Thanks for stopping by for another weekly News Roundup! With exciting opportunities for undocumented workers unveiled in Canada, new standards for high-rise construction being discussed in the U.K. and large digitization programs launching in Singapore, the construction industry is making bold moves worldwide this week that you need to know about. Read on to stay informed!
The National Law Review
Deep political divides in the U.S. Congress have delayed compromise on a long-touted comprehensive infrastructure spending bill. Experts point to the expected success of smaller-scale infrastructure-related measures in coming months.
The Weekly Journal
Puerto Rico turns to local cooperatives and training convicts near release as a way to increase the supply of construction labor.
The Architect’s Newspaper
Increased Productivity and lower costs are driving a new boom in the modular construction business, which has doubled in size over the last five years to become a $8 billion industry.
In an interim report, industry leaders in the U.K. are proposing new building recommendations, competence standards and new accreditation programs to prevent future disasters like Grenfell Tower. The final report will be released on October 18th.
Daily Commercial News
The Canadian government is seeking to extend permanent residence to up to 500 construction laborers who have fallen out of legal status. Proponents hope the move will help bring skilled laborers from out of the shadows.
Volvo is strongly pushing fully electric and autonomous vehicles in their future initiatives. The company is currently investing in 5G technology that will help lay the technical foundation to guide a new, autonomous, electric-powered fleet.
Singapore’s Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees Union recently signed a contract with an infrastructure consultancy company in order to train over 600 employees on digital construction techniques. This initiative follows the Singapore government’s Construction Industry Transformation Map, which aims to equip construction employees with advanced industry-specific technologies.
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