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New Exoskeleton Vests Makes Repetitive Tasks and Overhead Work a Breeze

Jan 15, 2021 (0) comment , , , ,

Tool and Equipment Insurance protects high-value, moveable equipment. It is ideal for contractors and other businesses that take their own tools to work sites.

Ekso Bionics has been making exoskeletons since 2005.  Originally designed with the military in mind, but then later shifted to physical therapy.  In more recent years, they have begun targeting more physical professions, especially those with repetitive tasks or a lot of lifting. One of their most recent products is called the EksoVest. The EksoVest […]

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Contractors, small business to benefit from latest round of PPP funding

Jan 08, 2021 (0) comment , , , ,

Legislation approving additional and new Paycheck Protection Program loans will provide much-needed relief to many construction firms, says an industry expert. One of the most anticipated aspects of the $908 billion coronavirus relief measure signed by President Trump last week includes $284 billion for a revamped Paycheck Protection Program. The measure — attached to a […]

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Summary of New Contracting Laws that Take Effect January 1

Dec 10, 2020 (0) comment , , , ,

As we make our way into the new year, CSLB would like to highlight some construction-related laws that will go into effect January 1. Pay close attention to these changes, including an extension for seniors’ right to cancel a contract (AB 2471) and the direct authority for the registrar to take disciplinary action for tree […]

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Virgin Hyperloop successfully tests human travel

Nov 25, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Brief: Virgin Hyperloop announced Sunday that it carried out the first human travel in one of its hyperloop pods. Company co-founder and CTO Josh Giegel and Director of Passenger Experience Sara Luchian were the first two passengers at Virgin Hyperloop’s DevLoop test site in Las Vegas. The two-seater XP-2 vehicle traveled for six seconds on […]

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Contech firm Icon to develop 3D-printed buildings for moon

Nov 06, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

The Austin, Texas-based construction technology developer is working to create a space-based construction system that could support future exploration of the moon. A group of U.S. and European design and construction firms are aiming for the moon — literally — with their newest 3D-printing project. Icon, an Austin, Texas-based developer of construction technologies, received funding to research […]

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The Dotted Line: Taking over construction mid-project

Oct 29, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Circumstances can change quickly in any business environment, construction included. Contractors can take on a project that looks profitable on paper but ends up being a time and money pit because of something they overlooked during the bid process, unanticipated material increases, skilled worker shortages or other trades falling behind — the list goes on […]

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Out of hemp’s many promising uses, one of the best could be in construction

Oct 22, 2020 (0) comment , ,

Affordable liability insurance for the cannabis industry.

  A studio built with hempcrete, designed and built by architecture students from London Metropolitan University making use the newly designed corrugated hemp boards. It has become almost a cliché to discuss the benefits of hemp, the supposed wonder plant with almost endless uses — from woven fibers to edible seeds to bioplastics. “Of course, hemp is […]

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Exoskeleton suit allows construction workers to lift 200 lbs

Oct 13, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Brief: Sarcos Robotics recently announced technology advancements to its Guardian XO Max full-body, all-electric, battery-powered industrial exoskeleton robotic system that is capable of allowing a human operator to safely lift and manipulate up to 200 pounds, the company said. A single charge lasts for up to eight hours and battery modules can be “hot swapped” in […]

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Sacramento, California, contractor buys naming rights for sports-conference center

Oct 01, 2020 (0) comment , , , , ,

Brief: One of the largest general contractors in the Sacramento, California, area is making its mark along the lines of SoFi, Allegiant Air and Globe Life by putting its name on a local sports venue. Roebbelen Contracting has purchased a naming rights sponsorship for the Placer Valley Event Center, part of the $47 million transformation of @the […]

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Construction scores a hat trick: Starts, jobs, backlog all rise

Sep 24, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Brief: New data turned heads last week when new construction starts, jobs and backlog all notched solid gains to provide a glimmer of hope for the industry, following a summer of worrisome trends that emerged in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonresidential building starts rose 16%, while nonbuilding construction — which includes infrastructure projects […]

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