Oroville Dam interim report highlights the importance of codes and standards

When the Oroville Dam failed earlier this year, it prompted a review of numerous major infrastructure projects throughout California. The news is not good, as it is clear that many billions of dollars of tax-funded projects were designed and constructed to withstand significant seismic events. That's because we've learned that our previous codes and standards … Continue reading Oroville Dam interim report highlights the importance of codes and standards

Should BIM become part of the standard of care for the building industry?

Procore, an all-encompassing software suite for managing construction projects, is a tool I use daily, and have become quite fond of. Moreover, the company is extremely forward-thinking in its approach to business, and the software development team is a fully Agile shop that, as I know from personal experience, is committed to constant improvement of … Continue reading Should BIM become part of the standard of care for the building industry?

Should Drones have license plates? The industry’s leading manufacturer thinks so

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are more commonly referred to as drones. And in the world of drones, the undisputed leader of the industry is DJI. As a largely unregulated industry, operating in a realm that is carefully regulated (in the US, the FAA is in charge here), manufacturers like DJI are anxious to establish industry … Continue reading Should Drones have license plates? The industry’s leading manufacturer thinks so

Is a third party or peer review of construction documents worth the time and money?

This is another article written by architect and expert Peter Lattey. Cost is one of the biggest reasons that project teams use to justify not implementing effective quality assurance practices. But as Peter illustrates, effective quality assurance, in the form of third-party peer review, reduces the overall cost by reducing RFIs and change orders. [Ed.] … Continue reading Is a third party or peer review of construction documents worth the time and money?