The impact of technology on construction in 2020

AZ Big Media | February 19, 2020

In the past decade, we saw technology advancing at breakneck speed, and our dependence on technology in every area of our lives and business is growing rapidly. These trends are only going to carry on into the 2020s and beyond, as technology will continue to make our lives and business safer, more efficient, more convenient and better overall. While many of the biggest industries have embraced technology – and thrived for it – some have been more hesitant to take advantage of all that modern technological advances have to offer. Although advances in automation, wearables, augmented and virtual reality, mobile applications and countless other tools can make construction more efficient and profitable, many in the industry are slow to accept new things. However, as we move into a new year and a new decade, the most successful people in the industry will be those who are willing to embrace new technologies. If you are uncertain about the potential impact of technology on construction and how it can be beneficial in the coming year, below are just a few aspects in which we can expect to see even more advances in 2020.

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The outstanding team at Social-Engineer, Inc. have produced a new infographic to highlight social engineering techniques and responses. These are the same people that run the Social Engineering Capture the Flag event at the Defcon event (which immediately follows the Black Hat conference) every year. The Social Engineering Infographic – An infographic by the team at Social-Engineer, Inc all about Social Engineering Threats and Mitigations

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LJA Engineering | February 21, 2022

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Siemens and Nexii Join Forces to Advance Rapid Delivery of High-Performance "Future Ready Total Building Solutions"

Siemens Smart Infrastructure | September 03, 2021

Siemens Corporation (Siemens) and Nexii Building Solutions Inc. (Nexii) have joined forces to advance rapid delivery of sustainable buildings with low carbon footprints across North America.The collaboration combines Nexii's expertise in delivering high-performance green building products with Siemens' digital power distribution solutions and eVehicle charging equipment. This includes efforts to digitize Nexii's specialized manufacturing facilities and create efficiencies that will speed the production of sustainable building products across the U.S. and Canada. Siemens will also play a role in Nexii's client projects, layering energy-efficient power solutions on top of Nexii's sustainable products as part of a "Future Ready Total Building Solution". Nexii designs and manufactures innovative high-performance buildings and green building products that are sustainable, cost-efficient, and resilient in the face of climate change. 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Nexii designs and manufactures high-performance buildings and green building products that are sustainable, cost-efficient and resilient in the face of climate change. The Nexii System also significantly reduces construction timelines, enabling the rapid development of green buildings across North America. Nexii is suited for industrial / commercial / institutional, mixed-use, multi-family residential and single-family homes, as well as for the green retrofit market.

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AXA XL Launches New Insurance Programs for Construction Business -- Highly Protected Projects

AXA XL | September 25, 2020

AXA XL's North America Construction insurance business is building tailored insurance programs and services for construction projects that qualify as a "Highly Protected Project" (HPP) because of their implementation of technologies designed to reduce project risk. According to Gary Kaplan, president of AXA XL's North America Construction insurance business, "In commercial property insurance, facilities that incorporate added risk and safety measures, such as sprinkler systems, are considered 'Highly Protected Risk' and can earn more favorable insurance rates and terms. With greater adoption of technology on construction jobsites, we're seeing the same opportunity to extend more competitive insurance coverage and capacity for projects that are taking action to reduce risks." Construction projects eligible to attain AXA XL's HPP status and specialized insurance include Health Care, Commercial Office, Higher Education and Manufacturing/Processing construction projects valued at USD 200 million or more.

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