The advent of drones has given the construction industry the opportunity to get a unique view of a building project as it rises from the ground
The construction sector uses a lot of water, not least in the manufacture of essential materials like concrete and mortar. As the world confronts a looming climate crisis, what does the industry need to do to manage its water usage more effectively when delivering the homes and other buildings society needs?
Humans have been using the sun’s energy for millennia, but only now can industries like construction fully embrace the world’s most readily available, renewable and sustainable source of energy.
Given the level of carbon emissions construction generates, the industry knows it has to smarten up its environmental act. Part of the sector’s response will be to embrace more green construction materials, while some, like timber, have been a part of the industry for centuries.
Plastic is a dirty word among those who are concerned about its impact on the environment. However, in construction, plastic is playing an increasingly important role in helping deliver pipes, cabling, roofing products and other elements that make up the built environment.
The collapse of contracting giant Carillion offered a lesson for the construction sector. It reminded the industry of the need to carry out jobs for the right amount of money and to maintain good cash flow. It has also led to the sector looking at new technologies such as cryptocurrency to smooth out cash flow issues.
COVID has made businesses adapt to remote work, creating challenges regarding workplace culture and performance. Understanding these and implementing ways to maintain and build collaboration, motivation and productivity can have lasting positive results
Construction projects can range in size, but they all require extensive planning, and this, in turn, demands collaboration from an early stage, known as the pre-construction phase.
As planning regulations limit the amount that can be done to revamp properties above ground, developers—and homeowners—are looking beneath their feet for more space
An interview with Alex Tanguay
Mortenson Director of Project Controls Frank Sarno, and VP and GM for the Denver Operating Group Maja Rosenquist discuss decision making.