VAN GROOTEL 01Technology tools can help manage ready-mix fleets.   

By Jeffery Van Grootel

In the world of ready-mix concrete – where the material a driver transports turns to solid and becomes unusable within three hours – timing is crucial. Project managers depend on getting the materials they need exactly when they need it, and at the right consistency. To ensure a quality pour, the material’s journey from the batching plant to the jobsite must include the proper rotation of the mixer drum, and the correct ratio of water versus cementitious material. 

EX 01 16489 0063 0080Drones offer several options for thermal imaging.

By Trevor Wichmann

Drones are now being used in a variety of construction and engineering applications, but one area that shows great promise for future use is thermal imaging. The potential applications of this technology reach far beyond construction and into the realms of agriculture, energy, engineering and emergency response.

Many companies are looking to invest in thermal sensors and add thermographic data to their offerings of products and services. For sophisticated companies such as major corporations, construction and engineering firms and energy companies, this makes a lot of sense.


What do we talk about when we talk about sustainability? For the New York City union mechanical contracting community, the companies that design, install and service the heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems (HVAC) in buildings, sustainability means embracing new technology that reduces energy consumption while providing optimal indoor air quality for buildings and their occupants.

As the world becomes more cognizant of environmental issues and our carbon footprint, researchers are also finding that the cognitive health of building occupants is an important piece of the puzzle, particularly when it comes to installing and properly maintaining energy-efficient HVAC systems.

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By Lad Dawson

Disruptive technologies continuously impact daily life as organizations and individuals embrace advancements to work faster and smarter. Developments in mobile technology have redefined everything from the way banking is conducted to how social interactions occur. Technologies applied by companies like Uber and Lyft have changed how travel is approached. The construction industry, however, has been slow to adopt innovative, game-changing developments.

To propel projects from multiple angles, developers and general contractors need look no further than the modular building industry. Harnessing advances in this niche has the power to transform construction as we know it. Given strong demand for new development, a limited labor supply and persistent project management pressures, disruptive modular technology addresses the many risks that threaten to derail a project and delay a return on investment.


Today’s generation of estimators and engineers are under pressure to do more with less resources and adapt quickly to change. To do this, it is vital that engineering and construction companies (E&Cs) embrace methodologies to meet customer requirements and cope with new economic conditions.

Estimators with cutting-edge technology – such as integrated economic evaluation software with built-in engineering and cost content – are empowered to rapidly and confidently evaluate capital investment projects early in the design process, understand all the economic implications of engineering decisions and manage projects more effectively.

 OP CIVILBy Willy Schlacks

Right now, it’s easy to find examples of how automated machinery and robots have made their mark in industries like manufacturing and automotive. Companies like Ford and Uber are leading the development of self-driving cars and robots are moving manufacturing forward by performing jobs that require a certain level of agility. And while it’s easy to call on examples of how automation is moving these industries forward, it’s much harder to see how automation will impact construction equipment.

But telematics may soon change that.

 VALUE ENGINEERING 01Value engineering allows you to cut costs without compromising quality.   

By Paul Ruig 

Particularly in construction projects with tight budgets or in softening markets, being as cost-efficient as possible is critical. One of the best ways construction managers can accomplish this is through cutting costs out of the line-of-sight, where it won’t be noticed by the end user. 

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