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The Top 5 Most Helpful Tools for Architects

May 19, 2021 | 3 views

Creating unique, aesthetically pleasing, and viable architectural designs takes time – but this process can be greatly accelerated with the right tools. Using advanced architectural CAD drafting software, architects can model and visualize any design they can imagine, providing complete freedom.

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UCC Holding

Being one of Qatar’s leading company, UCC Holding’s purpose is “building for generations”, developing state-of-the-art living spaces, business facilities and plants, having the country’s future generations in mind, whenever we undertake any project.Optimistic that Qatar’s construction sector will continue to grow and play a fundamental role in the country’s growth plans; we are set to maintain our role as leaders in the construction industry, not only in Qatar, but across the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).

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

Article | February 11, 2020

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 | February 11, 2020

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 | February 10, 2020

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

Article | February 10, 2020

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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UCC Holding

Being one of Qatar’s leading company, UCC Holding’s purpose is “building for generations”, developing state-of-the-art living spaces, business facilities and plants, having the country’s future generations in mind, whenever we undertake any project.Optimistic that Qatar’s construction sector will continue to grow and play a fundamental role in the country’s growth plans; we are set to maintain our role as leaders in the construction industry, not only in Qatar, but across the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).

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FARO's HoloBuilder™ Construction Progress Management Solution Gains Widespread Adoption

FARO | June 24, 2022

FARO® Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: FARO), a global leader in 4D digital reality solutions, today formally recognized the #Enterprise agreement by GOLDBECK to deploy FARO's HoloBuilder Construction Progress Management solution enterprise-wide as indicative of the healthy market adoption of HoloBuilder following the company's acquisition by FARO in June of 2021, which enabled the industry's first end-to-end #DigitalReality solution. Utilizing 360° photo capture technology, HoloBuilder enables a quick, easy, and efficient way to manage project progress and capture large amounts of visual information that becomes instantly accessible from anywhere. Integrations with best-in-class 360° cameras and third-party software tools make the #ConstructionTechnology easy to adopt and implement across global construction teams. GOLDBECK made the decision to roll out HoloBuilder organization-wide (i.e., Enterprise agreement) after utilizing the platform on major construction projects. With HoloBuilder, GOLDBECK's more than 10,000 employees benefit from digital solutions not only in the office but on the jobsite. Site managers use the platform to track and document construction work with precision, linking 360° photos of the site to the digital building plans, sorting them by location and time, and storing them securely in the cloud. "We are thrilled that GOLDBECK made our enterprise solution available to their entire organization, As we celebrate the anniversary of joining forces with FARO, we've made remarkable progress toward empowering construction professionals with the solutions they need to increase project efficiency. GOLDBECK is a textbook example of a global firm realizing the full potential and competitive advantage of using both high-accuracy 3D laser scanning through FARO as well as real-time 2D 360° photo capture and remote collaboration with HoloBuilder." -said Brian Kelly, Vice President of HoloBuilder at FARO "Digitalization utilizing HoloBuilder makes it much easier to document and manage construction progress whereby our site managers and everyone involved in planning can collect, evaluate, and work with the data better." -Sina Schliestedt, Teamlead BIM at GOLDBECK. In the year since the FARO acquisition, HoloBuilder has continued to enhance its offerings, releasing significant new features including Premium Analytics, HoloBuilder API, and SnapShots. The extensive functionality of Premium Analytics empowers technology and operations leadership to benchmark projects, users, and usage on an enterprise level. The flexible API allows users to remove data silos by connecting HoloBuilder to internal tools to unleash the full potential of virtual jobsites. Shareable SnapShots allow users to select and share specific photos of a project with select stakeholders. The combination of these powerful new tools continues to drive strong industry demand for HoloBuilder. About FARO FARO serves the AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction), O&M (Operations & Maintenance), 3D Metrology, and Public Safety Analytics markets. For over 40 years, FARO has been a pioneer in #RealityCapture, bridging the digital and physical worlds through data-driven reliable accuracy, precision, and immediacy, providing industry-leading technology solutions that enable customers to measure their world and use that data to make smarter decisions faster.

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Infotech and HDR Work Together to Expand BIM Solutions for Civil Infrastructure Projects

Infotech | June 24, 2022

Infotech, a leader in infrastructure construction software solutions, announced today a consulting collaboration with HDR to conduct an industry assessment of its current products and services in order to expand the company’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) offerings and its impact on digital delivery and advancing open data standards. As experts in the use of BIM and digital project delivery for transportation infrastructure, HDR will consult Infotech on the company’s strategic BIM for Infrastructure (BIMFi) plan. Infotech has developed and improved e-Construction solutions that address each phase of the contract lifecycle for 40 years. These solutions automate construction contract processes from estimation to bidding to construction inspection and management in order to provide an open, collaborative environment for effective oversight of an organization’s construction portfolio. Infotech’s solutions, such as Appia® and Bid Express®, and its longstanding position as the official contractor for AASHTOWare Project™, position the company to help accelerate the adoption of BIM within the infrastructure industry. “Infrastructure construction leaders are trying to connect their existing e-Construction solutions with their BIM strategy, and Infotech offers key points of connection between owners and their contractors to capture data that feeds into the BIM design. Understanding BIM and future industry expectations is critical for the success of civil infrastructure projects, and we are excited to collaborate with HDR to enhance our BIMFi strategy.” -Chad Schafer, Infotech Vice President of Revenue. HDR is a full-service engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services firm specializing in both horizontal and vertical infrastructure. In 2022, its transportation program was ranked in the Top 5 design firms in the United States by Engineering News-Record. As a leader in the application and integration of digital delivery methods, they specialize in engineering design, construction management, and data acquisition services. In addition, the firm offers advisory services for enterprise digital workflows to support lifecycle data strategies for managing transportation infrastructure. HDR is currently working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), buildingSMART International (bSI), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and American Roadway Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) to research, promote and advance digital delivery initiatives in the U.S. transportation industry. The firm is renowned for navigating the changing environment of BIM and digital delivery as well as leveraging enterprise data to advance infrastructure projects. “There are tremendous opportunities in this industry to leverage digital data to inform decisions during the design, construction, operations and maintenance phases. We are strong advocates for open data standards to more efficiently connect the different business areas, which will make it easier to collaborate and provide digital information that can be used to improve the project delivery process from start to finish. Our collaboration with Infotech will help advance these processes.” -Alexa Mitchell, HDR Transportation BIM Program Manager. Infotech and HDR will work together to expand the use of BIM throughout project delivery of civil infrastructure projects by focusing on open data standards to support the asset lifecycle. It is extremely common for data to be siloed across business areas both for the owner and the contractor. Now, when you talk about BIM and digital project delivery, it is all about collaboration and managing the full asset lifecycle. The United States is behind when it comes to open data standards, and together, we are two leaders in the industry focused on advancing the adoption of these best practices to help our industry move forward, faster.” About Infotech Info Tech, Inc., DBA Infotech (Infotech) is a leading SaaS solutions provider for the infrastructure construction industry. Informed by DOT relationships and decades of experience, Infotech develops software solutions that bridge the gaps between owners, consultants, contractors and other project stakeholders. Whether it be tools for construction administration and inspection or secure online bidding, Infotech’s solutions are built to increase transparency, productivity and insights through data management. Infotech is the developer of Appia®, Bid Express®, and Doc Express®, as well as the official contractor for AASHTOWare Project™. For more information, visit infotechinc.com. About HDR For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 11,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future. For more information,

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OpenSpace Partners with Shepherd to Offer Reduced Insurance Premiums for Qualified Construction Customers

OpenSpace | June 23, 2022

OpenSpace, the global leader in 360° jobsite capture and AI-powered analytics, announced a new partnership with Shepherd, a commercial insurance provider for the construction industry. OpenSpace customers will have access to the Casualty Pro excess liability insurance offering, which provides qualified contractors with underwriting credits and improved coverage on their Shepherd insurance policies, based on their OpenSpace usage. OpenSpace's easy-to-use Capture product completely documents the site, helping to resolve disputes and speed claims processing. OpenSpace customers also typically have a lower risk profile as a result of their ability to catch potential safety issues and costly mistakes before they happen. "We view the application of jobsite capture as one of the most exciting frontiers in construction risk management, and OpenSpace is the clear category leader," said Shepherd's CEO and co-founder Justin Levine. "Our partnership allows customers to benefit from their OpenSpace usage by introducing data from the platform as a new category in our underwriting approach. Our fundamental belief is that contractors who leverage technology to be safer deserve to be rewarded by their insurance providers." With OpenSpace Capture, builders attach an off-the-shelf, consumer 360° camera to their hardhat and walk the site as they normally would. Once the video from the walk is uploaded to the cloud, OpenSpace's computer vision technology stitches images together and pins all the images to the floor plan, creating a trusted visual record of site status. Powered by the company's Vision Engine, the site image map is typically ready to view in about 15 minutes after upload. Better site documentation leads to stronger collaboration among stakeholders, reduces the need for project managers to travel to site, provides a historical record of progress—and now—can reduce insurance premiums. Over the past few years, we have been thrilled to see how the data OpenSpace helps capture and organize is being used in surprising new ways that impact our customers' business. We're excited to see how that data can help simplify and improve insurance coverage for builders. The industry needs better, smarter, and more cost-effective ways to manage risk and we're proud to partner with Shepherd to make that change a reality." Jeevan Kalanithi,OpenSpace CEO and co-founder About OpenSpace Founded in 2017, OpenSpace is an AI technology company on a mission to bring new levels of transparency and efficiency to construction and real estate. With our platform, builders automatically capture a complete visual record of the jobsite, providing visual data that increases coordination, drives accountability, and simplifies dispute resolution. To date, our customers have used OpenSpace to capture more than eight billion square feet of imagery from active construction projects across thousands of sites in over seventy-six countries.   About Shepherd Founded in 2021, Shepherd is a tech-enabled managing general underwriter providing casualty insurance for middle market commercial construction. Their mission is to make construction safe and sustainable through innovative insurance products.

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FARO's HoloBuilder™ Construction Progress Management Solution Gains Widespread Adoption

FARO | June 24, 2022

FARO® Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: FARO), a global leader in 4D digital reality solutions, today formally recognized the #Enterprise agreement by GOLDBECK to deploy FARO's HoloBuilder Construction Progress Management solution enterprise-wide as indicative of the healthy market adoption of HoloBuilder following the company's acquisition by FARO in June of 2021, which enabled the industry's first end-to-end #DigitalReality solution. Utilizing 360° photo capture technology, HoloBuilder enables a quick, easy, and efficient way to manage project progress and capture large amounts of visual information that becomes instantly accessible from anywhere. Integrations with best-in-class 360° cameras and third-party software tools make the #ConstructionTechnology easy to adopt and implement across global construction teams. GOLDBECK made the decision to roll out HoloBuilder organization-wide (i.e., Enterprise agreement) after utilizing the platform on major construction projects. With HoloBuilder, GOLDBECK's more than 10,000 employees benefit from digital solutions not only in the office but on the jobsite. Site managers use the platform to track and document construction work with precision, linking 360° photos of the site to the digital building plans, sorting them by location and time, and storing them securely in the cloud. "We are thrilled that GOLDBECK made our enterprise solution available to their entire organization, As we celebrate the anniversary of joining forces with FARO, we've made remarkable progress toward empowering construction professionals with the solutions they need to increase project efficiency. GOLDBECK is a textbook example of a global firm realizing the full potential and competitive advantage of using both high-accuracy 3D laser scanning through FARO as well as real-time 2D 360° photo capture and remote collaboration with HoloBuilder." -said Brian Kelly, Vice President of HoloBuilder at FARO "Digitalization utilizing HoloBuilder makes it much easier to document and manage construction progress whereby our site managers and everyone involved in planning can collect, evaluate, and work with the data better." -Sina Schliestedt, Teamlead BIM at GOLDBECK. In the year since the FARO acquisition, HoloBuilder has continued to enhance its offerings, releasing significant new features including Premium Analytics, HoloBuilder API, and SnapShots. The extensive functionality of Premium Analytics empowers technology and operations leadership to benchmark projects, users, and usage on an enterprise level. The flexible API allows users to remove data silos by connecting HoloBuilder to internal tools to unleash the full potential of virtual jobsites. Shareable SnapShots allow users to select and share specific photos of a project with select stakeholders. The combination of these powerful new tools continues to drive strong industry demand for HoloBuilder. About FARO FARO serves the AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction), O&M (Operations & Maintenance), 3D Metrology, and Public Safety Analytics markets. For over 40 years, FARO has been a pioneer in #RealityCapture, bridging the digital and physical worlds through data-driven reliable accuracy, precision, and immediacy, providing industry-leading technology solutions that enable customers to measure their world and use that data to make smarter decisions faster.

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Infotech and HDR Work Together to Expand BIM Solutions for Civil Infrastructure Projects

Infotech | June 24, 2022

Infotech, a leader in infrastructure construction software solutions, announced today a consulting collaboration with HDR to conduct an industry assessment of its current products and services in order to expand the company’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) offerings and its impact on digital delivery and advancing open data standards. As experts in the use of BIM and digital project delivery for transportation infrastructure, HDR will consult Infotech on the company’s strategic BIM for Infrastructure (BIMFi) plan. Infotech has developed and improved e-Construction solutions that address each phase of the contract lifecycle for 40 years. These solutions automate construction contract processes from estimation to bidding to construction inspection and management in order to provide an open, collaborative environment for effective oversight of an organization’s construction portfolio. Infotech’s solutions, such as Appia® and Bid Express®, and its longstanding position as the official contractor for AASHTOWare Project™, position the company to help accelerate the adoption of BIM within the infrastructure industry. “Infrastructure construction leaders are trying to connect their existing e-Construction solutions with their BIM strategy, and Infotech offers key points of connection between owners and their contractors to capture data that feeds into the BIM design. Understanding BIM and future industry expectations is critical for the success of civil infrastructure projects, and we are excited to collaborate with HDR to enhance our BIMFi strategy.” -Chad Schafer, Infotech Vice President of Revenue. HDR is a full-service engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services firm specializing in both horizontal and vertical infrastructure. In 2022, its transportation program was ranked in the Top 5 design firms in the United States by Engineering News-Record. As a leader in the application and integration of digital delivery methods, they specialize in engineering design, construction management, and data acquisition services. In addition, the firm offers advisory services for enterprise digital workflows to support lifecycle data strategies for managing transportation infrastructure. HDR is currently working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), buildingSMART International (bSI), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and American Roadway Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) to research, promote and advance digital delivery initiatives in the U.S. transportation industry. The firm is renowned for navigating the changing environment of BIM and digital delivery as well as leveraging enterprise data to advance infrastructure projects. “There are tremendous opportunities in this industry to leverage digital data to inform decisions during the design, construction, operations and maintenance phases. We are strong advocates for open data standards to more efficiently connect the different business areas, which will make it easier to collaborate and provide digital information that can be used to improve the project delivery process from start to finish. Our collaboration with Infotech will help advance these processes.” -Alexa Mitchell, HDR Transportation BIM Program Manager. Infotech and HDR will work together to expand the use of BIM throughout project delivery of civil infrastructure projects by focusing on open data standards to support the asset lifecycle. It is extremely common for data to be siloed across business areas both for the owner and the contractor. Now, when you talk about BIM and digital project delivery, it is all about collaboration and managing the full asset lifecycle. The United States is behind when it comes to open data standards, and together, we are two leaders in the industry focused on advancing the adoption of these best practices to help our industry move forward, faster.” About Infotech Info Tech, Inc., DBA Infotech (Infotech) is a leading SaaS solutions provider for the infrastructure construction industry. Informed by DOT relationships and decades of experience, Infotech develops software solutions that bridge the gaps between owners, consultants, contractors and other project stakeholders. Whether it be tools for construction administration and inspection or secure online bidding, Infotech’s solutions are built to increase transparency, productivity and insights through data management. Infotech is the developer of Appia®, Bid Express®, and Doc Express®, as well as the official contractor for AASHTOWare Project™. For more information, visit infotechinc.com. About HDR For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 11,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future. For more information,

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OpenSpace Partners with Shepherd to Offer Reduced Insurance Premiums for Qualified Construction Customers

OpenSpace | June 23, 2022

OpenSpace, the global leader in 360° jobsite capture and AI-powered analytics, announced a new partnership with Shepherd, a commercial insurance provider for the construction industry. OpenSpace customers will have access to the Casualty Pro excess liability insurance offering, which provides qualified contractors with underwriting credits and improved coverage on their Shepherd insurance policies, based on their OpenSpace usage. OpenSpace's easy-to-use Capture product completely documents the site, helping to resolve disputes and speed claims processing. OpenSpace customers also typically have a lower risk profile as a result of their ability to catch potential safety issues and costly mistakes before they happen. "We view the application of jobsite capture as one of the most exciting frontiers in construction risk management, and OpenSpace is the clear category leader," said Shepherd's CEO and co-founder Justin Levine. "Our partnership allows customers to benefit from their OpenSpace usage by introducing data from the platform as a new category in our underwriting approach. Our fundamental belief is that contractors who leverage technology to be safer deserve to be rewarded by their insurance providers." With OpenSpace Capture, builders attach an off-the-shelf, consumer 360° camera to their hardhat and walk the site as they normally would. Once the video from the walk is uploaded to the cloud, OpenSpace's computer vision technology stitches images together and pins all the images to the floor plan, creating a trusted visual record of site status. Powered by the company's Vision Engine, the site image map is typically ready to view in about 15 minutes after upload. Better site documentation leads to stronger collaboration among stakeholders, reduces the need for project managers to travel to site, provides a historical record of progress—and now—can reduce insurance premiums. Over the past few years, we have been thrilled to see how the data OpenSpace helps capture and organize is being used in surprising new ways that impact our customers' business. We're excited to see how that data can help simplify and improve insurance coverage for builders. The industry needs better, smarter, and more cost-effective ways to manage risk and we're proud to partner with Shepherd to make that change a reality." Jeevan Kalanithi,OpenSpace CEO and co-founder About OpenSpace Founded in 2017, OpenSpace is an AI technology company on a mission to bring new levels of transparency and efficiency to construction and real estate. With our platform, builders automatically capture a complete visual record of the jobsite, providing visual data that increases coordination, drives accountability, and simplifies dispute resolution. To date, our customers have used OpenSpace to capture more than eight billion square feet of imagery from active construction projects across thousands of sites in over seventy-six countries.   About Shepherd Founded in 2021, Shepherd is a tech-enabled managing general underwriter providing casualty insurance for middle market commercial construction. Their mission is to make construction safe and sustainable through innovative insurance products.

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