VOLUME 5   ISSUE 25   JUNE 24, 2016


By Bruce Jervis


The standard contract documents published by the American Institute of Architects gives an architect the duty to protect its project owner by rejecting nonconforming work. Yet, the AIA documents disclaim architect responsibility for the contractor’s work. This creates a dilemma. Read more.


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On Tuesday, the FAA unveiled its long awaited operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or "drones").  To take effect by the end of August, the new regulations, known as Part 107, sets height and speed restrictions, operational limits, and safety and privacy guidelines. The most significant factor is removal of the requirement for a pilots license now required to obtain an FAA 333 Exemption.  Read more.


ConstructionPro Network unveiled today it's Drone Services and Equipment Directory for the construction, transportation, utility and real estate development industries.  The directory is intended to assist those looking for vendors and products specifically designed to serve these industries.  For service providers, customers can quickly find FAA333 exemption holders located in their state, and starting in August, for Part 107-certified firms as well.  Customers may further narrow their search for specific services, such as surveying, mapping (LIDAR, photogrammetry), FLIR/infrared capability, data collection for BIM, environmental monitoring, and, of course, aerial photography.  Read more.


As reported above, the FAA has issued its Part 107 rules for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. ConstructionPro Network has been tracking the progress of the FAA 333 exemptions since December 2014. It appears the pace of exemptions granted since our last post on April 27 has slowed down.  Read more.


The Oculus, site of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, celebrated its opening on May 26.  The $4B controversial project designed by Santiago Calatrava connects the New York-New Jersey PATH line with 9 subway lines. Read more.



Other resources to check out:

Walk though YouTube video by Minh Nguyen (10 minutes)

Architectural Record article and critique by Joann Gonchar, AIA.








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