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Amidst rumblings of a new recession, many industry experts are predicting a good year for construction. CMD (formerly Reed Construction Data) is forecasting a 6.5% rise in construction starts over the previous year. Dodge Data and Analytics is projecting a slightly more conservative 6% increase.
While the news is positive, not all markets will see the same gains. CMD’s Expansion Index evaluates key indicators of non-residential construction starts in markets across the nation and gives them a rating based on overall potential. Shrinking markets are those that receive a score of 1.0 or less. Expanding markets score 1.0 or greater. The busiest markets with ratings of 5.0 or greater are deemed hot spots.
The 2016 commercial construction hot spots according to CMD’s 18-month Expansion Index are: [Read more…] about 2016 Commercial Construction Hot Spots
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?
California recently passed a law that requires the state to “generate half of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2030,” according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.
The landmark legislation is intended to further reduce air pollution across the state, but especially in Los Angeles and Riverside counties where air quality has been at unhealthy levels for decades.
The Golden State is a long-time leader in renewable energy. But 50% in 15 years is a monumental challenge. As energy producers and their suppliers rush to develop new facilities to meet the new requirements, ModSpace is ready to help with a range of temporary and permanent modular building solutions that can be ready quickly, even in the most remote locations.
Watch the video below to learn how ModSpace helps energy companies move quickly in California and throughout North America.
We’ve been talking for years about the speed and cost savings of modular construction. So naturally, we weren’t the least bit surprised to hear about a recent study that confirms modular construction is both faster and more affordable, cutting construction times by an average of 45% and costs by 16%.
As construction times are shortened, ROI increases. Researchers found that a 25% cut in construction schedule yielded an average savings of $5.81 per square foot. For schedules cut by 50%, savings increased to [Read more…] about Study Confirms Modular Construction is Faster, More Affordable