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  • Yemen's warring parties exchange prisoner lists, talks focus on Hodeidah
    Yemen's Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed government on Tuesday exchanged lists of some 15,000 prisoners for a swap agreed as a confidence-building measure at the start of U.N.-sponsored peace talks.
    Reuters.  Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:37:17 -0500.
  • WATCH: Hero officer rescues kids from burning building
    The dramatic video shows New Jersey police saving people trapped inside a burning building.
    ABC News.  Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:16:16 -0500.
  • Coffee could combat Parkinson's and dementia
    When researchers from Rutgers University tested the two compounds in at-risk mice, the combination prevented the protein alpha-synuclein from building-up after just six months.
    Daily Mail.  Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:05:39 +0000.
  • Five Marketing And Sales Tips That Can Help Increase Your Business's Profits
    Increasing sales and profits isn't always a cut-and-dry process. By prioritizing relationship-building, leveraging social media, and revisiting your pricing structure, you can help improve your business's bottom line.
    By Craig Mcgraw, Communityvoice.  Forbes.  Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 -0500.
  • Projects in limbo as another SA builder goes under
    As the nation's housing market downturn continues, South Australia's peak body for home building is pushing for greater security for the industry amid the collapse of two local businesses in the past week.
    Ben Nielsen.  Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:15:35 +1100.
  • Former Bloomberg Executives to Be Charged in Construction Fraud Scheme
    About a dozen executives at the company are expected to be arrested on Tuesday by the Manhattan district attorney on fraud, theft and bribery charges.
    Charles V. Bagli.  New York Times.  Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:17:40 GMT.
  • Firms to pay $9M to settle suit over 2012 California fire
    Officials say a construction company and a logging firm have collectively agreed to pay $9 million for damages resulting from a 2012 wildfire that burned more than 1,600 acres of national forest land in Northern California.
    Fox News.  Tue, 11 Dec 2018 01:39:35 GMT.
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From very early times, man began building protective structures made from mud, wood, and stone. The discovery of bronze and iron allowed the development of better building methods, eventually leading to the construction of settlements, villages, and then cities as people discovered the need for more community-oriented gathering places.

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The Egyptians primarily used stone in their construction processes, which necessitated the use of creative methods of moving large and heavy building materials. The first building code, known as the Code of Hammurabi, was recorded in 1792-1750 B.C. and laid out specific standards for builders which were to be strictly followed under possible penalty of death. Greek master builders were beginning to construct temples out of marble and limestone and started to organize groups of stonemasons who were specifically skilled. This is historically significant as it was the first time in known history that workmen were sorted into a particular construction craft, eventually leading to the development of building trades. The Romans were responsible for many turning points in the history of construction, including the invention of an early form of concrete, the development of domes and arches, the first use of glass in construction, and construction of early roads. The downfall of the Roman Empire led to a stagnant period in construction, but eventually the Roman Catholic Church began building stone cathedrals throughout Europe starting in 900 A.D. Craft guilds began to spring up, offering training in specific trades and recognizing masters, journeyman, and apprentices.

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The Industrial Revolution paved the way for the modern construction industry and lead to further separation of the facets of construction into architecture, engineering, and building crafts. Cast iron and wrought iron began to be widely used, especially in the construction of bridges and railways. Steel and electricity production during the late 1800s led to the first skyscrapers and many large organizations began forming and taking on housing, transportation, and city development projects. A construction boom occurred after World War II when the demand for housing and infrastructure rose sharply. Building codes and standards were established to regulate quality control and colleges and universities began to offer degrees related to construction.

Today, there are almost 100 four year colleges and universities offering courses in construction management related to residential building, commercial building, highway construction, and industrial construction. The modern construction industry employed over 20 million people in the U.S. in 2012 and accounts for nine percent of our gross domestic product, making it a vital and necessary industry that will always be around despite economic downturns.

Construction-related organizations include the Associated General Contractors of America as well as other, more specialized or localized, organizations.

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  • Blueprints
    Architectural blueprints are the road map for building a home addition. Learn more about drawing up home addition blueprints with this helpful guide.
  • Pool Decking (Photograph)
    This man is measuring wooden decking to ensure a perfect fit around his aboveground pool. A deck can add practicality and sophistication to any aboveground pool, allowing swimmers to lay out around the pool or simply sit with their feet in the water.
  • Nailgun Worker (Photograph)
    A carpenter uses a pneumatic nail gun to put nails into plywood. The worker wears protective blue earmuffs and plastic eye protection while using electric tools, to ensure his safety during the construction process.
  • Carbide Bur Macro (Photograph)
    A detailed close-up of a carbide bur is featured on top of a blue, white, and red background. The light from the photographer's camera reflects off of the face of the bur, showing the construction of the bur in greater detail.
  • Residential Construction (Photograph)
    A construction worker reviews plans outside of a residential construction site. Unfinished homes receive finishing touches before new residents move in.
  • Dovetail Joint (Photograph)
    A close-up photograph of a sliding drawer with a silver pull focuses on the dovetail joints. This interlocking method of cabinet construction shows attention to detail, craftsmanship, and quality.
  • Model Home (Illustration)
    A photograph depicts a sketch of a home. Underneath the original sketch the same sketch is rendered in more detail, including the addition of a red roof, howing what the home might look like once completed.
  • Prefab Trusses (Photograph)
    A close-up photograph of a prefabricated truss shows its detail. The truss will be shipped by large truck to the construction site, where it will be lifted by special machinery into place.

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