• Irma & Harvey – What’s the economic impact of the hurricanes?

    Miami, Florida, while not suffering a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, offered up one of the more enduring images of the damage left behind. Three large construction cranes in downtown Miami all suffered structural failure. The broken assembly is a stark reminder of the power of a hurricane, even when not in the proverbial “eye”.

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  • The Visual Revolution is Here.

    Digital camera offerings now include 360-degree imagery. The “full view” of any image comes alive, as the camera captures the item of interest, along with everything surrounding the camera. As an example, displayed via Google’s Street View, the interior images of the International Space station, offer an incredible tour of a place that few will

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  • Meet the Next Generation of Construction Professionals

    Did you start your high school day at 7 am? For the enthusiastic students of Effingham County’s CTEC program (Construction Trades Educational Curriculum) the answer is “ABSOLUTELY”! Now entering its third year, the CTEC program offers high school seniors “experiential” learning in the construction trades arena. Meeting from 7-9 am, every school day, the students

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  • New Life for Malls

    The news is filled with stories of the changing face of retail, as impacted by online shopping. From store closings (Sears, Penney’s, Macy’s, & CVS) to bankruptcy (Gander Mountain, Payless, Gordmans, & HH Gregg), retail faces a tsunami of a head wind. The retail fallout is also impacting that uniquely American creation – the shopping

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  • Housing recovery – Economic Recovery

    The US housing industry is recovering and that’s good news for the overall US economy. In 2016, housing (both investment and services) represented 15.6% of the US GDP. But for the previous 60 years, the housing sector averaged nearly 19% of the GDP. (By comparison, the US auto industry only accounts for 3.5% of GDP).

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  • It’s war! A century old debate has just been reignited.

    It was 1888. Serial inventor, Thomas Edison envisioned an America powered by direct current electricity. Former Edison employee, Nikola Tesla argued that alternating current was more flexible and inexpensive. The biggest drawback to the DC current, advocated by Edison, was the short distance that power could be transmitted. In fact, Edison envisioned lighting New York

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  • Some see a traffic jam. Others see opportunity.

    Elon Musk (of Tesla Motors & SpaceX fame) recently tweeted his frustration with LA’s infamous traffic jams, “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging”.   His message wasn’t just an idle rant. By the end of January, Musk has already started test borings on the campus

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  • Don’t be afraid. It’s just your construction professional.

    Nope, this isn’t the next iteration of the movie “Iron Man”.  Rather, it’s the newest technology in construction. With an aging US construction work force, and increased construction activity, construction employment is again on the rise.  It is projected that by 2019, there will be a shortage of nearly 1.5 million workers. Innovative technologies might

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  • A momentous month for the iphone

    Ten years ago this month, the Apple iphone hit the marketplace.  Some interesting (and weird) facts about the iPhone: 1 Billion                 Number of iPhones sold since 2007 $1 Million             Amount paid by Apple to Michael Kovatch for the domain name “iphone.com” $.25                       Estimated cost of energy consumed by an iPhone on an annual basis 200                        Number

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  • Consumer Electronics Show – Happy 50th!

    Consumer Electronics Show – Happy 50th! The Consumer Electronic Show opened in Las Vegas on January 5th, the 50th anniversary of the first event held in NYC in 1967.  That first year, the event attracted 200 exhibitors and 17,000 attendees.  The 2017 event will feature more than 3,500 firms and 170,000 guests.  A quick recap

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