establishes FLIR as the exclusive provider of thermal technology for our inspection services and training for our Pilot Network through the FLIR Infrared Training Center. We’re extremely proud o...

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Summer Construction Season Is Coming–Are Your Projects Prepared? SUMMER CONSTRUCTION SEASON IS COMING–ARE YOUR PROJECTS PREPARED?

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May 14, 2019

The days are longer, the temperatures are warmer and there’s the steady sound of hammers banging, cranes lifting and diggers digging everywhere. Yes, it’s summer–the busy season when it comes to construction work. But while summer is the season where construction productivity reach...

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Undervalued Software Engineering Skills: Writing Well UNDERVALUED SOFTWARE ENGINEERING SKILLS: WRITING WELL

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May 14, 2019

I have been coaching several experienced software engineers to further grow professionally, since transitioning to being an engineering manager. I have noticed a few skills that people often underestimate the importance of developing. Skills that add a significant boost to the impact of any develope...

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4 Ways Technology Innovation Plays a Key Role in the Future of the Construction Industry 4 WAYS TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN THE FUTURE OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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May 13, 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we launched Acumatica Construction Edition. The construction industry got its first look at our modern business solution during the NAHB International Builders Show in January 2018, and we officially launched it in March 2018.

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Inside Look at 7 of the Top Construction Scheduling Methods INSIDE LOOK AT 7 OF THE TOP CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULING METHODS

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May 13, 2019

We would bet that very few construction professionals agree with the above quote from Bob Dylan. Nonetheless, chaos is a way of life for many of us on a jobsite, particularly when it comes to construction project scheduling. As hard as we try to stay organized, construction scheduling will always po...

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Is Aerial Drone Photography Right for My Commercial Building? IS AERIAL DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY RIGHT FOR MY COMMERCIAL BUILDING?

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May 13, 2019

There has been a lot of buzz about the drone service industry and the many applications of drone technology in business. Perhaps more than any other industry, commercial real estate professionals have embraced drones as a regular part of their business. Aerial imagery isn't brand new in CRE, but...

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Construction automation: What does it mean for the future of the industry? CONSTRUCTION AUTOMATION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY?

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May 13, 2019

For the past 200 years, humans have been constructing buildings in the same way – until now. Technology, which experts say is developing at an astounding pace, is bringing the possibility of an unprecedented change to how we make our cities and the places we live in. This would, however, neces...

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Majority of engineers prioritise work and money over a social/love life MAJORITY OF ENGINEERS PRIORITISE WORK AND MONEY OVER A SOCIAL/LOVE LIFE

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May 13, 2019

New research from CV-Library, the UK independent job board, reveals that the majority of engineers (55.6%) feel work is the most important thing in their life right now, with only 17.8% prioritising their social life and 10% their love life. The study surveyed 1,200 working professionals and found t...

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How to stay on top of your plan in construction HOW TO STAY ON TOP OF YOUR PLAN IN CONSTRUCTION

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May 10, 2019

Construction is a very perplexing business where many different stakeholders, tools and equipment are involved in every step along the way. In that sense, it comes as no surprise that the industry is continuously struggling with low productivity, budget overruns and costly delays. The emergence of d...

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5 ways Controller Hardware in the Loop and Model-based Engineering are Reducing Risk 5 WAYS CONTROLLER HARDWARE IN THE LOOP AND MODEL-BASED ENGINEERING ARE REDUCING RISK

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May 10, 2019

Industry 4.0 is dawning, and digitalization, decarbonization, and decentralization are fueling the electric grid revolution.  D3, in turn, creates opportunities for immense value creation, but invokes new technologies and design concepts, and change brings risk.

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U.S. Put-In-Place Construction Spending Hits a Soft Spot U.S. PUT-IN-PLACE CONSTRUCTION SPENDING HITS A SOFT SPOT

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May 09, 2019

Total U.S. put-in-place construction spending, after increasing steadily (although slowly) for seven years, from 2011 through 2017, has lost upwards momentum over the past year and a bit. The cause of the overall weakness has been a retreating residential sector. Nonresidential has continued to exhi...

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When Engineers Become Whistleblowers WHEN ENGINEERS BECOME WHISTLEBLOWERS

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May 09, 2019

Fundamental Canon No. 1 of the American Society of Engineers states that Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public. Most engineering societies have this principle in their codes of ethics. This duty frames the decades of struggles by conscientious engineers-whether...

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How to Hack Your Way to Being a Super Productive Engineer Tips and Tools HOW TO HACK YOUR WAY TO BEING A SUPER PRODUCTIVE ENGINEER TIPS AND TOOLS

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May 08, 2019

From product development to other aspects of the business, engineers are the key players of an organization. The success of a project highly depends on their energy and productivity. It’s understandable why it’s important to have productive engineers in the team if you want to drive exce...

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Engineering professionals react to market boom and snap up bigger pay packets ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS REACT TO MARKET BOOM AND SNAP UP BIGGER PAY PACKETS

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May 08, 2019

New data from CV-Library, the UK independent job board, reveals that engineering professionals are reacting positively to the country’s latest job market boom, with applications for new engineering jobs rising by an astounding 16.5% in April 2019.

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Finding the engineers of tomorrow FINDING THE ENGINEERS OF TOMORROW

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May 08, 2019

Simon Biggs explains how businesses and education can collaborate to increase engagement in engineering. According to EngineeringUK, we need to employ 203,000 engineers every year until 2024 to meet demand. One way businesses may can help to close this skills gap is by engaging with students at a yo...

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University of Warwick to host International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists in 2020 UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK TO HOST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF WOMEN ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS IN 2020

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May 07, 2019

The University of Warwick has won the bid to plan, organise and host the 18th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES18) for 2020. Previously held at Warwick (ICWES9) in 1991, ICWES18 returns at Warwick on 11th-14th September 2020.

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STEM program taps into kids natural curiosity to inspire interest in engineering STEM PROGRAM TAPS INTO KIDS NATURAL CURIOSITY TO INSPIRE INTEREST IN ENGINEERING

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May 07, 2019

Over the next three years, primary school teachers across the country will have access to workshops and resources to get their students up to speed on engineering skills. The 2019-20 Federal Budget includes $6.2 million for Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, to roll...

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10 of the Safest Construction Companies in the Industry 10 OF THE SAFEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES IN THE INDUSTRY

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May 07, 2019

Ask yourself the following question: At the end of a long construction workday, what’s the most important thing? While it’s easy to think about productivity or work progress as a top of mind answers, you’d be wrong. The real answer? Getting everyone on the job home safely.

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Robotic Process Automation Proving Fruitful for Early Adopters ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION PROVING FRUITFUL FOR EARLY ADOPTERS

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May 06, 2019

Robotic process automation (RPA) is here and companies at the forefront of the adoption of this technology are reaping a variety of benefits. RPA offers a multitude of benefits, from speed and scalability of process execution to cost savings, to freeing up employees to focus on aspects of their jobs...

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Robots Have an Increasingly Important Role in Construction ROBOTS HAVE AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN CONSTRUCTION

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May 01, 2019

Imagine if the entire population of Oakland, Calif., suddenly needed a new place to live. You’d have to find a way to build housing and infrastructure for nearly half a million people. As dramatic as this scenario might seem, something comparable is happening daily. According to the United Nat...

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Drones vs. Delta: Who do you think won the first round? DRONES VS. DELTA: WHO DO YOU THINK WON THE FIRST ROUND?

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May 01, 2019

It was 1994 when my Delta Troop and I were training in the desert in preparation to deploy to the Mid-Eastern theater where there was much misbehaving going on. We spent a particular day primarily calling in anti-armor attacks from MH-60 Blackhawk Hawkers helicopters toting the venerable and extraor...

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Robotic Tanks Guarded Marines in First-Time British War Game ROBOTIC TANKS GUARDED MARINES IN FIRST-TIME BRITISH WAR GAME

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Apr 29, 2019

Robots in the air, on the ocean surface and on the ground guarded British Royal Marines as they stormed a beach during an important April 2019 war game. The ground robot, in particular, is a new capability for the Royal Marines. The gun- and rocket-armed, tank-like unmanned ground vehicle could boos...

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Robots guarded Buddha’s relics in a legend of ancient India ROBOTS GUARDED BUDDHA’S RELICS IN A LEGEND OF ANCIENT INDIA

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Apr 28, 2019

As early as Homer, more than 2,500 years ago, Greek mythology explored the idea of automatons and self-moving devices. By the third century B.C., engineers in Hellenistic Alexandria, in Egypt, were building real mechanical robots and machines. And such science fictions and historical technologies we...

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Will One Small Step for AI Be One Giant Leap for Robotics? WILL ONE SMALL STEP FOR AI BE ONE GIANT LEAP FOR ROBOTICS?

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Apr 24, 2019

Have you ever wondered how human-like a robot can become? Researchers are one step closer, literally, to machines having more human-like capabilities. A cross-disciplinary research team from the University of Southern California (USC) departments of engineering biomedical, electrical, aerospace and ...

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Artificial Intelligence in Medical Robotics - Current Applications and Possibilities ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN MEDICAL ROBOTICS - CURRENT APPLICATIONS AND POSSIBILITIES

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Apr 24, 2019

AI applications in healthcare are becoming more common for white-collar automation and diagnostics. However, medical robotics is an area that may be marginally underdeveloped. This is likely because of regulations concerning automated surgery. In this article, we cover how AI software is finding its...

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Cohuna Solar Farm Construction Commences COHUNA SOLAR FARM CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES

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Apr 24, 2019

Enel Green Power Australia announced last week it had started construction of Victoria’s 34 MW Cohuna Solar Farm. The project is situated approximately 8 kilometres south of the town of Cohuna and around 25km east of Kerang in the Shire of Gannawarra in northern Victoria. Cohuna was one of 6 s...

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Debunking 3 common construction myths DEBUNKING 3 COMMON CONSTRUCTION MYTHS

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Apr 19, 2019

For many, the thought of a construction project brings to mind an unorganized job site being run by a contractor who’s behind schedule and over budget. This common misconception often leaves owners fearful when building a new space or renovating a current one. However, by debunking a few commo...

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A new robotic arm design for future home robots that do our chores A NEW ROBOTIC ARM DESIGN FOR FUTURE HOME ROBOTS THAT DO OUR CHORES

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Apr 19, 2019

Remember UC Berkeley researcher Pieter Abbeel's fantastic towel-folding robot? Now, Abbeel and his team have prototyped a new kind of robot arm design meant for the home and other human environments. Compared to robot arms common in factories, this manipulator, called Blue, is less expensive <...

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A creative program is helping kids discover the wonderful world of engineering A CREATIVE PROGRAM IS HELPING KIDS DISCOVER THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ENGINEERING

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Apr 18, 2019

Simil Raghavan is attracting more young people to engineering with an innovative program that puts women at the centre of the profession. What do you want to be when you grow up? It can be a tough question, particularly when a good answer might be obscured by a host of misconceptions. That was the c...

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Litter-Robot III Open Air - About The Hall Effect Sensor LITTER-ROBOT III OPEN AIR - ABOUT THE HALL EFFECT SENSOR

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Apr 17, 2019

Most of you are here because there are 3 lights blinking on the control panel of your Litter-Robot. Sometimes, this problem is caused by a faulty power supply or the motor itself. If even after verifying the set screw on the motor and checking the voltage on the power supply with a multimeter, the l...

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The Benefits of CNC Machine Tending With Collaborative Robots THE BENEFITS OF CNC MACHINE TENDING WITH COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

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Apr 16, 2019

Machine tending is the process of loading and unloading parts into a computer numerical control machine. Traditionally, this process has been completed manually by a human worker. Over time, machine tending has proven to be repetitive and potentially dangerous for workers, and manufacturers are havi...

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Will Machine Automation Ever Hold Off In Construction? WILL MACHINE AUTOMATION EVER HOLD OFF IN CONSTRUCTION?

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Apr 12, 2019

Expanding automation is met with excitement and dread in equivalent measure. Be that as it may, the potential advantages of self-governance are colossal, says Professor Paul Newman, co-founder of autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica, and a professor based at Oxford University in the UK.

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The construction industry has a problem, and women are going to solve it THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS A PROBLEM, AND WOMEN ARE GOING TO SOLVE IT

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Apr 11, 2019

The $8 trillion construction industry has a major problem. Simply put, we do not have enough people to meet construction demands worldwide. A recent study by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America found that 80% of contractors are having a difficult time finding skilled labor.

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Today’s Technological Innovations in Collaborative Robots TODAY’S TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

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Apr 11, 2019

Collaborative robots have changed dramatically since the first installation of a collaborative robotic arm just over a decade ago. Initially, an innovative robotic technology, collaborative robots have continued to improve in their safety features, the number, and diversity of tasks they can automat...

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New cement products could kickstart the construction industry’s circular economy NEW CEMENT PRODUCTS COULD KICKSTART THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY’S CIRCULAR ECONOMY

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Apr 10, 2019

Some members of the building industry have begun developing products that not only reuse and recycle waste, they eliminate it entirely. Associate Professor Ali Abbas, lead researcher in the Waste Transformation Research Hub at the University of Sydney, is developing one such product - a cement blend...

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The Future is Here: How the Military Uses Robots THE FUTURE IS HERE: HOW THE MILITARY USES ROBOTS

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Apr 10, 2019

The most notable use of robots in the military over the past few decades is also the first thing that will spring to mind for most: the usage of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, more commonly called drones. These drones have been deployed in combat situations throughout the Middle East. Piloted by...

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Automated out of existence: Are there any robot-proof jobs left? AUTOMATED OUT OF EXISTENCE: ARE THERE ANY ROBOT-PROOF JOBS LEFT?

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Apr 10, 2019

I recently had a rather long conversation with an old friend who took me to task over something that I had written way back in 2001. Although I can’t seem to find a copy of the article, the statement that I had made was that an IT pro’s job is to make themselves obsolete. My line of thin...

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Women in Engineering: A Review of the 2018 Literature WOMEN IN ENGINEERING: A REVIEW OF THE 2018 LITERATURE

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Apr 09, 2019

SWE’s annual review of the literature summarizing scientific research on women in engineering is intended to promote a greater understanding among engineers of the challenges facing female engineers in what continues to be a male-dominated occupation. Each year, we review the most important re...

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3 essential technologies for a successful project 3 ESSENTIAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT

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Apr 09, 2019

Technology is changing how construction projects are delivered. From utilizing virtual reality to create immersive owner experiences, to capturing and tracking real-time data, technology plays a vital role in delivering consistently successful projects. With what seems like endless options, knowing ...

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Robotics in Food Manufacturing and Food Processing ROBOTICS IN FOOD MANUFACTURING AND FOOD PROCESSING

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Apr 09, 2019

Industrial and collaborative robots in the food industry are increasingly being deployed in primary processing and secondary processing applications. Robotic automation has pervaded an incredibly diverse range of industries all over the globe – the food processing industry is one of the final ...

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Factory-based construction with no siloes starts with a single source of truth FACTORY-BASED CONSTRUCTION WITH NO SILOES STARTS WITH A SINGLE SOURCE OF TRUTH

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Apr 08, 2019

What you see is not always what you get in the design and construction industry. This lack of transparency can be especially true when it comes to taking a development project from plans to groundbreaking. Architect’s renderings and 3D models are just the beginning. The designs are then transl...

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Machine Learning in Your Industrial Robotics Application MACHINE LEARNING IN YOUR INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS APPLICATION

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Apr 04, 2019

Machines that are coded with Artificial Intelligence mimic human actions and think like humans. Machine learning and AI capabilities have been quickly emerging in industrial robotics technology. In their journey to boost productivity, manufacturers intend to improve the rigid skills of traditional i...

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How Professional Service Robots Will Change in the Future HOW PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ROBOTS WILL CHANGE IN THE FUTURE

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Apr 04, 2019

Robots have historically been used in the factory environment. Professional service robots automate tasks in highly variable, unstructured environments outside of the factory. A number of advanced technologies have enabled their existence, and as their capabilities progress, the market for professio...

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Top 10 YouTube Channels for Learning Robotics, Electronics and Programming TOP 10 YOUTUBE CHANNELS FOR LEARNING ROBOTICS, ELECTRONICS AND PROGRAMMING

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Apr 03, 2019

YouTube is revolutionizing the way we consume audiovisual material! It's like the new television of the 21st century, a new educational destination online. Believe it or not, you can learn almost anything you want on YouTube. It can be a big time waster but don’t get me wrong, it can be a ...

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What are Collaborative Robots Used For? WHAT ARE COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS USED FOR?

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Apr 02, 2019

Collaborative robots are a form of robotic automation built to work collaboratively alongside humans. Unlike industrial robots, which operate behind cages and a number of different types of safety equipment, collaborative robots work without any form of external safety equipment.

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Advanced Factories 2019: Autonomous mobile robots for logistics and stock control ADVANCED FACTORIES 2019: AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS FOR LOGISTICS AND STOCK CONTROL

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Apr 02, 2019

Start automating your industrial facility today with autonomous mobile robots! PAL Robotics will be at Advanced Factories (AF2019, 9-11th April, CCIB Barcelona), one of the main fairs in industrial automation and robotics, with the autonomous robots that take care of stock-taking and logistics tasks...

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Humanoids state-of-the-art, Autonomous Mobile Robots, and TIAGo robot teleoperated HUMANOIDS STATE-OF-THE-ART, AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS, AND TIAGO ROBOT TELEOPERATED

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Apr 01, 2019

The European Robotics Forum, one of the most influential events in robotics, was a success again on its 10th edition! PAL Robotics could show how service robots can help in different areas, both through our hands-on demos, that attendees could enjoy at our stand and through the workshops in which we...

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Robotics for More Than Just Automation: Robots to Help Patients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s ROBOTICS FOR MORE THAN JUST AUTOMATION: ROBOTS TO HELP PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S

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Mar 30, 2019

Helping people with dementia and Alzheimer’s has been a long time goal for many roboticists. We see robots simplifying work and processes for humans every day. Robots have managed to assist surgeons, create and manage assembly lines in factories, do inventory, and so on. Finally, there have be...

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Amazon, Google Robotics Hints at Possibility and Danger AMAZON, GOOGLE ROBOTICS HINTS AT POSSIBILITY AND DANGER

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Mar 29, 2019

Amazon has offered a few hints that it plans on cycling up its consumer-facing robotics work. Rohit Prasad, a scientist in Amazon’s Alexa division, told the audience at the MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital AI conference that the only way to make smart assistants really smart is to ...

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Agricultural Robots: Understanding Professional Service Robots in Agriculture AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS: UNDERSTANDING PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ROBOTS IN AGRICULTURE

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Mar 28, 2019

Farmers in today’s agricultural market need to remain globally competitive while achieving strict quality and traceability standards. Global legislation concerning environmental sustainability and eco-friendly farming practices further pressure those in the agricultural industry at a time when...

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Agricultural Robots: How They Ease Farm Labor AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS: HOW THEY EASE FARM LABOR

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Mar 28, 2019

Planting, managing, and harvesting agricultural products require a lot of work. Unfortunately, farmers throughout the United States find it increasingly difficult to find enough workers for their fields. Some experts blame the multi-year decline in the number of immigrants coming to the U.S. for sea...

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How Innovation is Bridging the Gap Between the Construction Industry and Academia HOW INNOVATION IS BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA

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Mar 27, 2019

Given my background in construction and technology research and development at Reconstruct, I lead and help with some of the day-to-day administration and operation aspects of the business, ranging from strategic planning, partnerships, and customer success management to technology and product devel...

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Engineering startup uses AI to keep pipes watertight ENGINEERING STARTUP USES AI TO KEEP PIPES WATERTIGHT

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Mar 27, 2019

Two engineering graduates have designed an artificial intelligence (AI) solution to find cracks and leaks in pipes more quickly and accurately - saving time, money and precious water resources. Civil engineer Amanda Siqueira and mechatronic engineer Michelle Aguilar co-founded tech startup VAPAR a y...

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5 Questions to Ask Before Investing in Robotic Automation 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE INVESTING IN ROBOTIC AUTOMATION

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Mar 26, 2019

Investing in robotic automation, especially for the first time, requires careful consideration and planning before a robot is ever installed on your factory floor. Your processes and your business need to be prepared for the throughput and cost-savings of robotic automation. In order to find the rig...

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Sustainable water management challenges make engineers essential, says expert SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES MAKE ENGINEERS ESSENTIAL, SAYS EXPERT

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Mar 25, 2019

Water recycling and the water-energy nexus are two major challenges for Australia’s water engineers. But they also provide opportunities to put their skills to good use. Faced with a more variable climate, a growing economy and increasing population density, it will no longer be possible for A...

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How UAVs are Changing the Oil and Gas Industry HOW UAVS ARE CHANGING THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

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Mar 25, 2019

As of 2019, UAVs have seen widespread adoption throughout the commercial survey industry. Faster, cheaper, and safer than nearly all other traditional forms of aerial and ground surveying, UAVs are quickly becoming the go-to method for most survey projects. No industry sees these benefits as clearly...

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5 ways designers and builders can use business intelligence with data they already have 5 WAYS DESIGNERS AND BUILDERS CAN USE BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE WITH DATA THEY ALREADY HAVE

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Mar 24, 2019

Business intelligence - technologies used for data analysis and reporting - has been a trending topic in our recent work. Nearly all areas of our consulting service make use of one form of BI or another and Nate’s previous blog post highlights a few of these uses. Organizations are seeking ins...

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Is automated bin picking finally real? IS AUTOMATED BIN PICKING FINALLY REAL?

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Mar 22, 2019

With the lowest unemployment in nearly 50 years, the need for automated bin picking is urgent. In the US, where 38% of the manufacturing labor force moves parts between bins and manufacturing machines, 500,000 jobs remain unfilled. The automation industry is trying to meet that need: every automatio...

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Construction Industry Trends You Must Know For 2019 CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRENDS YOU MUST KNOW FOR 2019

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Mar 22, 2019

The latest construction industry statistics show a booming and sustainable sector. Yet, rising construction costs and labor challenges in addition to new regulations are reducing the margin for error and waste. For an industry that remains slower to innovation and adopting trends, the same construct...

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66 Massachusetts Contractors Cited and Fined $1.23 million for Wage Theft 66 MASSACHUSETTS CONTRACTORS CITED AND FINED $1.23 MILLION FOR WAGE THEFT

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Mar 21, 2019

Construction is hard work and those working hard for your company should be paid in full and on-time for all hours worked.  Cash flow can certainly complicate things for contractors, as pay draws can be delayed for various reasons, but cheating workers out of money is not only unscrupulous but ...

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Robots are Changing the World: Should You Fear Them? ROBOTS ARE CHANGING THE WORLD: SHOULD YOU FEAR THEM?

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Mar 21, 2019

Ultron sought the annihilation of humanity. Most robots in the Terminator franchise have been evil. Humanoid robots in iRobot plotted to take over humans. The war of Autobot and Predacon robots have brought massive destruction on Earth. With all the pop culture depiction of advanced robotics, it&rsq...

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Safety Is a Priority When Designing Collaborative Robots SAFETY IS A PRIORITY WHEN DESIGNING COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

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Mar 20, 2019

Safety is paramount when it comes to the addition of collaborative robots, or cobots, in the workplace. From testing new designs and technologies to doubling-down on employee safety training, learning to live and work alongside robots is the new norm. Part of the challenge involves making older indu...

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The Top States to Work in Construction, Ranked THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION, RANKED

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Mar 20, 2019

For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the Top States to Work in Construction. Now that all 50 states have been ranked, this post will serve as the complete recap for all states in the countdown.

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Watch 7 Years of Construction of New York’s 2 Newest Supertall Skyscrapers WATCH 7 YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION OF NEW YORK’S 2 NEWEST SUPERTALL SKYSCRAPERS

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Mar 19, 2019

Almost 7 years ago, construction began on the west side of Manhattan’s $20 billion mixed-use development. On March 15, 2019, Hudson Yards, as the development is known, has officially opened. The Hudson Yards development was so massive that it didn’t just include 1 supertall building at l...

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6 Different Excavator Types & Their Uses on the Construction Site 6 DIFFERENT EXCAVATOR TYPES & THEIR USES ON THE CONSTRUCTION SITE

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Mar 19, 2019

When you need to lift heavy amounts of soil, an excavator is a must on your job site. Excavators are popular earthmoving vehicles that feature a bucket, arm, rotating cab, and movable tracks. These components provide superior digging power and mobility, allowing this heavy equipment to perform a var...

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What are Professional Service Robots and How Do They Benefit End Users? WHAT ARE PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ROBOTS AND HOW DO THEY BENEFIT END USERS?

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Mar 19, 2019

Professional service robots are a type of robot deployed outside of the traditional factory floor environment within a professional setting. Like industrial robots, they’re often used in dangerous, strenuous, menial or repetitive tasks where automation technology excels over manual labor. Unli...

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Green innovation in the construction industry GREEN INNOVATION IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Mar 19, 2019

As concern for climate change and dwindling natural resources increases, there has been a global shift in the construction industry. Sustainable design is being applied to save energy and conserve finite resources while protecting air and water quality. Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings is at the foref...

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MOREbot Uses 3D Printed Parts to Introduce Robotics to Children MOREBOT USES 3D PRINTED PARTS TO INTRODUCE ROBOTICS TO CHILDREN

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Mar 19, 2019

A week ago, MORE Technologies launched a campaign on Kickstarter that would be used to develop an open source robot ecosystem. The campaign would need to raise USD 20,000 for it to be a success. MORE Technologies says that the company will fund the project if the goal is reached by the 21st of April...

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How to Work with an Industrial Robot Integrator HOW TO WORK WITH AN INDUSTRIAL ROBOT INTEGRATOR

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Mar 15, 2019

Whenever a manual process becomes automated or new mechanical systems are replacing older equipment, robot integrators are needed. Robot integrators provide specialized experience and expertise in maintaining and installing robotic equipment. They play a vital part in the longevity of your robots. O...

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Robotics In Schools: Vertigoal 2019 ROBOTICS IN SCHOOLS: VERTIGOAL 2019

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Mar 14, 2019

Robots are gaining in popularity and we see more and more of them in schools. I’m not talking about robot teachers or janitors but about students being introduced and showing a growing interest in robotics. That's what I had the chance to see at the CRC Robotics event. This year I had the ...

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4 Extreme Application Environments Today’s Industrial Robots are Automating 4 EXTREME APPLICATION ENVIRONMENTS TODAY’S INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS ARE AUTOMATING

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Mar 14, 2019

Industrial robots are notorious for their ability to tackle tough, dirty, and dangerous applications. In the early days of automation, these were some of the most profitable tasks for robotic automation. Since then, they’ve made their way into a wide range of applications inside and outside of...

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Why Good Relationships Are Good Business in Commercial Construction WHY GOOD RELATIONSHIPS ARE GOOD BUSINESS IN COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION

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Mar 14, 2019

Most people think of commercial construction as a physical, bricks and sticks industry. But if you ask me, commercial construction is first and foremost about relationships. After all, the strongest foundation you can give any commercial construction project is a solid partnership between the client...

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #1 Illinois THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION: #1 ILLINOIS

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Mar 13, 2019

For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 25 different construction related professions. The goal was to highlight how workers were compensated in each of the U.S. 50 states.

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3M Releases Construction Safety Virtual Reality Programs for Hands-on Learning 3M RELEASES CONSTRUCTION SAFETY VIRTUAL REALITY PROGRAMS FOR HANDS-ON LEARNING

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Mar 12, 2019

Traditional safety training for construction workers includes OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour courses, toolbox talks, and safety inspections. Those training techniques are all important and necessary, but construction workers are an extremely hands-on group of individuals and putting them in real life situa...

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Acing the Agreement: How to Avoid Major Risks Involved in Subcontractor Contracts ACING THE AGREEMENT: HOW TO AVOID MAJOR RISKS INVOLVED IN SUBCONTRACTOR CONTRACTS

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Mar 12, 2019

Spending that hour or two putting together an ironclad agreement with your subcontractor and keeping it on hand using construction software is always worth the effort. Nightmare scenarios crop up when general contractors don’t have a good agreement in place, as there are major risks involved i...

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What Does the Future of Collaborative Robots Hold? WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS HOLD?

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Mar 12, 2019

The future of collaborative robots is bright. The market is projected to grow rapidly in the short-term, driven by the fact that collaborative robots can quickly and cost effectively address manufacturers most pressing problems. In addition to this robust market growth, collaborative robot technolog...

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How the ACE Mentor Program is Getting High Schoolers Interested in the Construction Industry HOW THE ACE MENTOR PROGRAM IS GETTING HIGH SCHOOLERS INTERESTED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Mar 11, 2019

Everyone in the construction has heard over and over again how young people just aren’t interested in joining the construction industry. What you don’t hear a lot about are the groups and organizations who are actively working to change that. The ACE Mentor Program is one of those organi...

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Counter-Productive Robotics: Artists Use UR10 robot to Accomplish the impossible COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE ROBOTICS: ARTISTS USE UR10 ROBOT TO ACCOMPLISH THE IMPOSSIBLE

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Mar 11, 2019

What happens when art and robots meet? That question is why Andrea Anner and her husband and business partner, Thibault Brevet, started their collaborative practice – aptly named AATB – last year. Both graduates from the prestigious ECAL Art School in Switzerland – she with an MA i...

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Contractor Behind Miami Bridge Collapse Has Filed for Bankruptcy CONTRACTOR BEHIND MIAMI BRIDGE COLLAPSE HAS FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY

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Mar 08, 2019

The biggest story in the construction industry last year was a shocking pedestrian bridge collapse that killed 6 and injured many others on FIU’s campus in Miami, Florida. Since the collapse, there have been many civil lawsuits filed, a closed OSHA investigation, and an ongoing NTSB investigat...

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International Women’s Day - 8M: Calling for more women in STEM! INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY - 8M: CALLING FOR MORE WOMEN IN STEM!

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Mar 08, 2019

If we zoom into the STEM occupations those which relate to science, technology, engineering, and math, we see that women are still underrepresented in some of them. According to data from the Pew Research Center, only 14% of engineering workers are women, 25% in computer jobs. This means there&rsquo...

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5 Common Applications of Automotive Robots 5 COMMON APPLICATIONS OF AUTOMOTIVE ROBOTS

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Mar 07, 2019

The automotive industry has long been a trailblazer in robotic technology. The first ever industrial robot, the Unimate, was installed in a General Motors factory in 1959. Since then, the automotive industry has been the biggest buyer of robotic automation equipment. After several decades of increas...

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Celebrating Women in Construction Week! CELEBRATING WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK!

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Mar 07, 2019

Our colleagues at Convergence Training spoke with Hannah Curtis, a Research Coordinator with the University of Washington School of Public Health, to examine both the positive and negative things women face in construction trade roles. Hannah also provides resources and tips for how to make construc...

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Clear A Path to Bring More Women Into Construction CLEAR A PATH TO BRING MORE WOMEN INTO CONSTRUCTION

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Mar 07, 2019

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and National Association of Home Builders analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs hit a cycle high of 382,000 in December 2018. With Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction a...

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Ways the UK construction industry is adapting WAYS THE UK CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IS ADAPTING

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Mar 07, 2019

The last few years have been difficult for many industries, but for the construction industry, it’s been particularly trying. Since the 2016 referendum, ongoing uncertainty within the sector has meant construction businesses have had to deal with the world’s hesitation to tie themselves ...

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #2 Missouri THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION: #2 MISSOURI

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Mar 06, 2019

For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 25 different construction related professions. The goal was to highlight how workers were compensated in each of the U.S. 50 states.

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Why the industry needs the constructible process WHY THE INDUSTRY NEEDS THE CONSTRUCTIBLE PROCESS

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Mar 06, 2019

According to the Construction Intelligence Center (CIC). The global construction output is forecast to rise to the US $12.7 trillion by 2022, up from the US $10.7 trillion in 2017. That’s massive growth. But how will you handle it? Put the Constructible Process to work for you.

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Nanobots - Robots Inside Us NANOBOTS - ROBOTS INSIDE US

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Mar 06, 2019

The emerging field of nanorobotics may still be in its nascent stages, but increasing investments in this technology show promise for the future. Considering all the potential of continued research and development of nanobots, here are a few considerations to take into account for the state of nanor...

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New Robot Standards in Development for Industrial Mobile Robots NEW ROBOT STANDARDS IN DEVELOPMENT FOR INDUSTRIAL MOBILE ROBOTS

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Mar 05, 2019

Industrial mobile robots are becoming increasingly common on factory floors around the world. IMRs are essentially the combination of a robotic arm and a mobile platform. By definition, they are ground-based vehicles with some degree of autonomy that operate in semi-structured or structured industri...

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Roboticists in Europe, to come together in Bucharest! ROBOTICISTS IN EUROPE, TO COME TOGETHER IN BUCHAREST!

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Mar 05, 2019

Meet us at the European Robotics Forum! Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is getting ready to host the European robotics flagship forum from the 20th to the 22nd of March. As usual, multiple conferences and tracks will take place to discuss the state-of-art of robotics and how Europe is leading suc...

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More robots, more problems MORE ROBOTS, MORE PROBLEMS

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Mar 04, 2019

Relax; count backwards from ten, the robot will see you now; these are hardly the reassuring words you need to hear while in the operating theatre. The surge in surgical robots is coming, but with more robots comes more problems. Harmonics and electromagnetic interference are just two factors that a...

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Powering Construction Project and Program Success with Data Insights POWERING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT AND PROGRAM SUCCESS WITH DATA INSIGHTS

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Feb 28, 2019

E&C organizations generate a lot of data across multiple complex projects - from work practices and schedules to materials inventory and expenses. But as McKinsey has noted, companies are data rich but insight poor. Recognizing this challenge, leading organizations are working to harness their d...

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Let LET'S CELEBRATE THE WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

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Feb 28, 2019

In my role as a journalist, there is no shortage of women in the workforce. Even within the construction industry media, there are a lot of women present. However, the same cannot be said about women working directly in the construction industry. That's partly why Women in Construction Week is c...

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Campaign to tackle plastics and packaging in construction launched CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE PLASTICS AND PACKAGING IN CONSTRUCTION LAUNCHED

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Feb 28, 2019

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched its industry-wide campaign Spotlight on plastics and packaging to raise awareness and showcase best practice in how the construction industry can reduce, reuse and recycle plastics and packaging. The launch of the campaign - which features on the indu...

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #3 Minnesota THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION: #3 MINNESOTA

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Feb 27, 2019

For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 25 different construction related professions. The goal was to highlight how workers were compensated in each of the U.S. 50 states. We also counterbalanced the raw hourly wage data wit...

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Digital Transformation in Construction: Three Promising Technology Trends DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN CONSTRUCTION: THREE PROMISING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

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Feb 27, 2019

Multi-trade prefabrication that’s assisted by digital technology. Multi-trade prefab has a direct impact on improving quality and reducing time spent at the worksite. We’re also paying a lot of attention to machine learning and artificial intelligence, including pattern matching or patte...

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A Brief History of Collaborative Robots A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

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Feb 26, 2019

Collaborative robots in their current form have emerged relatively recently, and the market is expected to experience robust growth for many years to come. Collaborative robots offer a number of advantages over their industrial counterparts. With the ability to work safely alongside humans, collabor...

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Robotics, AI and Connectivity, the perfect mix ROBOTICS, AI AND CONNECTIVITY, THE PERFECT MIX

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Feb 26, 2019

The future of mobile and connectivity landed in Barcelona this week with the Mobile World Congress and the 4YFN! The MWC Four Years From Now (4YFN) explores the trends that shape how the world will look like in a few years from now, one of which is clearly robotics. Robotics, AI, and connectivity ar...

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Attracting Next-gen Construction Workers Calls for Change of Minds ATTRACTING NEXT-GEN CONSTRUCTION WORKERS CALLS FOR CHANGE OF MINDS

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Feb 25, 2019

The technological advancements the construction industry has seen in recent years, and will continue to experience, represent a microcosm of what’s occurring across industries globally. Yet, the changes in this mature and often slow to adapt industry have far-reaching implications for U.S. com...

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The most exciting construction projects in pro sports THE MOST EXCITING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN PRO SPORTS

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Feb 25, 2019

These days, every new stadium, arena, and ballpark is bigger and better than the last - making it unsurprising that pro sports construction has become a multi-billion-dollar industry. Between dramatic increases in square footage, premium amenities, and state-of-the-art finishes, these projects are s...

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Multiple States Eyeing Gas Tax Increase as Construction Season Looms MULTIPLE STATES EYEING GAS TAX INCREASE AS CONSTRUCTION SEASON LOOMS

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Feb 25, 2019

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that the needs of the nation's failing infrastructure exceed over $2 trillion. Even if President Trump gets the historic $1 trillion infrastructure package he promised the country in 2016, we are still going to need more money to rebuild our crumbling roads, bri...

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Tips to Improve Construction Site Safety TIPS TO IMPROVE CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY

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Feb 25, 2019

Construction projects can be a chaotic mess full of bureaucratic problems and lots of stalling. Managing a construction site can be an especially stressful ordeal. No matter what’s going on behind the scenes, safety should remain the number one priority. The machinery you use is heavy enough t...

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How do you use your construction contract as a means to get that precious data you need? HOW DO YOU USE YOUR CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AS A MEANS TO GET THAT PRECIOUS DATA YOU NEED?

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Feb 22, 2019

Construction project owners are facing a big problem: paper-based progress reports and invoices are making it nearly impossible to quickly find and address errors. The tool kit of the past included a magnifying glass, a pencil, and eraser and a calculator. Armed with endless human resources, project...

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These Engineers Are Everyday Amazing: RedVector Crowns Winners During National Engineer Week THESE ENGINEERS ARE EVERYDAY AMAZING: REDVECTOR CROWNS WINNERS DURING NATIONAL ENGINEER WEEK

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Feb 22, 2019

During National Engineers Week, we paused to celebrate just how much engineers do to improve and shape our lives each day. We were delighted by those who told us about the projects they took pride in – from designing transit lines and substations to Air Force aircraft and wind-resistant homes....

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How Cobots are Levelling the Manufacturing Playing Field HOW COBOTS ARE LEVELLING THE MANUFACTURING PLAYING FIELD

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Feb 22, 2019

Worldwide conglomerates and huge corporations headquartered in major industrialized countries have an inherent edge in the global marketplace. Their ability to take advantage of economies of scale, their access to lucrative local and international markets, their ability to acquire the latest technol...

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Robots in Space: Past, Present, and Future ROBOTS IN SPACE: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

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Feb 21, 2019

Once upon a time, space robots were science fiction. They appeared in comic books and Hollywood movies, floating through the universe and flying to strange new worlds. Today, space robots are a reality, and they help scientists and aerospace engineers explore the Solar System - something humans just...

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Benefits of Drones In Construction BENEFITS OF DRONES IN CONSTRUCTION

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Feb 20, 2019

The construction industry has been around for many many years, however, the tools we use have changed the way we’re able to do construction. Some design principles for buildings have stayed the same for millennia, but the process has evolved. One of the biggest game changers to the constructio...

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How to Control Informal Work Packages with the Last Planner System HOW TO CONTROL INFORMAL WORK PACKAGES WITH THE LAST PLANNER SYSTEM

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Feb 20, 2019

Recent research in Brazil identified that informal packages are executed frequently on construction sites, the exploratory studies estimate that about 30% to 35% of the tasks realized during the week were not planned and this percentage may have been higher if the Last Planner System was not impleme...

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What the Construction Industry Can Learn from Software Development WHAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CAN LEARN FROM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

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Feb 20, 2019

Well, we in the software industry need to own that. We don’t always get things perfectly right. But of course, there’s a lot we do well. Considering the construction industry’s reputation as a late-comer to technology adoption, there are practices and processes that may offer value...

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #4 Washington THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION: #4 WASHINGTON

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Feb 20, 2019

We also counterbalanced the raw hourly wage data with the cost of living index of the states to determine how the pay construction workers in each state were counterbalanced by the cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health, and other miscellaneous costs. All cost of living adjust...

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First Approval Granted for Possible Tallest Mass Timber Building in North America FIRST APPROVAL GRANTED FOR POSSIBLE TALLEST MASS TIMBER BUILDING IN NORTH AMERICA

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Feb 19, 2019

A new 21-story apartment building proposed for Milwaukee, Wisconsin has received unanimous approval from the City Plan Commission. If built, the new tower could possibly be North America’s tallest mass timber building. Although the total height of the 21 story tower, called Ascend, reaches 238...

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Robotics 101: An Overview of Robots in Industry for Beginners ROBOTICS 101: AN OVERVIEW OF ROBOTS IN INDUSTRY FOR BEGINNERS

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Feb 19, 2019

Robots have advanced dramatically over the past few decades since their initial use in the automotive industry. Over the years, they’ve come to be a reliable way to automate difficult, dirty and dangerous tasks that require excessive physical exertion for human workers or even put them in harm...

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The Top 10 US States for LEED Certified Construction in 2018 THE TOP 10 US STATES FOR LEED CERTIFIED CONSTRUCTION IN 2018

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Feb 15, 2019

The USGBC recently released their 2018 ranking of the Top 10 US States for LEED construction, which is sorted by Gross Square Footage per Capita. That ranking system allows them to get a fair comparison of states, despite differences in population and number of buildings. Over the past 25 years, the...

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What is the next evolution of Process Robotics? WHAT IS THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF PROCESS ROBOTICS?

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Feb 15, 2019

The use of software-based robotics and automation to carry out common tasks that make up the plethora of business processes is what we’ve been doing in one form or another at Redwood for 25 years. But the nature of RPA is not one that is static, it’s one of continual evolution. For RPA u...

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Top 50 construction influencers TOP 50 CONSTRUCTION INFLUENCERS

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Feb 15, 2019

Construction is in the midst of a transformation, and these 50 influencers are the ones determining where it’s headed. They shape trends and the overall pulse of the industry; they’re responsible for designing, building, and manufacturing projects around the world. They include executive...

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The epic rise of industrialized construction THE EPIC RISE OF INDUSTRIALIZED CONSTRUCTION

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Feb 14, 2019

The construction industry is facing colliding forces that render our current trajectory wasteful, inefficient, and unsustainable. These include a widespread skilled labor shortage and industry productivity rates that continually fail to improve. This is the burning platform that this relatively undi...

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Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Robotic Surgery WEIGHING THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ROBOTIC SURGERY

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Feb 13, 2019

Surgery is something that, until the 2000s, was considered the purview of medical specialists. If you went to the hospital for a surgical procedure, you could expect to be attended by a human surgeon - until robots entered the operating room. Since then, several companies, such as Intuitive Surgical...

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The 3 Parts of a Perfect Construction Subcontractor Management Plan THE 3 PARTS OF A PERFECT CONSTRUCTION SUBCONTRACTOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

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Feb 13, 2019

In 1995, a Massachusetts woman returned home to find that all of her furniture was covered with dust. Only it wasn’t dust: it was asbestos. What happened? She hired a contractor to place a new floor over her old floor. But that contractor then hired a subcontractor, who proceeded to pull up th...

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Futureproof Your Small Business: Use Chatbots for Construction Automation FUTUREPROOF YOUR SMALL BUSINESS: USE CHATBOTS FOR CONSTRUCTION AUTOMATION

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Feb 13, 2019

The future is definitely digital. If your small construction business is doing things manually, you’re already a dinosaur. In a Software Advice construction industry trends survey, we found that most firms wanted to leverage technology for automating various construction operations. So when yo...

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Wall-Funding Scramble Keeps Trump Construction Promise in Question WALL-FUNDING SCRAMBLE KEEPS TRUMP CONSTRUCTION PROMISE IN QUESTION

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Feb 13, 2019

The Wall Street Journal reports that President Trump is likely to sign the border-security deal lawmakers reached this week that would keep the government open past Friday, according to people familiar with his plans, marking a potential concession by the president on his demands for border-wall fun...

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What are the 4 Types of Collaborative Robots? WHAT ARE THE 4 TYPES OF COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS?

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Feb 12, 2019

Collaborative robots are a relatively new invention in the robotics industry, but already, there are several different kinds. Their instant success in a wide range of industries has spurred rapid product innovation, resulting in four major types of collaborative robots. The different types of collab...

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Introducing the Robot & Tutorial of the Month Contest INTRODUCING THE ROBOT & TUTORIAL OF THE MONTH CONTEST

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Feb 12, 2019

Are you passionate about robotics? What if you could get rewarded for sharing your knowledge or projects with others? Well, here is your chance! With our new Robot of the Month and Tutorial of the Month contest, starting on March 1st, share your knowledge or showcase your robotic projects and get th...

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The future of Social Robotics at JSSR 2019 THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL ROBOTICS AT JSSR 2019

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Feb 12, 2019

When we look at the future, we envision robots that cooperate with us, assist us at home or collaborate in an industrial workspace. Human-Robot Interaction is a must, and this implies robots to get social. That is what the 4th Joint UAE Symposium on Social Robotics was about: to look into the state ...

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Delivering Predictable Construction Project Outcomes with Innovative Technology DELIVERING PREDICTABLE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT OUTCOMES WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

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Feb 11, 2019

A group is responsible for preconstruction, operations, scheduling, virtual design and construction, and construction technology. We handle innovation efforts, including managing to fund innovative project ideas and implementing various pilots-whether they’re technology or otherwise-on our pro...

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Almost 80% of Construction Firms Plan to Add Headcount in 2019 ALMOST 80% OF CONSTRUCTION FIRMS PLAN TO ADD HEADCOUNT IN 2019

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Feb 08, 2019

The construction industry is still booming in most of the country, which is turning into a double-edged sword for many contractors. On the one hand, more work equals more money. On the other, more work means the need to find more qualified workers to actually build the projects, which has proven to ...

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Construction Starts in the Biggest Cities in the U.S. and Canada in 2018 CONSTRUCTION STARTS IN THE BIGGEST CITIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA IN 2018

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Feb 07, 2019

In the U.S., there are 51 metropolitan statistical areas with populations of 1 million or more each.  The 2017 and 2018 values of construction start in those 51 cities are set out in accompanying Tables 1 and 2. Table 1 ranks the cities according to 2018 dollar-volume levels; Table 2 ranks them...

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Construction buyers report slow start to 2019 CONSTRUCTION BUYERS REPORT SLOW START TO 2019

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Feb 07, 2019

The latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index dropped to 50.6 in January, from 52.8 in December. Residential work was the strongest performing area, although the latest expansion was only modest and the slowest seen since March 2018. Civil engineering activity increased marginally,...

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Using the Whole Body Control online planner with TIAGo robot USING THE WHOLE BODY CONTROL ONLINE PLANNER WITH TIAGO ROBOT

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Feb 07, 2019

Planning high-level tasks online and forgetting about controlling or commanding each and every motor: this is what enables our customization of the Whole Body Control concept developed by N. Mansard, O. Stasse, P. Evrard, and A. Kheddar when coding robot applications. We are sure Whole Body Control ...

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Ensuring Construction Worker Safety in Extreme Cold ENSURING CONSTRUCTION WORKER SAFETY IN EXTREME COLD

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Feb 06, 2019

In light of last week’s polar vortex in the US, worker safety concerns have come to the forefront. In the construction industry, where deadlines are strict and the demand is high, extreme weather conditions may not phase some project managers. While working in the -70ºF temperatures that ...

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How Earthquake-Proof Buildings Are Designed HOW EARTHQUAKE-PROOF BUILDINGS ARE DESIGNED

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Feb 06, 2019

Throughout history, we’ve built impressive structures and cities only for them to encounter the forces of nature. Earthquakes are one of the Earth’s most destructive forces - the seismic waves throughout the ground can destroy buildings, take lives, and costs tremendous amounts of money ...

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Construction careers: Earning a degree vs. completing an apprenticeship CONSTRUCTION CAREERS: EARNING A DEGREE VS. COMPLETING AN APPRENTICESHIP

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Feb 05, 2019

With the skilled labor shortage, it’s never been a better or more lucrative time to take up a trade. Many people exploring a career in construction now find themselves conflicted between earning a college degree or entering an apprenticeship. Engineers, architects, estimators, and project mana...

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Robotics as a Service is Gaining Popularity in the Industrial Sector ROBOTICS AS A SERVICE IS GAINING POPULARITY IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR

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Feb 05, 2019

Robotics as a Service is a new way for manufacturers to leverage the benefits of industrial and collaborative robots in their facility. In this model, manufacturers essentially rent a robot from a vendor and pay for the hours the robot is in operation. RaaS emerged in 2013 but has only recently gain...

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Ensure ROI from your AI Investments with Cognitive IQ Bot for Procure-to-Pay Automation ENSURE ROI FROM YOUR AI INVESTMENTS WITH COGNITIVE IQ BOT FOR PROCURE-TO-PAY AUTOMATION

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Feb 04, 2019

AP departments rarely have enough resources and are pressed to do more with less. This is especially challenging since the flow of incoming invoices decreases processing efficiency, measured by the number of invoices per FTE (full-time equivalent), which is equivalent to an AP clerk working 8-hours ...

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OSHA Releases 7 Videos To Help Prevent Falls in Construction OSHA RELEASES 7 VIDEOS TO HELP PREVENT FALLS IN CONSTRUCTION

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Feb 04, 2019

Falls have long been the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry, accounting for nearly 40% on an annual basis. Unsurprisingly, OSHA also issues the most citations for falls, and 2 different fall protection standards were on their top 10 most frequently cited violations list of 2018...

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U.S. Construction Spending Increased 0.8% in November 2018 U.S. CONSTRUCTION SPENDING INCREASED 0.8% IN NOVEMBER 2018

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Feb 01, 2019

After being delayed a month due to the recent government shutdown, the U.S. Census Bureau just released the latest construction spending numbers for November 2018. Construction spending rose 0.8% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,299.9 billion. October’s estimate was revis...

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Giving memories to robots for a better motion generation GIVING MEMORIES TO ROBOTS FOR A BETTER MOTION GENERATION

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Feb 01, 2019

Avoiding obstacles or interacting with a dynamic environment can still be a challenge for robots, especially for those which are complex, like legged humanoids. PAL Robotics is part of an ambitious EU-funded project called MEMMO that aims to solve this challenge by creating a new way of generating m...

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A Bot for Your ChatBot? A BOT FOR YOUR CHATBOT?

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Jan 31, 2019

Robotic Processing Automation (RPA) and bots help humans work smarter, faster, and more efficiently. But what if bots could help chatbots become more useful as well? We use digital assistants for many of our daily tasks like checking the weather, sports scores, the temperature of our house, etc.

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Momentum grows for international regulation of robots MOMENTUM GROWS FOR INTERNATIONAL REGULATION OF ROBOTS

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Jan 31, 2019

New guidelines on AI and data protection published this week state that protection of human rights should be an essential prerequisite when developing or adopting AI applications, in particular when they are used in decision-making processes. AI developers, manufacturers and service providers should...

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Top-Recommended PlanGrid Competitors for Construction Management TOP-RECOMMENDED PLANGRID COMPETITORS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

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Jan 31, 2019

The vast differences in software functionality and pricing make it tough for small construction businesses to select the right software. When purchasing construction management software, failing to ask the right questions about functionality, pricing and support will get you the wrong solution. To e...

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Engineering Students Make a Splash with Unique Pirate Ship Robot ENGINEERING STUDENTS MAKE A SPLASH WITH UNIQUE PIRATE SHIP ROBOT

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Jan 30, 2019

For a mechatronics class, Skyler Iafrate 19, a mechanical engineering major, had to build a robot that could follow a task and interact with sensors. Although he and his group didn’t initially set out to build a pirate ship, they were soon hooked on the idea. “We found some Pirates of th...

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12 Best Construction Project Management Software Solutions in 2019 12 BEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS IN 2019

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Jan 30, 2019

New construction technology has been disrupting the construction industry for some time now, so it makes sense the industry would want to leverage the benefits of tools. Project management software breaks down the complexity of a project via smaller projects and tasks. This encourages communication ...

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Top 5 robotics startups to keep your eye on in 2019 TOP 5 ROBOTICS STARTUPS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON IN 2019

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Jan 30, 2019

Right from the moment artificial intelligence got off the ground, robotics startups were making significant strides in the tech industry. Now, robots are more than just about assembling parts and handling mundane tasks. Technological advancements in machine learning and machine vision have enabled r...

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Engineers Program Marine Robots To Take Calculated Risks ENGINEERS PROGRAM MARINE ROBOTS TO TAKE CALCULATED RISKS

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Jan 30, 2019

We know far less about the Earth’s oceans than we do about the surface of the moon or Mars. The sea floor is carved with expansive canyons, towering seamounts, deep trenches, and sheer cliffs, most of which are considered too dangerous or inaccessible for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) t...

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Are Human Robots the Future of Construction? ARE HUMAN ROBOTS THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION?

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Jan 30, 2019

Autonomous vehicles, bricklaying robots human robots? Ok, so it's not exactly a human robot, but it is forward thinking the technology that uses robotics tag-teaming with a human worker to improve productivity and reduce worker fatigue. That's how I would describe the Sarcos Guardian XO and ...

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The Psychology Behind Building and City Design THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND BUILDING AND CITY DESIGN

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Jan 30, 2019

Humans are the product of their genes and their environment. While we often consider the genetic side of the equation, what about the buildings we reside in or waltz by on a daily basis? It turns out that architectural design can have various effects on the way we think, feel and behave.

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Commercial Construction Trends: Three Headlines That Won’t Die In 2019 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION TRENDS: THREE HEADLINES THAT WON’T DIE IN 2019

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Jan 30, 2019

After nearly 10 years of publishing Hard Hat Chat more to come on our blog’s 10th anniversary later this year, we know there’s never a shortage of fresh topics and trends to discuss in the commercial construction industry. At the same time, some subjects seem to come up again and again, ...

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Ancient civilizations fascination with AI, robots, and synthetic life ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS FASCINATION WITH AI, ROBOTS, AND SYNTHETIC LIFE

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Jan 29, 2019

Stanford folklorist and science historian Adrienne Mayor has a fascinating-sounding new book out, titled Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology. It's a survey of how ancient Greeks, Romans, Indian, and Chinese myths imagined and grappled with visions of synthetic life...

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Medical Robots Make Their Way into the Operating Room MEDICAL ROBOTS MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE OPERATING ROOM

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Jan 29, 2019

Robotic technology has proved transformational in the industrial sector, automating dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks for substantially higher productivity levels. They’ve brought an entirely new level of efficiency, quality and safety to industrial processes. Because of this, they continue to ...

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Extra Considerations to Make When Designing a High Rise Building EXTRA CONSIDERATIONS TO MAKE WHEN DESIGNING A HIGH RISE BUILDING

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Jan 29, 2019

High rise buildings are increasingly common because of the demand for high-density development. They allow people to live and work in close proximity to amenities. However, there are extra considerations to make when designing a high rise building that one doesn’t have to deal with when design...

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8 low-cost ways to make your onsite crew feel appreciated 8 LOW-COST WAYS TO MAKE YOUR ONSITE CREW FEEL APPRECIATED

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Jan 29, 2019

With the labor shortage and steep competition for quality tradespeople, it’s more crucial than ever for contractors to build lasting bonds with their onsite crew. Thankfully, one of the best ways to foster long-term loyalty is through simple acts of gratitude. Affective commitment is an employ...

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How one engineer transformed five shipping containers into a water treatment plant HOW ONE ENGINEER TRANSFORMED FIVE SHIPPING CONTAINERS INTO A WATER TREATMENT PLANT

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Jan 28, 2019

Building a water treatment plant for one of Australia’s most remote communities poses a unique set of challenges. But this innovative engineer thought inside the box. Borroloola, a remote town on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory, was in need of a new water treatment plant afte...

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Owners and Developers Gain Control of Construction Payment Management OWNERS AND DEVELOPERS GAIN CONTROL OF CONSTRUCTION PAYMENT MANAGEMENT

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Jan 28, 2019

How can property owners and developers increase efficiency, visibility, and control in subcontractor payment processes? Three executives representing the public sector, a real estate investment trust, and a nonprofit healthcare organization shared their insights during a panel discussion at the Orac...

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Russia RUSSIA'S ROBOT TANK IS TERRIBLE, BUT ITS MILITARY IS ADOPTING IT ANYWAY

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Jan 26, 2019

It's official: the Russian military has adopted the Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle developed by weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern despite a reportedly dismal performance during combat testing in Syria, Russian state media reported on Thursday.

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Cranes Behaving Badly: Hackers Can Easily Take Control of Construction Cranes CRANES BEHAVING BADLY: HACKERS CAN EASILY TAKE CONTROL OF CONSTRUCTION CRANES

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Jan 25, 2019

Early last week, cybersecurity firm Trend Micro released a report based on a two-year research project exploiting vulnerabilities they found in radio frequency (RF) remote controllers used to operate construction equipment like cranes and excavators. So, how easy was it for Trend Micro’s resea...

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Robots readied to enter nuclear no-go zones ROBOTS READIED TO ENTER NUCLEAR NO-GO ZONES

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Jan 24, 2019

Robust, intelligent robots that react to their surroundings are being developed to work in situations that are too dangerous for humans, such as cleaning up Europe’s decades-old radioactive waste or helping during a nuclear emergency. When Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster struck in 201...

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Amazon launches autonomous Scout delivery robot AMAZON LAUNCHES AUTONOMOUS SCOUT DELIVERY ROBOT

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Jan 24, 2019

Amazon has launched an autonomous delivery robot called Amazon Scout and will begin testing the device near its headquarters in Seattle. Six of the Amazon Scout robots will be delivering goods to Amazon shoppers in Snohomish County in Washington over the coming weeks during daylight hours.

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5 Common Mistakes Implementing and Using a Digital Last Planner System and How to Avoid Them 5 COMMON MISTAKES IMPLEMENTING AND USING A DIGITAL LAST PLANNER SYSTEM AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

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Jan 24, 2019

The Last Planner System is a process used to develop a collaborative production planning that is based on the team experience in order to achieve efficient and effective design and construction processes. A digitized system and its visualization have shown advantages due to its independence of time ...

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2019 predictions from construction industry leaders 2019 PREDICTIONS FROM CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LEADERS

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Jan 24, 2019

What can you expect for the construction industry in 2019? To find out, we asked some of the experts at top general contractors and subcontractors to make their best predictions for the year to come. These are the top four predictions we gathered, plus why we think they’re right on the nose.

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5 safety considerations for your construction site in winter 5 SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION SITE IN WINTER

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Jan 24, 2019

Construction sites can be hazardous places at the best of times, but when the temperature plummets and ice and snow become issues, work gets even riskier. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce this level of risk by providing your staff with the right equipment and facilities to stay safe, warm, and ...

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Specialist contractor Aarsleff expands its ground engineering operations SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR AARSLEFF EXPANDS ITS GROUND ENGINEERING OPERATIONS

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Jan 24, 2019

Aarsleff Ground Engineering has expanded its portfolio of specialist retaining wall solutions to now offer VDW, Secant and Contiguous pile walls. The expansion into new techniques, alongside the investment of a new rig, will allow the company to take on more challenging work and enter into previousl...

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The U.S. Navy Wants Robotic Warships THE U.S. NAVY WANTS ROBOTIC WARSHIPS

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Jan 23, 2019

The U.S. Navy is considering developing robotic warships. Cheaper to build than today ship's and expendable, the unmanned vessels could help the Navy quickly to grow - and could allow the fleet to develop new tactics for battling a high-tech foe. The Navy has done a lot of work over the last six...

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Drones Shown To Make Traffic Crash Site Assessments Safer, Faster And More Accurate DRONES SHOWN TO MAKE TRAFFIC CRASH SITE ASSESSMENTS SAFER, FASTER AND MORE ACCURATE

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Jan 23, 2019

Idling in a long highway line of slowed or stopped traffic on a busy highway can be more than an inconvenience for drivers and highway safety officers. It is one of the most vulnerable times for secondary accidents, which often can be worse than an original source of the slowdown, according to the U...

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OhmniLabs Uses Robots to Make Telepresence a Reality OHMNILABS USES ROBOTS TO MAKE TELEPRESENCE A REALITY

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Jan 22, 2019

Although video chat has been a key form of long-distance communication for many years, it can be cumbersome and feel artificial. OhmniLabs uses robots to transform simple video chat into telepresence, a more natural and immersive form of communication.

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Australia’s water security issues require engineering interventions AUSTRALIA’S WATER SECURITY ISSUES REQUIRE ENGINEERING INTERVENTIONS

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Jan 22, 2019

Last year, South Africa faced the prospect of one of its largest cities, Cape Town, running out of the water. Australia is in the grip of one of the most crippling droughts in recent history. As Australia’s population hits 25 million, there is a need for increased and improved infrastructure t...

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An Update on Vision Guided Robot Technology AN UPDATE ON VISION GUIDED ROBOT TECHNOLOGY

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Jan 22, 2019

Over the past few decades, automation technology has advanced dramatically. Robots have become faster, more accurate and more capable of automating a wider range of tasks. Vision technology has become cheaper, faster and more intelligent over the years too. Recently, the two automation technologies ...

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Change Lives of Elderlies One Robotic Pet at a Time CHANGE LIVES OF ELDERLIES ONE ROBOTIC PET AT A TIME

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Jan 22, 2019

To help alleviate the stress on senior care workers, many experts believe that socially assistive robot technology could take some of the new roles. This doesn’t just mean smart technology, but physical robots, as well. Recently the use of companion robot animals, both dogs and cats, is someth...

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How cutting-edge robotics technology can be advantageous to manufacturing industry? HOW CUTTING-EDGE ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY CAN BE ADVANTAGEOUS TO MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY?

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Jan 21, 2019

In the case of Attl A Spol, a company producing stainless steel tubes for a Volkswagen supplier, automated robots allowed them to perform monotonous manual labor with heightened precision and 20 hours a day, 6 days a week without any required downtime or service outages.

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6 Reasons Why Construction Companies Fail 6 REASONS WHY CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES FAIL

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Jan 18, 2019

Running a successful construction company isn’t easy. The industry is full of risks can challenges that can lead to failure. According to data from BizMiner, of the 1,021,350 building, heavy/highway, and specialty trade contractors operating in 2014, only 722,281 were still operating in 2016. ...

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Collaborative Robots and Mobile Robots Will Unlock New Levels of Productivity COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS AND MOBILE ROBOTS WILL UNLOCK NEW LEVELS OF PRODUCTIVITY

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Jan 18, 2019

Collaborative robots on mobile platforms, or mobile cobots, will be highly productive automated systems for the right applications. Many of the major robot manufacturers have had prototypes in development for years and the need for these systems exists – soon they will be a more common sight i...

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State of the Construction Labor Market: What Firms Need To Know STATE OF THE CONSTRUCTION LABOR MARKET: WHAT FIRMS NEED TO KNOW

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Jan 18, 2019

The construction industry is in a weird place right now: Spending on construction projects has surpassed a trillion dollars in recent years, and the construction software market is expected to reach $1.8 billion in 2022. Yet, despite these statistics showing promising growth, the construction labor ...

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How Accurate Budgeting With Construction Software Can Boost Profits HOW ACCURATE BUDGETING WITH CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE CAN BOOST PROFITS

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Jan 18, 2019

Here’s a sobering fact: Only the top 19 percent of contractors and subcontractors set specific overhead, profit and sales targets for the year, and then track their progress monthly. That means 4 out of 5 contractors are just winging it. How on earth do you think you’re going to stay on ...

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Essential Cost Estimating Construction Management Features ESSENTIAL COST ESTIMATING CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT FEATURES

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Jan 18, 2019

Securing a construction contract usually depends on the accuracy of your cost estimation report that you submit along with your bid proposal. A simple clerical mistake or oversight can result in huge losses and forgoing of contracts to the tune of millions. If you’ve never made such a mistake,...

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Construction forecasters bet on delayed soft Brexit CONSTRUCTION FORECASTERS BET ON DELAYED SOFT BREXIT

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Jan 18, 2019

Forecasters predict construction will just avoid an output decline this year if a soft Brexit is finally delivered. But economists for Experian warn that their forecast of sluggish growth would have to be ripped up if the UK crashes out of the European Union with no deal. The latest forecast for the...

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Top general contractors on the challenges facing the construction industry TOP GENERAL CONTRACTORS ON THE CHALLENGES FACING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Jan 18, 2019

The construction industry is continuing to grow and evolve. According to the 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook, total construction starts will rise to $808.3 billion, up from $806.8 billion in 2018. At the same time, it’s in the midst of increased technology adoption. Achieving this level of gro...

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Engineering Students Reflect on Building Small Car Powered by a Chemical Reaction ENGINEERING STUDENTS REFLECT ON BUILDING SMALL CAR POWERED BY A CHEMICAL REACTION

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Jan 17, 2019

The days stretched into nights as the 10 engineering students discovered a deep-rooted electrical inefficiency in the battery of the small car they’d designed and were building for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual Chem-E-Car competition. They had just a couple of wee...

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This Robot Skeleton is Helping Scientists Learn How Prehistoric Animals Moved THIS ROBOT SKELETON IS HELPING SCIENTISTS LEARN HOW PREHISTORIC ANIMALS MOVED

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Jan 17, 2019

A robot mimicking a prehistoric fossil suggests the ancestors of reptiles, birds, and mammals might have walked more efficiently on land than previously thought. Nowadays, the most widespread tetrapods, or four-limbed animals, are the amniotes - creatures that lay eggs on land or give birth to live ...

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20 Major Upcoming Library and Museum Construction Projects 20 MAJOR UPCOMING LIBRARY AND MUSEUM CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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Jan 17, 2019

The accompanying tables show 20 of the largest upcoming library and museum construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations. Shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, medical buildings, educational b...

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How technology is attracting new preconstruction talent HOW TECHNOLOGY IS ATTRACTING NEW PRECONSTRUCTION TALENT

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Jan 17, 2019

With an aging workforce and shortage of new labor entering the industry, contractors find themselves in a stiff competition for the best and the brightest new employees. In 2018 - and for the third consecutive year - the #1 concern among contractors was recruiting and retaining employees, according ...

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Essential Construction Management Features for General Contractors ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT FEATURES FOR GENERAL CONTRACTORS

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Jan 17, 2019

Choosing the right construction management tool can be daunting because of the sheer number of features and applications offered in these tools. The industry you serve matters as well. For example, the ideal software for specialty contractors fishing contractors, utility contractors or heavy/highway...

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This Robot Dog Teaches Itself New Tricks THIS ROBOT DOG TEACHES ITSELF NEW TRICKS

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Jan 16, 2019

According to a paper today in Science Robotics, an international team of engineers created a way for legged robots - inspired by and physically similar to quadrupedal canines - to use machine learning techniques to learn better ways to move around and adapt to a given environment. As proof, you can ...

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Mind These 9 Finance & Accounting Gaps with Robotic Process Automation MIND THESE 9 FINANCE & ACCOUNTING GAPS WITH ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION

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Jan 16, 2019

Did you know 50-90% of financial processes can be automated by capture and workflow automation software? If you are still searching, transferring, copying, pasting, sorting and filing information, chances are you are mired in paper and manual processes. Fortunately, there’s a way to transform ...

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UK, Other European Space Agencies Test Mars Robot Technologies In Morocco UK, OTHER EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCIES TEST MARS ROBOT TECHNOLOGIES IN MOROCCO

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Jan 15, 2019

As far as we know, Mars is the only planet populated entirely by robots! Due to the time taken for commands to travel to Mars (eight minutes each way), hand guided robots are limited to traveling only a few dozen meters a day. New software developed in the UK will change this, enabling future Mars r...

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Ahold Delhaize Orders Up Nearly 500 Floor Roaming Robots AHOLD DELHAIZE ORDERS UP NEARLY 500 FLOOR ROAMING ROBOTS

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Jan 14, 2019

Dubbed Marty, the Badger Technologies robot has been in tests at GIANT locations where, according to the press release, the robots were easily recognized by customers in stores by their friendly appearance where they were tested and used to identify hazards, such as liquid, powder and bulk food item...

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LEGO Engineers of the Future celebrated at Parliament LEGO ENGINEERS OF THE FUTURE CELEBRATED AT PARLIAMENT

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Jan 14, 2019

Last year LEGO Education joined forces with the government’s Year of Engineering campaign and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to give more children around the country the opportunity to meet engineering role-models and to take part in engaging STEM activities, as part of th...

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Use a Bot to Get Organized and Work Smarter USE A BOT TO GET ORGANIZED AND WORK SMARTER

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Jan 14, 2019

Did you know that January 14th is National Clean Off Your Desk Day? It’s a day to take time to clear your desk and start the new year off with an uncluttered, clean, and organized workspace. But what to do with the stacks of paper and overflowing inbox? This is where bots can help.

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Top-Recommended Procore Competitors for Construction Management TOP-RECOMMENDED PROCORE COMPETITORS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

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Jan 14, 2019

Finding the right construction management software can raise a lot of questions: Do you need a solution that helps only with construction project management, or do you need cost estimation features as well? Should the construction software you buy also integrate with bid management systems and takeo...

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How IoT and Connected Tools Are Helping Accelerate Construction Jobsite Productivity HOW IOT AND CONNECTED TOOLS ARE HELPING ACCELERATE CONSTRUCTION JOBSITE PRODUCTIVITY

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Jan 14, 2019

Burcin Kaplanoglu, executive director, innovation officer for Oracle Construction and Engineering, recently spoke with Bosch about how their company is helping drive digital transformation in the ever-evolving and dynamic E&C landscape. As an Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab te...

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The most in-demand preconstruction jobs - and how much they pay THE MOST IN-DEMAND PRECONSTRUCTION JOBS - AND HOW MUCH THEY PAY

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Jan 14, 2019

It’s no secret that the construction job market is booming. Hiring surged in 2018 with 38,000 new construction jobs created in December alone, and 2019 is expected to be another strong year for job creation. If you’re considering a new career in preconstruction, the options abound - but ...

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Artificial Intelligence identifies international construction projects ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IDENTIFIES INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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Jan 13, 2019

Every day many companies in the construction industry are looking for relevant construction projects with high personal and time expense. They are manually searching in newspapers, magazines, and blogs for the right project. This is not innovative, and also bears the danger of missing out important ...

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Ukraine is Developing Remote-Control Killer Robots to Wage War in Eastern Ukraine UKRAINE IS DEVELOPING REMOTE-CONTROL KILLER ROBOTS TO WAGE WAR IN EASTERN UKRAINE

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Jan 13, 2019

For several years, Ukrainian troops have been locked in a frozen conflict with Russian-backed separatists for control of the Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine. The maneuver warfare and urban/airport siege phase of the conflict ended in 2015. Now the opposing forces glare at each other across no man&r...

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Self-Driving Tesla And AI Robot Collide And Cause Accident SELF-DRIVING TESLA AND AI ROBOT COLLIDE AND CAUSE ACCIDENT

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Jan 11, 2019

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for this year showcased a number of unusual products, from a prototype drone taxi to Hyundai’s walking car. However, one of the most irregular events associated with the show was the apparent maiming of a robot by a Tesla Model S. This car was in autonomous ...

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5 Commercial Construction Trends to Watch in 2019 5 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2019

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Jan 11, 2019

All in all, 2018 was a good year for the commercial construction industry. Construction spending was up and there were 280,000 jobs added last year. The latest report on workplace fatalities with data from 2017 shows that construction worker deaths declined for the first time since 2011. 2018 was al...

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The 7 Coolest Construction Projects of 2018 THE 7 COOLEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS OF 2018

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Jan 11, 2019

Coolest, in its very essence, is a very subjective term, but I tried my best to cover construction projects throughout the world that set themselves apart, through either design, construction method, or situation. If you have a project that you thought should have been included in 2018 or one that y...

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6 Real World Use Cases for Robotic Process Automation in Healthcare 6 REAL WORLD USE CASES FOR ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION IN HEALTHCARE

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Jan 10, 2019

We’ve discussed several use cases and implementation tips for finance, insurance, law, utilities and mining. Let’s turn our attention towards the healthcare industry: many manual processes here are simple, rule-based and high volume - precisely the process features that call for automati...

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5 Considerations When Choosing an RPA Solution 5 CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING AN RPA SOLUTION

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Jan 10, 2019

As the market for RPA solutions continues to grow and evolve at a hyperbolic rate, several themes emerge. We’ve included 5 simple ones here, of relevance to all customers whether initially embarking upon the enterprise automation journey, or scaling an existing RPA solution.

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The 13 Most Interesting Advances in Construction Technology of 2018 THE 13 MOST INTERESTING ADVANCES IN CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY OF 2018

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Jan 10, 2019

When we first began talking about construction technology in 2015, there were a lot of pie-in-the-sky ideas.  Many products had financial backing, but no legitimate proof of concept or path to a commercial market.  Fast forward just 3 years and many of those same products are starting to h...

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Augmented Reality in Construction: 6 Applications in 2019 AUGMENTED REALITY IN CONSTRUCTION: 6 APPLICATIONS IN 2019

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Jan 10, 2019

The construction job site is changing. Paper drawings, sketches, and design plans are giving way to drones, 3D models, and a new interactive experience called augmented reality. Augmented reality, or AR for short, is one of the most talked about technology trends in construction. Using an advanced c...

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Succeeding as a woman in biomedical engineering SUCCEEDING AS A WOMAN IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

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Jan 09, 2019

As a scientist and a professor, my typical day is focused on teaching the younger generation of engineering students and expanding on my own research. I teach both undergraduate and graduate students in bioengineering as well as guide the students at my lab, aiming to help them improve their researc...

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15 Best Cities for STEM Careers and Quality of Life 15 BEST CITIES FOR STEM CAREERS AND QUALITY OF LIFE

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Jan 09, 2019

It’s a good time to work in STEM field-many companies are hungry for engineers, developers, and mathematicians. But not every metro area is a good one for STEM careers; for example, many have lots of job opportunities, but a stratospheric cost of living, while others simply lack jobs.

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How a Construction Communication Plan Can Help You Win Bids HOW A CONSTRUCTION COMMUNICATION PLAN CAN HELP YOU WIN BIDS

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Jan 09, 2019

Sometimes the simplest communication mistakes lead to catastrophic consequences. Take the Mars Climate Orbiter, which NASA sunk more than $300 million into by the time it launched in the late 1990s. The spacecraft entered the Martian atmosphere too low and, poof, it was gone.

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #10 Indiana THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION: #10 INDIANA

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Jan 09, 2019

For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 25 different construction related professions. The goal was to highlight how workers were compensated in each of the U.S. 50 states. We also counterbalanced the raw hourly wage data wit...

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Industry leaders on what it’s like being a woman in construction INDUSTRY LEADERS ON WHAT IT’S LIKE BEING A WOMAN IN CONSTRUCTION

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Jan 09, 2019

As of December 2016, approximately 939,000 women were working in construction in the United States. That’s only 9.1 percent of the construction workforce. As an industry, we still have a long way to go, but organizations and initiatives like the National Association of Women in Construction (N...

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STEM Instruction: How Much There Is and Who Gets It STEM INSTRUCTION: HOW MUCH THERE IS AND WHO GETS IT

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Jan 08, 2019

Despite a push for greater STEM instruction, students and teachers continue to experience inequitable access to STEM-related classes and resources, according to a new survey of 1,200 schools and 7,600 teachers. This nationally representative study is the sixth in a series of surveys on K-12 STEM edu...

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6 Women in Hawai‘i with Careers in STEM Share Their Stories 6 WOMEN IN HAWAI‘I WITH CAREERS IN STEM SHARE THEIR STORIES

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Jan 08, 2019

Hawai‘i’s volcanic origin and isolation in the middle of the largest ocean on Earth naturally lend itself to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM-from ocean depths to outer space and everything in between. Many of these fast-growing careers require the ve...

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The 13 Craziest Construction Videos of 2018 THE 13 CRAZIEST CONSTRUCTION VIDEOS OF 2018

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Jan 08, 2019

Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the job site, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business. Either way, the internet exists and it wil...

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4 Key Design Elements For A Flourishing Financial Building 4 KEY DESIGN ELEMENTS FOR A FLOURISHING FINANCIAL BUILDING

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Jan 07, 2019

In financial districts all across the globe, successful companies symbolize their status at the top of the game in steel and glass. But what goes into the design of these famous buildings, and how can businesses harness this in their own building projects? There are numerous considerations that arch...

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Five Fearless Trailblazers Modernizing Construction and Engineering FIVE FEARLESS TRAILBLAZERS MODERNIZING CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING

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Jan 07, 2019

It’s clear that engineering and construction are in a new era, with technology rapidly changing how companies design, plan, and execute projects. E&C spends an impressive $10 trillion on construction-related goods and services each year and is ripe for and capable of transformation.

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Pepsi and Segway Enter the Increasingly Crowded Delivery Robot Space PEPSI AND SEGWAY ENTER THE INCREASINGLY CROWDED DELIVERY ROBOT SPACE

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Jan 04, 2019

One potential benefit of a city filled with people looking down at their phones is that they might be better able to see all the little delivery robots scurrying around on the ground. The sidewalks will be getting even more crowded as both Pepsi and Ninebot, Segway’s parent company, have annou...

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Top 25 Successful Chatbots TOP 25 SUCCESSFUL CHATBOTS

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Jan 04, 2019

Though hype about chatbots is increasing, chatbot failure stories continue to get more visibility as well. From Microsoft to Communist Party of China, we have listed examples showing that no one is immune to suffering from chatbot failures. However, success stories are rare and ambitious conversatio...

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Shifts in Office Jobs and Implications for Commercial Tower Construction SHIFTS IN OFFICE JOBS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL TOWER CONSTRUCTION

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Jan 03, 2019

A key metric for new commercial tower construction is a city’s office vacancy rate, the lower the better. In turn, what drives office vacancy rates down is greater worker occupancy. There are disruptors throughout the economy and the office space market is no exception.

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Stock-Taking Robots for a smart Inventory Management STOCK-TAKING ROBOTS FOR A SMART INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

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Jan 03, 2019

As 2019 begins, new retail trends make it to the retailers’ ears, and robotics in retail is surely the one with the clearest applications that can be implemented right away. Robotics in retail can solve problems that required too many resources to tackle properly up to now, the most relevant b...

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Is a Vacuum Gripper Right for Your Collaborative Robot Application? IS A VACUUM GRIPPER RIGHT FOR YOUR COLLABORATIVE ROBOT APPLICATION?

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Jan 03, 2019

Vacuum grippers, or suction cup grippers, can be a highly effective and simple gripping solution in a wide range of applications. With the right type of part and the right integration, vacuum grippers can provide powerful, safe grips in collaborative robot applications. However, there are several ot...

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3 reasons top general contractors chose a career in construction 3 REASONS TOP GENERAL CONTRACTORS CHOSE A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION

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Jan 03, 2019

Almost a million people work in the construction industry in the United States, which is made up of vendors, laborers, subcontractors, general contractors, and everything in between. They’re all working towards a common goal of constructing beautiful, structurally sound buildings and infrastru...

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No Code RPA companies enabling easier, faster RPA in 2019 NO CODE RPA COMPANIES ENABLING EASIER, FASTER RPA IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

No code RPA is an emerging technology but there are already strong companies with commercial space emerging in this space. We see 2 major types of vendors in the space: 1st generation RPA companies expanding their offering with low/no-code solutions, 2nd generation RPA companies offering only no cod...

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7 Steps to improving your chatbot with A/B testing 7 STEPS TO IMPROVING YOUR CHATBOT WITH A/B TESTING

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Jan 01, 2019

Even though it has been used for ages in other fields of marketing. Currently, there are not many A/B testing alternatives available for chatbots. Basically, it is a way to experiment distinct characteristics of the chatbots, through randomized trials, companies can collect data and decide on which ...

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15 Key Metrics for Chatbot Conversational Analytics in 2019 15 KEY METRICS FOR CHATBOT CONVERSATIONAL ANALYTICS IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

Web-focused metrics do not calculate misunderstood requests or message delays. Chatbots require new metrics. If you are already familiar with web metrics, jump to chatbot specific metrics: Message metrics, Bot metrics. A metric is a quantifiable measure that is used to track and assess the status of...

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Top 20 Chatbot Usecases / Applications in Business in 2019 TOP 20 CHATBOT USECASES / APPLICATIONS IN BUSINESS IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

While we were writing about major chatbot failures and top chatbots, we started noticing and documenting the areas where chatbots really add value to businesses. Now we are ready to explain how businesses in different industries can use chatbots. And do not imagine this as a company having 20 chatbo...

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12 step Best Practice RPA Implementation Guide 12 STEP BEST PRACTICE RPA IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE

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Jan 01, 2019

RPA implementation is pretty straightforward if you have a clear and detailed roadmap. As you can see above, most RPA deployments including the time required to configure, test, and launch automation into production take less than 2 months. Workfusion provides 4 steps to identify the right processes...

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Top 12 Benefits of Chatbots TOP 12 BENEFITS OF CHATBOTS

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Jan 01, 2019

No one can know the benefits of chatbots better than potential users of chatbots. So that’s where we started, the above list is based on Drift’s 2018 State of Chatbots Report. We added a few more points to categorize benefits of chatbots clearly.

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Top chatbot testing techniques and frameworks TOP CHATBOT TESTING TECHNIQUES AND FRAMEWORKS

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Jan 01, 2019

Chatbots are indeed revolutionizing the interaction between organizations and individuals, but one thing still lacks, the industry still hasn’t been able to achieve is standardizing the chatbot testing. We rather observe the performances indirectly.

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4 RPA alternatives to consider before RPA investment in 2019 4 RPA ALTERNATIVES TO CONSIDER BEFORE RPA INVESTMENT IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

Robotic Process Automation is a great technology and we have written extensively about its benefits, however, it is not without alternatives. There are 3 major alternatives to RPA and new developments that transform RPA. CxOs need to make smart trade-offs to find the optimal path for their companies...

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What is RPA? WHAT IS RPA?

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Dec 31, 2018

Robotic process automation (or RPA or RPAAI) is an emerging form of clerical process automation technology based on the notion of software robots or artificial intelligence (AI) workers. Though most people are looking forward to seeing intelligent humanoid robotic companions, they are still years aw...

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14 RPA Pitfalls & the Checklist for Avoiding Them 14 RPA PITFALLS & THE CHECKLIST FOR AVOIDING THEM

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Dec 31, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is gaining acceptance, especially in the finance and telecom industries however we have spoken to a number of executives and there are plenty of RPA failure stories, too. A recent survey showed that >40% of RPA projects fail to deliver expectations in terms of imp...

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RPA:What is RPA, How It Works, Top RPA Tools RPA:WHAT IS RPA, HOW IT WORKS, TOP RPA TOOLS

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Dec 31, 2018

If you notice yourself or your team working on activities that require jumping from application to application, completing tasks that require little thinking, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software can help. RPA is a quick yet effective automation tool.

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Engineer Anastasia Volkova is getting the agtech industry airborne ENGINEER ANASTASIA VOLKOVA IS GETTING THE AGTECH INDUSTRY AIRBORNE

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Dec 31, 2018

Australia’s well-established agricultural reputation and strong trade relationships with emerging markets puts it in the box seat to help feed the world with the help of agtech entrepreneurs like Anastasia Volkova. To make a meaningful difference in the world, Anastasia Volkova knew she’...

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YouTuber Builds A Robot To Shock Him Into Correctly Practicing the Guitar YOUTUBER BUILDS A ROBOT TO SHOCK HIM INTO CORRECTLY PRACTICING THE GUITAR

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Dec 29, 2018

To acquire any skill set is a long hard process. Especially if you are trying to teach yourself an instrument. You don't have a teacher to guide you through the difficult hurdles and give you essential feedback in order to improve. YouTuber Ethan David had a creative way to approach this by atta...

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How Building Design Has Evolved in the Wake of Increased Natural Disasters HOW BUILDING DESIGN HAS EVOLVED IN THE WAKE OF INCREASED NATURAL DISASTERS

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Dec 28, 2018

Every time you turn on the news, it seems like another natural disaster has struck in some part of the world. From major floods and hurricanes to earthquakes and tornadoes, natural disasters of all types are becoming increasingly common around the globe-including right here in the United States.

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What will 5G bring to industrial robotics? WHAT WILL 5G BRING TO INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS?

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Dec 28, 2018

If you ever have the chance to enter a factory shop floor and see a robot in action, this is a must-do. The combination of strength, speed, and extreme precision is nothing else than impressive. In the last years, they became general-purpose tools for automating production processes.

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Sound the alarm: A sustainable future requires engineers to act now SOUND THE ALARM: A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE REQUIRES ENGINEERS TO ACT NOW

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Dec 28, 2018

The fate of human society depends on a sustainable future. Engineers must be part of the solution, writes Graham Davies. Can our society last in its current form for 10,000 years? One thousand years? When asked this question, most people answer no to even 100 years. People feel intuitively that our ...

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Autodesk Acquires Pre-Construction Software Building Connected for $275 Million AUTODESK ACQUIRES PRE-CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE BUILDING CONNECTED FOR $275 MILLION

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Dec 27, 2018

Autodesk, the software company synonymous with architectural and engineering design, has gobbled up yet another construction related software just a few weeks after its massive acquisition of PlanGrid. It’s a most recent acquisition, BuildingConnected will help bolster Autodesk’s growing...

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3D Printed Homes: Everything You Need to Know 3D PRINTED HOMES: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Dec 27, 2018

In the past, the idea of printing an entire home sounded like a far-fetched novelty. However, 3D printing is quickly becoming the construction’s most promising solution. In recent years, construction companies have made great strides in 3D printed homes. The revolutionary technology allows com...

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What to Expect for Public Sector Construction in 2019 WHAT TO EXPECT FOR PUBLIC SECTOR CONSTRUCTION IN 2019

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Dec 26, 2018

Looking back, 2018 brought both turmoil and innovation to government contracting. A string of cyber attacks, such as the ransomware attack on Atlanta, left public officials focused on increasing cybersecurity. Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and fires in California brought resilience and climat...

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Robotic Desktop Automation: What is RDA, Top RDA Tools ROBOTIC DESKTOP AUTOMATION: WHAT IS RDA, TOP RDA TOOLS

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Dec 26, 2018

RDA also called attended RPA, is Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for the masses. RPA includes: Attended RPA which enables most knowledge workers to automate their work. Unattended RPA which runs in the background, completing tasks in batches. Hybrid: A combination of attended and unattended RPA tas...

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RPA marketplaces: App Markets that Simplify RPA development RPA MARKETPLACES: APP MARKETS THAT SIMPLIFY RPA DEVELOPMENT

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Dec 24, 2018

Rpa is possibly the most flexible automation platform and as a result, rolling out RPA solutions require significant programming and customizations. Since RPA companies cannot possibly build a solution for every process or task that will be automated, they rely on vendors to provide customized solut...

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Leveraging RPA in Insurance beyond Operational Efficiency LEVERAGING RPA IN INSURANCE BEYOND OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

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Dec 24, 2018

Call it adopting to Robotic process automation or settling for it, RPA is here to stay. According to a report put forth by Transparency market research, the IT-enabled Robotic Process Automation (RPA) market has been growing rapidly at a CAGR of 60.5% from 2014 and is expected to reach US$5 billion ...

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Every one of the Sustainable Development Goals needs engineers, says expert EVERY ONE OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS NEEDS ENGINEERS, SAYS EXPERT

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Dec 24, 2018

If the world is to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, it must turn to engineers for help, writes Adrian Piani. When the United Nations replaced its Millennium Development Goals of 2000-2015 with the Sustainable Development Goals, the list of outcomes grew from eight to 17....

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RPA Ecosystem: Companies that enable / speed up RPA RPA ECOSYSTEM: COMPANIES THAT ENABLE / SPEED UP RPA

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Dec 22, 2018

RPA development in most cases still takes months and requires costly maintenance. To improve this situation, RPA tech providers are building an RPA ecosystem: They develop the RPA software, build the marketplaces to attract developers who extend capabilities of RPA and sign partnerships with consult...

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