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Power Overhead

Solar is expanding its presence in new construction at a rate that equals or exceeds retrofitting. Solar roofing systems are known to generate energy and help reduce monthly electric bills which make them an ideal up-sell or incentive in new developments.

One prominent name in roof-integrated solar is GAF Energy. The GAF Energy solar system couples attractive and affordable solar technology with fast, easy installation. Designed to provide a good-looking, low-profile alternative to typical rack-mounted solar panels – which are usually drilled through the roof's shingles–GAF Energy solar integrates directly with the roofing system and requires no penetration of the roofing membrane. GAF Energy uses premium solar panels to optimize power output with a matching color profile to the roof to maximize aesthetic appeal, combined with robust flashing and a sleek black perimeter shield to reduce the risk of leaks and animal intrusion.

Nature and Work Continues

While the world is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and some areas are literally locked down, essential work must go on. Nature isn’t waiting for the crisis to end, it will create its own crises this summer as it always does: thunderstorms, tornados, hurricanes, and other phenomenon. Across the country, workers are preparing for these normal summer events.

Con Edison crews are preparing to respond to any outages that occur as thunderstorms and powerful wind gusts hit the New York City area all while following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines during the health emergency. Personnel responding to the events have been instructed to practice social distancing with each other and members of the public in order to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus even as they battle natural events.

Asia-Pacific Construction

We all can agree that COVID-19 has hit every country, every region, and every industry worldwide. Slowdowns and lockdowns have been the norm for months. However, everyone has slowly been trying to return to some normalcy and returning to business, if not business as usual. In the Asia-Pacific region, Frost & Sullivan has found signs of a building boom coming, based on infrastructure projects and increasing urbanization, and increased interest in technology implementation and business model remodeling.

Multi-Segment Engineering Assistance

Often the value of a technology is overlooked due to the way it is presented. If it is pitched for one industry or segment of the market, other groups may pass it by even though it can be of significant value to them. Among the terms that can isolate a product is “engineering.” So ambiguous and yet so focused, engineering-labeled products can often be extremely flexible and beneficial across many disciplines.

In the mechanical engineering realm, Ansys, Canonsburg, Penn., is a well-known name. For more than 45 years, it has developed, marketed, and supported engineering simulation software used to predict how product designs will behave in real-world environments. Companies in the construction industry use virtual simulation to understand the impact of their design decisions, ranging from site selection to architectural details to materials to heating and cooling.

Prefabs and Modulars Hit by COVID-19

No segment of construction is immune to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to ReportLinker, the global modular and prefabricated nonresidential building construction market is expected to decline from $54.68 billion in 2019 to $49.96 billion in 2020 at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of -8.63%.

Tomorrow’s Transportation Is Getting Closer

It looks and sounds like science fiction but it is being developed today. Hyperloop is a system that moves people and goods at speeds over 700 MPH, safely, efficiently, and sustainably. HyperloopTT (Hyperloop Transportation Technologies), a global team of more than 800 engineers, creatives, and technologists in 52 multidisciplinary teams, with 50 corporate and university partners, is creating technologies that are rapidly advancing transportation in 2020.

The concept itself, Hyperloop, is a tube-based inter- and intra-city transportation system for passengers and goods. Proprietary passive magnetic levitation and a linear electric motor combined with a tube environment in which air has been drastically reduced allow the capsules to move at high speed with nearly zero friction. The HyperloopTT system is powered by a combination of alternative energy sources to ensure sustainability and low cost, bringing airplane speeds to ground level, and changing travel time from hours to minutes.

LEEDing the Way

The USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) has been a leading proponent of the Green Building Movement since the start. With the COVID-19 pandemic still running rampant in many parts of the country, the coronavirus is expected to reduce GDP by nearly $8 trillion through 2030 putting tremendous strain on local economies, businesses, and people. Conservation, of energy and natural resources, will be even more important in the near future as the results of the pandemic are revealed.

Digital Twins Getting Smarter

Digital twins are becoming a standard for architects and building engineers across the construction spectrum. Digital Twins are 3D virtual replicas of physical buildings and infrastructure connected to the data in and around them, and are widely used to optimize their design, construction, and performance over the entire lifecycle. Building information modeling, otherwise known as BIM, provides much of the data, connecting the design to the future building and its ongoing maintenance.

One popular digital twin software system, SmartWorldPro from Cityzenith, is now being updated with the Beta release of SmartWorldPro2, an operational management tool for architects, contractors, and asset managers around the world. Cityzenith sees the digital twin market, worth $3.8 billion worldwide in 2019, growing by 45.4% annually to $35 billion by 2025.

Fresh from France

Construction is universal. Methods may change from country to country but building—and excavating—is done all over the world. What is developed in one country, however, may not benefit others if it remains a secret. Looking at the methodology used in other nations helps us all.

With subway and underground utility tunneling resuming in many parts of the U.S., knowing what is being done in other parts of the world can be helpful. In France, Condat, a specialist in surface chemistry and industrial lubricants, has partnered with Sigfox, a leading IoT (Internet of Things)-service provider and initiator of the 0G network, and its long-term integrator delaware, to create CondatLink, an IoT solution capable of helping tunnel boring machine operators to better manage their supply and stock of sealant on construction sites. delaware specializes in digital transformation with technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud, intelligent applications, IoT, virtual and augmented reality.

Digital Transformation 2020 Style

COVID-19 has disrupted every nation’s economy as countries order people to stay at home, businesses close, hospitals are overwhelmed with emergency patients, and government scramble to offer financial assistance to their citizens. However, the impact of COVID19 has failed to dampen digital transformation plans, with 52% of companies stating they will increase their spending on digital transformation, while only 18% are planning to spend less. These figures are according to a global research study from IFS, a Swedish integrated business software solutions provider.