The article was originally published on January 8, 2016 on the NoteVault blog.
2015 was a year of many memorable developments and achievements in the construction industry, many of which were caught on camera. It is estimated that U.S. adults spent an average of 5.5 hours watching videos each day last year, according to eMarketer. Therefore we begin a new year remembering some of our favorite construction video stories from last year.
5. The Robot Builder
Zurich-based architects and roboticists have created the first machine that can actually go on construction sites, the In-situ Fabricator. This autonomous construction robot is capable of laying bricks into pre-programmed structures.
The robot can build non-standard designs which can vary and adapt to the local conditions directly within the building site. It is predicted that such mobile robots will be collaborating with humans on construction sites within the next five to ten years.
4. Recovery Under Construction
One of the most heartwarming videos for us in 2015 was a widely-viewed human interest piece. Construction workers outside St. Louis Childrens Hospital send a special and unique get well message to a toddler patient inside. See this heartwarming video and get your tissues ready!
3. 57-story Skyscraper Constructed in Just 19 Days
Chinese builder, Broad Sustainable Building, claims to be the fastest in the world after erecting its Mini Sky City at the pace of three floors a day using a modular method. The project has 19 atriums, 800 apartments, and office space for 4,000 people. The company is not stopping there. The firm has plans to build the world’s tallest skyscraper at 220 floors, in only three months.
2. It’s a Big World After All
The secret plans for Disney’s $5.5 Million Shanghai Disneyland have finally been revealed. The park, scheduled to open in 2016, will feature six themed lands, and the largest ever princess castle featured in Disney park to date.
1. Take it to the Top
Construction on what is to be the world’s largest building is underway in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom Tower in the City of Jeddah will top 3,280 feet high or 1 Kilometer. Construction is estimated at $1.2 billion and is estimated for completion in 2019.
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