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Robots breaking new ground in the construction industry

With the development of self-driving cars, trucks, buses and delivery vehicles, it was only a matter of time before heavy machinery became self-driving. Now, a San Francisco startup has disrupted the construction industry with an autonomous bulldozer.

Construction needs to become data-driven for future success

To remain competitive and to be fit for the future, the construction sector needs to embrace data driven technologies. According to different analysts, this includes maximizing the potential of the Internet of Things.

Why many construction companies have not transitioned to digital

Moving to a digital model is essential for future survival of construction companies. This is necessary to meet changes arising from connected homes, smart factories and offices, according to a new report.

Digital technologies could unlock billions for construction

Construction companies can unlock billions in value throughout the next ten years by turning more readily to digital technologies, according to a new report from Accenture.

J.Lo and A-Rod help Bronx kids live the American real estate dream

New York - To amass a fortune in real estate, despite New York's crazy housing prices: that is the challenge thrown down by singer Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez to kids from the Bronx, the city's poorest borough.

Indonesia's rapid infrastructure drive takes deadly toll

Jakarta - A string of fatal accidents is threatening to derail Indonesia's relentless infrastructure drive ahead of the Asian Games, a push seen as a key to revving up growth in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

Blue-collar women find hope in #MeToo movement

Chicago - The #MeToo movement may be changing work cultures from entertainment to politics, but Guadalupe Hinojosa will still be stepping into a tough world for women when she completes her training as a welder.

New alloy leads to printing of safe steel products

3D printing has advanced in relation to plastics. With metals, progress has been slower due to technical complexities. A new advancement with the effective and safe 3D printing of steel has been announced.

Construction industry ready for take-off with drone technology

A wider use of drones in the construction industry is predicted over the next couple of years, according to industry insider Ian Tansey of ProDroneWorx.

Construction set for increased digital transformation by 2025

Considerable digital transformation is to beset the construction and building sectors by 2025, according to a new report. This is a path towards smart construction, involving digitalization, analytics, and smart assets.

TransCanada secures contracts to move forward with Keystone construction

Montr - Canadian energy company TransCanada has secured 20-year oil supply contracts allowing it to move forward with the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, it announced Thursday in a statement.

UK govt keeps 'close eye' on struggling firm Carillion

London - The British government is keeping a "very close eye" on construction and outsourcing group Carillion, a senior minister said Sunday, amid reports it could go into administration within days.

Making construction safer with AI

Safety records for the construction sector can be greatly improved where artificial intelligence is used effectively, according to a new study.

Dubai property giant Emaar profits surge on high sales

Dibai - Dubai construction giant Emaar Properties posted a sharp rise in third quarter profits Sunday as residential sales in the glitzy emirate gathered steam.

Decade after bubble burst, Ireland still faces housing crisis

Dublin - Ten years after Ireland's property bubble burst, the economy is recovering from the ravages of a deep recession but a housing crisis remains, due to a supply shortage and spiralling prices.

How many robots does it take to change a light bulb?

A newly created robotic gripper has researchers at University of California - San Diego excited. The 'friendly' new robot could help advance the automation of construction and building works.

Bridge of discord between Croatia and Bosnia

- Pero Brbora farms his shellfish in Croatia but has to cross the border into Bosnia, and out again, to sell them in his homeland.

Mexico's quake-proof building codes not always respected

Mexico - Sergio Lopez spends his days inspecting buildings at risk of collapse in Mexico City following Tuesday's quake. And he still can't believe that a school where 19 children and six adults died collapsed like a house of cards.

Shanghai temple moves 2,000-tonne hall on rails

Shanghai - The main hall and statues of a century-old Buddhist temple in central Shanghai have been moved 30 metres (100 feet) on rails to ease crowding at the popular site.

Cape Town housing boom a bust for longtime tenants

Cape Town - As a child in the 1970s, Charmaine Marcus was forcefully removed from her Cape Town neighbourhood when the apartheid government declared it a whites-only area.

Italy's deadly flirtation with illegal building

Rome - As Italy reels from another earthquake, experts warned Wednesday that widespread illegal construction is putting millions across the country at risk of being killed.

China's Wanda withdraws plan to buy London property

Bejing - Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda said Tuesday it was abandoning plans to buy a 470 million pound ($606 million) plot of land in London, as Beijing presses companies to halt overseas acquisitions.

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.

Delays, £1.5-bn cost overrun at UK's Hinkley nuclear plant: EDF

Paris - A project to build a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Britain will overrun by £1.5 billion ($1.95 billion, 1.71 billion euros) and may face further delays, its main supplier said Monday.

DRCongo seeks joint Chinese-Spanish offer to build dam

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday it has asked Chinese and Spanish bidders of a colossal dam project to join forces and submit a joint bid.

Wonderland Villas: A tale of Hong Kong's property rollercoaster

Hong Kong - Red-whiskered bulbuls start chirping around 5:00 am at Wonderland Villas, a hilltop complex in leafy northern Hong Kong whose own history charts the city's political, economic and social fortunes.

Blackstone, Saudi fund to invest $40 bln in US infrastructure

Washington - US asset management giant Blackstone and Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund announced Saturday they are launching a $40 billion investment vehicle to finance infrastructure renovation in the United States.

Thousands rally in Moscow against plan to raze Soviet-era flats

Moscow - Thousands of people protested in central Moscow on Sunday against the city's plan to tear down Soviet-era apartment blocks as part of a controversial urban redevelopment programme.

Clouds of smoke as latest fire hits central Dubai

Dibai - Clouds of smoke billowed over central Dubai on Sunday after a fire burned for several hours in a residential tower under construction near the city's largest shopping mall.
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