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From Around the Web: Top 8 Construction News Articles in March

With so many construction news websites out there to give us inspiration, updates and tips on what’s trending in the industry, here’s our round-up of the top articles in March:

Top 10 Construction Technology Trends to Look Out For

Construction technology is constantly evolving, with innovations ranging from powerful GPS tracking solutions, to new construction apps introduced to the market every day. In Construction World’s ‘10 Construction Technology Trends to Watch Out For,’ we assess what particular construction technologies are spreading like wildfire, as well as outline overarching trends that the industry is currently going through.

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Melbourne’s White Night 2017

Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations.

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20 Minimalist Architecture Photos That Must be Seen to be Believed

A global photography competition seeking images that best highlight “the beauty of minimalism in architecture” has produced some astounding entrants. The Eyeem Minimalist Architecture Photography Mission saw over 45,000 images of minimalist architecture submitted by photographers from all around the world.

From the entries, 20 images were selected as winners with a top three chosen by German minimalist photographer Matthias Heiderich.

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7 Benefits of Prefabricated Construction

Prefabricated construction is the practice of assembling a variety of components of a structure at a manufacturing site and transporting those sub-assemblies to the location of the construction jobsite. Prefabricated construction is sometimes thought of as a low-end and mass produced mode of construction.

In reality however, it is quite the opposite. Prefabricated construction is becoming more common, improving in quality and has become available in a variety of budgets. Despite the perception of prefabrication, there are numerous benefits to this type of construction. This article assesses the advantages that prefabricated construction presents for both businesses and customers.

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How to Operate a Theft-Free Construction Zone

Theft is a serious problem for all businesses, but it is a particularly serious problem for construction businesses. Unfinished construction sites are typically left with a fair amount of equipment and materials. Often these resources left at jobsites range from expensive machinery and vehicles to materials that may have been ordered and would be too costly to ship back and forth. In comparison to other industries, construction provides far more risks and opportunities for theft both internally, from staff and externally as well.

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Modular Construction Versus Traditional Construction

The NSW Government says Sydney is on the brink of its biggest-ever housing construction boom, which will see almost 200,000 homes built in the next five years. They’ve called out for smaller, cheaper houses as there is an undersupply of 100,000 homes in the state, with an ageing society and households in need of affordable smaller homes.

Check out this smart infographic put together by MTX Contracts to get an understanding of how modular construction can work as cheaper alternative to traditional methods.

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Multiplex Tops Out $170 Million Lighthouse Project

Multiplex reached a major construction milestone on Hengyi Pacific’s $170 million high-rise residential tower “Light House”, reaching the highest point of the 70-level building.

Located at 450 Elizabeth Street on the corner of Franklin Street in Melbourne’s CBD, The Light House will comprise 607 apartments with extensive views of the city and Port Phillip Bay.

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The 200 Metre Club Revisited

Two almost forgotten planning applications for substantial skyscrapers have re-emerged over the last month, prompting Urban Melbourne to once again highlight the very healthy number of 200 metre plus skyscrapers in the pipeline for Melbourne.

With a quarter of the 23 listed projects above including multiple towers over 200m or more, it’s still conceivable that Melbourne will be sporting another 30 skyscrapers beyond 200m in height in the years to come. If nothing else it serves to demonstrate the immense change still to grip Melbourne’s skyline.

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