When the rubber hits the road: Recycled tires create stronger concrete

Engineers have developed a more resilient type of concrete using recycled tires that could be used for concrete structures like buildings, roads, dams and bridges while reducing landfill waste.       UBC engineers have developed a more resilient type of concrete using recycled tires that could be used for concrete structures like buildings, roads, … More When the rubber hits the road: Recycled tires create stronger concrete

What Workforce Challenges Does the Construction Industry Face?

The construction industry is at a crossroads. On the one hand, the demand for construction has never been greater. Driving this demand is the growth in worldwide population (9 billion by 2050) and the increase in people living in cities (two out of three people living in cities by 2050). On the other hand, challenges … More What Workforce Challenges Does the Construction Industry Face?

Digital fabrication in architecture The challenge to transform the building industry

Summary: Society faces enormous challenges in constructing high-quality, future-oriented built environments. Construction sites today look much like the building sites did at the beginning of the 20th century. Current research on digital fabrication in architecture indicates that the development and integration of innovative digital technologies within architectural and construction processes could transform the building industry … More Digital fabrication in architecture The challenge to transform the building industry

System can 3-D print an entire building

Tech could enable faster, cheaper, more adaptable building construction MIT researchers have designed a system that can 3-D print the basic structure of an entire building. The system consists of a tracked vehicle that carries a large industrial robotic arm, which has a smaller, precision-motion robotic arm at its end. Credit: Photo Steven Keating, Julian … More System can 3-D print an entire building

Heated pavement technology tested at Des moines International Airport

Iowa State engineers don’t need a plow to clear snow from the heated test slabs they installed at the Des Moines International Airport. Credit: Halil Ceylan Iowa State University’s Halil Ceylan picked up his smartphone, opened up an app and called up the remote controls for the first full-scale test slabs of electrically conductive concrete … More Heated pavement technology tested at Des moines International Airport

Use of ‘large open-ended pipe piles’ could lead to lower-cost bridge construction

These open-ended pipe piles, about 100-feet long and two feet in diameter, will be used to test a type of bridge pile often seen in offshore applications, research that could help reduce the cost of bridge building or replacement of aging spans. Engineers at Purdue University are leading a project with the Indiana Department of … More Use of ‘large open-ended pipe piles’ could lead to lower-cost bridge construction

New use for paper industry’s sludge and fly ash in plastics

FULL STORY Up to half of oil-based polypropylene can be replaced with paper industry side streams. Plastec Finland Oy and Wiitta Oy made a trial batch of floor tiles and storage containers, of which side-streams accounted for 30%. Credit: Image courtesy of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland examined, … More New use for paper industry’s sludge and fly ash in plastics