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  • February 27, 2018

    As we move into 2018, the construction industry has its fair share of headwinds to tackle and tailwinds to ride. According to FMI, a forecasting firm dedicated exclusive to engineering, construction, infrastructure, and the built environment, there are a number of trends, ranging from a housing boom to inflation, that will impact the construction industry in 2018. Here is a quick look at what FMI has projected to impact the building industry for the next year1.

  • February 27, 2018

    Nearly 70 percent of the freight shipped throughout the United States travels by truck at some point in its journey.  Understanding how the trucking industry is performing and where it is forecast to go can make a big difference for trucking companies and those who use them for their shipping needs.  Planning is vital for the industry's continued success and it is also valuable to be able to anticipate changes and challenges so strategies to address and combat them can be developed.  In order to better understand the trucking industry forecast and expectations for 2018, informa

  • February 27, 2018

    Prefabricated construction is the practice of assembling a variety of components of a structure at a manufacturing site and transporting those sub-assemblies to the location of the construction jobsite. Prefabricated construction is sometimes thought of as a low-end and mass produced mode of construction. In reality however, it is quite the opposite. Prefabricated construction is becoming more common, improving in quality and has become available in a variety of budgets. Despite the perception of prefabrication, there are numerous benefits to this type of construction.

  • February 27, 2018

    The country’s construction industry may be swamped with work, with spending on new projects peaking at $1 trillion in November. But all the demand, and dollars, in the world can’t seem to fix the industry’s persistent labor shortages.

    The lack of enough skilled workers and a narrow talent pipeline has added extra hurdles, time, and costs to many current projects, according to builders, hindering the current boom time in the industry.

  • February 6, 2018

    Flooding and strong, wind-driven rain events have historically been a thorn in the side of installers, designers, and engineers who specify insulation systems.  Some specifiers choose to approach these extreme weather events by simply specifying a hydrophobic insulation, under the assumption that the hydrophobicity will prevent water ingress.  However, this approach is sometimes too simplistic to appropriately account for the potential for water ingress, as hydrophobic insulations are not a cure-all.

  • February 6, 2018

    International databases such as OFDA / CRED show that floods accounted for more than half of disasters registered for the 1990-2001 period. With consequences of climate change largely unpredictable at local level, future statistics are not likely to show any improvement. As human activities historically developed in river areas and floodplains, industrial facilities are structurally exposed to flooding. Past events witnessed industrial vulnerability to flooding, including direct impact on structure, loss of safety measures, loss of utilities, business interruption, etc.

  • February 6, 2018

    Anchored in flood-prone areas in every American state are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are located in areas at highest risk of flooding.

    As flood danger grows — the consequence of a warming climate — the risk is that there will be more toxic spills like the one that struck Baytown, Tex., where Hurricane Harvey swamped a chemicals plant, releasing lye. Or like the ones at a Florida fertilizer plant that leaked phosphoric acid and an Ohio refinery that released benzene.

  • February 6, 2018

    At its peak in late August and early September, Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane moving at 130 miles per hour, leaving fatalities and untold economic losses in its wake. Over one week, the hurricane dumped approximately 33 trillion gallons of rain on Texas and Louisiana and led to at least 82 deaths in the United States.

  • December 13, 2017

    2017 is coming to a close, and we've covered a lot of ground this year in our blog. Here are the top 10 blog posts from 2017!

    8) DON'T SETTLE WHEN IT COMES TO VIBRATION: PART 2
    We recently published Part 1 of the blog series,Don’t Settle When It Comes to Vibration. The previous blog addressed several types of insulation that you can use in high-temperature industrial applications where vibration is a component of the environment.