How Technology is Breaking New Ground in the Construction Industry
MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, August 4, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ — The construction industry is undergoing a significant revolution, driven by groundbreaking technological advancements. As professionals in engineering and construction embrace digital transformation, the concept of ‘Construtech’ is reshaping traditional construction techniques and changing the way the industry thinks about its data.
Technological Trends Driving the Future of Construction:
The construction industry is witnessing a rapid shift towards technological innovations that are transforming how projects are planned, designed, and executed. Some of the key technological trends driving the future of construction include:
Construction management software is at the forefront of technological innovations in the construction industry. This advanced software suite streamlines project management processes, allowing construction teams to collaborate seamlessly, manage resources effectively, and monitor project progress in real-time. With features like document management, task tracking, and cost control, construction management software enhances efficiency and productivity throughout the project lifecycle.
Project management software tailored for the construction sector has become an essential tool for managing complex projects. From project planning to scheduling and budgeting, this software empowers construction professionals to optimise project timelines and resources efficiently. Real-time data and analytics enable proactive decision-making, ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget.
Vendor Management Systems:
Efficient vendor management is crucial for construction companies, and technology is providing solutions to streamline the process. Vendor management systems offer tools to manage supplier information, track performance, and ensure compliance with industry regulations. Vendor management software simplifies the procurement process, ensuring a reliable supply chain for construction projects.
Accounts Payable Software:
Automating accounts payable processes has become a game-changer in the construction industry. Accounts payable software eliminates manual tasks, reduces processing time, and minimises the risk of errors. With streamlined invoice approvals and payment processing, construction companies can improve financial efficiency and cash flow management.
Call Forwarding Software:
Communication is the lifeline of any construction project, and call-forwarding software enhances connectivity and accessibility. This technology allows construction professionals oversight on critical pieces of communication that can otherwise go unchecked. Whether on-site or in the office, call-forwarding software keeps teams connected, promoting seamless communication and collaboration, and helps keeps budgets in check.
How Evolve Construction Management Software is Useful:
Among the pioneers of Construtech, the Evolve Construction Management Software Suite stands out as a game-changing solution for the construction industry in Australia. With a focus on efficiency, productivity, and seamless project management, Evolve Construction Management Software offers comprehensive features, including:
Project Planning and Scheduling: Effortlessly plan and schedule construction projects, allocate resources, and track progress in real-time.
Document Management: Centralise project documents, contracts, and permits for easy access and efficient collaboration.
Cost Control and Budgeting: Monitor project costs, manage budgets, and track expenses to ensure projects stay within financial constraints.
Task Management: Streamline tasks and assign responsibilities, keeping construction teams organised and on track.
Mobile Accessibility: Access project data and updates on the go with mobile compatibility, ensuring effective communication and decision-making even in the field.
“As technology continues to break new ground in the construction industry, we are proud to offer cutting-edge solutions like Evolve Construction Management Software to our clients,” says Bill Kennedy, CEO of Evolve Construction Management. “With the adoption of ‘Construtech’, we aim to empower construction professionals, enhance project efficiency, and drive success in the ever-evolving construction landscape.”
The rise of Construtech signifies an exciting era of innovation and transformation in the construction industry. As professionals embrace these technological trends, the future of construction promises to be more efficient, sustainable, and dynamic.
About Evolve Construction Management:
Evolve Construction Management is a leading construction solutions provider committed to leveraging technology for superior project management and construction excellence. With a focus on client satisfaction and innovation, Evolve Construction Management is at the forefront of driving the construction industry into the digital age.
Yes, extensive periods of heat with high frequencies combined with temperature peaks are known aggravating factors in fire risk. That’s why Wildfire Smoke Emphasizes the Importance of Resilience.
It is also the number 1 factor of temporal risk limited to a period of the year and spatial risks that are not dependent on the season or climatic hazards. It should be noted that the degrees of fire risk depend on a spatial configuration dictated by the building’s disposition to resist any external influx of fire or any related phenomenon. So Wildfire Smoke Emphasizes the Importance of Resilience for Buildings; here it is as per Facilitiesnet.
The above-featured image is for illustration and is credit to The Guardian.
Wildfire Smoke Emphasizes the Importance of Resilience for Buildings.
By Dave Lubach, Executive Editor
Raging Canadian wildfires have drifted south across the border, spiking air quality numbers in major cities across the United States. July 27, 2023
Raging Canadian wildfires earlier this summer produced images from New York City and other cities across the northern part of the United States that looked more like scenes from an apocalyptic movie.
The smoke from the fires that drifted south across the board spiked air quality numbers in cities like New York, Chicago and Milwaukee and reminded facility managers of the importance of air quality in buildings and the need to maintain healthy levels.
Facilitiesnet recently spoke with John Rozeluk, an associate principle with Buro Happold, about the challenges of keeping building occupants – and the institutional and commercial buildings themselves — safe from the effects of the poor air quality, and the likelihood that these kinds of instances will continue to escalate due to climate change. The interview was edited for length and clarity.
FacilitiesNet: How do wildfires affect the indoor air quality inside buildings?
Rozeluk: The smoke particulates are 2½ micrometers, so they’re quite tiny, and in most circumstances, regular air filtration within buildings isn’t designed to consistently be capturing small particulates. When you have large commercial buildings, typically you are using a MERV 13 or MERV 14 filter, so you are capturing that particulate. But where this really comes into effect are people who may be in older buildings. People may be in buildings that don’t have those systems and the building envelope itself is not always the tightest. They can also get in through other openings in the building. When these particulates get in and don’t have the ability to filter them out, it just kind of adds to health issues that people are having. If we’re designing our buildings for these particulates, which we do in modern construction, we’d be making sure that we can filter all of that out. But the problem lies in that we do have an aging building stock within the country. Retrofits are a big thing now in the industry, particularly as we address embodied carbon and try to keep the structures we have and modernize them.
FacilitiesNet: How do these wildfire episodes affect building design going forward?
Rozeluk: One of the things we’re doing with building design in general is finding ways to build resiliency. We’re seeing changing conditions with climate change right now. Things are getting hotter, storms are getting more severe, so we’re helping our buildings adapt to that. Obviously, you don’t always want to operate your buildings at the highest level of filtration when it’s not necessary because there’s an energy loss trying to move the air across those filters. By having a building that’s resilient and adaptive when outside air conditions are poor, then perhaps you are able to switch out your filters from being higher standard MERV 13 to 14 or 15 or even a HEPA filter. It’s about having that flexibility built in so that you’re still being energy efficient when you don’t need that level of filtration, but you have that redundancy built into the system.
FacilitiesNet: Are you designing buildings for what climate conditions will be like 20 years from now instead of what they are currently?
Rozeluk: Absolutely. That is the resiliency conversation. I think the one thing we witnessed through the pandemic was this need to retrofit our buildings to actually increase the amount of ventilation that we’re bringing in and to increase the level of filtration and reduce the amount of air circulation within a building such that we’re not spreading germs around. In many cases, that’s kind of the diametric opposite to what we want to do in a wildfire situation. We’re going to actually reduce the amount of ventilation coming into the building and recirculate the air more within the space rather than bringing a whole bunch of fresh air in with a high level of filtration, but it’s kind of more of a closed loop rather than constant bringing in outside air. That goes back to making sure that our buildings are adaptable, because we have to be able to determine our best mode of operation based on the circumstances around us.
FacilitiesNet: What lessons can facility managers learn from wildfires and how to handle the effects of them in the future?
Rozeluk: The biggest lesson is to put a plan in place on how they’re going to respond to these situations in the future. The first thing is, how can you pressurize the building, so keeping air from coming into the cracks of the building? Can we have a different set of filters on board that may not be the most beneficial for us when we’re operating day-to-day but in other situations, they’re going to filter out harmful particulates (when needed)? Make sure you have a plan to override controls to reduce the economizer cycle and have air coming into the building to add required ventilation. The biggest thing, the first thing, is plan. The next thing is to educate the facilities team on these plans, and then a final thing is to start thinking about the future and ways that they can build resilience into their facilities.
Today’s calls for the appropriate use of technology in education are getting increasingly louder, for it is paramount to prepare for a more hopefully sustainable future.
The above-featured image is for illustration and is credit to UNESCO.
2023 GEM Report out today calls for appropriate use of technology in education
By: GEM Report
The sixth in the GEM Report series, Technology in education: A tool on whose terms?, urges countries to set their own terms for the way technology is designed and used in education so that it never replaces in-person, teacher-led instruction, and supports the shared objective of quality education for all.
The report is being launched today at an event in Montevideo, Uruguay, hosted by the GEM Report, the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay and Ceibal Foundation with 18 ministers of education from around the world. It proposes a four-point compass that policy makers and educational stakeholders can use when deciding how to deploy technology in education:
1. Is it appropriate?
Using technology can improve some types of learning in some contexts. The report cites evidence showing that learning benefits disappear if technology is used in excess or in the absence of a qualified teacher. For example, distributing computers to students does not improve learning on its own without the engagement of trained teachers. Smartphones in schools have proven to be a distraction to learning, yet fewer than a quarter of countries ban their use in schools.
Learning inequities between students widen when instruction is exclusively remote and when online content is not context appropriate. A study of open educational resource collections found that nearly 90% of higher education online repositories were created either in Europe or in North America; 92% of the material in the OER Commons global library is in English.
2. Is it equitable?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the rapid shift to online learning left out at least half a billion students worldwide, mostly affecting the poorest and those in rural areas. The report underlines that the right to education is increasingly synonymous with the right to meaningful connectivity, yet one in four primary schools do not even have electricity. It calls for all countries to set benchmarks for connecting schools to the internet between now and 2030 and for the focus to remain on the most marginalized.
Percentage of 3- to 17-year-olds with internet connection at home, by wealth quintile, selected countries, 2017–19 Source: UNICEF database.
3. Is it scalable?
Sound, rigorous and impartial evidence of technology’s added value in learning is needed more than ever, but is lacking. Most evidence comes from the United States, where the What Works Clearinghouse pointed out that less than 2% of education interventions assessed had ‘strong or moderate evidence of effectiveness’. When the evidence only comes from the technology companies themselves, there is a risk it may be biased.
Many countries ignore the long-term costs of technology purchases and the EdTech market is expanding while basic education needs remain unmet. The cost of moving to basic digital learning in low-income countries and of connecting all schools to the internet in lower-middle-income countries would add 50% to their current financing gap for achieving national SDG 4 targets. A full digital transformation of education with internet connectivity in schools and homes would cost over a billion per day just to operate.
4. Is it sustainable?
The fast pace of change in technology is putting strain on education systems to adapt. Digital literacy and critical thinking are increasingly important, particularly with the growth of generative AI. This adaptation movement has begun: 54% of countries have defined the skills they want to develop for the future. But only 11 out of 51 governments surveyed have curricula for AI.
In addition to these skills, basic literacy should not be overlooked, as it is critical for digital application too: students with better reading skills are far less likely to be duped by phishing emails. Moreover, teachers also need appropriate training yet only half of countries currently have standards for developing their ICT skills. Few teacher training programmes cover cybersecurity even though 5% of ransomware attacks target education.
Sustainability also requires better guaranteeing the rights of technology users. Today, only 16% of countries guarantee data privacy in education by law. One analysis found that 89% of 163 education technology products could survey children. Further, 39 of 42 governments providing online education during the pandemic fostered uses that ‘risked or infringed’ on children’s rights.
It also requires ensuring that the long-term costs for our planet are taken into account. One estimate of the CO2 emissions that could be saved by extending the lifespan of all laptops in the European Union by a year found it would be equivalent to taking almost 1 million cars off the road.
The report calls for us to learn about our past mistakes when using technology in education so that we do not repeat them in the future. The #TechOnOurTerms campaign calls for decisions about technology in education to prioritize learner needs after assessing whether its application would be appropriate, equitable, evidence-based and sustainable. We need to teach children to live both with and without technology; to take what they need from the abundance of information, but to ignore what is not necessary; to let technology support, but never supplant human interactions in teaching and learning.
The above-featured image is for illustration and is credit to The Times
The Green Revolution: How European Smart Cities are Tackling Climate Change
The Green Revolution is in full swing across Europe as smart cities rise to the challenge of tackling climate change. These urban areas, equipped with advanced technology and innovative solutions, are leading the charge in reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable living.
In the heart of Europe, cities are harnessing the power of technology to create a more sustainable future. They are integrating digital technology into urban infrastructure to improve the quality of life for their residents while simultaneously reducing their environmental impact. This is achieved through a variety of methods, including the use of renewable energy sources, efficient waste management systems, and advanced transportation solutions.
One of the most notable examples of this green revolution is Copenhagen, Denmark. The city has set an ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2025. To achieve this, Copenhagen has implemented a wide range of initiatives, such as the installation of wind turbines, the promotion of cycling as a primary mode of transportation, and the creation of green roofs to absorb rainwater and reduce heat.
Similarly, Stockholm, Sweden, is making strides in its quest to become fossil fuel-free by 2040. The city has invested heavily in renewable energy, particularly in the form of biofuels generated from waste. Stockholm also boasts an extensive public transportation system that runs largely on renewable energy, further reducing the city’s carbon footprint.
In Spain, the city of Barcelona is leveraging the power of technology to create a more sustainable urban environment. The city has implemented a smart grid system that allows for more efficient energy use and distribution. Additionally, Barcelona has introduced a comprehensive waste management system that includes the use of sensors to monitor waste levels and optimize collection routes.
Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the city of Amsterdam is pioneering the use of electric vehicles. The city has installed numerous electric vehicle charging stations and offers incentives for residents to switch to electric cars. Amsterdam also encourages the use of bicycles and public transportation, reducing the reliance on fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
These European smart cities are not only reducing their own carbon emissions but also setting an example for other cities worldwide. They demonstrate that it is possible to integrate advanced technology into urban infrastructure in a way that improves the quality of life for residents while also reducing environmental impact.
However, the green revolution is not without its challenges. Implementing these changes requires significant investment and planning. Cities must also work to ensure that these advancements are accessible to all residents, regardless of income level. Despite these hurdles, the progress made by these European smart cities is promising.
The green revolution in European smart cities is a testament to the power of innovation and technology in the fight against climate change. By harnessing renewable energy, promoting sustainable transportation, and implementing efficient waste management systems, these cities are making significant strides towards a more sustainable future. As the world continues to grapple with the realities of climate change, the lessons learned from these smart cities will be invaluable in shaping our global response.
In conclusion, the green revolution is transforming cities across Europe, turning them into bastions of sustainability and innovation. These smart cities are leading the way in the fight against climate change, proving that with the right technology and forward-thinking policies, a sustainable future is within our grasp.
The above-featured image is for illustration and is of Egypt’s new capital under construction / credit to Africa Intelligence
Rapid urbanisation across the globe has seen development plans for whole new cities on the rise, but is there truly a need for them?
Humanity has built new cities throughout history. Some emerged organically to support trade networks, some as defensive strongholds, and others as the realised dream of a modernising monarch or a unifying political leader. In the modern, post-Second World War era, hundreds of deliberately planned new cities have been built or are currently in development. The number of new city projects has exploded in the past two decades – but why?
The world is undergoing its final wave of urbanisation
While most of the high-income world is already about as urbanised as it will likely ever be, with any future charges being marginal, low and middle-income countries are undergoing an urban explosion. India, China and Nigeria alone are expected to add 416 million, 255 million, and 189 million new urban residents, respectfully, by 2050. Nearly all the most rapidly urbanising countries in the world today are located in sub-Saharan Africa, and this region will be home to the world’s leading megacities by the end of the century, surpassing Asia.
But as these countries approach 40%, 50,% or 60% urbanisation, they’re doing so at significantly lower levels of income and with significantly less state capacity than, for example, the US in the 1920s or South Korea in the 1970s.
So as cities throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and elsewhere undergo extremely rapid urban growth, their economies are proving incapable of productively employing a growing, and very young, workforce and their governments are proving incapable of building sufficient infrastructure or providing sufficient public services. These are deeply challenging problems of political economy to solve. New cities are offering a valuable, albeit incomplete, solution.
Building a new city on the outskirts of Lagos or New Delhi doesn’t solve their respective problems overnight. However, it does help meet the overwhelming public demand for new urban spaces and the economic opportunity those spaces are expected to provide. New cities, which are often endowed with some form of special economic zone status, and are targeted towards specific industries, can become new hubs that are far more attractive to potential investors and entrepreneurs, with better policy regimes and infrastructure support, than existing cities.
Retrofitting existing infrastructure can be several times more expensive than building new infrastructure – getting the bones of a city “right” in advance of settlement is helping to address the economic and humanitarian challenges faced by millions of urban dwellers.
For many urbanites worldwide, physical environment limits their economic potential and quality of life
It’s hard to be a remote-working software developer in Nigeria if the internet and electricity are frequently out of service. It’s hard to raise a family in a city where there are no sidewalks or public safety is a major concern. Cities generate economic progress and new ideas by attracting lots of people to a single location, the creation of agglomeration economies.
New city projects like Itana, outside Lagos, or Silicon Zanzibar, are rebuilding these talent networks in new, more attractive, and more productive locations. New cities like Ciudad Morazán, Honduras, or Small Farm Cities Malawi are offering the average family in poor countries quality housing they can actually afford, good jobs, and safe, vibrant communities.
Industrial-scale new cities like Enyimba Economic City, Nigeria, and Gu’an New Industry City, China, are creating the physical and policy environments needed to generate real economic progress, which is not always easily replicated in existing cities.
The history of building new cities
Beyond the economic factors driving the creation of new cities, it’s undeniable that building new cities is an inherently interesting, exciting venture. In the history of new cities, this energy has manifested itself with incredible results, such as St. Petersburg, Peter the Great’s Russian gateway to the west. However, at other times, there are new cities that prove to be nothing more than white elephants that waste valuable public revenues or private capital.
It’s great that Brasilia looks like a bird or an aircraft when viewed from above, but whether Brasilia works for those relegated beyond the city’s wings is a more important question. Is Akon’s proposed city with its eponymous cryptocurrency really the right project to accelerate Senegal’s development? How many times are we going to hear about new smart cities being just around the corner in India?
For some new cities, it’s simply too early to render an honest judgment. Saudi Arabia’s Neom project has attracted throngs of admirers and detractors for its unique 170km straight-line urban plan. It could be a bust, like its predecessor King Abdullah Economic City, or it might very well introduce new dynamism to the Saudi economy and even some liberalism to Saudi society. And we shouldn’t forget China’s famous “subway to nowhere,” where just a few short years after this rail expansion was roundly mocked, it became a subway to somewhere.
Humans have always built new cities and have done so for an endless list of reasons
Today’s new city builders are no different, with visions ranging from boosting innovation to unlocking the economic potential for the poor to cementing political or cultural legacies to combatting the effects of climate change and raising sea levels. New cities are “having a moment” as builders and policymakers scramble to answer the immense challenges and opportunities posed by urbanisation at a pace and on a scale never seen before.
The New Cities Map was built by Charter Cities Institute to address these challenges and provide data-driven answers. The open-source database catalogued every contemporary new city built since 1945, recording their development structure, finances, history, and governance. By looking backwards at unprecedented quantitative data, researchers and policymakers will have a greater ability to comprehend what makes a new city succeed or fail.
With the trend of new cities appearing everywhere unlikely to subside, it’s in the global interest to understand how to get them right.
Traditional construction methods were no match for the earthquake that rocked Morocco on Friday night, an engineering expert says, and the area will continue to see such devastation unless updated building techniques are adopted.
A Bookshop in Algiers by Kaouther Adimi Algerian fiction Original title Nos Richesses
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