Top 19 Stunning Construction Infographics

Construction management can include projects from home construction and remodeling to larger commercial properties, and even large and sometimes famous monuments. Aside from learning how to make your construction project more green or how to make it more resistant to earthquakes, there are other interesting facts that you can learn about construction through the use of infographics.

Infographics can be a great way to depict information through easy-to-follow images. You can learn everything from home improvement to the ins and outs of the space station. This list of the top 20 construction information graphics are the best images to learn how to build all the above, or at least learn why that construction succeeds or fails.

Home Construction

  1. 100% Carbon-Neutral Home: With the assistance of new technologies and a demand for energy savings, green building advocates believe it may be possible to build a carbon neutral home. This home would make no net release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
  2. Earthquake Safety: This infographic is about seismic retrofitting, or ways to make your home more earthquake resistant. According to their calculations, the average cost to retrofit a wood frame home of about 2,300 square feet in size built after 1969 is $16,677.
  3. Green Roof Infographic: This data visualization, created by Robert Thiele Architects, helps explain the benefits and differing types of green roofs.

  4. Home Improvement Costs InfoGraphic, Room by Room: Despite the title, this graphic illustrates the home improvement industry ‘at a glance.’ It provides annual averages in costs, the total expenditure by project type and total expenditures in millions of dollars (scroll down the page to see the image).
  5. Home Improvement Trends 2011: According to this informative graphic, luxury renovations will take a backseat in 2011 as homeowners pursue projects that provide the biggest bang for the buck in terms of increasing their home’s value.
  6. Sustainable Home Construction: This graphic puts an emphasis on local construction materials such as straw bale construction. But, it also shows other areas in a home that can be constructed from sustainable materials such as recycled/reconstituted doors.
  7. The U.S. Housing Crisis — How the Housing Bubble Burst: This extensive graphic provides a timeline from 1968 that shows how the housing bubble was created, how it burst, and how it affects American citizens.
  8. Understanding Insulation: Insulation plays an essential role in both home comfort and in energy savings. This infographic provides information about how home insulation works, and how it can make a big difference in both comfort and energy savings.

Other Construction

  1. Construction in the City: This visual shows how construction projects in the UK have declined since August of 2009 to August of 2010. The lowest point was in December 2009.

  2. Forced-labor construction projects in Stalin’s Gulag system: From the 1930s to the 1950s, many of the Soviet Union’s largest industrial and transport facilities were built by prisoners at the cost of millions of lives. The Moscow News provides this information graphic.
  3. Famous Monuments: These massive, majestic, and sometimes mysterious monuments are reminders of what happens when humans put their minds to the task of great construction. Objects include the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China.
  4. From Steam Engines to the Mobile Universe: In the late 19th century, the railroads began connecting cities and towns throughout the world. Today, the global digital network gives news definitions to space and time. This graphic shows the timeline for interconnectivity.
  5. Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant: Look inside the reactors to learn how they are constructed and why the plant suffered massive failure after the Japanese tsunami.

  6. History of Golden Gate Bridge: Built to connect San Francisco to Marin County, the Golden Gate Bridge was first proposed in 1916. However, construction was not begun on the bridge until 1933, and the bridge was officially completed in 1937 after four years of construction. It was the longest bridge of its type worldwide.
  7. Inside and Out: The International Space Station: This information graphic is extensive, and shows the history, construction and application of the International Space Station. This object is the most complex space project every undertaken and, at $100 billion, it is the most expensive object ever built.
  8. Mapping an Entire Airport: Funnel Incorporated carries a variety of construction infographics and also remarks on how they constructed each one. This particular graphic focuses on the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, with the noted that their first task was to create 39 separate maps for travelers using the airport’s Web site.
  9. Skyscraper Infographics: Skyscrapers make great subjects for charts, because they are long and skinny like the columns in a bar graph. This site has gathered a number of skyscraper-style size comparisons, including comparisons of the Empire State Building to the Titanic, a deep salt mine, space rockets and a neutrino telescope under the antarctic ice.
  10. University of Oregon’s Interactive Campus Map: This information graphic illustrates key campus features, buildings and resources. By using the themes on this map (such as bus stops), you can overlay several other resources onto this layout.
  11. Which American Cities are Most Vulnerable to Natural Disasters? This information is valuable to any person who is interested in construction. No matter if the construction involves homes, cityscapes, roads, bridges or tunnels, a knowledge about the natural disasters that occur in a given area can help make construction and the finished product safer for consumers.
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