From the Editor: What Inspires You?

Each day I rummage through my email, hoping for just a few treasures, as if I were at a flea market or a thrift store. I’m hoping for some tiny morsel of inspiration, whether it’s a project that stands out or an interesting topic to share. How do you choose which projects you will work on? Do you even get that choice? Once you begin your work, what inspires you?…

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Industry Outlook: Industry 4.0 to Disrupt Construction

You hear it every day. The construction business is changing. You need to be prepared for the technological transformation. Jobsites need to be outfitted with digital technology that will enhance productivity, safety and collaboration. This is all being driven by the potential of Industry 4.0, which takes the IoT (Internet of Things) to the next level. It’s more than just connecting devices to the internet. Specifically, it will impact both construction workers and operators out in the field, as well as building owners.…

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VR Tools for AEC Professionals: Worldviz Introduces Vizible

Vizible isn’t just about enabling these interactions, though. As Zach Goepel from Procore Technologies (a Santa Barbara construction project management software company not too far from us) notes: “What’s unique about Vizible is how easy it is to share an experience with others.” Making the next generation of user-friendly collaboration tools requires expertise with user interfaces for VR, and we’ve been building that expertise for more than a decade at WorldViz. We want to help users hold meetings and demos in virtual reality as easily as they would have a Skype call. …

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Enhanced DRYTEK® Skimcoat Underlayment

LATICRETE has introduced its enhanced DRYTEK® Skimcoat fast-drying, premium-quality underlayment. The improved formula can now hold more water, resulting in a creamier consistency for a smoother application and sleeker finish, as well as an extended pot life and easier troweling. …

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Authentic Cobblestones From European Streets

Historic European Cobblestone® is authentic, 100- to 400-year-old reclaimed granite or sandstone cobblestone for driveways, walkways, patios and more. This is an exceptional collection of cobble and curb, originally quarried, hand trimmed and installed in village and city streets in Europe. The top surface is naturally weathered and worn after centuries of exposure to climate, foot traffic, horses and carriages.…

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Tumbled Luzerne Paver from Watsontown Brick

Watsontown Brick Co. has introduced a new tumbled look for its Luzerne Paver. Using a combination of native red Pennsylvania shale and imported yellow clay, the regular Luzerne Paver is tumbled with black and white paint to achieve the desired distressed and rustic appearance, with the look of used brick.…

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Silca System Makes Elevated Stone Decks Possible

A new, durable, plastic polymer grid system is facilitating the installation of stone up to 3 inches thick on elevated surfaces. The system, which is designed to support the structural load across a 16-inch-on-center span, effectively opens up the entire range of stone options for elevated surfaces to include the use of natural stone pavers, travertine, pavers, slate, marble, and tile.…

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Special Report: Vectorworks Hosts Third Annual Design Summit

As an architecture student, you were exposed to a particular design software. Maybe it was one of the most well known in the field at the time. After graduation, when you joined an architecture firm or opened your own, you went with that software, right? Vectorworks wants to be the go-to BIM software for the AEC environment, and to change how you think about design software.…

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From the Editor: After the Storms

Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. No, these are not random names. They are the hurricanes on record while we were preparing this issue of Masonry Design. Most, if not all, of you are familiar with Harvey and Irma, two large hurricanes which brought about incredible destruction in the Southeast United States in August and September — destruction to the tune of tens of billions of dollars in Houston, Texas, and all across the state of Florida.…

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Industry Outlook: New Software Aids in Green Building and Roofing Practices

It’s no secret that green building is growing in the United States — a practice where the structure and application of processes are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle. Specifically, the North American green roof industry experienced an estimated 10.3 percent increase in 2016 over 2015, recording 889 projects in 40 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces (2016 Annual Green Roof Industry Survey).…

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