This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:
Thomson-Line Transit - Cut and Cover Construction
We have reported on the progress of the Thomson-Line transit system in Singapore, most recently last April (Vol. 5 – Issue 14) when there was a potential threat of the site being shut down by the local subway authority. It appears the threat has passed and the blog is alive and well. We found the erector-set structural support system for one cut-and-cover system very interesting, not to mention complex. Much more complex than the systems we’ve seen stateside using single struts using steel pipe. Click here for the home page of the Thomson-Line blogspot. To learn more about cut-and-cover techniques, visit the railnet.com site here.
3D-Printed Skyscraper in the Works
Where else, but Dubai, currently the home of the world’s tallest skyscraper, would someone want to build a 3D-printed one. Not going to be the tallest, but certainly the most innovative use of 3D-printing to-date, the structure will use a new technique called “crane printing.” Click here to learn more.
Public Building Renewal Act of 2017 - What it Means to Vertical Contractors
Many of us are familiar with the use of public-private partnership (PPP) projects in the transportation sector but never hear about its use for public buildings. Apparently, the U.S. Tax Code has helped by granting tax-exempt financing. That may change with a proposed legislation known as the Public Building Renewal Act of 2017. Samara Barend, PPP development director and senior vice president for AEC, has penned an online exclusive explaining the new legislation at the AGC's Constructor Magazine website; click here to read the full article.