The Ultimate Construction Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Another year is about ready to wrap up as the holiday season is upon us. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can be stressful for those in your life that are hard to buy for, especially those in the construction trades. Our goal is to make that process easier for you or your loved one with our top picks for gifts every year!

For more gift ideas, be sure to check out our Ultimate Construction Holiday Gift Guides from 2017, 2018, and 2019 or our past Father’s Day Gift Guides from 2018, 2019, and 2020.


Longevity of the Design Beyond the Architect’s Office

In the age of technology, one could assume that construction and design have never been more in sync. In reality, both seem to be parting ways due to the lack of project collaboration, effective communication, and poor implementation of technology. Similar to fairy tales that don’t have happy endings, some of the most recent projects in the industry are suffering unfortunate outcomes. Complex design is often one of the main challenges to be overcome in the construction phase.

As AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) professionals, we evaluate the impact of the design complexities and construction methodologies, only after the

Milwaukee Pipeline Ep 3 and 4 Recap: Lighting, PPE, and Cutting

new Milwaukee M18 Fuel Sawzall (courtesy of Milwaukee Tool)

Milwaukee Pipeline, the red tool brand’s virtual product release event, is officially over for 2020.  Airing 4 total episodes, Pipeline highlighted many new tool offerings that the company will release over the next several months.  Episode 1 saw the release several new M12 and M18 tools (like the M12 23GA pin nailer, updated oscillating multi-tools, several new impact wrenches, and vacuums) and episode 2 featured the expansion of the extremely popular modular storage solution, PACKOUT, and Milwaukee’s first cordless laser lines.

Episodes 3 and 4 focused on

Autodesk Construction Cloud Releases 3 New Products: Build, Quantify, & BIM Collaborate

At last year’s Autodesk University (AU), the company’s yearly AEC technology conference, Autodesk announced the release of Autodesk Construction Cloud, which unified their in-house and recently acquired construction software under a single unified platform. Announced today at AU Virtual, Autodesk will be expanding the Construction Cloud to include 3 new products: Build, Quantify, and BIM Collaborate.

“Almost a year ago we introduced Autodesk Construction Cloud, sharing our vision for the most powerful and complete portfolio of construction management products. The new products we announced today represents a huge milestone for connected construction, with Autodesk Build providing an entirely new

ALICE’s AI Investment: Impact on Construction

If you have been following the tech space closely, then you know—like we do—the IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (artificial intelligence) have the potential to drive economic value in the trillions by 2025. That’s why when I was scrolling the wires last Tuesday and saw ALICE Technologies’ latest announcement, I stopped to take a closer look.

If the news didn’t cross your inbox last week, let me catch you up now. ALICE Technologies announced $4.6 million in convertible debt financing led by Future Ventures, bringing the total company funding to date to more than $25 million.

ALICE model


[VIDEO] Watch 1400 Days of Work Building the NFL’s Largest Stadium in 3 Minutes

via EarthCam // YouTube

While I’ve written a lot about the new Las Vegas Raiders stadium over the past couple of years, that stadium wasn’t the only one to make its NFL debut this season. SoFi Stadium, located in Inglewood, California and the new home to the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers, officially held its ribbon cutting ceremony on September 8 of this year, but, as well all know, it’s not real until the timelapse video is released.

Thankfully, EarthCam has us covered on the full timelapse video, which you can watch below, of

[VIDEO] Check Out This Excavator Free Fall Down a Huge Underground Access Shaft

Excavators aren’t typically meant to be dropped down to a lower level, but certain circumstances require it sometimes.  The machines are obviously extremely heavy, so a large crane and proper rigging is required for it to happen safely. As a construction firm in Hong Kong, China recently found out, though, it’s a little tougher than it seems.

While attempting to lower an excavator down an access shaft to the location of a highway tunnel currently under construction, the excavator begins to flip and then free falls all the way to the bottom of the shaft.

Based on one camera angle,

Procore Acquires Cloud-Based Estimating and Takeoff Software, Esticom

via Procore

In what has become a growing trend in the construction technology sector, Procore has acquired another company to help grow their platform. Last year, Procore purchased Honest Buildings, a project management software aimed at owners and developers, before creating Procore for Owners.  The company has also acquired ConstructionBI , a data insight app and BIManywhere, a mobile 3D model viewing company which helped them create Procore BIM, in recent years.

This time, Procore is setting its sights on cloud-based estimating and takeoffs, with the acquisition of Esticom, which was announced at Groundbreak 2020. Procore previously

The 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations in 2020 in Construction


Each year, OSHA releases a list of the most commonly cited Federal OSHA standards at the end of their fiscal year, which runs from October of the previous year to September. The list gives a glimpse into what contractors struggle the most with and also what OSHA inspectors focus the most on.

In years past, I shared the top 10 list of violations across all industries, but this year, I was able to find a list of construction-specific standards.

Generally speaking, the list of standards doesn’t have a lot of movement. Duty to have fall protection has

[VIDEO] Watch an 85 Year Old, 5 Story Building be Relocated 200 Feet with a ‘Walking Machine’

via YouTube

Usually, when a new development is going to go into a spot where a building already exists, that existing building gets blown into smithereens and its remaining rubble hauled away. BUT, there is apparently a different way to handle the situation now, which is by politely asking the building to walk away and to find a new home – well, kind of.

An 85-year old primary school in Shanghai, China was recently relocated 200 feet away and rotated 21 degrees to make way for a new development on its current home. By attaching 198 mobile