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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.

We spend some time each week trying to stay current on what’s buzzing in construction, keeping our finger on the pulse. Here are a few articles from across the web we found particularly interesting and worth talking about.

Artificial Intelligence in the Construction Industry – from CONEXPO-CON/AGG

The world of AI (artificial intelligence) and VAs (virtual assistants) has expanded into many different verticals, one being the construction industry. We have seen a huge jump in the use of AI within the construction space and that is a great sign for what the future holds. When looking at how AI is being utilized within the construction space today, it can be categorized into four different perspectives: equipment, administrative, construction methodology, and post-construction. Read more…

How Construction Equipment Technologies Can Make Operators Better and Safer – from For Construction Pros

Today’s technology gives construction companies new tools that mean supervisors no longer have to rely exclusively on operators’ perspectives to explore the limits of equipment productivity and safety. Without telematics, payload-weighing and operator-attentiveness systems, the only person who knows exactly what’s happening on a project’s machines is their operators. The situation does not offer a lot of opportunity for operating refinements that improve safety and production. Read more… 

Creating Sustainable Cities by 'Reimagining the Civic Commons' – from City Lab

Four foundations will join forces to fund civic projects in four cities for a full $40 million. But instead of big anchor projects, this initiative is focusing on the little guys—on a bet that the investment will pay off in equitable revitalization, to be enjoyed by many, not just neighborhood elites. On Thursday, the JPB Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation are launching a new initiative, “Reimagining the Civic Commons.” Matching an overall investment of $20 million with another $20 million from local sources, this initiative will improve civic assets in Akron, Memphis, Chicago, and Detroit. Read more…

The Construction Industry Is in Love with Drones – from Fortune

The thinking: Spend billions of dollars, save even more. The $8.5 trillion global construction industry isn’t exactly known for its efficiency. The U.K. Green Building Council estimates that 15% of materials delivered to construction sites end up in landfills, the result of mismanaged scheduling and purchasing. The American Institute of Architects believes building-related waste makes up anywhere from 25% to 40% of America’s solid-waste stream. With construction spending in the U.S. totaling $1.13 trillion this year, those losses add up to more than $160 billion in waste—and that’s just in America. With that kind of scale, small gains in efficiency can translate to billions in savings for the construction industry. Read more…

Landscape Design Can Help Communities Recover from Natural Disasters – from Construction Dive

The American Society of Landscape Architects has released a guide that gives designers, architects and builders a blueprint for protecting communities against the effects of natural disasters through better landscape design. The guide includes case studies as examples of how to use landscaping elements to fight the fallout from "extreme" events like drought, heat, fire, floods and landslides. Read more…