Today we're covering the top 10 metro areas for construction workers, some DFW International news, and we've also got a slew of YouTube videos including Spot the robot construction dog and Robert DeNiro (sadly, not in the same video); it's time for this week's links—
The top 5 (we’ll keep some mystery of the final 5 for the full slideshow above) are:
Austin-Round Rock, TX (72,367 construction employees; 7.5% total unemployment)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (133,433; 9.7%)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (225,400; 8.4%)
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN (48,433; 10.2%)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (81,400; 9.2%)
Texas and Florida dominate the list and it’s no wonder because both states’ booming commercial and residential markets—on top of two diverse economies attracting swarms of newcomers every year—make for giants too big to topple.
For years, McCarthy’s safety protocol has stemmed from a workflow filtering Procore data through Origami. By analyzing this data they’ve amassed, McCarthy’s been able to predict potential safety issues and intervene before incidents occur, on top of the ability to modify and improve safety training practices on the fly.
McCarthy’s figured out a way to use Kwant—a wearable device meant for tracking jobsite slips and falls—to make sure workers are a safe distance apart.
In keeping with their status as the Captain America of contractors, McCarthy’s ingenuity reminds us of Cap adapting quickly in the present day after being unfrozen. By
, you all but completely forget the guy was born when Babe Ruth was still on the Red Sox.
, Sean Donohue, the CEO of DFW International Airport, has confirmed that billions of dollars worth of renovations to DFW
due to COVID-19’s effect on travel.
Pre-pandemic numbers of people flying out of DFW every day: 200,000. After? 12,500.
It’s not a real construction newsletter until the “guess what COVID did this time,” story pops up.
Terminal F’s suspended $3 billion plans are due to DFW being unable to predict the country’s recovery trajectory. Donahue noted that his efforts will shift from construction to helping passengers feel better about returning to air travel. It seems
for catching the virus, at least so far.
Social distancing and fetching required PPE once the storm’s passed become much more complicated than they’ve already been. MacDonnell notes that FEMA and the Red Cross will also have fewer workers than pre-pandemic times to help out, taking away a safety net.
The article includes a detailed ordered list of priorities to consider, including topping off fuel and securing/removing hazardous chemicals from jobsites. Be sure to check it out if you or your teams are in Hurricane Laura’s line of fire.
dropped a trailer for
we mentioned a few weeks ago (you may recall
our totally non-photoshopped picture
of Iron Man and War Machine wearing hardhats). There is still no price tag, as one YouTube commenter “nuclear explosion” innocently queries under the video, “How much?” Unfortunately, nuclear explosion’s comment goes unliked and unreplied. Cue the sad violin music for nuclear explosion.
In honor of it being the eve of the NFL season and you're hurriedly putting together your Zoom fantasy draft in spite of nobody having done research yet except that one guy who cares a little too much—enjoy “
LA’s $5 billion Super Stadium
on the most expensive venue ever constructed: SoFi Stadium.
Many of you commented that we forgot to post about
incredible review video on Boston Dynamics’ Spot the robot construction dog. We technically didn’t forget; we posted about it on Instagram (are you following
here it is in all its newsletter glory
. Spot moves like a Pixar character and is controlled by a Nintendo Switch-looking object. Give him to us yesterday.
: Remember that Duke University study last week that said bandanas and neck gaiters may be worse than no mask at all?
Those guys kind of backtracked
, regretting that their study's main takeaway for most people was that they should ditch their neck gaiters.
Hit ‘em high, hit ‘em locust
: Did you know that during locust swarms, no two locusts collide due to their superior internal GPS? Did you also know that engineers are
attempting to mimic that same locust GPS
for use in robots, drones, and self-driving cars?
: During these WFH times, do you find it a struggle to ever truly relax? Here are
that should help you out.
: Did you know a baby blue whale
its first year? Sounds like us last month when we discovered
in the grocery store.
: Some saint (or saints) decided to convert paid MasterClasses into free animated wikiHow’s.
Enjoy one by Gordon Ramsay
on “How to Make Perfect Scramble Eggs,” and enjoy the perfect scrambled eggs you make afterward.
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