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6 Things to consider when building infrastructure for the future of mobility

6 Things to consider when building infrastructure for the future of mobility

Automation, connectivity, electrification, and shared mobility are upon us, but the road and rail infrastructure requirements to facilitate these technologies are often not considered when rebuilding individual projects. There exists no integrated vision of how to equip the infrastructure of the future. To build one, we need to answer a long list of questions, such as how electricity supply will be provided to fast-charging stations on motorways, how we will provide connectivity for autonomous driving, and how we manage the integration of old and new train control systems. To prepare for the future of mobility, operators need to leap off the revolving wheel of repair. What to do now? Operato... »

Why do so many construction workers kill themselves?

Why do so many construction workers kill themselves?

Construction knows it has a problem. Working on a building site has become the deadliest profession in the UK, but the dangers have nothing to do with cranes or ladders. More than 1,400 construction workers took their own lives between 2011 and 2015, according to national statistics. In 2016, the figure was put at 450. The rate is more than three times the national average for men. Labourers, plasterers and crane operators are more likely than ever to be off sick, but it won’t be bad backs or broken bones that get them signed off, but anxiety, stress and depression. “We lose more than one construction worker every day to suicide,” said Bill Hill, the chief executive of the Lighthouse Club ch... »

Building female strength in the construction industry

Building female strength in the construction industry

Gender equality remains an issue in many industries, but in construction it is particularly rampant. A way for businesses to flip this on its head and to change the narrative, is through the implementation of programmes that empower female employees, assisting them to grow and flourish within the mostly male-dominated industry. Liphu January and Karmany Govender, Junior Site Agents at GVK-Siya Zama, believe that through training, mentorship and support, more women can be empowered to climb the construction industry ladder. Mentors are a critical part of both professional and personal development, says Govender. “For women to be more empowered in the workplace, it is crucial to have structure... »

All of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the world are in India

All of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the world are in India

Think of the world’s wealthiest cities: New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles and London probably spring to mind. But based on annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth Asian cities – particularly those in India – are powering ahead of other urban economies.   According to research institute Oxford Economics, all the top 10 fastest-growing cities by GDP between 2019 and 2035 will be in India. Surat, a large city in the northwestern state of Gujarat, will have the fastest economic growth in the world. Surat is renowned as a diamond processing and trading centre, but it also has a strong IT sector, says the report, which predicts that the city will see an average annual GDP growth rate of 9.2% fr... »

South Africa’s construction industry could become safer. Here’s how

South Africa’s construction industry could become safer. Here’s how

Construction is tough, sometimes dangerous work. Globally, the construction industry accounts for about 7% of employment. But it’s responsible for between 30% and 40% of all work-related fatalities. The figure is at its highest in developing countries. This is because contractor organisations in those countries tend to lack a safety culture. Health and management systems are also less robust there than in developed nations. This is obviously a huge problem. First, of course, there’s the loss of human life. But there’s an economic effect too. Accidents disrupt site activities. Projects can then run behind schedule, leading to cost overruns. This affects productivity and the industry’s reputat... »

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