The Three Big Questions raised by Digital Construction Week
Digital Construction Week comes of age
Software allows complex 3D models to be shared on mobile devices
Contractor tests ‘drowsiness collars’ for highway engineers
NewsRichard Branson invests in Hyperloop One
The race to commercialise Elon Musk’s futuristic Hyperloop vacuum-tube transport system ramped up yesterday when it was announced that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group would invest in Hyperloop One, one of the companies set up to develop it.
Enthusing about the deal, airline and rail group owner Branson called Hyperloop One “the world’s most revolutionary train service” that could whizz passengers from Edinburgh to London in 50 minutes.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed but Branson takes a seat on the Hyperloop One board and the company will change its name to Virgin Hyperloop One.
Virgin and Hyperloop One will form a “global strategic partnership focused on passenger and mixed-use cargo service”, said Hyperloop One co-founders Shervin Pishevar and Josh Giegel, who previously worked at Branson’s space exploration company, Virgin Galactic.
First proposed by Tesla’s Elon Musk in 2013, the Hyperloop concept sees magnetically-levitated pods rocketing through steel tubes maintained at a partial vacuum, reaching speeds approaching 760mph. Proponents believe it could replace short-haul ...READ MORE
PeopleCOBie – the contractor’s requirements
In the third part of our interview with the inventor of COBie, Dr Bill East, he addresses obstacles for the delivery of COBie by contractors and how to overcome them.
Why are some contractors having trouble with COBie?
One lesson I learned in my 30-plus years creating and operating information technology systems for the US government is that the introduction of a new, highly-efficient process highlights the wastefulness of current practice.
Today, construction handover information is an afterthought. Interns are sent to file rooms to copy or scan and collate already collected information. Skilled employees crawl through buildings to capture installed equipment information. The resulting boxes of paper or disks are delivered is but rarely checked and probably not used ...READ MORE
ManagementSurviving digital change – key messages from Shaping a Digital World Conference
Engineers, digital specialists, contractors and consultants packed the Institution of Civil Engineers in London last Thursday to listen, learn, and debate what part they need to be playing in digital transformation of the industry.
In the plenary sessions before lunch, leaders from Atkins, Microsoft, Digital Catapult and the ICE president, Tim Broyd, provided their thoughts. The overarching message was one of do or die – we are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, so get with the programme. Indeed, an audience poll agreed with the assessment that the revolution was already under way.
So what tips did they have ...READ MORE
NewsThe Three Big Questions raised by Digital Construction Week
Virtual reality backpacks, voice-activated fully automated design and too many acronyms to even start to mention, Digital Construction Week at London’s Excel was filled with a breath-tak
PeopleProductivity must be construction’s priority
New Build UK chairman Mark Castle argues that construction productivity must improve if the industry is to make a success of new infrastructure projects – and Brexit. If you’v
ProjectsCase Study: Isaac Newton Building Building academic excellence
As part of its ongoing programme to provide excellent subject-specific facilities, the University of Lincoln invested £28m to create the Isaac Newton Building, to house the Schools of Comp
TechnologyHas offsite’s time finally arrived?
Offsite manufacturing has long been championed as a cure for many of construction’s ills. With government backing, new players moving into the sector, and a post-Brexit skills crisis loomi
ManagementYou’re under cyber attack – and you might not even know about it
Matt Rhodes, commercial services manager at IT support specialist Quiss, explains what action you need to take to protect you and your company from the alarming rise in phishing attacks. An in
EducationCPD: Reality capture
As reality capture technology becomes more accessible, Lee Mullin explains how its use in an intelligent BIM environment can streamline building refurbishment. Reality capture is the process o