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A U.S. Construction Starts Forecast: Approaching $700 Billion by 2018

Much of the U.S. construction outlook begins with housing starts. Nation-wide, monthly multi-family groundbreakings have pretty much recovered to their pre-recession volume (400,000 units annualized). It’s the single-family market that continues to hold back. Single-family starts are only abou...

A Comparison of Construction Material and Labor Costs for 30 U.S. and Canadian Cities

RSMeans monitors construction costs in 318 U.S. and Canadian cities. In an earlier Economy at a Glance, I set out total index comparisons for the 20 largest population centers in the U.S. and the 10 biggest in Canada. This time, for those same 30 cities, the two major sub-components ‒ materials and...

China and British Columbia sign energy MOU

The government of British Columbia and the National Energy Administration of the People's Republic of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 24 to strengthen energy trade and investment between the two nations. The government of British Columbia and the National Energy Administrati...

Flying robots take flight as construction inspectors

Humming quietly, the flying robot hovers outside a highrise building. The small craft, barely a metre across, works its way up to the 11th floor, examining the façade for such damage as chipped or crumbling concrete, defective joints and the like. Keeping about two metres from the façade, the robot ...

The design dips and turns to build Goliath

A roller-coaster named Goliath has broken three records for wooden coasters, employing the latest in construction technology. Located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., the 180-foot coaster is the world’s tallest and at 72 miles per hour, the world’s fastest. It also presents the steepest d...

Pavement’s limits tested at University of Waterloo

At the University of Waterloo, undergraduates, post-graduate and post- doctorate researchers are testing the limits of pavement and even considering applications that wouldn’t have been dreamt of a generation ago. "We have about 15 projects on the go," says Professor Susan Tighe, director of the Cen...

Can 3D printing become a nuts-and-bolts tool?

The idea of 3D printing has been floating around the periphery of the construction industry for several years now, ever since people began to realize that it could be much more than just an expensive toy for gadget-happy people. But it wasn't long before people were looking for ways to use the techn...

McKay-Cocker close in on deficiencies with Closeout

Using the deficiency management software Closeout by Bridgit dramatically changed McKay-Cocker’s turnaround time for dealing with deficiencies on its recent build of the Dr. Oetker Pizza Manufacturing Plant in London, Ont. "It improved the whole process," said McKay-Cocker site superintendent Adam L...

Time is money — workXid aims to save companies both

A new identification card that carries a worker’s information and credentials aims to reduce lost time and save millions of dollars for construction employers. The portable credentialing system by workXid includes a one-stop card that a worker shows to an employer before entering a worksite. The car...

PHOTO: Parking Structure Progress

Construction progresses on the parking structures for the Humber River Regional Hospital’s new acute care complex in Toronto, Ont. The project is being delivered under the Ontario government's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) program by Plenary Health Care Partnerships, which includes: Pl...

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