November 30th 2018
3D Concrete Printing Could Free the World from Boring Buildings
Construction is one of the largest industries in the world economy – worth £5.6 trillion globally (equivalent to 13 per cent of GDP).
But construction has suffered for decades from remarkably poor productivity compared to other sectors. While agriculture and manufacturing have increased productivity 10-15 times since the 1950s, construction remains stuck at the same level as 80 years ago.
That’s because construction remains largely manual, while manufacturing and other industries have made significant progress in the use of digital, sensing and automation technologies.
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How Technology Is Transforming The Construction Industry
The construction industry is in a moment of enormous change. Business is booming — along with the number, complexity, and duration of projects. Increasingly, companies are expected to be able to meet or exceed timelines and budgets offered by competitors.
According to McKinsey, many firms aren’t keeping up, with some large projects running 20% over time and up to 80% over budget. At the same time, construction companies struggle to find skilled workers to staff their projects.
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Awards celebrate innovative concrete projects
Cast-in-place and precast concrete projects spanning the province were recently recognized for innovation and collaboration during the annual Ontario Concrete Awards.
The competition recognizes the achievements of owners, designers, contractors and suppliers that have made concrete their construction material of choice. Awards are presented in nine categories.
In the winners’ circle this year are the following projects:
Kiln Building redevelopment Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto (Material Development and Innovation).
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