VOLUME 6   ISSUE 2   JANUARY 13, 2017

 

By Bruce Jervis

 

Public project owners do it all the time: They provide detailed subsurface site information to bidders and then contractually disclaim responsibility to the successful bidder for the accuracy of that information. Read more.


 

This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

 

  • Hot Work Requires Attention and Caution

  • Fanciful Stadium Heading to Vegas; Maybe

  • Beyonce Tower - What Can We Say?

Read more...


 

Major construction is complete on NASA’s largest new Space Launch System structural test stand, and engineers are now installing equipment needed to test the rocket’s biggest fuel tank.

 

The 221-foot tall structure, started in May 2014, is critical for ensuring SLS’s liquid hydrogen tank can withstand the extreme forces of launch and ascent on its first flight, and later on the second flight, which will carry up to four astronauts in the Orion spacecraft on a journey around the moon, into the deep-space proving ground for the technology needed for the journey to Mars. Read more.

 

 



From Previous Issues:
Volume: 6, Issue: 1 - 01/06/2017

 

Use of drones in construction is expected to increase in 2017 with passage of the FAA Part 107 rule governing use of drones for commercial purposes.  Part 107 provides that the operator must have a remote pilot license, a special new category that requires a written test only demonstrating some aviation knowledge as well as the safe operation of remote-controlled aircraft.  It is no longer necessary to have a pilot license as in the prior regulation called the 333 Exemption.  

 

While surveying, job progress tracking and marketing are some of the obvious uses, savvy architects and engineers are finding uses for drones in the design stage.  Read more.


 

This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

 

  • 10 Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2017

  • Descriptive Job Roles Drive Better Project Performance

  • Optimizing Tall Building Systems

Read more...


 

Equipment World reported on the top 10 construction videos of 2016 last week, including this time lapse clip that shows a 230 foot long prefabricated tunnel inserted below a highway over a weekend in Rijkswaterstaat, Netherlands.  Other videos feature pickup truck comparisons, a dump truck pull, transport of a 518,000-pound tree (how did they weigh that anyway?), a zip-lining bulldozer, an underwater bulldozer and more. Read more

 


Volume: 5, Issue: 48 - 12/16/2016

 

By Bruce Jervis

 

Many construction contracts, particularly for public works, include a limitation on subcontracting, effectively requiring the prime contractor to perform a certain percentage of the value of the contract with its own forces. This encourages hands-on management of the project by the prime. It also discourages the “brokering” of the work, bidding by entities that bring capital and bonding capacity, but little else. Read more.


 

The ConsensusDocs Coalition recently announced the first set of new contract documents, part of a major update initiative to reflect ongoing industry trends towards collaboration and new project delivery and financing methods. The trends and developments include lean construction, building information modeling (BIM), sustainable principles in design and construction, new construction techniques and technologies, increased transparency, and recent legal and insurance developments.  Read more.


 

This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

 

  • Top 3 Contractor Technology Challenges Hindering Project Performance

  • Technology: Keys to Workforce Development and Safety Training

  • 2016 Construction Technology Report

Read more...


 

As of September 28, 2016, 5,552 companies received FAA "333" exemptions allowing limited use of drones for commercial purposes.  This program appears to have been replaced by the new Small UAS Rule "Part 107" program that took affect on August 28, 2016 and provides a knowledge-based test to receive a Remote Pilot license allowing commercial use of drones. As of December 6, 22,488 remote pilot licenses have been issued and we anticipate use in construction to accelerate.  

 

ConstructionPro Week is conducting its 3nd annual survey on drone use in the construction industry. We want to find out what experiences you may have had or if you're contemplating drone use in the future.  How would you use them?  Would you fly them yourself or hire a service firm?  Do you have any cost or safety concerns? Have you discerned any best practices in using drones?  Take the short ConstructionPro Week survey and tell us what you've learned or what you would like to know!  Please click here to take the survey.  Respondents will be sent the survey results and receive future coverage of our drone use research. Also, please forward this email to others in your company for their input as well.  Thank you.


 

First appearing in the 1980s, Primavera has evolved to be the preferred critical path method (CPM) computer program for scheduling complex construction projects.  It is often specified in both private and public construction contracts, and includes extensive features to help track resources, costs and earned value.  Because of its capabilities, the latest iteration, Oracle Primavera P6, can sometimes overwhelm new users, but it doesn't have to be that way.  In fact, P6 has a number of features that can both speed up and improve the quality of schedule development. Read more.


 

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) is building two new stations, both slated to be complete this year, and part of an expanded 16-mile gateway to Silicon Valley that will operational by 2018.  This quick one minute and 10 second time-lapse video captures the construction of the two stations.  Read more.

 


Volume: 5, Issue: 47 - 12/09/2016

 

Oracle P6 schedulers are often disappointed with the results after applying real-world status to a Microsoft Project schedule.  It does not seem to handle out-of-sequence progress as expected. Some of the numbers entered seem to change on their own, making quality control difficult. Even Microsoft Project users may be perplexed, or in some cases, may not be aware of the problem.  This is only one of the issues that construction schedulers have encountered with Microsoft Project.  Read more...


 

This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

 

  • OSHA Releases Safety Guide for small and Medium-Sized Contractors

  • Termite-inspired Autonomous Construction

  • Growth of Megacities - Making them Bigger and Better; Technology Matters

Read more...


 

As of September 28, 2016, 5,552 companies received FAA "333" exemptions allowing limited use of drones for commercial purposes.  This program appears to have been replaced by the new Small UAS Rule "Part 107" program that took affect on August 28, 2016 and provides a knowledge-based test to receive a Remote Pilot license allowing commercial use of drones. As of December 6, 22,488 remote pilot licenses have been issued and we anticipate use in construction to accelerate.  

 

ConstructionPro Week is conducting its 3nd annual survey on drone use in the construction industry. We want to find out what experiences you may have had or if you're contemplating drone use in the future.  How would you use them?  Would you fly them yourself or hire a service firm?  Do you have any cost or safety concerns? Have you discerned any best practices in using drones?  Take the short ConstructionPro Week survey and tell us what you've learned or what you would like to know!  Please click here to take the survey.  Respondents will be sent the survey results and receive future coverage of our drone use research. Also, please forward this email to others in your company for their input as well.  Thank you.


 

While actually using 3D printed elements for structural components or to be incorporated into a structure is still in the development stage, Balfour Beatty has been producing models for use as a visualization and communication tool.

 



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