Construction Data Company’s Building Blocks blog takes full advantage of its lead service data to provide insights into significant projects throughout the US.
The regular “hot projects” listings showcase “three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers.”
Of course, if you want to learn specific details about the relevant projects, you’ll need to subscribe to the service — and the highest-profile projects presumably will also be among the most competitive; but I think there is value in knowing what major upcoming projects in your area are of great enough interest that they are driving searches and inquiries through the CDC service.
The blog goes beyond this data-referring resource and provides some worthy insights about technologies, trends and innovations within the industry.
As an example, consider this posting — Entering the age of autonomous construction equipment:
Imagine walking onto a construction site to find a fleet of bulldozers, graders and excavators doing site prep without any operators behind the controls. Upon closer inspection, you notice some of the equipment is cab-less with no manual controls. The operators might be standing at a safe distance operating the machine remotely. Maybe the equipment is operating itself while someone monitors the work from the jobsite trailer or even back at the office 50 miles away. Autonomous and semi-autonomous construction equipment is the future and we’ll see it lead to safer jobsites with the work being done more efficiently and accurately than today.
The concept of autonomous equipment fits in the framework of self-driving cars and (with other innovations in augmented reality and BIM) suggests we will soon be in an era where virtual reality connects to the real-world in ways that would have seen only possible in science fiction a few years ago.
I really enjoy this blog and it has been a finalist in recent competitions because of its wide reach and quality.