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Top 3 challenges brought about by urbanization

Top 3 challenges brought about by urbanization

Urbanization will present challenges on a massive scale. About 55% of the world’s population currently lives in cities, according to the UN, and projections call for this number to increase as rural populations shrink. Not all cities are growing at the same pace, however. By 2030, roughly one-sixth of the world’s population will live in just 41 very large cities—each with a population of more than 10 million people. That kind of concentration among populations can create conflicts—and greater urgency for city governments—in three specific areas:   Economic Competition Among Cities. Large cities often siphon capital and business activity away from smaller cities nearby. And because conce... »

African investment in transport construction set for rapid growth

African investment in transport construction set for rapid growth

GlobalData’s latest report (‘African Transport Networks’) reveals that growth in transport construction in Africa is being driven by increasing investment in railway projects. Spending will be led by Nigeria, Kenya, and Egypt, where transport investment will increase from US$7.6 billion, US$9.5 billion, and US$5.6 billion respectively in 2019, to US$9.8 billion, US$8.5 billion, and US$7.5 billion in 2020. GlobalData is currently tracking 448 large-scale transport projects across Africa worth US$430.3 billion in both the public and private sectors at all stages from announcement to execution. When completed to their entirety, the tracked projects will total over 110 000 km in length (54 110 k... »

Chinese construction firms deserve better press in Africa, study suggests

Chinese construction firms deserve better press in Africa, study suggests

A four-year study into Chinese construction and manufacturing firms’ employment practices in Africa suggests some of the bad press China gets on the continent is undeserved. With Chinese firms dominating road construction in Ethiopia and Angola, there are perceptions that they don’t hire many domestic nationals, and treat those they do poorly.But fieldwork carried out by University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in those two countries show the proportion of domestic nationals in the labour force is substantially higher than media portray. In Ethiopia 90% of all workers were domestic nationals, rising to 100% in low-skilled jobs. In Angola, where rates are usually l... »

How Can Technology Bridge the Construction Labor Gap?

How Can Technology Bridge the Construction Labor Gap?

As the labor gap continues to grow, the construction industry has reached an impasse. Fewer people are applying for construction positions, and the ones who do lack the necessary experience. With an aging workforce, declining interest and high operating expenses, construction executives have started to get creative. A growing number of construction professionals are turning to digital technologies as a possible solution. Though the industry hasn’t always shown enthusiasm in adopting these advances, that traditional mindset is beginning to change. The potential of digital technology is impossible — and imprudent — to ignore. How have construction professionals employed these technologies to m... »

7 reasons that cause construction project delays

7 reasons that cause construction project delays

Regardless of your role in construction, you’ll have noticed that almost all the construction projects don’t finish in their contractual finish date. In fact, a delayed project has become a very normal thing to witness and at a certain point, it almost feels like it’s an unavoidable outcome. However, delays in most construction projects delay could actually be avoided if a proper project study was conducted. So, here are the most common reasons for construction project delays: 1. Inefficient management The construction knowledge we have today enables us to conduct proper management for construction projects to ensure the delivery of the desired quality within the required time. Without this ... »

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