5 Things the Next Generation of Construction Leaders Value

“Over the last seven weeks, Construction Dive has spoken with 10 young professionals from their early 20s to their early 40s about their goals for a career in construction. These individuals represent many — but certainly not all — of the different roles, backgrounds and experiences at work in the field today,” writes Construction Dive. “Some have taken up the mantle of implementing new technology and green building practices, while others are helping to reframe the idea of a career in construction for the next generation. They all acknowledged that they still have much to learn, but they were also open and introspective about how they intended to do so and what challenges they anticipate ahead.”


These Exoskeletal Devices Aim to Make Construction Workers Safer and Stronger

pexels-photo-1“For construction workers and other kinds of industrial employees, the body is one of the most important—and most vulnerable—tools you have,” writes Fast Company. “According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, overexertion is the leading cause of injury among workers and costs employers more than $15 billion in compensation. That’s where the MAX, or the ‘modular agile exoskeleton,’ comes in. It’s a series of three braces—called the backX, the legX, and the shoulderX—that use steel and aluminum supports to redistribute load from the user’s muscles and joints, reducing injury and increasing comfort.”


Study: Number of Wealthy Renters has Skyrocketed

pexels-photo“Within the past 10 years, roughly 1.2 million wealthy households with incomes exceeding $150k a year have become renters—from 2005 to 2015 the number of wealthy renters skyrocketed by 217%, a huge leap compared to the 82% increase in homeowners of the same income bracket,” writes Bisnow. “The top 10 markets experiencing a surge in wealthy renters are Dallas Fort-Worth, Portland, Memphis, Phoenix, Chicago, San Francisco, San Jose, Austin, Charlotte and Detroit.”


The AI-Enabled Hospital of the Future

pexels-photo-38934“The combination of machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing will soon change the ways that we interact with our environments,” writes Harvard Business Review. “AI-driven smart services will sense what we’re doing, know what our preferences are from our past behavior, and subtly guide us through our daily lives in ways that will feel truly seamless. Perhaps the best way to explore how such systems might work is by looking at an example: a visit to a hospital.”


8 Construction and Design Podcasts Worth a Listen

pexels-photo“Sitting back and listening may be the best way to take in advice and explore a new perspective, but having time for that alone is a challenge for today’s busy construction pros,” writes Construction Dive. “Podcasts let listeners absorb those insights on the go.” In a recent feature, the website’s editors rounded up eight of their favorite design and construction-related podcasts worth tuning into on your way to the job site or home from the office.


Construction: An Industry Going Digital

construction-industry-crane-leaves“The dirt-under-the-fingernails world of construction is breaking digital ground,” writes The Wall Street Journal. “In an industry where practices have barely changed for decades, the building site of the future promises comprehensive online modeling, drones as surveyors and virtual-reality images of everything from building sites to commercial real estate. Led by some big builders and a clutch of startups stretching from Australia to Silicon Valley, the industry is seeking to eliminate the delays and cost overruns that have plagued it in the past.”


How LED Lighting Technologies Help Healthcare Systems Save

“Most healthcare facilities in the United States utilize various legacy lighting systems to provide necessary illumination of their parking garages, corridors, stairwells, and critical patient care areas,” writes Building Design+Construction. “These systems in many cases are costly to maintain and account for a large portion of the utility spend due to poor energy efficiencies. Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting technologies have matured into viable products for healthcare facilities. In the past five years, there has been a rapid improvement and availability of LED products as primary light sources in most facility applications.  In comparison to traditional fluorescent lamps, LEDs offer many benefits.”


MIT Researchers Find Way to Spot Structural Weakness in Buildings Using Sensing System

pexels-photo-27637“Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a computational model for analyzing noise transmissions and vibrations in the surrounding environment to measure building damage or structural stress,” writes Construction Dive. “The technology could be used to pinpoint damage to or weakness in a structure following an earthquake or other significant seismic impact.”


JLL Predicts the Office of the Future

pexels-photo-201187“As more process-driven elements of work fall to artificial intelligence, the companies of the future will be leaner and more dispersed,” writes JLL. “Many companies will need less space than in the past, owing to increasing efficiencies and maybe fewer numbers of permanent staff. Smaller firms, meanwhile, may only ever need a co-working space. In between these extremes is a need for more flexible collaboration space to satisfy the changing requirements of both corporates and start-ups. As real estate enters a new data-defined era, driven by employees’ changing requirements, the workplace must respond rapidly. To find out how you could work tomorrow, take a look at the video.”



Tallest Building in the World Made Out of LEGO Unveiled

pexels-photo-47227“This week, we were reminded yet again of the possibilities offered by the famous plastic bricks: A LEGO version of the world’s tallest building has been unveiled,” writes Architizer. “At 56 feet (17 meters), the Brick Khalifa is claimed to be the tallest building in the world made out of LEGO. The mammoth model contains 439,000 LEGO pieces and weighs in at 1 ton. Construction took over 5,000 hours.” It was completed by a team at LEGOLAND Dubai and opened to the public on Halloween.