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Construction and manufacturing are the processes of making, or building things. Construction is generally associated with the building of objects in an outdoor work environment. Manufacturing is the fabrication of materials in an indoor setting.

Magazine Articles of Interest

Construction spending rises in May, highways down. (2023, August). Rock Products, 126(8), 54.

Construction spending during May 2023 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,925.6 billion, 0.9% ([+ or -] 0.5%) above the revised April estimate of $1,909.0 billion. The May figure is 2.4% ([+ or -] 1.2%) above the May 2022 estimate of $1,880.9 billion. During the first five months of this year, construction spending amounted to $740.8 billion, 2.9% ([+ or -] 1.0%) above the $719.6 billion for the same period in 2022.

Database: Gale OneFile: Business


When OSHA knocks, be prepared with answers. (2023, August 7). Plastics News, 34(15), 0009.

If OSHA comes calling, companies need to be prepared with a plan.

That was the message from Nelva Smith, an attorney with Washington-based Steptoe and Johnson LLP, the main sponsor for this year's Environmental, Health and Safety Summit conducted by the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers and the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors May 24.

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Embracing sustainable technology and alternative fuels in equipment manufacturing: A roadmap for economic viability and development. (2023, August 5). NBM & CW, NA.

*Building a Developed India: Investing in Infrastructure and Coal for a Prosperous Future -- Union Minister Prahlad Joshi

*Job creation through infrastructure development remains a priority for driving growth - Sanjeet Singh, Niti Ayog

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Academic Journal Articles of Interest

Silva, A., Gaspar, F., & Bakatovich, A. (2023). Composite materials of rice husk and reed fibers for thermal insulation plates using sodium silicate as a binder. Sustainability, 15(14), NA.

The civil construction industry is responsible for a large part of the world’s energy consumption; therefore, in recent years, sustainable practices in this sector have become increasingly common to minimize the environmental impacts of civil construction during the life cycle of buildings. As a result, new materials and more sustainable building techniques are being sought. 

Database: Gale In Context: Environmental Studies

Senthilnathan, S., & Raphael, B. (2022). Using computer vision for monitoring the quality of 3D-printed concrete structures. Sustainability, 14(23), NA.

Concrete 3D printing has the potential to reduce material and process waste in construction. Thus, it contributes to making the construction industry more sustainable through the use of digital-fabrication technologies. While concrete 3D printing is attractive due to its potential to realize complex designs, practical challenges include an increased chance of defects and deformities.

Database: Gale In Context: Environmental Studies

Nilimaa, J., & Zhaka, V. (2023). An overview of smart materials and technologies for concrete construction in cold weather. Eng—Advances in Engineering, 4(2), NA.

Cold weather conditions pose significant challenges to the performance and durability of concrete materials, construction processes, and structures. This paper aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the material-related challenges in cold weather concrete construction, including slow setting, reduced curing rate, and slower strength development, as well as frost damage, early freezing, and freeze–thaw actions.

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