Building Technology

Modular construction can deliver projects 50% faster

Modular carries a potential cost savings of up to 20%, but there is a risk of up to a 10% loss if delivery or material costs spike, the report says.

June 26, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Modular construction can deliver projects 20% to 50% faster than traditional methods and drastica...

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155 Wacker Drive in Chicago is one of two office high rises, owned by The John Buck Company, that have installed a software product devised by Cohesion that gives tenants more control over their businesses' workflow activities. Image: Cohesion

May 30, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new company, Cohesion, helps synchronize tenants’ workflows.

Embracing innovation allows Southland Industries to meet the needs of a changing industry. Continuous evaluation of its processes led to the creation of this state-of-the-art 160,000-sf fabrication facility. Image: Southland Industries

May 23, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Southland Industries takes a measured approach to leaning into technology.

March 26, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Blockchain isn’t just about exchanging Bitcoin. It could emerge as the next construction manageme...

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March 25, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The simplest explanation of this technology is that blockchain is a digital distributed ledger of...

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A rendering of an Innovation Center that would be part of a larger expansion of the Port San Antonio, which has become a platform for connecting cybersecurity and digital innovations with leading global industries. Image: Port San Antonio and Gonzalez/Mogas Architects

March 10, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Expansions would accommodate cybersecurity, aerospace, and defense tenants, and help commercializ...

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March 08, 2019 | David Barista, Editorial Director

As firms begin to adopt the practices and mindset of Silicon Valley tech and advanced manufacturi...

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Little Hero, an eight-story building in Melbourne, Australia, was among the first in that country whose floors were manufactured and finished offsite, and then stacked and snapped together onsite. Image: The Hickory Group

March 06, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A paper by Deloitte looks back at an origin case study. But the country has yet to develop a full...

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North American headquarters for Unilever

The new North America headquarters for Unilever incorporates 15,000 sensors, transforming an existing New Jersey office park into an interconnected campus. Photo: Garrett Rowland.

February 21, 2019 | C.C. Sullivan and Alex Abarbanel-Grossman, Contributing Editors

The next generation of intelligent buildings offers promise for unseen levels of energy efficienc...

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Autodesk's purchase of PlanGrid brings into its stable a popular digital blueprint software that helps contractors streamline their project management. Image: Autodesk

December 20, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

PlanGrid and BuildingConnected are the latest pieces in the company’s quest to digitize the const...

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The ability of EC firms to capture, understand, and apply from all kinds of sources—including their job sites—is critical to their being able to deliver buildings for smarter cities in the future. Image: Deloitte Consulting

December 18, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new paper from Deloitte Consulting advises companies to revise their strategies with an eye tow...

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Additive manufacturing heads to the jobsite

A 21-foot-long shipping container houses a mobile additive manufacturing “toolbox” that includes two Panasonic robots that can 3D print, weld, cut, and polish. The unit’s transportability to jobsites could make it ideal for producing bespoke spare parts in the field. Courtesy of Autodesk

December 07, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Prototype mobile 3D printing shop aims to identify additive manufacturing applications for constr...

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HouseZero is designed to test systems whose installation would improve the performance of existing buildings that currently account for two-fifths of America's annual energy usage. Image: Michael Grimm

December 05, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Hundreds of embedded sensors will inform energy use reduction research.

eSentire sent out 57,000 alerts about potential threats in the second quarter of 2018, and Construction was among the top five industries to receive them. Image: eSentire

October 15, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest report from eSentire finds a total of 4 million “hostile events” against all sectors d...

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360° cameras could surpass stationary laser scanners as the tool of choice to document construction, according to a new report that polls more than 250 AEC firms and service providers. Image: Pixabay

September 20, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

More firms are adding scanning and photography to their services.

14th@Irving is being designed and constructed to serve New York's burgeoning innovation economy, with systems that can be adapted for future tenants. Image: Davis Brody Bond

September 17, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Groundbreaking for the 20-story 14th@Irving is scheduled for ear...

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Prefabrication and modularization are two construction techniques that are likely to attract investment in the coming years, according to a new McKinsey & Co. report. Image: Pixabay

September 13, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

McKinsey & Co. sees systems integration and talent acquisition as key investment drivers.

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Contractors position in place one of 92 prefabricated exterior panels that were installed for a 12-story hotel in Boston in 13 working days.  Image: Island Exterior Fabricators

August 06, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Skender launches an advanced manufacturing division. Katerra ups its bet on modular. Prefabricati...

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Construction technology is catnip for investors

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July 17, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

JLL, in a new report that tracks this trend, cites three areas where startups are most active....

Watch all 19 Accelerate Live! talks on demand

In her talk at Accelerate Live! 2018, micro-buildings design expert Aeron Hodges, AIA, Senior Designer/Manager Stantec Architecture, explored the key drivers of the micro-buildings movement, and how the trend is spreading into a wide variety of building typologies. Photo: BD+C

June 24, 2018 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s second annual Accelerate Live! AEC innovation conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago)...

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June 13, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

This autonomous construction management tool tracks jobsite progress in real time.

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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), AEC technophil... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), building syste... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), architect and... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), Skender CEO Ma... read more
May 30, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Neither training nor modification of the physical environment are required to use the system.

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Woods Bagot has set up a space in its New York office where clients can view early stages of design ideas in virtual reality. The firm has been using customizable VR apps for about a year. Image: Woods Bagot

May 08, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The architectural firm is finding that some clients respond quicker to proposals as a result.

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Man with a VR headset on
April 16, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Technology has been and always will be perceived as a source for wonder and worry.

Clark Construction now uses Turnover Vision on all of its projects. The algorithm driving this mobile app also helps the contractor anticipate problems. Image: Clark Construction

April 10, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Turnover Vision is the latest example of Clark digitizing its construction management process....

A Suffolk Construction team member explores one of the firm’s projects using a CAVE virtual reality setup

A Suffolk Construction team member explores one of the firm’s projects using a CAVE virtual reality setup at its new Smart Lab in San Francisco.

April 09, 2018 | Scott Frank, Contributing Editor

Real-time construction analysis, just-in-time materials delivery, digital production planning sys...

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