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Robots to construct future projects
London’s Architectural Association School has revealed the launch of their new course that will explore robotic construction. The success of this project led to the development of a new MSc course, also called Design & Make, which will focus on robotic technologies and their application in timber construction.
Read more via Dezeen
Cybercrime targets construction
Latest figures from the Home Office victimisation survey show there was 77,000 incidents of online crime against construction in 2014/15. A total of 71% of cases related to computer viruses and 10% involved hacking attacks, although there is a degree of overlap between different types of online crime.
Read more via Construction Manager
70 tonnes of steel for new zoo attraction
Build Show exhibitor, Wedge Group, has galvanized almost 70 tonnes of steel for a new 14 acre attraction at Chester Zoo. The project, headed by CLM Services, required galvanized steel for small steel brackets right through to 11 tonne enclosures and window frames containing up to two tonnes of glass.
Read more via Building Talk
Largest floating windfarm set for Scotland
Statoil has been granted a seabed lease to develop a floating windfarm 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead. Rather than using fixed foundations on or in the seabed to support the wind turbines, the Hywind project consists of a floating steel tube filled with ballast, which is fastened to the seabed.
Read more via The Courier.co.uk
Only 12% of trainees become apprentices
67,000 construction students started training courses in 2014/15 but in that same year only 18,000 secured an apprenticeship. Even if young people can secure an apprenticeship the drop-out levels are close to 50 per cent. Read more via Construction Enquirer
Archaeologists needed to minimise delays
HS2 and homebuilding schemes 'at risk of delay' because Britain is running out of archaeologists to examine relics dug up during construction. Road upgrades and work on the rail networks planned over the next 17 years could also face delay leading to employers and universities urgently trying to encourage school leavers into archaeology. Read more via Daily Mail
Energy prices turn negative
On Sunday, May 8, sun and wind energy was so bountiful in Germany, that the utility had to pay people to use it all up. Due to weather conditions that day, the combined spike caused renewable to make up 87% of the country’s total energy consumption, if only briefly. Read more via Co Exist
Seeing is believing
Developer Tishman Speyer and Rex Architecture have teamed up to build a 370,000-square-foot “kaleidoscope” office in Washington DC that is made almost entirely of glass.
Read more via Global Construction Review