About DC Norwood

D. C. Norwood Construction. Safety. Quality. Innovation. Sustainable.

We are a construction company that started in 1997 and located in Southwest Harbor, Maine, USA. The main goal of D.C. Norwood is to render a sustainable, safe, and world-class quality service and product.

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Revolutionising Construction

The construction industry remains to be one of today’s most vibrant and thriving sectors. And with the adoption of more modern technology, you can only expect that it will continue to grow in the near future. Here is a quick look at some of the top technologies bound to change the construction game and pave way for a brighter and more connected future for the industry.

Mobile Apps and Devices

Mobile devices are no doubt the most widely adopted in the construction industry out of all the latest technologies today. Thanks to their easy to use apps, mobile devices give workers the chance to document, access, edit, and share crucial project details even when on the jobsite.

Laser Scanning

This technology provides helpful efficiency for the assessment of as-built conditions or jobsites. Field measurements done using laser scanners can capture extremely detailed geometric data in point cloud data form. Laser scanners are notably accurate to show the real conditions of a facility or space.

BIM

BIM is a technology widely used in the construction industry. The latest versions integrate more information to the model. Technological advancements also allowed connecting BIM models to field devices where productivity is enhanced through real time sharing.

Drones

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles feature cameras used for years for collection of information in areas that don’t allow human access. Images captured by drones can support site inspections and assessment and further improve the project team’s understanding of as-built conditions and progress. Drones can also come in handy for monitoring deliveries, the workforce, and logistics.

Robotic Constructors and 3D Printers

Extruded concrete, plastics, as well as other materials are now used to form not only building components but even buildings as a whole. Robotic arms can be used together with 3D printers for printing different forms. Robots can also be use for brick placement, demotion, excavation, and many other tasks.

GPS Tracking

Companies that manage an equipment fleet find GPS tracking extremely helpful. GPS hardware installed in vehicles can communicate with the home base via satellite to allow manages to check their vehicles’ location in real time.

Wearables

Wearable devices are also potentially helpful in the construction industry and these include smart hardhats and glasses that can offer visualization, mixed and augmented reality. These tools for visualization can render improvements in safety, accuracy, and efficiency. Other wearables like health trackers, smart watches and technology-improved safety vests are used for monitoring the movements and motions of workers to reduce risk, enhance safety, and increase productivity.

IoT and Big Data

A theme that underlies all of the technologies above is the looming connection of numerous construction activities that are isolated from others at the moment. Talks about big data in the industry right now are focused on asset management. Contractors now use technology for monitoring fuel maintenance and usage, equipment usage, with construction equipment manufacturers now putting their investments in intelligent machines.

Modern technology is revolutionizing the construction industry in more ways than one to allow quicker, safer, and more effective projects. This is a positive and welcomed step for the industry’s future.

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Efficient New House Designs

Does your home feel like it needs a much-needed upgrade? Do you plan to build a new house soon and you want it to look trendier than ever?

No matter what the reason is, it is always a wise idea to make your living space greener, more fun and more functional.

Check out the following efficient new house designs that you can add to create the perfect home of your dreams.

Outdoor Theater

The best thing about adding an outdoor theater is that you don’t have to spend much just to have one. You can DIY it with the use of a simple outdoor seating and a project. But, if you have the budget to spare and you want to go all out, you can create a real theater experience by having a space that can accommodate built-in seating and projector.

Hidden Garage and Parking Spot

While not everyone can have a hideaway parking, those who have the means can have a secret entrance that will take you straight to your underground garage.

Impact-Rated Windows

For residents of coastal areas often hit by hurricanes, the law requires the use of impact-rated windows. But, even if you don’t live in such areas, there are actually a lot of benefits associated with the use of such windows including reduced noise, better energy efficiency and improved security, making them a worthwhile investment.

USB Wall Charger

Most newly built houses today are equipped with wall outlets with USB slots. However, even if you will not build your home from scratch, these are incredibly helpful additions that anyone can add as long as you have some electrical know-how.

Steam Shower

Steam showers don’t only offer health benefits such as relaxation because installing one can also increase your home’s value, not to mention that this is also a green option. Steam showers just use one gallon of water every minute unlike typical showers that use up to 7 gallons of water every minute.

Window Seat/s

A window seat is the perfect spot where you could just curl up with your favorite book while sipping a cup of coffee during those lazy weekend afternoons. Window seats are useful additions to all remodel projects or new homes that can also be used to hide storage space.

Stair Shelves

Stair shelves are perfect option to make the most out of your available space and at the same time, add a funky and fun design aesthetic to your house.

Secret Room/s

If you prefer privacy more than anything else, building bookshelves that open will let you go from one room to another is a great alternative to doors.

Floor Drains

Although these aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing features you can add, drains installed to the floors of your laundry room and bathroom can help ensure that a plumbing issue won’t cause flooding in your house that make them worth your investment.

Multi-zone HVAC

The last but definitely not the least of efficient new house designs is a multi-zone HVAC. If one room in your house is always too cold or too hot, solve this issue by installing a multi-zone HVAC that has thermostats in every room that let you adjust temperatures depending on the room.

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