The world is beginning to recognize that autonomous vehicles have the potential to reduce thousands of traffic accidents caused by human error, cut the number of hours commuters spend stuck in traffic, and improve transportation across many sectors: personal, business, industrial, commercial, and public mobility.


Autonomous vehicles require a lot of data and connectivity to operate safely. Onboard sensors and offboard streams of data will be needed, continuously, for the highway of the future to support the vehicles of the future. For example, the Michigan Connected and Automated Vehicle Corridor Project seeks to push the use of (CAVs (connected and autonomous vehicles) and supporting infrastructure as a practical model for safe, efficient, and adaptable mobility options.

Obtaining a building permit can be a time and money consuming job. Many contractors find they need help to navigate the bureaucracy that revolves around permitting at the local and state level. That is often true for the local government agency, too.

Specialized software exists to help local building and planning agencies to make the job easier and getting up to speed on these solutions can be PDQ—pretty darn quick. For example, the City of Santa Ana, Calif. sought to modernize its permitting functions along with enforcement and inspections by contracting with Avocette Technologies as implementer of Clariti solutions.

California has a reputation for incubating innovation among its many colleges and universities. Sometimes, those institutions can benefit from other, third-party innovators. In the case of San Diego State University—one of 23 campuses in the California State University system—working with two outside companies allows SDSU to manage multi-million dollar campus construction projects.

San Diego State University along with O’Connor Construction Management (OCMI) are using Smartsheet to manage, streamline, and execute on projects, drive collaboration across stakeholders, and make smarter decisions through transparency into key project data. Before adopting Smartsheet, the SDSU construction team, in partnership with OCMI, was managing projects using technologies that were static and inflexible, leading to inefficiencies.

In the post-Great Recession period, as industrialization and urbanization increased, as residential and non-residential construction activities surged, services to manage and maintain the buildings and properties being generated grew in proportion. Then the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything.

The pandemic has forced many companies in the global facility-management services market to halt their business operations to comply with new government regulations for curbing the spread of COVID-19. In addition, there is a halt in providing facility-management services to end users such as commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities due to lack of manpower.

Schools are beginning the slow and, hopefully, safe process of reopening from the months long closure mandated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Management, maintenance and service staff have been working to get the physical plants ready for the students, teachers and support personnel but in some cases, with buildings shut down for extended periods of time, the facilities are in need of far more than disinfectant wipes.

Indoor air quality is a critical subject as schools reopen and teachers and students return to their classrooms. Companies that can provide advanced HVAC and associated systems can be community leaders. One such company is Modine Manufacturing Co. Modine, with fiscal 2019 revenues of $2.2 billion, specializes in thermal management systems and assemblies, bringing highly engineered heating and cooling components, original equipment products, and systems to diversified markets. Their HVAC technology is state-of-the-art and provides upgrades for major school projects to ensure high-quality indoor air for those returning to in-person classes following pandemic-related closure.

While the world is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and some areas are literally locked down, essential work must go on. Nature isn’t waiting for the crisis to end, it will create its own crises this summer as it always does: thunderstorms, tornados, hurricanes, and other phenomenon. Across the country, workers are preparing for these normal summer events.

Con Edison crews are preparing to respond to any outages that occur as thunderstorms and powerful wind gusts hit the New York City area all while following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines during the health emergency. Personnel responding to the events have been instructed to practice social distancing with each other and members of the public in order to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus even as they battle natural events.

Seattle is known for many things: the Space Needle, Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks among others. It is a city willing to try new as well as revel in the old. In the near future, it may very well be the case study for automation of city contract functions.

Aurigo Software, a provider focused on the public sector, entered into a multiyear, multimillion dollar contract with the City of Seattle to automate the entire city’s contract management process including more than 5,000 individual construction and non-construction contracts annually.

Building codes are inconsistent across the country. What is allowed in one city may be mandated in another and not covered at all in a third. Proposed national building codes rarely make it out of Congress, but some organizations are leading the way to getting cities and states to adopt codes to smooth out the wide variety of rules now in existence.

Number six in sales among chicken-oriented shops and number 30 overall in the fast food sales list, Church’s Chicken has been busy adding new items to their menu and new stores to its locations. For example, franchisee Goalz Restaurant Group has a new Church’s Chicken restaurant in Lancaster, SC. After a year of construction, the newly built restaurant will feature the brand’s newest interior design plan.