4 next-gen technologies that are changing construction today

Building Design+Construction | April 29, 2020

For most of the last decade, emerging technologies designed to transform the built environment weren’t much more than fun toys to play with. They lacked sophistication and the ability to promote true efficiency and accountability or analyze data.

Not anymore. Yesterday’s toys have become today’s tools.  New, data-driven technology has finally given rise to construction efficiencies. New software and gadgets are advancing timelines, improving project team integration and collaboration, reducing costs and enhancing overall building quality.

According to the Boston Consulting Group, when technology permeates construction, there’s an almost 20% reduction in a project’s total life cycle cost as well as substantial improvements in completion time, quality and safety. The study estimates that the use of technology cuts construction costs for commercial office buildings by 12%, lifetime operations costs by 18% and reduces the construction timeline by 30%.

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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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Larson Design Group Acquires Engineering Firm ZRHD to Expand Federal Market Offerings

Larson Design Group | January 02, 2023

Larson Design Group (LDG), a leading architecture, engineering, and professional consulting firm, recently announced its acquisition of ZRHD, an engineering consulting firm with deep expertise in the designing of mechanical and electrical systems for federal, commercial, institutional, and industrial sectors. The merger will be in effect from January 1, 2023, and will bring to LDG a team with extensive experience in building systems engineering. For the federal, education, and commercial sectors, ZRHD has successfully completed over 1,000 national and international projects. In addition, ZRHD has designed a variety of project types, such as office buildings, hangars, laboratories, training and research facilities, and building expertise in energy performance projects. Early in 2022, LDG completed the acquisition of Oklahoma-based firm LWPB, an architecture and interior design company with solid experience in the federal, education, and commercial sectors. "Our strategic partnership with ZRHD strengthens Larson Design Group by continuing to grow our building engineering expertise in our current markets and complements our federal team as we continue to expand nationally to multiple agencies," David Martin, PE, President and CEO of LDG. About Larson Design Group Larson Design Group is an award-winning provider of Architecture, Engineering, and Consulting services. Larson Design Group has offered innovative value-added solutions with unrivaled depth and breadth of capabilities to the national and international organizations for more than 30 years.

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ENGINEERING TECH

Jama Software® Partners with Sterling PLM

Jama Software | December 08, 2022

Jama Software®, the industry-leading requirements management and traceability solution provider and Sterling PLM, an industry leader in engineering management problem-solving, have partnered together to expand expertise and offerings across requirements management and Live Traceability™ solutions. "Jama Software's world-class consulting organization — that spans across multiple verticals including medical device development — will be greatly complemented by this partnership with Sterling PLM, Sterling PLM expands on our already comprehensive services that drive measured improvements across product development processes that result in faster time to market and higher product quality." -Tom Tseki, Chief Revenue Officer at Jama Software. At Sterling PLM, we have years of experience cultivating superior technical and lifecycle management know-how. We pride ourselves on our ability to anticipate problems before they become apparent to our clients, said Dan Sterling, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder at Sterling PLM. We are excited to add Jama Connect® to our arsenal of technology solutions, adding to our capability to apply our specialized expertise and customized approach to solving problems for our clients. Jama Connect is the only platform that delivers Live Traceability™ across engineering disciplines through the entire product development process to reduce defects, delays, rework, and cost overruns. Sterling PLM's team has decades of combined experience consulting in highly regulated industries for a variety of medical device manufacturers. By partnering with Jama Software, Sterling PLM will collaborate and support lifecycle management services around configuration, training, and process development. "We're especially excited to leverage the expertise and experience of the Sterling PLM team with our Medical Device customers, They'll be a great addition to our out-of-the-box solutions for medical device developers and provide specialty services such as computer systems validation and legacy tool data migration." -Vincent Balgos, Director, Medical Solution at Jama Software. Jama Software has consistently been listed as the leader for Requirements Management software tools by G2® for the fourth consecutive reporting period. By combining Sterling PLM's customized solutions and seasoned expertise in lifecycle management technologies and Jama Software's industry-leading requirements management and traceability offerings, Jama Software and Sterling PLM will continue to accelerate transformation to serve the needs of medical device developers. About Jama Software: Jama Software is focused on maximizing innovation success. Numerous firsts for humanity in fields such as fuel cells, electrification, space, autonomous vehicles, surgical robotics, and more all rely on Jama Connect® to minimize the risk of product failure, delays, cost overruns, compliance gaps, defects, and rework. Jama Connect uniquely creates Live Traceability™ through siloed development, test, and risk activities to provide end-to-end compliance, risk mitigation, and process improvement. Our rapidly growing customer base of more than 12.5 million users across 30 countries spans the automotive, medical device, life sciences, semiconductor, aerospace & defense, industrial manufacturing, financial services, and insurance industries. About Sterling PLM: Sterling PLM helps engineering companies across the globe implement proven processes that govern the design and development of their engineered products, while leveraging software that tracks processes with greater visibility across the enterprise. Our team has decades of combined experience consulting in highly regulated industries for a variety of manufacturers—from small start-ups to large global organizations—and we've spent years cultivating unique skills and concentrated expertise in the business of engineering. We specialize in regulatory-compliant software programs that help customers track the project artifacts that they care about—across the entire project lifecycle.

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