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Researchers quantify returns on safety technology investments

A new Dodge Data & Analytics study reveals the engagement with and impact of two critical trends for improving construction safety: Technologies used on jobsites, from building information modeling (BIM) to drones to wearable devices; and, Prevention through Design (PtD), an emerging practice positioned for wider acceptance in the design and construction industry.

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Artifical intelligence, data analytics, IoT top 2018 trends

Identified Technologies, a Pittsburgh-based specialist in drone-enabled gathering of data from construction materials production and job sites, projects a watershed year for technology adoption among contractors, suppliers and customers. Leading the firm’s Top Construction Technology Trends of 2018:

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ASTM guide measures mix performance, material compatibility

ASTM International Subcommittee C09.48 on Performance of Cementitious Materials and Admixture Combinations’ working document, WK40615 Guide for Comparing Performance of Concrete Materials Using Mortar Mixtures, standardizes longstanding material-performance investigation protocol.

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Artificial intelligence drives injury reduction effort for masons

Artificial intelligence (AI) is giving University of Waterloo, Ontario, researchers new insights to help reduce wear-and-tear injuries and boost the productivity of skilled construction workers. Motion sensor data and AI software reveal how expert bricklayers use previously unidentified techniques to limit the loads on their joints—knowledge that can now be passed on to apprentices.

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PCI releases Design Handbook, Eighth Edition

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s revised PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete provides easy-to-follow design procedures, numerical examples, and both new and updated design aids using Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-14) and Commentary (ACI 318R-14); ASCE 7-10 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures; 2015 International Building Code; and, other current standards.

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