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Updating Smart-Home Predictions

Research firms across all industries have had to adjust their predictions and estimates to accommodate the impact of COVID-19. For example, economic uncertainty, consumer spending constraints, restricted physical retail opportunities, installation restrictions, disrupted manufacturing, and distribution all have curbed smart home spending, reports ABI Research. Consumer smart home spending will still grow in 2020 but

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COVID-19 and the Rental Community

With millions of workers still out of jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and federal assistance in the form of additional unemployment funds caught in a Congressional logjam, the only glimmer of hope for millions of renters is the various state eviction bans still in effect. The U.S. economy has experienced a shock of historic

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How Do They Build in Long Island, New York!?

Learn more – bit.ly/versatextrim Handbook – bit.ly/versatexhandbook Sit back and enjoy this tips and tricks filled video regarding sea front construction, and some of the methods used to craft some of the highest quality construction. Matt and Wade are back in NE, visiting a Long Island builder, Seifert Construction. They have been building in the

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Improving Infrastructure: Land, Sea, and Cloud

When a major software company holds its annual conference for users, investors, and suppliers, announcements flow like bottled water in the desert. For the construction industry, we are seeing more solutions for leveraging digital twin—which could completely transform the shape and face of our infrastructure in the months ahead. Bentley Systems, well-known in the infrastructure

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Redefine Work: Motivate and Connect

Here at Constructech, we have been talking about the worker of the future for years—well before the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year. But the reality is COVID-19 has also disrupted the U.S. labor force in a big way, requiring companies to rethink how and where people work, and Gartner goes as far to say

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Documents: UI Updates, Help Ops

We have a worker shortage—in operations, in construction, it spans the gamut. Turning to technology will play a pivotal role moving forward. I have noted previously that we need to turn to technology to find productivity gains that didn’t exist before. Companies are beginning to ask the important questions like: How do we share documents

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Modern People Moving

Bridges are common; they’ve been around for thousands of years. Airports have used moving walkways for decades. Now the two are being combined as thyssenkrupp Elevator provides surface-mounted, modular moving walks for longest pedestrian bridge in the U.S. thyssenkrupp Elevator will provide six of its moving iwalks for a 1,000-foot pedestrian bridge being built on

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Engineered Slabs Drive Down Costs, Increase Flexibility

The increased popularity of online shopping is driving demand for more commercial warehouses and distribution centers. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, during the past two years, the number of one-million+ sq.ft. commercial warehouses breaking ground has doubled. Together, these new construction starts span more than 64.1 million sq.ft. Warehouse and distribution center tenants have

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Jobsite Security: Cyber and More

Jobsites are often loosely organized when it comes to security. A fence, a guard shack, CCTV perhaps, and those most likely only on large sites. Workers come and go, trucks arrive and depart, material accumulates everywhere. Equally loose is the security of interaction during these COVID-19 times: how many workers are keeping their distance where

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Industries and Associations Prepare for 5G

As telecoms expand the reach of 5G (Fifth Generation) networks across the country, various industries are investing in research to find ways to improve their products and services by taking advantage of the speed and integrity of the newer networks. New associations are springing up and established organizations are expanding to cover these technology changes.

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Super Efficient 1970’s Remodel with Basement FULL TOUR!

Tag along as Steve Bazcek walks us through his Real Ranch Remodel project in Massachusetts. This is a 1970’s ranch that is getting a super efficient gut remodel. Leaving much of the existing structure, Steve added some gorgeous woodwork to the interior lids, including a masterfully crafted barrel vaulted ceiling in the family room. This

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FLA for Solar

Forty years ago, the early computer technology had a lot of new applications popping up to handle a variety of business and manufacturing requirements. So many of them were abbreviated that a new term became popular: TLA for (three-letter acronym). CAD (computer-aided design), CAM (computer-aided manufacturing), ERP (enterprise-resource planning), CRM (customer-resource planning), the list goes

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Where, When, and What

Trades need a way to schedule appointments, know where to go, and be prepared for the job that they will find that needs to be done. Technology solutions have been proffered for years, most designed for large companies or general contractors. Some trades require very specialized information when making a schedule, dispatching workers, and preparing

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Track & Trace

Infectious disease experts agree that a core way to slow the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is to track contacts made by those found to be infected. But track and trace is labor intensive and many industries have limited or no experience in handling this approach. Now, technology is coming to help. Facedrive Inc.,

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Plug and Play Radiant Floor Heating System – BEST ON THE MARKET

To learn more about Warmboard visit – https://bit.ly/34V69oD Go follow Warmboard on IG – https://www.instagram.com/warmboard/ Huge thanks to Steve Baczek – http://www.stevenbaczekarchitect.com/info/ Matt is out in New England visiting Steve at his Ranch Remodel project! Steve is installing Warmboard, a radiant floor heating system.The client particularly wanted warm floors all winter and there is no

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Smart Cities Rise Up with Digital Twin

Smart-city developments around the globe are anticipated to increase in the next several years—with a number of organizations predicting substantial growth. The pandemic in many cases is accelerating this need, as regulatory bodies are hyper focused on monitoring the health and safety of citizens. With the rise of the digital twin, cities have a tool

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Big Three for AI: Predictions and Trends for Construction

Is your construction company currently or planning to invest in AI (artificial intelligence)? If the answer is no, be prepared, your company is in the minority, as studies show 75% of business and IT professionals plan to continue or start new AI initiatives in the next 6-9 months. The survey conducted by Gartner shows that

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Bringing Tech to the Edge for Construction

Edge computing offers the construction industry big opportunities to bring computation and data storage to the network’s edge. When computation and data are kept closer to where the data is being generated, it results in less latency. For applications that depend on low latency, edge computing can be transformational. And this something the construction industry

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Smart Cities Rise Up with Digital Twin

Smart-city developments around the globe are anticipated to increase in the next several years—with a number of organizations predicting substantial growth. The pandemic in many cases is accelerating this need, as regulatory bodies are hyper focused on monitoring the health and safety of citizens. With the rise of the digital twin, cities have a tool

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Big Three for AI: Predictions and Trends for Construction

Is your construction company currently or planning to invest in AI (artificial intelligence)? If the answer is no, be prepared, your company is in the minority, as studies show 75% of business and IT professionals plan to continue or start new AI initiatives in the next 6-9 months. The survey conducted by Gartner shows that

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Work and Workers Going Mobile

COVID-19’s disruption of the U.S. labor force has had a dramatic impact on how businesses large and medium-sized operate and will continue to shape how and where people work in the months to come. We have become familiar with remote and at-home workers in a variety of industries and positions. Now the companies that can

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Heavy Construction Technology Gets Noticed

Ready-mix trucks are common on construction sites, along the roads, and in rural and urban areas alike. Getting them there can be a logistics headache and technology has been coming to the dispatcher’s rescue for years. One of the leading companies in that segment, Trimble, apparently caught the eye of another construction stalwart, Command Alkon.

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Work and Workers Going Mobile

COVID-19’s disruption of the U.S. labor force has had a dramatic impact on how businesses large and medium-sized operate and will continue to shape how and where people work in the months to come. We have become familiar with remote and at-home workers in a variety of industries and positions. Now the companies that can

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Debunking 3 Geothermal Myths

Matt got the chance to meet up with Wade, a fellow builder in Rhode Island, who is in the process of installing a geothermal heating system at one of his projects. Geothermal heating systems have been around for much longer than you may think, and in theory are quite environmentally friendly and efficient. But due

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Electric Trucks: The Battle is On!

Like them or not, electric vehicles are here now and will be a growing market for the future. 2020 was a crucial year for the electric vehicle industry, according to research firm Prescient & Strategic Intelligence (P&S), with many electric vehicle manufacturers planning the launch of new models to increase their market presence. But the COVID-19

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Constructech Appoints Bechtel’s Keith Churchill as Chair of its Technology Days Conference

Contact: Laura Black Editor-At-Largelblack@specialtypub.com Carol Stream, Ill. – October 8, 2020 – Constructech is pleased to announce Bechtel’s Keith Churchill as its conference chair at the annual Technology Day Conference, which will be held virtually and live this year November 12-13. Leveraging more than 15 years of field experience in the heavy infrastructure and industrial segments, Churchill has held

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Precautions for Reopening Universities

As face-to-face classes are resuming at colleges and universities across the country, school are meeting the COVID-19 challenge in different ways. Most have arranged coronavirus testing prior to returning to class for either all or random students and those schools with associated medical schools are leading the changeover. Where classes have begun without adequate screening,

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The CIO and COVID-19

The CIO (chief information officer) of companies large and small needs to step up and accept the challenges of COVID-19 and the resulting economic pain. CIOs have increased their organizational credibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are more complex challenges that they must tackle during the recovery to sustain their elevated value, according to Gartner, Inc.

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What the Heck is a BREAK-AWAY wall!?

Matt is on the road visiting Rhode Island and this coastal BUILD has several things that he’s never seen before! Join us as we tour a house with Wade Paquin of WKP Construction. We always learn something when we visit Wade’s job sites! Wade’s Build Show Network – https://buildshownetwork.com/go/wadepaquin Go Follow Wade on Instagram –

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Risky Behavior in Construction

With October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, perhaps it’s time we think about adding a little more focus on the steps we need to take to secure our businesses. So ask yourself this question: Is your construction business vulnerable? Here is the irony of the situation. Many companies say yes—yet the hard fact is enough

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Building LiDAR into our Cities

For many, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is either surveying, or, maybe, autonomous cars, but the reality is the technology can be used in a number of different ways including in our smart cities—and construction companies will be tasked with building it. First, a

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Infrastructure and Homes for Rural America

The USDA (Dept. of Agriculture) does a lot more than support farm prices in hard economy times. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety, health care, and high-speed internet

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2020 Not as Predicted? You Don’t Say

Survey reports are more fun than practical when they don’t—or can’t—accommodate emergency changes in the subject of their forecast. We might enjoy seeing how last year’s forecast for today fell so flat due to the COVID-19 threat that wasn’t on the RADAR back then, but if your business plan was modified to match the 2019

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Ions for School Reopening

Schools are beginning the slow and, hopefully, safe process of reopening from the months long closure mandated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Management, maintenance and service staff have been working to get the physical plants ready for the students, teachers and support personnel but in some cases, with buildings shut down for extended periods of time,

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Avoid These 3 Pitfalls Building your Own House

It’s the American dream to build your own house… But there is a lot that can go wrong for a first time builder. On this episode of the build show, we’re visiting an owner builder in Rhode Island who is doing a terrific job. There is a lot to learn even for seasoned Builders here!

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Going Green from the Get-Go

Back in 1970, the famous Muppet Kermit the Frog sang, “It’s not easy being green.” In 2020, being green is a lot easier—assuming you mean being environmentally concerned and using clean, renewable energy. New construction is often optioned with solar and even wind energy generation capabilities, including residential buildings. The solar industry’s role in rebuilding

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobsites

Construction has slowed during the COVID-19 pandemic as contracts have been cancelled, often due to owners or developers being closed or, in the case of infrastructure, governments being stressed by lack of tax revenue. Workers have been furloughed, jobsites closed, increased costs for onsite safety and virus prevention have multiplied and, in some states, things

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Sunny with 5 Clouds

The term “the cloud” has been around for a few years and most people have had some interaction with the cloud whether they know it or not. So much software and services are based in cloud servers that using the term is no longer necessary. But since the cloud requires a lot of computer power,

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World’s BEST Ventilation and Filtration System

Hopefully you know the benefits of building a tight home. With a properly sealed envelope we can increase our control over the conditioned space. This control is equally important for the durability of the building, as it is for occupant comfort and health. Because of this, building tight also means we need to ventilate right.

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Tracking: New Gold for Infrastructure

Even with all the upheaval going on in the world today, we are seeing an uptick in infrastructure initiatives from public works projects to filling potholes and repairing roads. Before we move fast and furious on these projects like we did in the good old days, let’s make sure we have all the tools we

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Digital Selling: Here to Stay?

Like it or not, 2020 has forced us all to take a step back from business as usual. As the second quarter began like a slow-moving wrecking ball, we all shifted to new ways of working. Sales teams were particularly impacted, with client trips replaced by a walk upstairs to a makeshift home office and

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COVID-19 and the Impact on the Construction Workforce

Even before COVID-19 hit, we knew the construction industry was facing a significant labor shortage. Over the years, we have watched as the number of firms that say it will either become harder to recruit and hire qualified staff creep up. Now, a few reports are assessing the current conditions amid a pandemic. Starting with

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Where Did the Jobs Go?

With construction slowing down even as states and the federal government begin lifting restrictions, employment is being impacted in several locations. California and New Mexico had the worst one-month job losses between June and July while New York had the largest increase; California and Vermont posted the worst yearly declines as Utah and South Dakota

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Saying Healthy While Returning to Work

The COVID-19 has slowed the construction industry but, in most states, not caused it to stop entirely. Office employees might be working remotely (stay-at-home mandates, while being lifted, are still in place in some states), but trades are on the jobsite. And that can cause a problem. Are employees following the rules on exposure to

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Rural Infrastructure Development

The USDA (Dept. of Agriculture) is mandated to help farmers and rural parts of the country develop and prosper. One method is through USDA Rural Development loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; high-speed internet access, and community facilities such

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Updating Smart-Home Predictions

Research firms across all industries have had to adjust their predictions and estimates to accommodate the impact of COVID-19. For example, economic uncertainty, consumer spending constraints, restricted physical retail opportunities, installation restrictions, disrupted manufacturing, and distribution all have curbed smart home spending, reports ABI Research. Consumer smart home spending will still grow in 2020 but

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Commercial Disinfection During COVID-19

As shops along with hospitality and dining venues reopen for limited indoor access, making those returning customers feel save amid COVID-19 can be a challenge. Mask use and social distance arrangements help but another improvement in the location might add to the reassurance: air conditioning with disinfection. Given the emerging research indicating airborne transmission of

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Working Remotely—But Not at Home

The COVID-19 mandates, starting in March, caused many businesses considered “non-essential” to send their workers home, with some transitioning to remote workers while others were furloughed. Construction in some states stopped entirely for weeks or until the governor realized how essential construction was to the state, the people, and the economy. Now that the economy

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Venetian Plaster Mansion – Why Would We Only Allow 2 Guys to Install?

Check out Brents Videos here – https://buildshownetwork.com/go/brenthull In this video Matt will give you a tour of an unbelievably beautiful Spanish Styled home designed and built by Hull Homes in Fort Worth TX. Brent is a Master Craftsman and this house shows his companies skills! The Venetian Plaster is so shiny and dynamic. Brent will

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Crowdsourcing COVID Safety in Construction

The time to reopen businesses, if you haven’t done so already, is now. The construction industry is moving toward new business opportunities. Construction companies are finding that they can crowdsource and work together so that innovative ideas can be explored and deployed, not only now, but going forward. Despite the many challenges of COVID-19, this

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