Construction Industry News Roundup: June 2019
June 28 2019
Heathrow unveils expansion 'masterplan', Facebook reveals open-source simulation and datasets, TfL launches £1.4bn roads framework, and the size of construction disputes drops by half: Catch up on all the important industry news from this month.
Heathrow unveils expansion 'masterplan'
This month Heathrow Airport unveiled its “masterplan” which includes the construction of a third runway by 2026 and a completed expansion by 2050. The plan also involves diverting rivers, moving roads and rerouting the M25 through a tunnel under the new runway.
Heathrow said expansion should “not come at any cost” and has outlined plans for low-emission zones and congestion charges to stem local air pollution. It plans to expand in phases up to 2050 with new terminal buildings added after the runway. With passenger numbers expected to reach 140 million a year, Heathrow says it will help to keep airport charges and fares down after some airlines complained about the cost.
Facebook unveils its
Full article: Facebook
Facebook have created a new opensource platform for embodied AI research called AI Habitat, while Facebook Reality Labs released a dataset of photorealistic sample spaces called Replica. These virtual spaces have been created to help AI researchers teach machines about the real, physical world - an important step towards next-gen augmented reality and virtual reality.
Both Habitat and Replica are now available for researchers to download via Github. With these tools, researchers can train AI bots to act, see, talk, reason and plan simultaneously.
The Replica data set is made of 18 different sample spaces, including a living room, conference room and two-story house. By training an AI bot to respond to a command like "bring my keys" in a Replica 3D simulation of a living room, researchers hope someday it can do the same with physical robots in a real-life living room.
TfL launches £1.4bn roads framework
Full Article: Transport Network
Transport for London is seeking bids for its new £1.4bn London highway maintenance and projects framework.
The new set of three single supplier frameworks will be for highway maintenance, capital renewals, enhancements and associated works and services. The frameworks each cover its own geographical area across London.
The intended start date of the frameworks is October 2020, with mobilisation expecting to occur in April 2021. The frameworks are anticipated to last around four years but may be extended at TfL’s discretion.
Work for all three contracts will include design works for drainage, embankments and other earthworks and bridges. The contractor will also be required to give pre-construction support, providing construction advice, schedule assessment, risk assessment, and engineering surveys and investigations.
The size of construction disputes have dropped by half
Full article: Building
According to an analysis of global disputes by Arcadis, the average value of construction disputes in the UK fell by 47% last year as the industry started to make progress with early resolution of issues on contracts.
Arcadis found that contractors are now seeking to resolve contractual disputes as they arise rather than letting them build up into large final account rows.
The UK is now leading the way in dispute resolution, compared with global averages in dispute values and quick resolution times. The average dispute length in the UK is 12.8 months. Although, this is 28% longer than last year and consistent with the global trend, whereby disputes are taking longer on average to resolve.
If you look at one more thing today:
If you learn one thing today:
If you read one funny story: