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‘Gecko Foot’ Featured in Glass Bonding Technique

The glass bonding technique used for an Airborne America skydiving tunnel features a unique piece of hardware. Pictures included.

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Let Occupants Lower Commercial Building Lighting Costs

Lighting that lets people control how much light they use for their tasks, reduces building lighting costs. And, there is evidence it also makes for happier and more productive workplaces.  At least that’s what some studies done by lighting makers, and the...
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Is Drone Aerial Photography Really Best for Your Construction Projects?

Drone aerial photography for construction is rapidly evolving and here you can find out about the regulations, safety, quality issues, costs, and more.

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Book Review: Engineering Reference Book for Builders

Book review of Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders covers this compact yet thorough engineering reference book.

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The Wild Science Behind New Building Materials

New building materials might show up sooner than you think at a job site near you. Look, three examples and the science behind them.

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TrueLook Offers Turnkey Drone Photography Services

TrueLook released a new drone photography service available for all active customers, and became the first construction camera service to offer integrated drone photography. A qualified pilot captures HD photos and video of the client’s jobsite, and the media automatically appears in the customer’s TrueLook app. This provides a simple, cost-effective way to add aerial photography and videography to project documentation.

TrueLook has a nationwide network of drone operators who are insured and FAA approved to fly for commercial purposes. This eliminates the hurdles of FAA requirements, paperwork, and ever-changing guidelines for customers trying to legally operate their own drone or quadcopter. Each pilot is vetted for professionalism and bound by strict safety guidelines. The drone service will deliver high quality HD media. Pilots capture at least 20 aerial images in 4k resolution and deliver an edited 1080p video production. The media appears in the customer’s TrueLook photo albums within a day or two.

Cancel the Loud

Traditional earplugs rely on absorption to lower sound, which rapidly meets its limit particularly with bass frequencies. ISOLATE® protectors reflect sound away from the ears and therefore achieve much greater sound reduction. And, they don’t let sound into the ear canal.

Custom designed memory foam tips, EARFOAMS®, dramatically reduce sound without muffling or distortion. Hear with increased detail and at safer listening levels. Protects your ears from loud noise that could damage your hearing. Construction workers will particularly appreciate the ability of ISOLATE® to block very low frequencies from entering their ears.

Traditional ear plugs and defenders do not block the lowest frequencies, creating a muffled sound which, as well as being unpleasant to listen to, leaves wearers feeling disconnected or even ‘underwater.’ Flare Audio is already respected in the live audio industry, with its products used by artists at festivals and concerts. Flare products are also installed at cinemas, including the renowned Olympic Studios in London.

ISOLATE®s current crowdfunding campaign offers a one-off chance to secure a pair at an introductory price of £23 for ISOLATE®, £46 for ISOLATE® PRO. Packages available. Ships worldwide.

New Augmented Reality Option For Android

The NGRAIN Viewer for Android, a new app for Android tablets and smart glass devices, enables you to deploy industrial 3D content created with NGRAIN’s Producer Pro.

Organizations working with heavy equipment, assemblies, and other industrial assets in the field, can use the viewer to easily explore possible use cases for smart glasses and 3D content without having to develop mobile 3D apps. Since the Viewer for Android is open source, R&D teams and developers have a starting point to create and customize their own industrial applications.

NGRAIN partnered with Epson in delivering an optimized experience for the Epson® Moverio® BT-200 and BT-300 smart eyewear. Eric Mizufuka, product manager, New Ventures for Epson America said the NGRAIN viewer for Android dramatically lowers the cost of content creation while maintaining the quality of these high-end content experiences for AR glasses. The NGRAIN Viewer for Android is free for download via the NGRAIN Web site.

Ramtech Building Systems Starts Installing a Temporary Elementary School Campus

The relocatable modular school project includes 11 buildings to replace the Deweyville ISD’s elementary school that was lost to flooding in March. The buildings are sequenced to get finished quickly. The first building is an 8,064 square foot eight classroom, followed by a 6,272 square foot multipurpose facility which includes an administrative section for the elementary school staff and the district’s superintendent. The admin building will have nine offices, a reception area, four bathrooms, a large conference room, computer lab, and a library.

GenFlex Introduces EPDM Solvent-Free Bonding Adhesive

GenFlex Roofing Systems introduces GenFlex EPDM Solvent-Free Bonding Adhesive. The innovative new adhesive offers single-sided, wet lay application for fast installation, with near-zero volatile organic compounds, and no odor. Contractors can mate the membrane with no need to wait for flash-off. No mixing is necessary. The adhesive also has a 50 percent greater coverage rate than competitors’ products, according to GenFlex.