Thermal imaging technology that can spot pedestrians and cyclists and activate a walk or bike signal are about 98% accurate, says FLIR Systems. Washington County, Ore., is the latest to add the company's technology to traffic lights.
Making electric vehicle batteries using polymetallic nodules found on the ocean floor could reduce emissions involved in battery material mining on land by up to 75%, finds research from the University of Delaware. The method would also be less disruptive, researchers said.
The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance is mandating that student loan servicers obtain an electronic surety bond as part of a licensing regime. The minimum surety bond amount is $30,000, with an additional $30,000 required per branch office the servicer has in the state.
The House has approved a stopgap spending bill that includes a one-year extension for highway and transit programs. The legislation would transfer $13.6 billion from general funding to the Highway Trust Fund, with $10.4 billion going to the highway account and $3.2 billion for transit.
A joint venture between Turner Construction and Flatiron Construction expects to begin construction late next year on a $2.26 billion new terminal for San Diego's international airport. The project is scheduled to wrap up in 2027.
A subsidiary of Barton Malow could begin work as soon as December on a $64.6 million, 16-story residential tower in Detroit. Key city approvals for The Exchange to rise in Greektown are in place, and when completed in 2022, the tower will offer 153 apartments, 12 condos and 6,500 square feet of ground-floor office space.
Health and safety issues associated with the coronavirus pandemic will likely dog the construction industry until the pandemic is effectively addressed. That's according to JLL's H2 2020 Construction Outlook, which examines persistent issues such as shutdown orders and delays in the delivery of materials, as well as ongoing health precautions.
Construction robotics is expected to generate a 25.2% compound annual growth rate between 2019 and 2023 as the industry invests heavily in new technologies, according to a report by International Data Corp. More will be needed to significantly raise productivity, according to McKinsey.
Wood construction using mass timber may be on the verge of challenging traditional steel and concrete as builders look for more sustainable solutions. Wood is a carbon-storing product, providing a clear advantage over CO2-intensive steel and cement, and offers additional advantages in the form of less on-site waste and quicker assembly.
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