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2014 Showed just how much MetalMiner loves renewable energy.

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Whether it was India committing to build the world’s largest solar park, or England looking to harness the power of its tides to generate hydro power, we scoured the globe for the latest in renewable, clean energy.

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The year in construction was dominated by labor and funding scarcity that held the recovery back until the final quarter of 2014 when home building and private construction finally took off.

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While materials prices stayed low for much of the year, the inability to finance projects and the ongoing logjam in Washington forced key projects such as highway funding and oil pipelines from seeing any path to construction. It’s hard to believe that now high-flying construction was a laggard for much of the year, but that was the case right up until the beginning of summer.

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If you’ve been to a construction site in the last 10 years, you likely know that the days of huge sheet sets of plans printed ad infinitum are going away. While the level of technology adoption varies widely from job to job, the Portable Document Format (PDF) has largely replaced printed sheet sets, allowing better communication and saving trees, too.

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Although the PDF is the de facto format for digital construction documentation, national design standards haven’t yet been defined, meaning construction companies and CAD managers often have to change sharing methods and mark-ups for every job. Now, a group of design teams, constructors and every group in the construction chain, is trying to change that.

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Autodesk has started taking orders for its new 3D printer via the Ember Explorer Program.

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Back in May the design software company announced it was creating its own Spark 3D printing platform, as well as their very own 3D printer, which later became the Ember. To purchase the Ember 3D printer, interested individuals must first request an “Access Pass”

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Electricity Consumers in Brazil can negotiate with suppliers on their electricity contract price based on their knowledge of certain parameters of the industry. A clear understanding of their consumption pattern and knowledge about the supplier’s generation mix can give consumers an upper hand over suppliers during the final negotiation of contract prices.

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Although there are numerous strategies, with the changing dynamics of the markets these strategies need to be reevaluated in order to minimize the risk involved, especially in the procurement context. When the mitigation strategies looked from a conservative front can be divided into two broader verticals.

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As NFL players don pink cleats, towels and gloves for breast cancer awareness this month, more and more companies are getting in on the act. Houston-based oil-field services company Baker-Hughes is one such company. According to FuelFix, Baker-Hughes’ unique contribution to awareness, in addition to the company’s second $100,000 donation of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure movement, was 1,000 drill bits that had been painted pink instead of the usual gold paint Baker-Hughes uses. Drill bits.

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International Engineering Firm Morrison Hershfield recently released “The Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide – Analysis, Applications, and Insights,” a report that aims to overcome obstacles confronting the architecture and engineering industries with respect to mitigating thermal bridging to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

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Thermal bridging is a fundamental of heat transfer where a penetration of a building’s insulation layer by a highly conductive or noninsulating material takes place in the separation between the interior and exterior environments of a building assembly.

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Many people have heard of 3D printing with plastic or resin. The basic process extrudes a heated plastic in thin layers to gradually create a three-dimensional object.

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Until recently, though, only a few had heard of printing with metal, a different process that uses a layer to combine metal powder into a shape. Now, companies in the automotive and aerospace industry are utilizing this new type of production to create more complex and lighter parts.

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Using an integrated approach allowed architect HKS and general contractor DPR to deliver $500,000 in structural and HVAC savings and $150,000 in paper savings in phase two of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz., which opened earlier this year.

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The team eliminated errors and construction issues early on, before they became field conditions.

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The new construction jobs being created are not shovel-ready, but technology-ready. Construction companies are investing in people who know Revit and can program laser scanning equipment, not just people who can operate a jackhammer. Thanks to better project management through 3D design, integrated project teams and better communication, construction companies across the US came out of the recession lean, mean building machines.

Over the same period that technology revolutionized building, the pipeline of young workers entering the industry has slowed to a trickle.

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