Admittedly, this is a little strange, but clearly could be a practical measure in certain parts of the world. Dahir Insaat Corporation is a Turkish company that specializes in pre-fab cast-in-place construction buildings ranging in size from a small cottage to an entire apartment block. The company also has developed a design concept for an … Continue reading “Earthquake Safety Bed” protects occupants from building collapse
Disruption is a word that is overused in Silicon Valley, and elsewhere in the tech world. The idea is that sometimes a new player comes along with an approach to doing things in such a radically different way that it disrupts the entire industry. With advancements such as building information modeling (BIM), virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR), … Continue reading How can design and construction firms survive the massive changes taking place in the industry?
Earlier this week, I shared an article that touted all the amazing benefits to be gained from prefabricating some assemblies offsite. So how long will it be before the entire construction industry shifts to a paradigm in which building consists primarily of assembling prefabricated components? FMI, a management consulting firm that specializes in nonresidential construction, … Continue reading While prefabrication seems great in theory, for contractors, it may not be ready for prime time
Marriott is going modular in a major way. By prefabricating portions of hotels off-site in controlled environments, and then assembling the modular components, the hotel chain sees numerous advantages. With one prefab modular hotel already operational, the company is now planning to pursue the process on up to 50 more. Clayton Moore, of Digital Tends, … Continue reading Marriott to use prefabrication and modular construction on up to 50 new hotels
People may think I'm nuts to suggest it, but I truly believe that one of the most important skills needed in the built environment over the next couple decades lies within the realm of computer programming. After all, someone needs to program all the robots... The trend in the A/E/C industry is clearly towards increased … Continue reading The next skilled labor shortage in the construction industry will involve computer programmers