Construction Projections and Forecasts (October 2014)

By Mark Robins

Here are useful construction-related projections and forecasts released in recent months:

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Reaching New Employer Markets

By Marcy Marro, Editor

 

According to an article that ran earlier this summer in Ad Age, Construction Industry Markets to Build Younger Workforce, the construction industry is trying to market itself as a place to use advanced math, science and technical skills.

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Certifying Parking Garages

In the July issue, I wrote an article that looks as the use of metal in designing parking structures.

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More about Skylights

 

 

 

 

 

By Mark Robins, Senior Editor

In the June 2014 issue of Metal Construction News, I wrote  an article about Skylights and didn't have room for this additional information.

 

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2014 Hall of Fame Nominations

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By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director

In the past two years, the industry has recognized 14 members in the Metal Construction Hall of Fame, two of them posthumously. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize the giants in the metal construction industry, who have through innovation, devotion and excellence improved our daily lives. 

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Projections and Forecasts

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.

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A Clean, Well-lighted Industry

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.

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Don’t Build. Print.

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By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director

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.

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Metal Construction Professionals Making Selections

By Mark Robins

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 material panels.

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ESOPs and Metal Construction

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By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director

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.

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Innovations

By Mark Robins

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 your doctor.

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Missile test videos impact funny bone

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.

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