The Biggest Construction Industry Stories Of 2016
The Biggest Construction Industry Stories Of 2016The Biggest Construction Industry Stories Of 2016

The Biggest Construction Industry Stories Of 2016 (So Far)

Now that we are halfway through the year, let’s take a look back at some of the notable construction industry stories of the first half of 2016.

Innovations In Technology

The development of 3D printing technology has presented the industry with new methods of construction. Dubai made industry headlines with the announcement that by 2030 25% of all the new buildings in Dubai would be 3D printed. Shortly after, Dubai unveiled the world’s first fully functional 3-D-printed office.

Drones And FAA Rule Changes

The construction industry in the US will see  an increase in the use of drone technology in coming years. The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced that it had finally issued a long-awaited set of rules for the commercial use of drones in the construction industry that includes the following:

  • Drones can only be used during daylight hours
  • Maximum altitude for use is 400 feet
  • 100 mph speed limit
  • Must be equipped with anti-collision lights
  • Operators must be over the age of 16
  • Drones can’t be flown over people unless they are operating it

New Industry Regulations

The Department of Labor made construction industry headlines this year with its update of the silica rule. Silica is a mineral that can be found in construction materials such concrete, sand, mortar, and stone. This new rule calls for construction workers to be exposed less to silica, as exposure for long terms can affect long-term health, and for those affected to undergo increased medical monitoring at the employer’s expense.

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