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Doing Construction Lead Programs the Right Way

Get off on the right foot with construction lead programs by knowing the pros and cons.

The Design Behind Constructing Smart Roads

You might not have given it much thought but constructing smart roads is going to require road builders who have entirely new sets of skills on their staffs. Here are two examples of how tech is currently getting incorporated into and along roadways.

Lower Construction Subcontractor Surety Bond Costs with These 5 Tips

Getting a construction subcontractor surety bond is fraught with challenges, but following five strategic tips smooths the way and harnesses bonding benefits.

4 Breakthrough Panama Canal Engineering Innovations

Photo and Map Courtesy Creative Commons by Pixabay Panama Canal engineering used four breakthroughs from a series of landmark canals. At the heart of each lies a major engineering breakthrough that allowed ever bigger ships to navigate landlocked areas. In...

Approaches to Managing Job Site Inventory

Managing job site inventory is a whole lot easier these days because of new technology. This same technology is also handy for managing tools and fasteners. Here are ideas for getting control of your own job site inventory so you can cut losses and improve...

The Basics of How To Install Tile With Careful Planning

Here is a very broad overview of how to install tile. It’s meant to help you understand the materials, tools and methods you use to install tile. It is not a definitive guide since different installations will require more specific instructions. Install...


One Scale to Rule Them All

I have been working in the Architecture/ Design Industry for the past 10 years and have been consistently frustrated by the problem of drawings in imperial when I needed metric or dealing with out of scale drawings (drawings printed on the wrong paper size or printed to ‘fit-to-paper’). Recently, in a moment of lucidity and uncluttered thought, I had a brain wave that there was a solution to this problem. The Smart Scale Ruler. The only issue was that I had to invent it. After working with a design company for a period of months I have finally arrived at a point where I need the help of kickstarter to secure investment to take the product to the next step. So positive was the feedback I have been getting from the construction industry that I recently left my career job to work full-time in trying to get my product to the market. Watch the video to see it in action, and then Find out more.

Children's Hospital Dressed Up with Colorful Glass

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio by Overland Partners includes Bendheim’s channel glass façade elements in custom colors inspired by the hospital’s logo (orange, green and purple). Visible from within the patient rooms, the vibrant colors bring joy and healing to children. “The vibrant, ceramic-fritted glass units rise along the building’s 10 stories and a 2-story-tall ‘lantern’ cupola. The striking colors of the glass are visible from a distance in the day or night, while the smart technical design of the system makes this project truly stand out by answering a number of unique design challenges. It is the first and only installation of vertically-unitized, multi-colored ceramic-fritted channel glass in North America.”

Coplan Named Main Developer for Woking Gateway Project

Coplan, was appointed by Woking Borough Council as its development partner for the next significant step in the transformation of Woking Town Centre. The development, as announced to this construction blog, delivers modern, energy efficient residential buildings  on an elevated public space that compliments Woking. Plans might also include retail and leisure, which will create jobs and continue to transform this area of the town centre. The first step is for development of 476 residential units in three towers. This will sit above 4,412 m2 (47,500, sq. ft.) of new commercial space (including the re-provision of community uses) predominantly facing Commercial Way with ancillary servicing and parking accessed from the High Street.

“I am delighted that we are moving to the next phase for the continued growth and evolution of Woking, which will be a huge boost to the local economy and will complement our Victoria Square development.” – David Bittleston, leader of Woking Borough Council

“As specialist mixed use developers for local authority partnership schemes, we understand the requirement of councils and needs of the communities, working hard to ensure that our schemes are beneficial to everyone.“ – Nick Doyle, managing director, Coplan

Norway to build world’s tallest timber building

  Mjøstårnet, is a record-breaking construction that sits on the edge of the north-eastern tip of the lake in the small town of Brumunddal, an hour and a half’s drive north of Oslo. As reported to this construction blog it spans over 18 floors, will be 80 metres (262 feet) high, and include apartments, an indoor swimming pool, hotel, offices, restaurant and communal areas. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2018. Moelven, a Mjøsa-local Scandinavian industrial group, will supply the timber constructions from local spruce forests required to construct the tower and the swimming pool area. “The assembly and construction of the Mjøstårnet is nothing short of world-class engineering, and will be managed without external scaffolding, despite the complexity of working at heights. We are primarily using cranes and supplementing with lifts as needed. We have reached 33 metres (108 feet) to date (Dec 5, 2017), meaning we have 48 metres to go,” says investor and contracting client, Arthur Buchardt.

5 Tips for Spotting Parking Garage Hazards

Western Specialty Contractors names five key indicators of parking garage deterioration calling for preventive maintenance.

  • Water Leakage – Leaking water indicators include exposed metals rusting, rust stains along the walls and efflorescence.
  • Ponding Water – A drain or protective waterproof membrane will prevent future, larger problems.
  • Expansion Joint Failure – Failed expansion joints provide another avenue for water to reach the reinforcing steel and T-to-T connector plates. Wear at the T-to-T joints, expansion joint failure and flange connection deterioration are commonly found in Double Tee Precast structures.
  • Delaminated, Spalled, Horizontally Cracked and Vertically Cracked Concrete -These issues lead to structural damage by allowing water to reach the reinforcing steel.
  • Exposed Rebar – If rebar is visible, there is a problem that needs swift attention. When exposed rebar gets wet, it corrodes and expands up to eight times its original size. The expanding rebar causes more damage to the concrete, allowing more standing water and  more corrosion.

Discover Ancient Origins of Construction Estimating

Ancient Estimators is a web series focused on the oft-forgotten key roles estimators and construction managers played in the building trades from the dawn of civilization. Watch the new web series “Ancient Estimators” which explores the primitive origins of modern-day construction planning and estimating in ancient times.