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6 must reads for the AEC industry today: April 14, 2020

A robot dog conducts site inspections and going to the library with little kids just got easier.

April 14, 2020 |

1. A robotic dog becomes part of Swinerton’s construction technology arsenal (BD+C)
"It is using high-definition 3D scanning technology to provide clients with such benefits as time-stamping work with preserved historical data, minimizing client travel thanks to remote walk-through capabilities, and coordinating subcontractors with an eye toward minimizing change orders and errors."

2. City conducts a 'virtual building inspection' to allow Starbucks and bank to open (BD+C)
"Bothell, Wash., issues a certificate of occupancy to developer after inspecting the property online."

3. Family workstations highlight the new Fairfield Area Library (BD+C)
"Quinn Evans collaborated with TMC Furniture to create four custom workstations meant for library patrons and their children. The workstations feature an adult-sized desk for the parent or caregiver attached to a play space outfitted with activities to support early learning."

4. New OSHA COVID-19 Recordability Guidance Provides Necessary Clarification for Contractors (Associated Builders and Contractors)
"ABC is pleased OSHA has clarified its position regarding the recordability of COVID-19 cases under its recordkeeping rules, which provides greater certainty to our member contractors. As a member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, we expressed in a March letter to OSHA significant concerns about putting construction contractors in an almost impossible position of determining whether a particular case of COVID-19 that presents in the workplace is considered ‘work-related,’" said ABC's Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development, Greg Sizemore.

5. CRE's Potential Winners and Losers in a Virus-Hit World (National Real Estate Investor)
"Some property sectors and investor segments may be well-positioned even in a pandemic. Others may be looking at an abyss."

6. WeWork Was Hardly a “Self-Sustaining Business” Before Coronavirus Hit. Its Prospects Now Are “Incredibly Gloomy” (National Real Estate Investor)
"It’s as if co-working giant WeWork absorbed the initial jolt of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake and continues to be rocked by aftershocks."


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