NJ Spotlight News: New tool to ‘empower’ residents, local officials on warehouse development. “A new source of data on planned warehouses in New Jersey is designed to give residents information they can use to oppose the projects or urge local officials to protect some parcels from development by updating their master plans. The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters plans to hold a webinar Wednesday to launch the online platform that it says will provide users with descriptions of warehouse projects planned for their towns.”
New-to-me and wow, what a collection of enthusiasm and expertise. It’s the Wood Database! https://www.wood-database.com/ . This is a collection of information about wood — almost 600 species according to the front page, with tons of articles, a wood identification guide, and more. Just wow.
American Iron and Steel Institute: American Iron and Steel Institute Announces New Website Search Tool for Past Great Designs In Steel Presentations. “GDIS is the steel industry’s hallmark event which tens of thousands of steel and auto industry experts have attended over the past 21 years. The new database allows for users to search over 140 presentations on a wide range of topics by using keywords from the abstract or presentation, title of presentation, topic, presenter, company or year.”
Stevens Point Metro Wire: DNR launches new asbestos search tool. “The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Air Management Program has released a new tool to allow the public to search asbestos notifications and inspection reports…. Customers can search for submitted asbestos notifications by notification number, address, contractor and submission dates. Results of the search are downloadable, and associated documents can be downloaded as a zip file.”
SF Gate: Google gets go-ahead to build 153-acre Bay Area neighborhood by headquarters. “Bay Area tech giant Google got the go-ahead to build a 153-acre mixed-use neighborhood just south of its headquarters in north Mountain View on June 13, with unanimous city council approval. Plans for the 30-year project, which will supplant the Google offices and parking lots currently in the area, include over 3 million square feet of office space and 7,000 residential units.”
The Construction Index: New database reveals sources for the building stones of England. “The Building Stones Database for England is described as the first online searchable tool bringing together information on all the different types of stone that have been used in the buildings of England over the centuries. Users can browse the geological map, search by postcode, address or place name. Or they can look for a specific building stone and representative buildings or structures made with each stone type.”
US Census Bureau: Census Bureau Unveils Unique, Interactive Building Permit Tool. “For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau has created an interactive map of national, state and county building permit data. The recently released tool allows quick access and insight into the dynamics of permits issued for new residential construction.”
Washington State University: Martian rock-metal composite shows potential of 3D printing on Mars. “A little Martian dust appears to go a long way. A small amount of simulated crushed Martian rock mixed with a titanium alloy made a stronger, high-performance material in a 3D‑printing process that one day could be used on Mars to make tools or rocket parts.”
The Construction Index: Funding secured for Irish navvy archive. “The archive will include an array of documents and recordings of the many Irish emigrants who became known as the generation that built Britain. It will be digitised from records and interviews already gathered by Irish historian Ultan Cowley for a book who wrote more than 20 years ago, chronicling the tales of those who crossed the Irish Sea to work in UK construction. Irish construction workers at the time were widely labelled as ‘navvies’, the pejorative term used for the manual labourers who dug the canal network (the navigators) in the 18th and 19th centuries.”
Envirotech Online: Gemini Data Loggers sponsors Low Energy Buildings Database. “The Low Energy Buildings Database is the leading publicly accessible database on sustainable buildings and building practices in the UK. Gemini Data Loggers, manufacturer of the Tinytag range of data loggers, is sponsoring a project by AECB (Association for Environment Conscious Building) to upgrade the platform into an international repository for low energy buildings.”
Washington State University: Disposable masks could be used to make more durable concrete. “With the pervasive single-use masks during the pandemic now presenting an environmental problem, researchers have demonstrated the idea of incorporating old masks into a cement mixture to create stronger, more durable concrete. In a paper published in the journal, Materials Letters, a Washington State University research team showed that the mixture using mask materials was 47% stronger than commonly used cement after a month of curing.”
San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco spent $250,000 on a database to track construction delays. Years later, it has never been used. “Three years after developing a database meant to track the performance of contractors on city construction projects, the system of checks and balances remains unused, according to a report from the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury.”
PRNewswire: California Builder Services Launches DREPublicReports .com (PRESS RELEASE). “The site, maintained by California Builder Services, offers a simple search function to pull up 590,000 reports (and counting) archived over the past few decades. This includes subdivisions and developments in the state of California and developments completed by builders from California. Accessing the records is crucial when conducting research, whether its real estate brokers checking if disclosures are signed to builders researching regions or competitors.” The site is free to access.
The Construction Index: Industry archive broken up and at risk. “An historic construction industry archive collection is being broken up and some is at risk of being lost forever because the volunteers who look after it are running out of time to move all the material out.”
The Scotsman: Archive reveals how planners drove motorway through Glasgow. “Thousands of previously unseen archive photos of the UK’s biggest urban motorway network including ‘stunning visualisations and construction photos’ are to be made publicly available for the first time.”