The 150 year old US Capitol building is currently undergoing its first restoration since 1960. The famous domed building is packed with rusted ornamental cast iron elements and a host of hazardous materials. The Architect of the Capitol has posted periodic updates of its progress throughout the project and the latest is a pretty cool timeline of the scaffold installation on the interior side of the Capitol Rotunda. You can find out more about the $100 restoration project in our previous post about it by clicking here.
As you’ll see in the video, the crews have begun hanging white drapery on the scaffold as the crews begin to remove hazardous lead paint, restore the iron work, install new lighting, and upgrade the HVAC system and electrical. After the video, we’ve shared a few of the amazing up close pictures of the Rotunda restoration, as well as an inside look into how the replacement windows were made in roughly the same manner as they were in 1860.
Many of the historical cupola windows have been badly damaged over the course of the last few decades and needed to be replaced. Obviously, there aren’t going to be many 1860 style windows on the market, so they had to go with the next best thing: re-creation. The original windows had a wavy surface texture which were added to the hot material as it was being rolled out. Both the original and new windows are made of glass, but the new replacement windows have been coated in a polyurethane resin which improves the durability of the glass. Enjoy the video below.
Tracking your construction project’s submittals and their approval status can be a tedious and frustrating process, but thankfully several project management applications are helping solve that issue with technology. At the beginning of this year, PlanGrid announced the release of an automatic submittal log creator tool, which scans through your project’s specification book and creates a trackable log of each submittal. The company has recently added several new features to make the Submittal platform, which allows users to manipulate the submittal log, even more useful.
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I’ve mentioned this several times before, but the single greatest thing technology companies can do for the construction industry is to allow cross-platform integration. That’s essentially what construction is at its core, anyway, a bunch of different entities working together for a common goal. Autodesk’s BIM 360, which already integrates 60+ different softwares into its platform, has recently added NoteVault to its list.
Arizona’s cost of living is 3.5% below the national average, according to MERIC, which helped them jump about 7 spots in the rankings after adjustment. There are two professions ranked in the top 10, including security and fire systems installers at #2 and solar panel installers at #5. The lowest ranked professions in the state are insulation workers at #40 and crane operators at #38.
When we’ve talked about construction robotics in the past, it’s mostly been about really large machines working on exterior structures, like this brick-laying robot, or this self-driving track loader. A technology institute in Japan is busy working towards bringing robotics to the interior finish side of the construction world with the development of a drywall installing robot.
Last week, we shared some newly updated Trenching and Excavation safety information from OSHA, which was part of their priority goals for 2018. Those updates included a public service announcement and updated online resources. The administration has just announced the update of their National Emphasis Program (NEP) on trenching and excavation safety, which features a period of education and prevention outreach.
A construction crane that was working on a highway widening project in St. Martin Parish in Louisiana collapsed onto the adjacent roadway last week, injuring one driver.
The first state to be on the right side of our countdown is the Centennial State: Colorado. It received it’s nickname after becoming an official state 100 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Demolition by implosion videos are always fun to watch. Adding an element of water makes them even more dramatic, though it’s probably not great for the ecosystem. Late last week, a one mile long, 23 year-old bridge in China was imploded in front of a crowd of spectators and caught on camera.