DESIGN, ENGINEERING TECH
Ardurra Group | February 02, 2023
On February 1, 2023, Littlejohn & Co. LLC, a renowned private investment firm, announced that it has partnered with the firm's employees and management to acquire Ardurra Group, Inc., a leading provider of multidisciplinary engineering and design services to the transportation, water and aviation end-markets. Ardurra's management team and employees will retain a major stake in the business. The Financial Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ardurra, headquartered in Miami, FL, provides intricated design and engineering services for water, transportation and aviation to end markets in the Southeast, Central, Southwest, and Northwest regions of the United States. Ardurra's services positively impact the country's vital infrastructures by offering innovative and technology-driven solutions to municipalities, state government entities, utilities, and enterprises. Ardurra's work allows local communities to supply citizens with clean water, implement transit and transportation solutions, treat wastewater, and construct sustainable, resilient infrastructure.
Ardurra's CEO Ernesto Aguilar commented, "We set out to build a culture-focused firm that provides exceptional solutions to our clients through the hard work and commitment of our talented employees." He added, "Littlejohn has an impressive track record of building enduring value for its portfolio companies, and we are excited to partner with them as our Company enters this new chapter. Littlejohn shares Ardurra's values and commitment to providing world-class service, and this partnership will enable us to accelerate growth while we continue to innovate as one of the country's leading engineering and design firms."
(Source – Business Wire)
About Ardurra Group, Inc
Ardurra provides intricate engineering and design services for water, transportation and aviation to end markets in the Southeast, Central, Southwest, and Northwest regions of the United States. With a sizeable community of specialists, engineers, and designers, it provides a unique blend of expertise and innovation. Ardurra's services positively impact the country's vital infrastructures by offering municipalities, state government entities, utilities, and enterprises innovative and technology-driven solutions. The company has about 1,250 highly skilled employees across 70+ offices and was ranked No. 114 on the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 500 Firms list for 2021.
ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION, ENGINEERING TECH
Hilti | January 27, 2023
On January 26, 2023, Hilti North America, a provider of innovative tools, software, technology, and services for the commercial construction industry, introduced the PLT 400, a digital layout tool created to help increase the productivity of jobsite layout crews.
Single-operator tools like the PLT 400 are vital due to continued labor shortages and jobsite restrictions. This tool improves accuracy and layout speed, features advanced prism tracking and auto-calibration, and requires minimal training. Improved technology, faster layout, and fewer labor hours contribute to a cost-saving and productivity-boosting solution for jobsites.
The PLT 400 can lay out digital BIM (Building Information Modeling) designed plans without the time-consuming step of creating points on the plans first. It can also help keep your BIM model up to date during the construction process, contributing to an optimized end-to-end workflow. The company's digital construction software is also compatible with AutoCAD, Revit, and other specialized layout platforms.
The layout tool works in tandem with Hilti's entire solutions ecosystem, including ON!Track and the Fleet program. Aside from access to high-performance tools and cutting-edge technology, Fleet customers also receive free verification of tool accuracy, complying with manufacturer specifications and theft coverage to reduce unexpected expenses and financial risk. In addition, the PLT 400 comes with an industry-leading Tool Warranty and is available in the United States and Canada.
Michael Haugtvedt, Product Manager at Hilti North America, shared, "We took customer feedback on our previous total stations and addressed those pain points with the launch of the PLT 400." He added, "This camera-based tool has enhanced prism tracking and upgraded communications making sure you stay connected and increase layout productivity on the jobsite, while a built-in calibration module helps ensure your layout is within spec every time you turn the tool on."
(Source – PR Newswire)
About Hilti North America
Based in Plano, Texas, Hilti provides technology to make construction more efficient, sustainable, and safer. The company's products, systems, and services provide construction professionals with innovative solutions with exceptional added value. Its product line includes cordless tools, grinders, drills, saws, fasteners, anchors, and design/layout software and services. With more than 3,800 team members in North America, Hilti is committed to providing exceptional customer service and engagement.
Microdesk | January 20, 2023
On January 19, 2023, Microdesk, a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider, announced a new collaboration with One Click LCA, the global leader in construction Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) software.
Building LCA is a scientific methodology for quantifying a building's lifetime environmental impacts, and One Click LCA makes the assessment simple as the science is built into the tool. One Click LCA assists in measuring and reducing the ecological consequences of buildings, achieving green building certifications, and complying with legislations that are now required in many countries.
Michael DeLacey, Chief Executive Officer at Microdesk, commented, "Joining forces with One Click LCA gives Microdesk a tremendous opportunity to help our clients achieve and accelerate their goals to decarbonize the AEC industry and support sustainability." He also added, "We are committed to providing the most effective and innovative technologies and tools and One Click LCA delivers that with software that adds value to all facets of planning and building while supporting the environment in a meaningful way."
(Source – PR Newswire)
The environmental goals the construction industry strives to achieve extend to the products used in construction of the projects as well. As a result, manufacturers are responding to the growing demand for Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) in order to reliably quantify and convey the lifetime environmental effect of their products. The LCA and EPD solution from One Click LCA provides manufacturers with an easy way to deliver third-party validated EPDs based on US and international standards.
Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, Microdesk is a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider. It was founded in 1994 as an Autodesk Reseller with a mission to help Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner/Operators, and GIS organizations improve workflows and integrate project delivery technologies. The company has over 30 years of experience adopting innovative technologies and processes, as well as sustainable design and building initiatives. Its increased emphasis on digital transformation is another indication of the company's tradition of introducing new tools to the AEC industry in order to boost sustainability, efficiency and the ability to respond to macroeconomic changes.