By Mark Robins
As Senior Editor of Metal Construction News and
Metal Architecture I have access to a lot of incoming
information, news and reports. One topic that I always find
interesting is projections and forecasts. How are companies and
associations able to look into their crystal balls and predict
trends and the future? I'm not 100% sure how they do it, but below
are some construction-related projections and forecasts that I
think you might find interesting and useful.
By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director
In the mid 90s, I participated in a conference that tried to
address the dearth of reliable market data in the residential
remodeling industry, which was then believed to be more than a $100
billion industry. To solve the problem required the participation
of private industry-primarily through building product
manufacturers and their marketing departments-as well as
government, academic and other institutions. The only entity large
enough to gather the data necessary was the Federal government.
3-D printers are the hot new item in the tech market, and
architects-especially those whose eyes are drawn the bright, shiny
new thing-are finding great uses for them. The printers allow for
much more sophisticated modeling, which can help increase
construction efficiency and determine optimal engineering.
About two months ago I wrote an MCN article titled
Metal Wall Comparisons that charted important criteria for four
types of metal wall panels: single skin panels, insulated metal
panels, aluminum composite material panels and metal composite
Business owners who have recently nursed their companies through
the recent downturn are now beginning to pick up their heads and
think about exit strategies. Especially those of a certain age.
The New York Times recently reported two different companies,
Proteus Digital Health and HQ, are working on ingestible, pill-like
computers that you can swallow with a glass of milk or water. Once
inside your body, tiny sensors and transmitters go about their
business, whether it's tracking your internal biorhythms or
wirelessly reporting back on your body's current health status to
By Christopher Brinckerhoff
If you laughed when David Letterman
dropped bowling balls on a waterbed and a frozen turkey on a
trampoline from the top of a five-story tower, you might also
find missile impact test videos entertaining.
There are two seasons in Chicago: winter and construction. This
past winter has been especially difficult.
By Paul Deffenbaugh
Years ago, Jack Stack wrote one of the best books about running
a business ever penned. It's called, "The Great Game of Business."
In a nutshell, Stack's theory is that the most dynamic game
available in the country isn't baseball, basketball or football.
The best game is running a business, and the shame of it is that so
few people get to participate.
The Metal Consrtruction Hall of Fame deadline for entries has
been extended to August 22, 2013. In its second year, this award
program honors those individuals who have made significant
contributions to the success, innovation and growth of the metal
I have been doing the initial start-up work on a forthcoming
Metal Construction News article on the ordering of bent metal
panels, and why the successful communication between buyer and
seller is so important. I've been doing a lot of communicating with
companies on this topic to learn more about the communication
process that's involved here.
The Top Metal Builders deadline is approaching fast. Complete
and submit your form by March 29, 2013.
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