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It’s no secret the construction industry is a constantly evolving and moving. The short of it?—it’s tough to keep up. 

Well over at RSMeans we spend a good amount of our day trying to stay current on what’s buzzing in construction, keep our finger on the pulse. We figured we’d cut out some of the legwork for you. So here’s a few articles from across the web we found particularly interesting and worth talking about. A bit of a roundup of the week. 

Enjoy!

Tomorrow's Buildings: Construction Industry Goes Robotic – from BBC News
The building site of the future is going to look very different to the one we are all used to today. Instead of men in high-visibility jackets and hard hats, there are going to be drones buzzing overhead, robotic bulldozers and 3D printers churning out new structures. That at least is the hope of those making technological solutions. But first they have to convince the traditionally risk-averse construction industry that such change is necessary. Read more…

Safety and Training for New Workers – from Construction Executive
Any seasoned contractor or construction manager is aware of the employer’s responsibilities under OSHA. However, new hires, younger employees and less experienced workers may have only a basic understanding of safety as it relates to their own protection. Successful construction projects require a significant amount of teamwork, both with the actual work as well as with safety matters. Read more…

Transportation Disruption: Hyperloop and Self Driving Cars Discussed in Los Angeles – from Government Technology
A hyperloop, the super-fast transit system dreamed up by Elon Musk, was envisioned as a way to get passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in minutes instead of hours. But it could also transport tens of thousands of cargo containers from L.A.’s ports to inland distribution centers and rail yards. That would dramatically cut the number of trucks on Southern California’s freeways and potentially slash pollution. Read more…

'No Accident Is Acceptable': How to Foster an Effective Construction Site Safety Culture – from Construction Dive
This week marks the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's annual National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction as well as Safety Week 2016. Companies, associations, and other industry groups will hold safety awareness events nationwide as part of the initiatives. It's an unfortunate fact that many construction companies disregard or marginalize the safety component of their operations. According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of construction deaths every year, and, as the agency emphasizes, all are preventable. Read more…

The $40 Billion Question: Will Construction Costs Reach New Heights in 2016? – from Commercial Observer
The New York Building Congress estimates that construction spending will reach new heights in the city this year. “We do expect construction spending to hit $41 billion,” said Michael Zetlin, a founding partner of Zetlin & De Chiara and general counsel for the New York Building Congress, “but that number covers all sectors in New York City.” There may be a slower escalation of construction spending this year as compared with previous years, he said, but the expectation to reach a record-high remains. Read more…