Affordable Superstrong Concrete for Bridges

Ultra-high performance concrete mixes cost $360-650 per cubic yard and have compressive strength from 22,500 PSI to 29000 PSI. There are proprietary makers of stronger concrete with costs of $2000 per cubic yard. There have been test blocks of concrete with strengths of 60000 PSI. Regular concrete is usually at 3000-5000 PSI compressive strength. The …

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Race to Kilometer Scale Space Construction

China’s Natural Science Foundation of China has outlined a five-year $2.3 million project to study building over kilometer size objects in orbit. Kilometer-scale, ultra-large spacecraft are major strategic aerospace equipment for the future use of space resources and colonization. They will study minimizing the weight of the spacecraft and space structures to reduce the number …

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Boring Company Has Dug the Vegas Convention Center Tunnel

Boring Company has dug the Vegas Convention Center Tunnel. LVCC Loop will connect the LVCC New Exhibit Hall with the existing campus (North/Central/South Halls). Three stations locations will offer convenient access between key LVCC destinations and nearby transportation connections. Typical walk time between the New Exhibit Hall to the existing North/Central Hall can take up …

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Tesla Solar Roof Gives Houses an Improved Curb Appeal

Elon Musk believes the Tesla solar roof with solar built into the tiles gives houses a superior appearance. If you’re selling your home, adding curb appeal can increase your home value 3% – 5% according to Consumer Reports. If the market values a Tesla solar roof for enhancing curb appeal then this would add $30,000-50,000 …

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Assembly and Manufacturing in Space

NASA has awarded a $142 million contract to Maxar Technologies of Westminster, Colorado,to robotically assemble a communications antenna and manufacture a spacecraft beam in orbit. The technology demonstration is slated to take place on NASA’s Restore-L spacecraft, designed to service and refuel a satellite in low-Earth orbit. Above – The Space Infrastructure Dexterous Robot (SPIDER) …

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Developing Low-Cost Giant Space Telescopes Adapted to Zero-G

By altering the very premise upon which all prior telescopes rely, The High Étendue Multiple Object Spectrographic Telescope (THE MOST) overcomes all of these problems: aperture, collection area, field-of-view, spectrographic performance, and compact size. Startling, THE MOST does it at lowered cost they proved in their NIAC Phase I. They proved that THE MOST could …

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Elon’s Boring Company Will Start Vegas Tunnel in Two Months

Elon has tweeted that Boring Company starts digging Vegas tunnel in 2 months. They aiming to finish by end of 2019. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approved a $48.6 million contract with the Boring Company, Elon Musk’s tunneling venture. The Boring Company’s underground people mover, the LVCC Loop, will consist of two tunnels …

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Construction Sites Will Become Like Automated Manufacturing Factories #emtechdigital

Andrew Anagnost is the President and CEO, Autodesk.He discusses using AI to improve construction and many other jobs and industries. Automation and Imagination: Designing a World for 10 Billion People. Andrew sees other industries catching up to the automation that has existed in manufacturing. He sees the automation of the construction site as being one …

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Proposal to Reclaim Giant Artificial Island beside Hong Kong Airport to hold 1.1 million people

There is a proposal to reclaim an artificial island measuring almost half the size of Kowloon to house up to 1.1 million people. One-third of the land would be allocated for housing, 70% of the residential areas would be dedicated to building affordable homes. The rest of the area would be for commercial uses, public …

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Bricklaying robot that increases human productivity by five-fold

Construction Robotics has a bricklaying robot commercially available and doesn’t actually replace a traditional mason. It works in collaboration with a mason, increasing their productivity up to five-fold. SAM, short for Semi-Automated Mason, is a brick laying robot designed and engineered by Construction Robotics. SAM100 is the first commercially available bricklaying robot for onsite masonry …

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