May 16, 2020

The first 3D printed bridge: Top 5 facts

Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
3D printed bridge
Catherine Sturman
1 min
Flickr: 3D Printed bridge - Amsterdam
With the recent announcement that Spain has become the home to the first 3D printed bridge, the first within civil engineering, take a look at our top 1...

With the recent announcement that Spain has become the home to the first 3D printed bridge, the first within civil engineering, take a look at our top 10 facts regarding how the concrete structure came into fruition.

1. Although not an aesthetic masterpiece, the bridge provides a substantial breakthrough in construction and engineering, and has been built with micro-reinforced concrete.

2. The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) are responsible for the overall design and support of the bridge, having been undertaking significant research and development for 15 years.

3. Constructed through the use of parametric design, deriving new geometry in 3D software, the bridge will enable the “distribution of materials and minimise the amount of waste by recycling the raw material during manufacture”, according a statement, released by the IAAC.

4. Spanning 12 metres, ACCIONA was also part of the innovative project, which officially completed in December 2016.

5. 3D Printing is becoming increasingly popular, at which MX3D is constructing a 3D printed bridge in Amsterdam through the use of robotics.

 

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Jun 10, 2021

217,000 extra workers needed to meet COVID-19 recovery

CITB
CSN
construction
covid-19
2 min
The Construction Skills Network says the industry will require an extra 217,000 workers by 2025 to meet demand from a fast-recovering COVID-19 pandemic.

As the construction industry’s recovery progresses, the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecasts have led the organisation to believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022. 

The CSN says there will be an increase in the number of construction workers in “most English regions” by 2025, with demands forecasted at a 1.7% rise for the East Midlands, and a 1.4% rise for the West Midlands.  

Scotland and Wales are also predicted to see a surge in demand for construction workers with a total increase of 1.4% and 0.7% respectively. The North East is the only region to see a slight decline in workforce demand at -0.1%. 

Wood and interior fit-out trades among the most desirable during COVID-19

According to CSN’s forecast, the trades that are the most wanted are those of wood and interior fit-outs, with both requiring around 5,500 workers per year. Other in-demand trades include technical staff and other construction professionals, requiring 5,150 workers each year, construction managers at 3,600, and the electrical installation trade, which requires 3,400 staff per year. 

There is also expected to be demand for 7,850 non-construction, office-based professionals and technical and IT support staff each year. Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB, said: “It’s great to see construction coming back so strongly and creating lots of job opportunities.

“We need to adopt new approaches to meet these growing skills needs and deliver these quickly. We are working closely with the government and FE to build better bridges between FE and work and make apprenticeships more flexible. We are also making significant investments in supporting work experience that make it easier for employers to bring in new blood.

“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills, and skills related to energy efficiency”, he said. 

 

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