Articles by Lucy Barnard

How ‘ghost’ subcontractors are defrauding US insurers
Published on: 14 February, 2024
What are ‘ghost’ subcontractors and how are they defrauding insurance companies?
Why construction in the Netherlands has gone to pot
Published on: 13 February, 2024
The building made from cannabis nominated for the Dutch Architects Best Building Award 2023
EPA tightens rules on Fine Particulate Matter
Published on: 09 February, 2024
First time since 2012 that the federal government has cracked down on fine particulate matter
Why construction workers are demanding more
Published on: 01 February, 2024
Construction workers on the Paris Olympic sites are just some of the construction workers taking to strike action to demand improvements in pay and conditions in 2023
Five of the biggest canal construction projects in the world
Published on: 31 January, 2024
Climate change – and the problems associated with it – is leading to a new age of canal building around the world.
What are the chances AI will take your construction job?
Published on: 29 January, 2024
Will the rise of generative AI take away construction jobs or boost them?
Algunas de las herramientas de IA generativa que están transformando la construcción
Published on: 24 January, 2024
2023 fue un año en el que la IA generativa entró en la corriente principal, permitiendo a los consumidores de todo el mundo producir instantáneamente palabras e imágenes
“Ei ChatGPT, termine este prédio...” Algumas das ferramentas de IA generativas que estão transformando a construção
Published on: 23 January, 2024
2023 foi um ano em que a IA generativa entrou no mainstream, permitindo que consumidores de todo o mundo produzissem instantaneamente palavras e imagens, aparentemente tão boas quanto as produzidas por um ser humano habilidoso. Lucy Barnard descobre como essa tendência continuará em 2024 e analisa algumas das ferramentas de IA generativa mais proeminentes que estão sendo usadas no setor de construção.
Lava barriers partially protect Icelandic town
Published on: 15 January, 2024
Lava barriers worked to protect the Icelandic town of Grindavík from yesterday’s first volcanic eruption - but not a second
“Hey ChatGPT, finish this building...” Some of the generative AI tools transforming construction
Published on: 12 January, 2024
How will generative AI reshape construction in 2024?
Disrupting the disruptors: How Austrian rental site Digando is taking on tech platform startups
Published on: 11 January, 2024
Digando chief executive Alexander Höss sets out his strategy for taking on tech startups at their own game.
Engineering a better future for women in Saudi Arabia
Published on: 05 January, 2024
Women in Saudi Arabia are training to become engineers as a result of a raft of wide-ranging legal reforms over the last six years
Are construction courses giving prisoners the tools to go straight?
Published on: 12 December, 2023
The Lighthouse Club charity, a roofing trainer and a roofing contractor are joining forces to encourage former prison inmates into the construction industry
Building inside mountains: Global demand for pumped hydroelectric storage soars
Published on: 11 December, 2023
How mountain lakes are being used to store the world’s excess renewable energy
The increasing affordability of electric construction equipment
Published on: 08 December, 2023
Battery-powered machines are seeing more adoption from equipment rental companies, but many in the sector still need to be convinced
The construction teams working to hold back a volcano
Published on: 06 December, 2023
After an 800 year hiatus, volcanos have started erupting on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland. Construction teams are working round the clock to build protective barriers in order to save the country’s main power plant from being overcome by lava.
Equipment rentals in the platform economy: A rising trend
Published on: 04 December, 2023
Multibillion-dollar online platforms like Uber and Airbnb are inspiring efforts to create similar solutions for equipment rental, but there are challenges in making this a reality 
Sueños eléctricos: ¿Cuándo es el mejor momento para cambiar a una máquina eléctrica?
Published on: 04 December, 2023
Ahora que los fabricantes están dispuestos a aumentar la producción de equipos de construcción que funcionan con baterías en los próximos dos años, ¿tiene todavía sentido económico hacer el cambio del diésel? Lucy Barnard se entera.
Electric dreams: When is the best time to switch to an electric machine?
Published on: 28 November, 2023
Mark Ashdown explains why he chose to become an early adopter of electric construction machinery.
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