Breakthroughs in virtual and augmented reality technology are expected to change the worksites of the future.
A scenario analysis of the construction industry in 2036 paints an interesting picture for workers.
Illustration of pressure sensing bacteria in soils from the ‘Computational Colloids Project’.
Carolina Ramirez-Figuroa, Luis Hernan and Martyn Dade-Robertson
Bacteria can produce their own 'buildings' so scientists are genetically engineering them to build ours.
FEMA photograph by John Fleck taken in Mississippi.
In response to disasters like Superstorm Sandy, engineers are developing new building codes and tools to calculate the value of upgrades. National policy should encourage builders to use these tools.
A drop in migration from the EU would ease demand for housing, but also reduce the availability of those legendary Polish house builders, who will be hard to replace with local labour.
Ghosts in the machine: housing and commercial property are battling headwinds.
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Brexit worries have shaken the professional end of the sector, but Britain's troubles have run far deeper for far longer.
The cracks are starting to show.
Reinforced concrete is everywhere. But unlike plain concrete, which can last for centuries, reinforced concrete can deteriorate in decades as the reinforcing bars succumb to rust.
There is growing concern the proliferation of skyscrapers will be to the detriment of cities.
We need to move away from thinking about the skyscraper as an “icon”. Instead, we should be asking how the tall building – which will always “stand out” – can also “fit in” to cities.
Under construction: it’s extremely hard to measure productivity in construction or any other sector.
AAP Image/Richard Wainwright
Voters will hear a lot about productivity in the lead up to the budget. The key thing to remember is that it's a very rubbery concept, enormously tricky to measure and highly politicised.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that two-thirds of all industrial disputes in Australia are in construction, and that construction industrial disputes are up since the ABCC closed. Is that right?
Construction workers have a wealth of knowledge from their on-site experience.
Research shows if you involve construction workers in safety videos they're likely to improve safety for everyone.
A slowdown in mining has hit the industrial construction sector hard.
The industrial construction sector will have to cut costs and focus on smaller projects due to a slowdown in mining construction.
The housing crisis has scuppered home ownership dreams for many across the UK, but there is another way to do things.
Here's how scientists are seeking to turn the building blocks of life into the building blocks of ... well, buildings.
It's a dangerous job and sometimes things don't go to plan.
Stark new additions to our urban landscape are usually met with moaning – but it rarely lasts.
It worked for these people in Liverpool.
Housing People, Building Communities
With high prices and long waiting lists for existing houses, building your own home could make more sense.
It’s dirty work… and that’s only the visible dust.
Tiny nanoparticles emitted during building work can enter your lungs and bloodstream.
The government has scrapped the target as part of a ‘bonfire of planning rules’.
A disappointing end for one of the UK's flagship environmental schemes.
Prefabricated buildings don’t have to be dull. The challenge will be to get Australians to embrace them.
Memories of school demountables might cause some people to sneer at prefabricated buildings. But they can be stylish too, not to mention offering a possible way to ease the housing affordability problem.
Separating illegal phoenix activity from legitimate insolvencies is complicated.
Construction companies rise and fall with regularity in Australia - but how much of this activity is designed to avoid creditors?