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

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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5 Fascinating Facts About Concrete

Article | September 27, 2021

This week’s World of Concrete in Las Vegas is the first major trade show in the United States since the COVID pandemic changed the face of the convention and meeting business. For many, this is yet another sign of life slowly returning to normal for the construction industry. If you’ve made the trek to this year’s WOC, you’re looking forward to it all—new products, cutting-edge tech, interactive workshops, hands-on training, and no doubt—the Bricklayer 500! This one-hour competition tests the speed and stamina to name the world’s greatest mason. Whether you’re there in person or too busy in the field to attend, we join you in celebrating all things concrete this week. Here are some weird and wonderful facts about concrete, a strong and versatile material, that is used in everything from our kitchen countertops to the roads we drive on daily.

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On Engineering in Crisis: Choosing Gratitude

Article | August 25, 2021

It is important to find a balance right now and keep yourself surrounded by people you love, your family and friends. Stress is bound to happen during these extraordinary times. Meditation and connecting with yourself would help reduce any anxiety or panic that the mind creates. I am grateful that I am safe and healthy surrounded with my family, and I am thankful for having the gifts of life. It is up to us, to be grateful or be stressed. I treat this time as a luxury, time that I would have never gotten in my hustling life. I am trying to tick all the items in my to-do checklist that I have been postponing due to lack of time.

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IoT and BIM for automatic performance recording

Article | August 24, 2021

As part of a Digipro project, ALLPLAN is working with three partners to research a system for automatic performance measurement using IoT and BIM. DigiPro focuses on the digitalisation of products, processes and business models in companies. As part of the German-Dutch INTERREG program Digipro, a project is currently underway that aims to automate performance recording on the construction site using IoT (Internet of Things) and BIM (Building Information Modelling). A consortium of four companies - BuildersMind, mangineers, Nijhuis Bouw B.V. and ALLPLAN - is working on a solution for automated construction site monitoring that documents construction progress in near real time. Promising results have already been achieved in an alpha test phase on two construction sites of Nijhuis Bouw in Enschede 2020.

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Thoughts on Security Engineering - How to Secure Systems in Real World

Article | April 27, 2020

Software Engineering is about building systems that behave the way it is meant to. Security Engineering on the other hand, is about ensuring a given system DO NOT behave in a way it is not meant to. Consider the example of a Adobe Reader - A software which is meant to process and visualize the contents of a PDF Document.

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EAS is an Industrial Grade Mechanical Contractor and Off Site Constructed Equipment Manufacturer specializing in Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Industrial Manufacturing, Power Generation and Mission Critical Data Centers. EAS has over 60 years experience as a Full Service Mechanical Contractor and over 40 years as an Off Site Constructed Equipment Manufacturer and Fabricator.

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Continental Cement Teams Up with CemAI on Digital Solution for Hannibal Cement Plant

PR Newswire | January 04, 2024

CemAI, Inc. has teamed up with Continental Cement Company L.L.C.'s (Continental Cement) Hannibal, MO plant to install CemAI's predictive and prescriptive maintenance solution, combining a unique licensed software with a continuous monitoring and incident resolution service to further enhance its cement manufacturing performance." The CemAI solution uses Continental Cement's existing historical and real-time manufacturing data and applies machine learning, artificial intelligence and remote monitoring by cement experts to complement the expertise of Continental's local plant maintenance and reliability teams. This robust solution brings plant maintenance into the digital age." "We considered a number of approaches to utilizing our data to improve our maintenance efforts, eliminate downtime and increase equipment reliability," says Timothy J. Noud, Vice President of Manufacturing at Continental Cement. "CemAI offers a cement-centric, end-to-end machine learning/artificial intelligence service solution." Continental Cement has built its business on consistent quality, superior service, and delivering a safe working environment since they began producing cement at their Hannibal location in 1903. A leader in innovation and sustainable cement production, Continental Cement provides high quality cement for projects along the Mississippi corridor and is a subsidiary of Summit Materials, Inc. " "CemAI is proud to be collaborating with an industry leader on innovative ways to use data," says Scott Ziegler, Chief Executive Officer for CemAI. "We thank Continental Cement for their confidence in the CemAI solution to provide increased efficiency, improved reliability and optimized operations."

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Construction Procurement Platform Kojo Expands into Mechanical

PRnewswire | June 07, 2023

Kojo, the construction industry's leading materials and inventory management platform, today announced it has expanded to serve mechanical contractors. "At Kojo, our mission has always been to simplify processes for our customers so that they can have more time back to do what's really important – build," said Maria Davidson, Kojo's founder and CEO. "Our mechanical Beta launch has been our most successful to date. We're thrilled that our mechanical customers are already seeing so much value with Kojo and we're excited to continue to onboard many more all over the country." Since the offering launched in Beta, mechanical contractors have sent over 6,000 field requests to the office and created 17,000 purchase orders worth $50 million in Kojo. "By our calculation that's almost 6,000 times the field and office didn't have to call and email back and forth to figure out what was being ordered," Davidson added. Alex Eldridge at Tharco, a leading mechanical contractor in Maryland, said, "Kojo has been really smart in the way they've customized this build for mechanical contractors. For example, there are many nicknames for parts out there and this can create confusion for communication between the field and office. Kojo has a preset catalog field users can order from that even supports slang terms for easy field-to-office part name translation. It's details like this that convinced us Kojo was for us." The mechanical contracting market in the U.S. is huge and rapidly growing. More than $123 billion of mechanical work is done in the U.S. annually. The sector employs nearly 400,000 workers and that number is expected to grow by 5% through 2031. Kojo's expansion into mechanical follows the launch of its Automated Invoice Matching product, which streamlines the accounting process for commercial trade contractors. This builds on Kojo's purchase order and delivery functionality, making Kojo a true all-in-one platform that allows customers to manage the full end-to-end materials procurement process. Automated Invoice Matching launched in Q2 of 2023 and to date has processed $9.2 million in invoices, catching mistakes on 27% of invoices processed. Kojo announced their Series C in September of 2022. Kojo has now powered more than 10,000 construction projects across 47 states, saving customers 75% of the manual entry they previously had to do and reducing materials waste on jobsites by up to 90%. About Kojo Kojo is the construction industry's leading materials and inventory management platform. Kojo enables trade and self-perform general contractors to streamline every step in the procurement and inventory management process from takeoff to closeout. By connecting field, office, warehouse, accounting, and vendors teams on one software platform, Kojo gives contractors visibility into real-time materials spending and usage, helps them source the best prices and availability across vendors, reduces material waste, and increases labor productivity. To learn more, visit www.usekojo.com.

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Colony Hardware Acquires New South Building Supplies

Colony Hardware | March 06, 2023

Colony Hardware, a leading direct-to-jobsite distributor of jobsite supplies and construction materials, has declared the acquisition of a South Carolina-based entity New South Construction Supplies, LLC (New South). It is a value-added distributor of concrete, rebar, waterproofing products, masonry, and contractor supplies. Since forming a partnership with Audax Private Equity in November 2018, Colony has made a total of 12 acquisitions, the most recent being this one. New South is one of the leading suppliers of construction supplies and building materials in the Southeast. The company was established in 1981 and now has locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. New South caters to commercial, residential, and industrial construction contractors as well as those working in waterproofing, restoration, and road-and-bridge construction. Tim Rash, Chief Executive Officer of Colony Hardware said, “Bringing New South Construction Supply and Colony Hardware together is impactful in several ways and represents Colony’s largest partnership to date.” He added, “Earning the trust of Jim Sobeck and the New South team further reinforces the industry view that we are the partner of choice for owners of distribution companies seeking to scale their business, grow their legacy, and help their valued employees prosper. More importantly, New South’s reputation for quality customer service and their dedicated associates mirror Colony’s ‘client-driven’ culture.” Jim Sobeck, CEO of New South, stated, “We are proud to become part of the Colony Hardware family and especially pleased that our people and locations will remain the same as we add more locations to better service contractors across the South. With Colony's leadership and reputation, I look forward to seeing New South continue on its growth trajectory with Colony’s backing. The future is bright for our business, our associates and the loyal customers of New South and Colony Hardware.” (Source – BusinessWire) About Colony Hardware Colony Hardware, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Orange, CT, has 59 branches across Northeast, Mid-South, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Florida. It provides Equipment & Tools, Safety Products, Supplies, Rental and Repair to construction industry. Their quality and services are unparalleled. Items are carefully chosen based on their value, durability and quality. Colony understands that the public needs goods at the correct place, timing, and price to achieve their rigorous deadlines. They stock more than 25,000 diverse goods from about 750 manufacturers. They aim to finish thousands of orders, so that tradespeople can work safely and efficiently.

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Continental Cement Teams Up with CemAI on Digital Solution for Hannibal Cement Plant

PR Newswire | January 04, 2024

CemAI, Inc. has teamed up with Continental Cement Company L.L.C.'s (Continental Cement) Hannibal, MO plant to install CemAI's predictive and prescriptive maintenance solution, combining a unique licensed software with a continuous monitoring and incident resolution service to further enhance its cement manufacturing performance." The CemAI solution uses Continental Cement's existing historical and real-time manufacturing data and applies machine learning, artificial intelligence and remote monitoring by cement experts to complement the expertise of Continental's local plant maintenance and reliability teams. This robust solution brings plant maintenance into the digital age." "We considered a number of approaches to utilizing our data to improve our maintenance efforts, eliminate downtime and increase equipment reliability," says Timothy J. Noud, Vice President of Manufacturing at Continental Cement. "CemAI offers a cement-centric, end-to-end machine learning/artificial intelligence service solution." Continental Cement has built its business on consistent quality, superior service, and delivering a safe working environment since they began producing cement at their Hannibal location in 1903. A leader in innovation and sustainable cement production, Continental Cement provides high quality cement for projects along the Mississippi corridor and is a subsidiary of Summit Materials, Inc. " "CemAI is proud to be collaborating with an industry leader on innovative ways to use data," says Scott Ziegler, Chief Executive Officer for CemAI. "We thank Continental Cement for their confidence in the CemAI solution to provide increased efficiency, improved reliability and optimized operations."

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Construction Procurement Platform Kojo Expands into Mechanical

PRnewswire | June 07, 2023

Kojo, the construction industry's leading materials and inventory management platform, today announced it has expanded to serve mechanical contractors. "At Kojo, our mission has always been to simplify processes for our customers so that they can have more time back to do what's really important – build," said Maria Davidson, Kojo's founder and CEO. "Our mechanical Beta launch has been our most successful to date. We're thrilled that our mechanical customers are already seeing so much value with Kojo and we're excited to continue to onboard many more all over the country." Since the offering launched in Beta, mechanical contractors have sent over 6,000 field requests to the office and created 17,000 purchase orders worth $50 million in Kojo. "By our calculation that's almost 6,000 times the field and office didn't have to call and email back and forth to figure out what was being ordered," Davidson added. Alex Eldridge at Tharco, a leading mechanical contractor in Maryland, said, "Kojo has been really smart in the way they've customized this build for mechanical contractors. For example, there are many nicknames for parts out there and this can create confusion for communication between the field and office. Kojo has a preset catalog field users can order from that even supports slang terms for easy field-to-office part name translation. It's details like this that convinced us Kojo was for us." The mechanical contracting market in the U.S. is huge and rapidly growing. More than $123 billion of mechanical work is done in the U.S. annually. The sector employs nearly 400,000 workers and that number is expected to grow by 5% through 2031. Kojo's expansion into mechanical follows the launch of its Automated Invoice Matching product, which streamlines the accounting process for commercial trade contractors. This builds on Kojo's purchase order and delivery functionality, making Kojo a true all-in-one platform that allows customers to manage the full end-to-end materials procurement process. Automated Invoice Matching launched in Q2 of 2023 and to date has processed $9.2 million in invoices, catching mistakes on 27% of invoices processed. Kojo announced their Series C in September of 2022. Kojo has now powered more than 10,000 construction projects across 47 states, saving customers 75% of the manual entry they previously had to do and reducing materials waste on jobsites by up to 90%. About Kojo Kojo is the construction industry's leading materials and inventory management platform. Kojo enables trade and self-perform general contractors to streamline every step in the procurement and inventory management process from takeoff to closeout. By connecting field, office, warehouse, accounting, and vendors teams on one software platform, Kojo gives contractors visibility into real-time materials spending and usage, helps them source the best prices and availability across vendors, reduces material waste, and increases labor productivity. To learn more, visit www.usekojo.com.

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Colony Hardware Acquires New South Building Supplies

Colony Hardware | March 06, 2023

Colony Hardware, a leading direct-to-jobsite distributor of jobsite supplies and construction materials, has declared the acquisition of a South Carolina-based entity New South Construction Supplies, LLC (New South). It is a value-added distributor of concrete, rebar, waterproofing products, masonry, and contractor supplies. Since forming a partnership with Audax Private Equity in November 2018, Colony has made a total of 12 acquisitions, the most recent being this one. New South is one of the leading suppliers of construction supplies and building materials in the Southeast. The company was established in 1981 and now has locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. New South caters to commercial, residential, and industrial construction contractors as well as those working in waterproofing, restoration, and road-and-bridge construction. Tim Rash, Chief Executive Officer of Colony Hardware said, “Bringing New South Construction Supply and Colony Hardware together is impactful in several ways and represents Colony’s largest partnership to date.” He added, “Earning the trust of Jim Sobeck and the New South team further reinforces the industry view that we are the partner of choice for owners of distribution companies seeking to scale their business, grow their legacy, and help their valued employees prosper. More importantly, New South’s reputation for quality customer service and their dedicated associates mirror Colony’s ‘client-driven’ culture.” Jim Sobeck, CEO of New South, stated, “We are proud to become part of the Colony Hardware family and especially pleased that our people and locations will remain the same as we add more locations to better service contractors across the South. With Colony's leadership and reputation, I look forward to seeing New South continue on its growth trajectory with Colony’s backing. The future is bright for our business, our associates and the loyal customers of New South and Colony Hardware.” (Source – BusinessWire) About Colony Hardware Colony Hardware, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Orange, CT, has 59 branches across Northeast, Mid-South, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Florida. It provides Equipment & Tools, Safety Products, Supplies, Rental and Repair to construction industry. Their quality and services are unparalleled. Items are carefully chosen based on their value, durability and quality. Colony understands that the public needs goods at the correct place, timing, and price to achieve their rigorous deadlines. They stock more than 25,000 diverse goods from about 750 manufacturers. They aim to finish thousands of orders, so that tradespeople can work safely and efficiently.

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