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Research Team Creates Self-Healing Cement

Researchers are the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are working to create self-healing cement. The cement would be used in tough environments where normal materials can experience failures from either chemical or physical stressors, the Tri-City Herald reported....


MIT Takes a Closer Look at Wood Construction

Boston's MIT students and researchers are doing their thing. The academic brain-trust at the Massachusetts university has contributed to society's progress in impressive ways and, perhaps, less august ways — the oxymoronic all-terrain wheelchair comes to mind....


New Study: Opioid Crisis Bad for Construction Industry

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently released a report showing the impact that opioids have had on the construction industry. According to the research, almost 25 percent of all opioid-related fatalities across four years happened to workers in the construction industry....


Researchers Pursue Path to the Fuel of the Future

We all want to believe in perfect energy solutions. Clean, cheap and limitless energy for everyone. Nirvana, in a word. It isn't here yet, though fracking has produced some great leaps forward in energy production....


Is It Safe? Tests Determine If ABC Construction Can Hold Up Against Earthquakes

Good news: A series of tests at the Earthquake Engineering Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, has determined that accelerated bridge construction methods are safe and ready to be used on job sites....


State Pursues Vital Highway Safety Facility

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary and Pa. Turnpike Commission (PTC) Chair Leslie S. Richards announced at the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit that the two agencies are partnering with Penn State University (Penn State) to commence site planning and design for the Pennsylvania Safety, Transportation and Research Track, or PennSTART -- a state-of-the-art facility envisioned to benefit emergency responders, transportation organizations and research institutions....


Global Crane Market Expecting 4.1 Percent Growth Through 2022

After years of seesawing growth and contraction, a sustained global construction and energy boom is helping to boost the worldwide market for cranes, according to a report by BCC Research. The global market is expected to see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1 percent through 2022, when the sector could be worth $35.9 billion, according to the report Cranes: Technologies and Global Markets....


CDC: Construction Workers See Highest Risk of Asthma-Related Deaths

A new CDC study has revealed that the construction industry has the highest rate of asthma deaths among men. The report covered 2015 data that showed that in the U.S., 3,396 adults died from asthma that year....


Report: Construction Industry Set to Massively Adopt 3D Printing Technologies, Generating $40B in Revenues by 2027

SmarTech Publishing has just issued a new report that examines the market potential for additive manufacturing in the construction industry. SmarTech expects the market for 3D printing in construction to top $40 billion in revenues by the end of the 10 year forecast period....


New Asphalt Advancements Come Just in Time for Pothole Season

Roads could soon fix themselves as researchers make progress in developing self-healing asphalt. According to a team of Swiss researchers ETH Zurich and the Swiss Institute for Materials Science a new asphalt mixture made with a magnetic nano-particulate additive would prevent potholes from forming at all, and what's more, the mixture would lengthen roads' lifespans, the News Wheel reported....






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