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What We're Reading


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.

Confidence in Construction Markets Is High Among U.S. Engineering Leaders: ACEC survey – from Building Design + Construction

In the midst of political and economic uncertainty, U.S. engineering firm leaders expressed newfound optimism in the current status and future potential of primary markets, according to the latest Engineering Business Index (EBI), just released by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The 3rd Quarter 2016 (Q3/2016) EBI was 61.4, up 1.2 points from the Q2/2016 score of 60.2—which was the lowest score since ACEC launched the EBI in January 2014. Read more… 

The Construction Industry's Top Workforce Challenge — and 3 potential solutions – from Construction Drive

The labor shortage continues to dominate the list of concerns for construction companies. During the Great Recession, the industry lost more than 40% of its work force, cutting nearly 2.3 million jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even though the economy has rebounded in recent years, a significant portion of those lost workers have not returned to construction. Read more… 

Green & Sustainable: Building for the future – construct connect

Over the past two decades, green and sustainable construction has evolved from a fringe movement to achieving mainstream status. In a recent study conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton for the USGBC, they expect green construction spending to increase from $150.6 billion in 2015 to $224.4 billion in 2018. The study also predicts that between 2015 and 2018, green construction will generate $303.4 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), support 3.9 million jobs and provide $268.4 billion in labor earnings. Read more… 

Future of Transportation: Shared vehicles could dramatically alter city landscapes – from Government Technology

Visionaries, innovators and futurists of all sorts convened in Pittsburgh on Oct. 13 at the inaugural Frontiers Conference to discuss the future of science and technology in the country, one of which honed in on the future of transportation in urban centers. In this particular talk, regulators and private-sector mobility experts touched on breakthroughs we're experiencing and how cities play a vital role in the process. Read more…

Smart Cities: The 5-year outlook – from GreenBiz

I was recently asked by a client where I thought smart cities would be in five years’ time, by the end of 2021. Here is a summary of what I said, drawing on several of my earlier blog posts, although I have not referenced these separately. I began with Gartner’s observation that smart cities are the fastest-growing area of the Internet of Things (IoT), and that by 2018 there will be 3.3 billion connected devices in cities. I then tried to identify the consequences that I thought would follow from this, both good and bad — things to welcome and things requiring attention. Read more…