Over at the Xpera blog, my latest article just went live on the topic of Big Data Analysis for the Construction Industry. Here is an excerpt:
The key—and this is truly one of the biggest challenges our industry faces right now—is how do we extract important and valuable information from the data?
Continue reading “How can making sense of the Big Data in construction projects benefit you?”
RICS, the UK Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, is ramping up their focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its impact on the building industry. I found this recent article interesting: The adoption of BIM and the subsequent BIM revolution, continues to have a major impact on every element of the construction industry – changing … Continue reading Why BIM hasn’t become too much of a factor in construction claims and disputes, so far…
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) in Netherlands reports the following: Today the Built Environment department’s concrete printer starts printing the world’s first 3D printed reinforced, pre-stressed concrete bridge. The cycle bridge will be part of a new section of ring road around Gemert in which the BAM Infra construction company is using innovative techniques. One of … Continue reading First Pre-Stressed, Steel-Reinforced 3D-Printed Bridge To Be Put Into Service
Vancouver, British Colombia played host for a couple decades to a dramatic uprising of concrete-clad condos that permanently altered the city’s skyline. Developers rushing to sell units to (oftentimes foreign) investors and empty-nesters cut corners, leading to years of litigation followed by tougher standards and improved oversight — particularly regarding the building envelope. Despite the … Continue reading Canada: Crumbling & cracking concrete cladding causing concern
Grenfell Tower, a UK public housing project that caught fire recently, was a true disaster that is most likely directly attributable to incompatible design specifications and implementation by established architecture, engineering and construction professionals. I’ve been holding off publishing much about the event until there is more consensus from the forensic experts regarding root cause, … Continue reading Was Grenfell’s disastrous fire due in part to an all-too-common risk transfer strategy?
Andrea Marson wrote a great post discussing the art of troubleshooting within the context of engineering. This is a topic that has a great deal of personal meaning to me as well, as a forensic analyst investigating high-stakes and complex disputes involving real estate and construction. Continue reading “Things you can’t learn in school: Troubleshooting”
Typography, the art (and science) of arranging and forming letters, is an essential tool in design, and a subject of never-ending fascination for graphic design nerds like myself.
Some typefaces and font choices can make political statements, whereas a font like Microsoft’s Comic Sans is so reviled it can spark outrage. Continue reading “Choice of Font becomes critical evidence in case”
Construction Junkie’s Shane Hedmond shared the following: Runnur, a mobile tech gear company, has developed a hands-free belt clip system for your tablet that’s perfect for construction professionals. The belt clip system attaches to the case you already own and allows you to store it on your hip, keeping your hands free, when it’s not … Continue reading Ever wish you could carry your iPad on your tool belt?
Slate’s podcast, Working, profiles various professionals in an attempt to understand what certain unique jobs entail. In a recent episode, Jacob Brogan profiled Mark Hughes, a self-described “cell technical specialist” who performs forensic analysis of batteries: The lab where Hughes works is an enormous facility, coming in at around 85,000 square feet. It includes equipment … Continue reading Listen: Slate podcast features a profile of the forensic analysis process
Last week I was honored to once again have the opportunity to write a guest post for Virginia construction lawyer and mediator Chris Hill’s Construction Law Musings. The title of the post: Hard to Handle. The subject: How to manage the increasing complexity (and costs) of today’s construction claims and disputes. Continue reading “How to manage the increasing complexity of today’s Construction Claims and Disputes”