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Built environment is one of world’s largest storehouses of carbon

Built environment is one of world’s largest storehouses of carbon

Concrete buildings, pavements and structures are silently absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, making the built environment one of the world’s largest storehouse of carbon. »

A short history of tall buildings

A short history of tall buildings

From the legendary Tower of Babel to the iconic Burj Khalifa, humans have always aspired to build to ever greater heights. Over the centuries, we have constructed towering edifices to celebrate our culture, promote our cities – or simply to show off. Historically, tall structures were the preserve of great rulers, religions and empires. For instance, the Great Pyramid of Giza – built to house the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu – once towered over 145 metres high. It was the tallest man-made structure for nearly 4,000 years, before being overtaken by the 160-metre-tall Lincoln Cathedral in the 14th century. Other edifices, such as Tibet’s Potala Palace (the traditional home of the Dalai Lama), or the ... »

Construction firms need to up their game to go digital.

Construction firms need to up their game to go digital.

New research has unveiled that almost half (44.3%) of businesses in the construction industry have limited or no insight into company or project performance. Professionals working in the sector are either not collecting data or are collecting it manually instead of digitally, says the report, Unlock the Benefits of Going Digital in Construction. The research conducted by Bentley Systems, the design, construction, and infrastructure software provider, of more than 720 construction professionals across the world also found that less than half (43.5%) of workers said they have no digital capabilities for collaboration or that their information is either paper-based or siloed. The impact of this... »

The future of AI in the construction industry

The future of AI in the construction industry

According to McKinsey, the construction industry is under-digitized, with companies failing to realise the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) as a driver of growth and efficiency. Implementing AI means significant investment for construction companies, but the rewards can far outweigh the initial outlay. This article explores the next steps for AI in an industry generally slower to adopt new technologies. Another dimension to AI Construction designs have traditionally been created using pen and paper, painstakingly focusing on every detail and angle. The emergence of 3D planning revolutionized construction design and now, building information modelling (BIM) has again transformed the ... »

Construction industry contraction paints worrying picture

Construction industry contraction paints worrying picture

South Africa suffered its worst decline in economic activity in a decade, in the first quarter of 2019. One of the sectors contributing to this decline is the construction industry, witnessed by some long-established industry-stalwarts and household names being liquidated or placed in business rescue. The worrying figures posted after the 1st quarter’s economic activity data released in May, do not paint an encouraging picture at this moment, particularly with regard to the construction sector. The construction industry has added to the country’s unemployment woes, by shedding some 142,000 jobs between the 4th quarter of 2018 and the 1st quarter of this year. However, Allen Bodill, executive... »

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