Today, April 16, 2018, ModSpace announced plans to open a new facility in Tooele, Utah to expand its refurbishing and manufacturing capabilities in the United States. The new facility will allow ModSpace to better serve customers by leveraging existing manufacturing partners combined with end-to-end in-house design, manufacturing and installation capabilities.
Like the weather across much of the country, construction is heating up this summer with good indicators for sustained growth. There’s no question that the last decade has been tumultuous for the construction sector. Both residential and non-residential building have had several ups and downs on the road to recovery from the recent recession. But with new opportunities on the horizon, there are several signs that construction is staged to come back strong in the second half of 2017 and beyond.
Perhaps the greatest indicator of growth is the Architecture Billings Index. According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), June topped five consecutive months of increasing demand for architectural services. This initial activity suggests that more projects [Read more…] about 2017 Construction Mid-Year Outlook
Falling objects, such as work materials and tools, present a serious safety concern whenever work is done overhead or in an elevated location. This hazard is commonly forgotten until a near miss or injury serves as a stark reminder.
The solution is simple: Be proactive and “Stop the Drop”. Simple passive and active safety measures can minimize the risk of falling objects and protect workers below. Several of these are listed below. But first, it’s important to understand how quickly seemingly harmless falling objects accelerate to deadly speeds.
Falling Object Statistics
- A solid object dropped from 64 feet will hit the ground in 2 seconds at a speed of 43.8 miles per hour.
- The same object dropped at 106 feet will hit the ground in 3 seconds at a speed of 65.8 miles per hour.
- A 2-ounce pen dropped from 230 feet has the potential to penetrate a hardhat.
Tips for Preventing Falling Object Injuries
With more than 1.5 million total apps available in the App Store, you are sure to find helpful tools to make for a more effective work week. However, finding the best app for you can also become quite the job, so we’ve done the research for you. Here are our suggestions for the best construction apps for 2016.
Instantly share complete construction plans with your project team from anywhere and with or without an internet connection. App users can also track revisions, share photos and reports, document progress, manage issues and RFIs in the field.
- Updated: 5/6/16
- New features: Improved annotations filters, new views in the “Team” and “Sheet Compare” sections
With a five star review, Photo Measures lets you draw and edit measurements directly on your own photos. Add text to photos, then save, organize and share images as PDFs and JPGs.
- Updated: 3/2/16
- New features: Improved support for 3D Touch devices
There’s little doubt that the drones are here to stay for construction. Though their safe and legal use among other air traffic and over pedestrian areas is a growing concern. The Drone Act is part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 2012. It requires the FAA to “fully integrate the use of drones into U.S. airspace by 2015.” Several regulations have been passed as a result. Here’s what you need to know before using a drone on a construction site.
Know Before You Fly
FAA has enacted strict regulations regarding the commercial and private use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones in all shapes and sizes, including remote [Read more…] about What You Need to Know Before Using a Drone on a Construction Site
As more construction firms consider using drones for information gathering, many are wondering what’s next for drones in construction? The latest construction-specific drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), can be programmed to fly over construction zones to capture birds-eye-view photos and video that can be used for site selection, surveying and visual project updates. Some drones can even send collected information directly to related construction software for use in 3D modeling.
As drone technology becomes more advanced and less expensive, questions rise regarding additional uses for UAVs. Here are few to consider:
Using Drones to Identify Potential Safety Hazards
Daily safety meetings are standard on many jobsites. Consider the benefits of daily [Read more…] about What’s Next for Drones in Construction?