Colliers Engineering & Design | November 16, 2022
Agile Frameworks®, a leader in integrated field and lab management software for the engineering services industry, today announced Colliers Engineering & Design has selected MetaField® cloud-based software to streamline and standardize operations through automation.
Headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey, Colliers Engineering & Design, an affiliate of Colliers International, is a national multi-discipline engineering, architectural, design and consulting firm serving public and private sectors. Following two large commercial laboratory acquisitions, they now have one of the largest construction materials lab testing operations in the country.
As they acquired new firms, Colliers Engineering & Design needed to unify their people and techniques. They experienced issues maintaining consistency and scheduling people across disparate groups; thus, they sought a way to streamline and standardize operations using a digital solution.
Colliers Engineering & Design selected Agile Framework’s MetaField solution, a field and lab data collection and reporting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, to improve their operational efficiency. After implementing MetaField, they realized an immediate tangible benefit in completing reports in real time and an increase in profitability on projects.
“What attracted us to MetaField was that it’s an engineering software solution designed by engineers, Once we realized the issues we had to resolve and what we would gain from implementing a robust cloud-based solution, the cost of the software was insignificant. I had to warn our clients and the contractors: ‘be careful, you’re going to actually get data in real-time now! The whole thing has been eye-opening for all of us. It is so much simpler to do it this way.”
-Philip Gauffreau, Discipline Leader for Geotechnical Services at Colliers Engineering & Design.
Prior to implementing MetaField, Colliers Engineering & Design had been utilizing a homegrown scheduling system and Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database which were unwieldy and hard to maintain. It had previously taken weeks to get reports turned around to clients, and since using MetaField they are experiencing remarkable turnaround time and more confidence in their data accuracy.
“The concept of online scheduling has been a game-changer for our customers, It saves a lot of effort on the managers’ part to understand who is available, who is going where, what credentials do they have, etc., and it’s helpful to schedule everything across departments in the same place. Colliers Engineering & Design embraces leading edge technologies, and we are proud to be their technology partner to help them achieve strategic and sustainable growth.”
-Adam Jones, Chief Customer Officer at Agile Frameworks.
“The technology adoption is happening faster than I thought, We are already seeing the benefits of automated scheduling and field reporting. Our field professionals have told me: ‘Wow, this really makes my life a lot easier.’ We are eager to recognize the full value of the platform and increase our organization’s capacity once the system is rolled out to other departments yet this calendar year.”
About Agile Frameworks:
Agile Frameworks® provides comprehensive software-as-a-service solutions that integrate corporate, field, and lab data for business process automation across architecture and engineering disciplines. We transform workflows, create high-value data, and deliver outputs you can trust, resulting in industry-leading productivity and profitability. MetaField® — our field and lab data collection and reporting platform — offers a cloud-based digital workflow to automate and connect the process from project set up and scheduling, to mobile data collection and report submission. Companies that use MetaField experience a dramatic cost benefit with a distinct competitive advantage.
Universal Engineering Sciences | January 09, 2023
Universal Engineering Sciences (UES), a national engineering and consulting firm, has acquired Carmichael Engineering, a geotechnical engineering, and construction materials and testing company based in Alabama. The purchase of Carmichael Engineering makes UES's presence in the southern states even stronger and adds to the wide range of services they already offer.
The acquisition increases UES' geotechnical expertise to offer comprehensive geotechnical and construction monitoring services to its clients throughout the Southeast region. The leadership team at Carmichael Engineering will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of the company. This acquisition is part of UES' strategy to expand in high-growth areas and provide additional technical expertise to its clients.
"UES is continuing to expand our reach in high-growth areas such as the Southeast, where significant infrastructure projects are increasing the demand for our services. The acquisition of Carmichael Engineering gives us the ability to provide additional technical expertise to our clients in the region. We look forward to welcoming them to the UES team!"
UES CEO, Dave Witsken.
(Source: CISION PRNewswire)
About Universal Engineering Sciences
With nearly 60 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, testing construction materials, adhering to building codes, threshold inspections, and environmental consulting, Universal Engineering Sciences is a privately held, rapidly expanding engineering and consulting company. UES consults on projects of all sizes for public and private clients in industries ranging from transportation and healthcare to commercial, residential, and education, employing nearly 3,400 professionals across more than 70 branches in high-growth markets in the U.S.
Akela Engineering and Consulting | December 06, 2022
DC Capital Partners Management, LP ("DC Capital" or "DCCP"), a sector focused private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies in the Government and Engineering sectors, today announced the launch of Akela Engineering and Consulting ("Akela"). Akela is a full-service Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) firm providing engineering and consulting services to the construction industry in California. Industry veteran Dennis Berlien, P.E., has joined Akela as Chief Executive Officer.
Akela partners with public and private entities to provide a diverse range of services, including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, commissioning, sustainable solutions, architectural lighting and technology. The firm serves clients in the military, life science, government, education, corporate, multi-family, sustainability, hospitality and healthcare spaces.
DC Capital serves as the parent company to Akela. Michael Wall Engineering, Inc. and DEC Engineers, Inc., two leading Southern California MEP engineering firms, united to form Akela, which is a sister company of Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services.
"Akela is the fusion of two successful engineering firms combining 47 years of shared experience, We are extremely pleased to share the official launch of Akela and welcome these industry experts to our portfolio of companies providing differentiated and innovative services and solutions in the Government and Engineering markets."
-Thomas J. Campbell, Founder and Managing Partner of DC Capital.
Mr. Berlien brings more the 25 years of experience to his role as CEO at Akela. He most recently served as President for Glumac, a Tetra Tech Company, and prior to assuming that role, he held a variety of executive roles since joining in 2011. Throughout his career, Mr. Berlien also held leadership positions at Vanderweil Engineers, Wright Engineers, AMEC, Adobe Consulting Engineers and Bechtel.
Mr. Berlien holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Orangewood Foundation, one of the leading providers of services to foster and community youth in Orange County. He was a Director for the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), an organization committed to a sustainable, prosperous future through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria as well as a DBIA certified professional. Mr. Berlien is also co-author of the book, "Connections: Everyone Happens for a Reason."
"Akela is dedicated to delivering innovative design and sophisticated solutions to complex challenges and our culture emphasizes a collaborative wolf pack approach, We believe we are Stronger Together, and I look forward to partnering with our colleagues and clients to deliver results for the communities we serve."
-Dennis Berlien, P.E., Chief Executive Officer at Akela.
About Akela Engineering and Consulting:
Akela Engineering and Consulting (Akela) is a full-service Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) firm providing engineering and consulting services to the construction industry in California. In 2022, Michael Wall Engineering (electrical engineering since 1996) and DEC Engineers (mechanical engineering since 2000) amalgamated to create Akela.