Do you remember the days when you built the tallest building in the world it would hold the record for longer than one month? Well it seems in this new "Global Economy" that every country needs a super tall statement. Japan has joined the conversation with the newly proposed mile-high skyscraper that is set to reach a height of 5,577ft (read: one mile). If you are new to the super tall skyscraper game, you may not know that the announced height of 5,577 feet is like a "ASPR" (the Architects Suggested Project Height) kind of like an MSRP for the consumer industry, because there are always multiple projects in the works to be the tallest. These final heights are a closely guarded secret that is often not reviled until the final months of the project.
We recently wrote a story about Dr. Ian Pearson's prediction for what the construction industry could look like 30 years in the future. In his paper, Dr. Pearson predicts that London could have an 18 mile high building with a space pod on top of it by 2045. This isn't quite there yet, but it is over twice as tall as the current reigning champ of World's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (2,722 ft, 829.8 m).
KPF (Kohn Pedersen Fox), the architect of the project, has a portfolio of super tall buildings the size of a New York Phone Book. The have built massive structures all over the world and they don't appear to be slowing down. They designed the Shanghai World Financial Center (1,614 ft, 492 m), the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong (1,587 ft, 484 m), the Ping An Financial Centre in Shenzhen, China (1,969 ft, 600 m), the One Vanderbilt in New York, New York (1,501 ft, 458 m), among many others.
This Mile-High project in Tokyo, dubbed Next Tokyo 2045, is mostly an exercise in research and development for sustainability in the future. The building, with a total square footage of 14.8 milloon (1.375 millon square meters) is designed to host up to 55,000 people and use a water collection system that would allow the upper floors to use reclaimed water rather than pumping water one mile vertical from the ground. The project even comes with a series of man-made hexagonal islands. The islands are designed to protect the mainland from flooding and act as a foundation for homes for around a half million people. This project is gearing up to be a modern engineering marvel.
We will keep an eye on this one for 30 more years to come!
3D printing technology faces major issues when it is required to leave the shelter of a warehouse and step foot on a construction job site. 3D printers are extremely large, heavy, and rely on precise calibration for accuracy. Even the first 3D printed office building in Dubai, which was completed last year, had to actually have its components printed off site and assembled on site. But, Apis Cor, a 3D printing company, believes it has created the technology to print a full structure completely on site.
Road construction is rarely an ideal place for many things. It’s unsafe for workers, it causes traffic issues, and nearby businesses can suffer from it. One more thing can be added to the list, as self-driving cars are also having a hard time navigating construction zones, as well.
In the construction world, 3D printing technology has traditionally focused on buildings and other static structures, like this 3D printed bridge in Madrid, Spain. Not anymore, though, as the world’s first 3D printed excavator was officially unveiled to the attendees at last week’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas.
Augmented reality on construction job sites has been a focus of several technology companies in recent years. As of now the clear leaders in the category have been the DAQRI smart helmet and glasses and the MIcrosoft Hololens. Early this year, DAQRI introduced their new smart glasses, which are the lighter and more mobile version of their fully protective smart hard hat. The new DAQRI product is a clear competitor for Microsoft’s Hololens, which is also a smart headset product. Backed by the powerful construction technology company Trimble and in a partnership with the University of Cambridge, the Hololens is getting tested with 2 new concepts specifically for the construction industry: Automated Progress Monitoring and Automated Bridge Damage Detection.
The concept of a bubble has surprisingly inspired many designers within the construction industry in recent years. There’s the inflatable bubble building in Shanghai that is supposed to help air and light quality, the inflatable tunnel that will protect pedestrians and business during road construction in Canada, and even a solar cell that was created to be lighter than a soap bubble. We can now add Binishells to our list.
Construction workers work long hours in some pretty rough exterior conditions a lot of the time and there’s no doubt that fatigue is a major factor in job site accidents. In recent years, we’ve seen a few technological advances that will either reduce worker fatigue or sense it, including robotic attachments, lighter and less vibratory power tools, and camera systems on CAT machines that sense when drivers are closing their eyes too much. Recently, a company out of Australia has been developing a smart hard hat that sensors when mental fatigue has set in.
3D printed construction has been on top of the news the past few years, but we have yet to truly see many real world applications of the process. Last year, Dubai unveiled a completed 3D printed office building, which they say was built in only 19 days, but news has been pretty slow until the world’s first 3D printed bridge was completed recently.
As consistent and strong as wood, concrete, and steel have been for the past centuries, researchers and scientists are continually trying to improve them or create a better replacement product. Many have tried, but none have yet to succeed on a large scale. The latest scientific breakthrough takes a look at the geometry of a structure, rather than simply the material itself.
The following is a guest post from Kari at Appfluence, maker of Priority Matrix, a priority management solution that helps construction teams execute more effectively, by centralizing project information and enhancing communication.
As a manager, it’s not uncommon to ask yourself, ‘am I doing this right?’ Even the most experienced managers in the construction industry consistently strive to learn different methods of management that allow them to increase their team efficiency and deliver more successful projects.