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Probes to monitor the condition of concrete

The second post on improvements to concrete in a week, this one’s not quite as outlandish as “bacteria that make concrete heal itself,” but it’s still a useful development: probes, intended to measure the health of concrete structures in a coastal environment, which are sturdy enough to survive in the alkaline conditions inside of concrete for a significantly longer time than previous versions.  You can hook them up to a computer wirelessly and get a decade or more of reports on the condition of a concrete structure.

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Prefabricated 30-story Chinese hotel built in 15 days

Constructing buildings is a time-consuming affair, usually.  But a Chinese construction company has put together a 30-story hotel in under 15 days using pre-fabricated parts.  I’ve seen a number of other concepts and businesses that use pre-fabricated sections to construct houses and office buildings in remarkably short periods of time, and with considerably less labor costs.  Will the efficiencies offered by prefabrication of buildings change how we build structures?  Or are the traditional methods going to maintain an economic advantage?  I’ll keep an eye out for more stories on the subject.

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