Construction Industry News Roundup: August 2019
September 03 2019
Satellites, drones and VR could help tackle the Amazon fires, UK government reveals £600m housebuilding package, and Amazon announces renewable energy project in Ireland: Catch up on all the important industry news from this month.
Satellites, drones and VR could help tackle the Amazon fires
This month, photographs of the burning Amazon rainforest have reverberated around the globe.
It’s believed that cattle ranching is responsible for as much as 80% of the ongoing deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, resulting in unprecedented destruction and dire warnings from environmentalists.
Satellites, drones and VR could help tackle the Amazon fires. Remote sensing is the science of obtaining information about objects or areas from a distance. Topography, vegetation and even climate information could be collected from satellites and drones and mixed to detect areas which are at most threat.
The whole forest is flammable, however there are particular areas that would be more viable than others to a very dangerous outbreak like the tree species, forest density and the local weather. If we could classify vegetation, it would be possible to compare satellite data from a year ago with today’s data in order to verify the extent of destruction to the forest.
Government reveals £600m housebuilding package
Full article: Building
The government is to invest £600m of what it said was new money into unlocking the building of new homes across England.
Chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid said the funding would be available through the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and help pay for new transport links and schools across five housing schemes.
Javid, who established the HIF when he was communities secretary, said he wanted to see more people realise the dream of homeownership.
The five schemes due to benefit are:
£218m for the Beaulieu station – near Chelmsford – and north-east bypass bid from Essex County Council
£156m for the Meridian Water bid from Enfield council
£99.9m for the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community
£69.6m for the transformational growth in Biggleswade
£80.8m for the East London Line
Amazon announces renewable energy project in Ireland
Full Article: Engadget
Amazon has announced two new renewable energy projects, including a solar farm in Pittsylvania County, Virginia and a new wind farm planned in Cork, Ireland and Virginia in the US.
This will be Amazon’s second renewable energy project in Ireland. It is expected to produce clean energy annually to support Amazon’s goal to power 100% of its global operations with renewable energy. According to a press release, it is projected to begin producing energy sometime in 2020. Amazon says it will produce 45 megawatts of renewable energy capacity and the energy would be used to power the company's data centres.