Part of the appeal of polished concrete is the honest expression of the material. The base color of the cement paste (and aggregates if exposed) combined with the natural mottling, creates a unique visual element for each project. Designers can choose appearance and gloss levels, ranging from a soft satin to a highly polished reflection. Today, a broad palette of color created through the use of integral color and modern stains and dyes is available, and the designs can incorporate stenciling, etching, and custom graphics. This course focuses on normal-weight concrete slabs-on-grade.
Virtual Reality and Graphics Virtualization are allowing architects and engineers to create a more immersive experience for their partners and clients. Learn about the technology and see how three firms are using it today.
Accurate construction cost data, coupled with in-house data, can mitigate harmful trends or other external factors to maximize opportunity. It can offer valuable insight into budgets, estimates, and scheduling; it also takes into account political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental factors to help reduce risk and create well-informed bids. Accurate construction cost data further facilitates value engineering and avoiding cost overruns. The value of construction cost data from expert third parties can be seen in every stage of a project’s lifecycle.
Offsite construction can be an entry point for innovation that simplifies onsite assembly, provides cost savings, and offers superior performance. The sector has already implemented just-in-time job site production, reduced cycle time and inventory, and optimized vendor-managed processes. Offsite construction will evolve to increasingly integrated assemblies to further reduce site labor and utilize advanced automation. Significant innovation in offsite construction is finally pushing a large portion of the construction process from the jobsite into manufacturing plants. This course will cover what that innovation is and why the construction industry is ripe for change.
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