14 Unique Boutique Properties

It’s all in the name: Boutique. The dictionary defines “boutique” as any small, exclusive business offering customized service. In the hotel industry, the (BLLA) Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Assn., provides a new definition for boutique hotels and boutique businesses. BLLA released a first draft of its boutique hotel categories and definitions to add clarity to this segment. BLLA attempts to provide clarity to the boutique hotel industry, recognizing the ever-evolving nature of the business, by publishing its categorization of the various kinds of boutique hotels in the world. With a comprehensive list, initially 14 types of boutique hotels, BLLA establishes the boutique hotel as a field of its own, no longer simply a subtype of a broader hotel enterprise.


Commercial M&O and the Connected Building

Every technology from AI (artificial intelligence) to IoT (Internet of things) and beyond is showing up in the commercial building sector. Data and data-derived information is critical for operations and management personnel to benefit their occupants. Energy ROI takes precedence, driving 65% of owners towards data-driven energy enhancements while 40% of technology investments are going towards IoT-driven predictive analytics. How is this being handled? Facilio, an IoT, AI, and ML (machine learning) data-driven enterprise platform for building operation, and maintenance, released a report, 2020 State of CRE Operations 3.0 to explain.


Privacy and AI

Data is information in disguise. Artificial intelligence can be used to convert data into usable information and AI (artificial intelligence) can also be used to protect that data from being converted by others for illegal use. According to Gartner, Inc., a research and advisory company, more than 40% of privacy compliance technology will rely on AI by 2023, up from 5% today. Privacy laws, such as the European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), present a compelling business case for privacy compliance and you can be sure many other jurisdictions worldwide will follow. In fact, more than 60 jurisdictions around the world have already proposed or are drafting privacy and data protection laws as a result.


Material Shortage and Movement

Contractors depend on material suppliers to have the boards, bricks, concrete, and steel on the jobsite when and where it is needed. When the supply chain is disrupted, as is possible now in the coronavirus pandemic, workers, equipment, and whole companies are idle. Construction is vital in getting us through the next months as hospital and manufacturing capacity must be ramped up to handle the needs of the country.


Technology from Trimble

Heavy construction equipment operators are a prime market for technology improvements to increase safety. Dozer engineers, for example, can devote less time to watching their line. Horizontal Steering Control for dozers, from Trimble, automatically controls the machine to follow any horizontal alignment such as the back of a curb, break-line, roadway centerline, or bottom of slope without operator assistance. It enables the machine to follow the horizontal guidance from the 3D model, providing operators increased awareness of their surroundings, better accuracy and improved productivity with decreased overlap and fewer passes.


Construction Is Essential

There are officials who are worried about a lack of hospital beds for the potential COVID-19/Coronavirus patients as the pandemic and number of people testing positive grows. Hospital capacity in some cities is limited by aged and underfunded facilities or lack of adequate building expansion potential. In China, a massive effort by the government along with building contractors and workers built two 1,300 bed hospitals in slightly more than a week. These were in the Wuhan area where the coronavirus first appeared in strength.


Tracking and Cybersecurity in the COVID-19 Era

Governments, at every level, are responding to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, some in measured and carefully thought out ways, others in near panic. One of the first steps was to suggest—and in many areas, require—that employers allow their employees to work from home. Obviously, that can’t be an option for construction companies that need to have boots on the ground (or ladders) and hands on the tools needed to build structures of all types.


Vehicle Safety/Joint Initiatives

Vehicle safety is a dynamic influenced by many variables, some under the control of the driver, others dependent on the design and manufacturing of the vehicle. Heavy equipment and trucks are used daily in construction and they have been the focus of several initiatives lately, both from OEM (original-equipment manufacturer) and aftermarket suppliers. WHO (World Health Organization) claims road traffic accidents as the eighth leading cause of death globally, claiming more than 1.35 million lives each year and causing up to 50-million injuries.


Smarter Grading

Using technology to make work easier and more efficient is becoming a mantra for contractors. Companies that make heavy equipment are adding elements that can provide safety as well as accuracy to the jobsite. John Deere is integrating SmartGrade, its proprietary grade control technology, into the 333G Compact Track Loader. SmartGrade is the first fully integrated grade control technology available on compact equipment.