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Drones are helping the construction industry to reach new heights

The building site of the future will look very different. Instead of dozens of men and women in high visibility jackets things will look far more futuristic with drones buzzing overhead, robotic bulldozers and 3D printers churning out new structures.

Construction robots will be building it big

Boston - The world of construction and building is changing fast thanks to the use of robotics. Robots have the potential to build faster and more accurately than people, and they signal the digital transformation of the industry.

Humans will disappear from building sites by 2050

Most builders could disappear from building sites by 2050 according to a new industry survey. Already robotic bricklayers are being tested out, and to good effect.

Two dead after Kenya building collapse

Nairobi - The mother of two children rescued from a collapsed seven-storey building in Nairobi has died in hospital, officials said Wednesday, amid fears more people are trapped under the rubble.

At least 4 missing after Kenya building collapse

Nairobi - At least four people were missing after the collapse of a seven-storey building in the Kenyan capital Nairobi overnight, the Red Cross said on Tuesday.

Researchers turn to sea sponges for building design

Sea sponges seem to be unlikely creatures as to inform us about modern construction, yet researchers have been studying orange puffball sea sponges for inspiration. Of interest is how the sponges avoid buckling under water pressure.

Family of six feared trapped in deadly Mumbai building collapse

Mumbai - Rescuers were searching Sunday for a family of six feared trapped in a building that collapsed and killed two people on the outskirts of the Indian city of Mumbai, police said.

Family of six feared trapped in deadly Mumbai building collapse

Mumbai - Rescuers were searching Sunday for a family of six feared trapped in a building that collapsed and killed two people on the outskirts of the Indian city of Mumbai, police said.

Family of six feared trapped in deadly Mumbai building collapse

Mumbai - Rescuers were searching Sunday for a family of six feared trapped in a building that collapsed and killed two people on the outskirts of the Indian city of Mumbai, police said.

Somalia housing boom as Mogadishu emerges from ashes of war

Mugadishu - Somalia's elegant colonial villas were left in ruins by two decades of street fighting among warlords, and the seaside capital Mogadishu was dubbed the most dangerous city in the world.

Madrid apartment block collapses after being evacuated

Madrid - A four-storey apartment building collapsed in Madrid on Monday just hours after firefighters evacuated all of its occupants, some of them clambering through windows.

Girl among five dead in India building collapse

New Delhi - Rescuers in the Indian capital on Sunday plucked the body of a little girl from the ruins of a collapsed four-storey building, increasing the death toll to five.

Rebuilding of Gaza's destroyed homes set to begin

Gaza - The rebuilding of thousands of homes destroyed in last summer's Gaza war is to begin in the coming days, almost a year after the conflict began, the Palestinian housing minister said Wednesday.

California balcony in fatal collapse was dangerously overcrowded

Berkeley - An apartment balcony that collapsed near the University of California campus here, killing six young people at a birthday party, was overcrowded well beyond its structural limits Tuesday when it gave way, Berkeley officials have acknowledged.

Atlantic City fines bankrupt casino-hotel for losing power

Atlantic City - The empty Revel casino-hotel has already been fined $20,000 and will continue to be fined $5,000 a day by the city of Atlantic City until it gets electric service restored, officials said.

13 sleeping people killed in India house collapse

Lucknow - A newly built house in northern India collapsed early on Sunday killing 13 residents as they slept, the latest in a string of building cave-ins, police said.

Cairo apartment block collapse kills 15, buries seven more

Cairo - A building in Egypt's capital, where two floors had been added illegally, collapsed overnight, killing 15 people and burying seven more in the rubble, emergency services and officials said Tuesday.

San Francisco window-washer survives 11-story fall

San Francisco - A San Francisco window-washer appears to have survived an 11-story plunge off a downtown office building after landing on a moving car and tumbling onto California Street.

Colombia implodes high-rise that killed 12 in collapse

Medell - Colombian authorities imploded an upmarket apartment block Tuesday whose partial collapse last year killed 12 people, felling the rest of the six-tower complex in a giant cloud of white dust.

Paris building explosion toll rises to eight

Rosny-sous-bois - The death toll from an explosion in an apartment building outside Paris rose to eight on Monday, including three children, as a desperate search for survivors proved almost fruitless.

Six dead in Paris suburb building explosion

Bobigny - Six people were killed on Sunday when an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, reducing half a residential block to rubble, emergency services said.

Construction spending down in June, but better than last year

In June, construction spending in the U.S. had its largest decrease in over three years, affecting the government, housing and non-housing sectors.

India works on a railway bridge taller than the Eiffel Tower

If the project is successful it will be, by far, the tallest railway bridge ever created. Trains are vital to the economy of India so it makes logical sense that they would begin work on a massive project such as this.

US housing starts fall in February

Washington - New US home construction fell slightly in February from January, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday, as the market continued to suffer from harsh winter storms.New home starts took place at an annual pace of 907,000 units, compared to a 909,000 u...

Mumbai building collapse kills six

Mumbai - An apartment block collapsed in the Indian financial hub Mumbai on Friday, killing six people and injuring three others in the latest of a string of deadly building cave-ins, authorities said.Dozens of rescuers scoured the rubble in search of anyone st...

Hochtief builds up stake in Leighton of Australia

Frankfurt - German construction group Hochtief said Monday it plans to tighten its grip on Australia's biggest building company by raising its stake to 74 percent.

Student tragedy in S. Korea as building collapse kills 10

Gyeongju - At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 injured when an auditorium packed with students collapsed at a resort near the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju, officials said Tuesday.More than 560 college students participating in a freshman or...

'Three dead, 50 trapped' in S. Korea building collapse

Gyeongju - Three college students were killed and 50 more feared trapped after an auditorium collapsed under heavy snow Monday in the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju, Yonhap news agency reported.Emergency services would not confirm the reported deaths, but...

Video: 'Towering Inferno' in Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou - A fire raged through a 20-story building on Qiyi Road in Guangzhou on Sunday night. No casualties have been reported and the blaze has finally been extinguished on Monday morning.

Spanish shepherd blocks construction of luxury golf complex

Jumilla - A 60-year-old Spanish shepherd, unable to read or write, has successfully won a court case to protect his land and has killed off the construction of a giant luxury golf resort in the Murcia region of Spain.
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