While the construction industry tends to be slow in modernizing its back-office systems, technology can help companies overcome many management challenges, Jason Krankota writes. For example, data gathered in the field can aid construction professionals in areas such as risk management and job-cost accounting, he writes.
The University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., has created a rooftop garden on its urban campus to reduces flooding through rainwater absorption while also growing food. A study at the school's Urban Agriculture program is working to determine which plants do best in these environments.
Delft University of Technology researchers have developed software that quickly calculates the energy potential of urban buildings, helping to determine whether their roofs are ideal for solar power generation. The software can calculate the energy yield of photovoltaic systems in any location, according to the researchers.
A third section of the roof collapsed at a grocery store in Riga, Latvia, as rescuers were searching for survivors and for evidence amid the rubble, according to these reports. No one was injured by the third incident, but the first two collapses have claimed 54 lives. Investigators are considering faulty construction as the cause because building materials and bags of soil were left on the roof. The government ordered the building demolished, along with an incomplete residential building nearby, these reports say.