LLNL researchers demo 3D printed, shape-shifting structures fabricated from conductive smart materials

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Aug 24, 2016 | By Tess



A team of researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have made a significant advancement in the field of 4D printing recently, having demonstrated their ability to create additively manufactured structures that can change shape, fold and unfold when they are heated or exposed to electricity. What is especially exciting about the recent breakthrough, is that the LLNL team are the first to combine 3D printing and subsequent folding (through origami methods) with conductive smart materials to make complex structures.

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EDM set to lead skills development in new £10 million digital engineering centre

Article | July 14, 2022

UWE Bristol will play a central role in a new £10 million digital engineering centre for the region. The Centre for Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation is a research, innovation and skills initiative created to develop and accelerate digital engineering across multiple industry sectors, to ultimately benefit future generations of engineers and engineering products, and to help tackle global challenges.

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Service Tech Mobile Unveiled at AHR

Article | September 27, 2021

The recent AHR Expo 2020 was a showcase of the very latest - and coolest - technologies for service contractors. From cutting-edge air and water purification systems to virtual reality headsets to advanced sensors and alert systems to enhance safety, one thing is clear: service contractors today have a lot more tools at their disposal than they have in years past.

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The Future of Construction from a Leader in SLAM-Based Laser Scanning

Article | July 14, 2022

Since the early days of the personal computer the construction industry has been slow to adopt digital technology. As a result, increases in construction productivity have lagged virtually every other major industry, such as automotive and aircraft manufacturing. It’s true that every construction project is different, unlike automobiles and planes, but we can do more to improve the future of construction.

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Financial Engineering: How To Make SAP Shareholders Happy

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SAP is tweaking and twisting everything it can to make everybody happy. The efforts of Mucic, Morgan and Klein are remarkable. The three musketeers strike again: SAP co-CEOs Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein as well as CFO Luka Mucic want to make everyone in the SAP community happy, and they want to make everyone happy all at once. To make that happen, they are moving large sums of money around – only through legal, albeit a little questionable, methods, primarily financial engineering.

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TYLin Bolsters Water Sector Capabilities with Acquisition of Greeley and Hansen, an Award-Winning, Global Water Engineering Firm

TYLin | December 22, 2022

TYLin, a globally recognized, full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announced today it is expanding its water and wastewater capabilities in North America with the acquisition of Chicago-based Greeley and Hansen, a leading water infrastructure engineering firm known for creating some of the world’s largest and first-of-its-kind water and wastewater treatment facilities in the U.S. and Latin America. Greeley and Hansen will continue to go to market as Greeley and Hansen, A TYLin Company. Founded in Chicago in 1914, Greeley and Hansen is an award-winning global engineering, architecture, and consulting firm solely dedicated to providing sustainable engineering solutions for a broad range of water, wastewater, and solid waste challenges. With over 100 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation, the firm has grown to become a premier global provider of comprehensive services in the water sector. With more than 20 offices in the U.S. and Latin America, Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to designing better urban environments worldwide. “The acquisition of Greeley and Hansen advances our strategy to leverage our current water sector capabilities to help transform TYLin into a leader in the water market in the Americas, TYLin’s prowess in infrastructure, coupled with Greeley and Hansen’s strong industry-wide reputation in water and wastewater engineering technologies and construction, will make us a powerful force as we strive to improve the quality of life in the communities our clients serve.” Matthew G. Cummings, P.E, President and Chief Executive OfficerTYLI Group For more than a century we have made it our mission at Greeley and Hansen to improve urban environments by solving complex water, wastewater, and solid waste challenges with sophisticated engineering solutions, said John C. Robak, Chairman and CEO of Greeley and Hansen. Our bespoke engineering solutions and designs have created some of the world’s best and largest water and wastewater treatment facilities -- from Chicago to Colombia. As part of TYLin, Greeley and Hansen will have even more resources and scale, and an even greater ability to provide clients with the advanced technologies and innovative ideas we have been known for since our founding 11 decades ago. This coming together is very symbiotic. TYLin offers broader engineering resources and provides us with tremendous breadth, while Greeley and Hansen is an expert in water, providing TYLin with amazing depth.” As part of the acquisition, Greeley and Hansen’s Chairman and CEO John C. Robak will step down after serving as an advisor during the transition. He plans to continue his endeavors in philanthropy and civic engagement. Greeley and Hansen Chairman Emeritus Andy Richardson and President Paul Vogel will retire. TYLin’s newly expanded water sector will now be led by Greeley and Hansen’s Michael J. Hope, P.E., who was previously a Principal and Executive Vice President at Greeley and Hansen, leading client engagements and business development. Hope joins TYLin as President of Greeley and Hansen and Senior Vice President of TYLin. TYLin’s Abe Khademi, SVP, will continue to oversee the TYLin Water Sector in Canada and work with Hope to develop plans for a unified water team. In addition to being a very strategic business decision, the acquisition of Greeley and Hansen is also a solid cultural fit, said TYLin’s Cummings. Our firms have similar cultures and priorities. We both place immense value on our people, our portfolio of clients and projects, and the impact we are recognized for delivering to our clients and the communities we serve. These constants have driven our individual success and, together, will remain a key tenet to our future growth and success. In early 2022, TYLin reorganized its operations into market-facing sectors focused on the diverse segments of the buildings, transportation, and water sectors. In April, TYLin acquired Silman, a leading structural engineering firm to enhance its buildings sector. The acquisition of Greeley and Hansen supports the firm’s strategy to grow its global water practice. About TYLin Founded in 1954, TYLin is a globally recognized, full-service infrastructure consulting firm committed to providing innovative, cost-effective, constructible designs for the global infrastructure market. With 3,200 employees working in 65 offices throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe, the firm provides support on projects of varying size and complexity. TYLin is part of Dar Group, one of the world’s leading architecture, engineering, project management and energy consultancy groups. About Greeley and Hansen Founded in Chicago in 1914, Greeley and Hansen is an award-winning global engineering, architecture, and consulting firm solely dedicated to providing sustainable engineering solutions for a broad range of water and wastewater challenges. With more than 100 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation, the firm has grown to become a premier global provider of comprehensive services in the water sector. With more than 20 offices, Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to designing better urban environments worldwide. Greeley and Hansen’s first client — Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago — remains a key client today, 108 years later, along with a stellar roster of other world-class municipal water utilities and industrial clients.

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Caterpillar Announces Collaboration with Luck Stone to Scale Autonomous Solutions to the Aggregates Industry

Caterpillar | December 16, 2022

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today a collaboration with Luck Stone, the nation's largest family-owned and operated producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel, to deploy Caterpillar's autonomous solution to Luck Stone's Bull Run Plant in Chantilly, Virginia. This will be Caterpillar's first autonomous deployment in the aggregates industry and will expand the company's autonomous truck fleet to include the 100-ton-class (90-tonne-class) Cat® 777. Looking to accelerate autonomous solutions beyond mining, Caterpillar will implement its existing Cat® MineStar™ Command for Hauling system at the Bull Run quarry, on a fleet of 777G trucks. This will allow Caterpillar to gain greater insights on quarry operations in order to tailor the next generation of autonomous solutions specific to quarry and aggregate applications. This project supports the acceleration of autonomous technology for operations with fewer mobile assets to allow a step change in safety and productivity, as currently experienced at large mining operations. "Luck Stone and Caterpillar's partnership has been grounded in shared values for many years, Together we believe that safety, innovation and a commitment to people are critical, not only to propelling important projects like this, but to ensuring our focus on the future and all of the exciting possibilities technology affords our industry. Our collaboration will provide opportunities for associates to learn and grow, improve safety and result in production efficiencies. We are thrilled to partner with Caterpillar to achieve this 'first' for our industry." -Charlie Luck, President and CEO of Luck Companies. Caterpillar has a long-standing relationship with Luck Stone, and we look forward to working together to bring the demonstrated benefits of increased safety and productivity to the quarry industry. We're excited to get in the dirt and work alongside Luck Stone's innovative team, so we can learn how to scale our already proven mining solution for another industry, said Denise Johnson, Caterpillar Group President of Resource Industries. The current autonomy solutions will be implemented in 2024. This project builds on Caterpillar's long history in autonomy and automation. Caterpillar is recognized as the industry leader with the world's largest fleet of autonomous haul trucks, now numbering more than 560 trucks. These trucks have traveled more than 187 million kilometers and autonomously moved more than 5.1 billion tonnes – most notably – all without a single zero lost-time injury. About Caterpillar With 2021 sales and revenues of $51.0 billion, Caterpillar Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. For nearly 100 years, we've been helping customers build a better, more sustainable world and are committed and contributing to a reduced-carbon future. Our innovative products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value that helps customers succeed. Caterpillar does business on every continent, principally operating through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and providing financing and related services through our Financial Products segment. Visit us at caterpillar.com or join the conversation on our social media channels. About Luck Stone Through three generations of family leadership, Luck Stone has been building strong communities for 100 years. Luck Stone, a division of Luck Companies, is the nation's largest family-owned and operated producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel. A responsive and creative partner to the construction, civil engineering and environmental industries, Luck Stone provides consistent, quality aggregate materials and services that serve as the foundation of roads, bridges and buildings.

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Texas First Rentals, a Division of HOLT, Acquires Rental One, a Construction Equipment Rental Company

Texas First Rentals | December 13, 2022

Texas First Rentals®, a division of HOLT, announced today that it has acquired Rental One, a full-service equipment and storage container rental company offering a complete line of construction equipment and supplies in 15 locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Central Texas regions. Texas First Rentals, a construction equipment rental company, offers rental solutions through its full line of aerial, dirt and portable power equipment. The equipment Texas First Rentals provides includes boom lifts, scissor lifts, excavators, generators, pumps and trench safety equipment. “Rental One is an excellent strategic and cultural fit that complements our existing products and services, More importantly, Rental One is a multi-generational, family-owned Texas company. As a family-owned business ourselves, we know the value of such an organization and what that means to our customers.” -Peter J. Holt, CEO and General Manager of HOLT. Rental One, founded in 2004 in Colleyville, Texas, with equipment rental roots going back to the 1950s, is a family-owned, full-service equipment and storage container rental company offering a full line of well-maintained, quality construction equipment and concrete, safety, erosion control and construction supplies throughout its locations. “Our team has worked to build a successful business with meaningful relationships that span three generations, Our customers will benefit from a broader range of products and combined expertise as we join the Texas First Rentals team. We continue to be committed to providing customers with the best equipment and reliable service they have grown to know. I’m confident joining a values-based organization is a positive move for us all. We look forward to collaborating with the Texas First Rentals team to build upon our mutual success.” -Rental One President Mike O’Neal. With this acquisition, the 300 current Rental One employees, including the leadership team, will become employees of Texas First Rentals and will continue to operate from current Rental One locations. About Texas First Rentals: Texas First Rentals® is a leading construction equipment rental company and a division of HOLT, serving 118 Texas counties spanning from the Red River to the Rio Grande™. Texas First Rentals offers rental solutions through its full line of aerial, dirt and portable power equipment such as booms, scissor lifts, excavators, generators, pumps and trench safety equipment. Products available for rent include Caterpillar®, Genie®, JLG®, Sullair® and others. Daily, weekly and long-term equipment rental options are available.

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TYLin Bolsters Water Sector Capabilities with Acquisition of Greeley and Hansen, an Award-Winning, Global Water Engineering Firm

TYLin | December 22, 2022

TYLin, a globally recognized, full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announced today it is expanding its water and wastewater capabilities in North America with the acquisition of Chicago-based Greeley and Hansen, a leading water infrastructure engineering firm known for creating some of the world’s largest and first-of-its-kind water and wastewater treatment facilities in the U.S. and Latin America. Greeley and Hansen will continue to go to market as Greeley and Hansen, A TYLin Company. Founded in Chicago in 1914, Greeley and Hansen is an award-winning global engineering, architecture, and consulting firm solely dedicated to providing sustainable engineering solutions for a broad range of water, wastewater, and solid waste challenges. With over 100 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation, the firm has grown to become a premier global provider of comprehensive services in the water sector. With more than 20 offices in the U.S. and Latin America, Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to designing better urban environments worldwide. “The acquisition of Greeley and Hansen advances our strategy to leverage our current water sector capabilities to help transform TYLin into a leader in the water market in the Americas, TYLin’s prowess in infrastructure, coupled with Greeley and Hansen’s strong industry-wide reputation in water and wastewater engineering technologies and construction, will make us a powerful force as we strive to improve the quality of life in the communities our clients serve.” Matthew G. Cummings, P.E, President and Chief Executive OfficerTYLI Group For more than a century we have made it our mission at Greeley and Hansen to improve urban environments by solving complex water, wastewater, and solid waste challenges with sophisticated engineering solutions, said John C. Robak, Chairman and CEO of Greeley and Hansen. Our bespoke engineering solutions and designs have created some of the world’s best and largest water and wastewater treatment facilities -- from Chicago to Colombia. As part of TYLin, Greeley and Hansen will have even more resources and scale, and an even greater ability to provide clients with the advanced technologies and innovative ideas we have been known for since our founding 11 decades ago. This coming together is very symbiotic. TYLin offers broader engineering resources and provides us with tremendous breadth, while Greeley and Hansen is an expert in water, providing TYLin with amazing depth.” As part of the acquisition, Greeley and Hansen’s Chairman and CEO John C. Robak will step down after serving as an advisor during the transition. He plans to continue his endeavors in philanthropy and civic engagement. Greeley and Hansen Chairman Emeritus Andy Richardson and President Paul Vogel will retire. TYLin’s newly expanded water sector will now be led by Greeley and Hansen’s Michael J. Hope, P.E., who was previously a Principal and Executive Vice President at Greeley and Hansen, leading client engagements and business development. Hope joins TYLin as President of Greeley and Hansen and Senior Vice President of TYLin. TYLin’s Abe Khademi, SVP, will continue to oversee the TYLin Water Sector in Canada and work with Hope to develop plans for a unified water team. In addition to being a very strategic business decision, the acquisition of Greeley and Hansen is also a solid cultural fit, said TYLin’s Cummings. Our firms have similar cultures and priorities. We both place immense value on our people, our portfolio of clients and projects, and the impact we are recognized for delivering to our clients and the communities we serve. These constants have driven our individual success and, together, will remain a key tenet to our future growth and success. In early 2022, TYLin reorganized its operations into market-facing sectors focused on the diverse segments of the buildings, transportation, and water sectors. In April, TYLin acquired Silman, a leading structural engineering firm to enhance its buildings sector. The acquisition of Greeley and Hansen supports the firm’s strategy to grow its global water practice. About TYLin Founded in 1954, TYLin is a globally recognized, full-service infrastructure consulting firm committed to providing innovative, cost-effective, constructible designs for the global infrastructure market. With 3,200 employees working in 65 offices throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe, the firm provides support on projects of varying size and complexity. TYLin is part of Dar Group, one of the world’s leading architecture, engineering, project management and energy consultancy groups. About Greeley and Hansen Founded in Chicago in 1914, Greeley and Hansen is an award-winning global engineering, architecture, and consulting firm solely dedicated to providing sustainable engineering solutions for a broad range of water and wastewater challenges. With more than 100 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation, the firm has grown to become a premier global provider of comprehensive services in the water sector. With more than 20 offices, Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to designing better urban environments worldwide. Greeley and Hansen’s first client — Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago — remains a key client today, 108 years later, along with a stellar roster of other world-class municipal water utilities and industrial clients.

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Caterpillar Announces Collaboration with Luck Stone to Scale Autonomous Solutions to the Aggregates Industry

Caterpillar | December 16, 2022

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today a collaboration with Luck Stone, the nation's largest family-owned and operated producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel, to deploy Caterpillar's autonomous solution to Luck Stone's Bull Run Plant in Chantilly, Virginia. This will be Caterpillar's first autonomous deployment in the aggregates industry and will expand the company's autonomous truck fleet to include the 100-ton-class (90-tonne-class) Cat® 777. Looking to accelerate autonomous solutions beyond mining, Caterpillar will implement its existing Cat® MineStar™ Command for Hauling system at the Bull Run quarry, on a fleet of 777G trucks. This will allow Caterpillar to gain greater insights on quarry operations in order to tailor the next generation of autonomous solutions specific to quarry and aggregate applications. This project supports the acceleration of autonomous technology for operations with fewer mobile assets to allow a step change in safety and productivity, as currently experienced at large mining operations. "Luck Stone and Caterpillar's partnership has been grounded in shared values for many years, Together we believe that safety, innovation and a commitment to people are critical, not only to propelling important projects like this, but to ensuring our focus on the future and all of the exciting possibilities technology affords our industry. Our collaboration will provide opportunities for associates to learn and grow, improve safety and result in production efficiencies. We are thrilled to partner with Caterpillar to achieve this 'first' for our industry." -Charlie Luck, President and CEO of Luck Companies. Caterpillar has a long-standing relationship with Luck Stone, and we look forward to working together to bring the demonstrated benefits of increased safety and productivity to the quarry industry. We're excited to get in the dirt and work alongside Luck Stone's innovative team, so we can learn how to scale our already proven mining solution for another industry, said Denise Johnson, Caterpillar Group President of Resource Industries. The current autonomy solutions will be implemented in 2024. This project builds on Caterpillar's long history in autonomy and automation. Caterpillar is recognized as the industry leader with the world's largest fleet of autonomous haul trucks, now numbering more than 560 trucks. These trucks have traveled more than 187 million kilometers and autonomously moved more than 5.1 billion tonnes – most notably – all without a single zero lost-time injury. About Caterpillar With 2021 sales and revenues of $51.0 billion, Caterpillar Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. For nearly 100 years, we've been helping customers build a better, more sustainable world and are committed and contributing to a reduced-carbon future. Our innovative products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value that helps customers succeed. Caterpillar does business on every continent, principally operating through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and providing financing and related services through our Financial Products segment. Visit us at caterpillar.com or join the conversation on our social media channels. About Luck Stone Through three generations of family leadership, Luck Stone has been building strong communities for 100 years. Luck Stone, a division of Luck Companies, is the nation's largest family-owned and operated producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel. A responsive and creative partner to the construction, civil engineering and environmental industries, Luck Stone provides consistent, quality aggregate materials and services that serve as the foundation of roads, bridges and buildings.

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Texas First Rentals, a Division of HOLT, Acquires Rental One, a Construction Equipment Rental Company

Texas First Rentals | December 13, 2022

Texas First Rentals®, a division of HOLT, announced today that it has acquired Rental One, a full-service equipment and storage container rental company offering a complete line of construction equipment and supplies in 15 locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Central Texas regions. Texas First Rentals, a construction equipment rental company, offers rental solutions through its full line of aerial, dirt and portable power equipment. The equipment Texas First Rentals provides includes boom lifts, scissor lifts, excavators, generators, pumps and trench safety equipment. “Rental One is an excellent strategic and cultural fit that complements our existing products and services, More importantly, Rental One is a multi-generational, family-owned Texas company. As a family-owned business ourselves, we know the value of such an organization and what that means to our customers.” -Peter J. Holt, CEO and General Manager of HOLT. Rental One, founded in 2004 in Colleyville, Texas, with equipment rental roots going back to the 1950s, is a family-owned, full-service equipment and storage container rental company offering a full line of well-maintained, quality construction equipment and concrete, safety, erosion control and construction supplies throughout its locations. “Our team has worked to build a successful business with meaningful relationships that span three generations, Our customers will benefit from a broader range of products and combined expertise as we join the Texas First Rentals team. We continue to be committed to providing customers with the best equipment and reliable service they have grown to know. I’m confident joining a values-based organization is a positive move for us all. We look forward to collaborating with the Texas First Rentals team to build upon our mutual success.” -Rental One President Mike O’Neal. With this acquisition, the 300 current Rental One employees, including the leadership team, will become employees of Texas First Rentals and will continue to operate from current Rental One locations. About Texas First Rentals: Texas First Rentals® is a leading construction equipment rental company and a division of HOLT, serving 118 Texas counties spanning from the Red River to the Rio Grande™. Texas First Rentals offers rental solutions through its full line of aerial, dirt and portable power equipment such as booms, scissor lifts, excavators, generators, pumps and trench safety equipment. Products available for rent include Caterpillar®, Genie®, JLG®, Sullair® and others. Daily, weekly and long-term equipment rental options are available.

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