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Contractors go mobile in work zone safety campaign

Fifty-four percent of highway contractors report that motor vehicles crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to a recent highway work zone study. In response, Associated General Contractors of America pursued a mobile advertising campaign urging drivers who routinely pass through certain work zones to slow down and be alert.

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Equipment Manufacturers prepare for disruptive technologies

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee, has outlined five technology trends that will change manufacturing for good. The group explores emerging trends through the ConExpo-Con/Agg 365 online thought-leadership initiative, and provides this snapshot of disruptive technologies affecting members:

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System Pavers adds humanoid robot to hardscape project sales team

One of southern California’s leading hardscape design and installation contractors is deploying Pepper, a 4-ft. humanoid robot programmed to answer homeowner questions about outdoor living and project possibilities, at its San Diego County Fair (June 1-July 4) and Orange County Fair (July 13-August 12) booths.

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Management authority scales construction’s digitization reckoning

Digital technologies such as building information modeling, prefabrication, wireless sensors, automated and robotic equipment, and 3D printing will transform the entire engineering and construction (E&C) industry and its 100 million-plus employees worldwide, according to “Shaping the Future of Construction: Future Scenarios and Implications.” The new World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group report cites a potential $1.0 trillion to $1.7 trillion in an annual cost savings tied to a full-scale digitization of the global E&C business.

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Academy honors NRMCA training video for creative excellence

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Jobsite Chute Rinse-off video has earned the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) 2018 Communicator Distinction Award, part of the largest and most competitive program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. AVIA receives 6,000-plus entries from companies, organizations and agencies of all sizes. Representatives of members—Condè Nast, Disney, Republica, Sesame Workshop, MTV, Starbucks, Time Inc., Tribal DDB, Yahoo!, among them—oversee and judge the program.

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