41% drop in Covid-19 breaches on construction sites

PBC Today | September 02, 2020

There has been a 41% decrease in the number of Covid-19 breaches on construction sites over the last three months, according to the Building Safety Group (BSG). The drop in Covid-19 breaches on construction sites has been attributed to more companies successfully adapting to new working practices. Over time it is expected that this trend will continue as the industry becomes more accustomed to operating under the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus. BSG’s report is based on 4,400 independent site inspections carried out between 1 June and 31 August.

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For many, the idea of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) might conjure images of large automated assembly line welders and pickers. But RPA actually refers to software robots or applications that replicate human interaction with a user interface on a computer system. Historically, process automation has addressed the execution of the most rote tasks, such as scraping data files for import instead of manual entry.

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For many, the idea of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) might conjure images of large automated assembly line welders and pickers. But RPA actually refers to software robots or applications that replicate human interaction with a user interface on a computer system. Historically, process automation has addressed the execution of the most rote tasks, such as scraping data files for import instead of manual entry.

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ABC and Procore Announce Partnership to Provide Construction Management Solutions for ABC Members

ABC | September 13, 2021

Associated Builders and Contractors and Procore Technologies, Inc, a leading provider of construction management software, announced a partnership that provides ABC chapters and members exclusive discounted pricing on their new purchases of Procore products and services“Many of our members are eager to boost their technology portfolio to enhance profitability, safety and efficiency, and this partnership can help our members achieve their goals,” said Matt Abeles, ABC vice president of construction technology and innovation. “Procore is already a valued ABC Tech Alliance member and part of our Tech Marketplace, and I believe that they will be a constructive business partner for our 21,000-member companies because of their many industry-leading project management solutions.” “Procore’s vision is to improve the lives of everyone in construction, and we are honored to partner with ABC to expand access to our platform and services to all their members,” said Kristopher Lengieza, vice president of global partnerships & alliances at Procore. “We are committed to providing the construction industry with technology and partnership to build smarter.” Procore’s platform connects entire project teams from the office to the field and across companies, providing one place to work together to do what they do best—build. Procore helps increase productivity and efficiency, reduce rework and costly delays and improve safety, compliance, financial transparency and accountability. Procore has been involved with ABC in a number of strategic initiatives since 2016, and is a member of the ABC Tech Alliance and ABC Tech Marketplace. About ABC Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. About Procore Procore is a leading provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore's platform. Procore’s platform connects key project stakeholders to solutions Procore has built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore's App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with Procore’s platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore has offices around the globe.

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Mecanica Acquires Collision Engineering Associates of Arizona: Expands Services to Southwest US

Mecanica | February 18, 2022

Mecanica Scientific Services Corporation (Mecanica), announced its acquisition of Collision Engineering Associates Inc., (CEA) of Mesa, Arizona, on February 16, 2022, thus expanding Mecanica's range of specialization, regions served, and its client base. Mecanica, an engineering and scientific analysis firm, specializes in heavy trucks, accident reconstruction, and event data recorders. CEA, a 27-year-old company, specializes in accident reconstruction, expert testimony, and investigations for a variety of vehicles including automobiles, motorcycles, and heavy trucks in Arizona and the Southwest region of the US. Through its acquisition, and by retaining CEA's Mesa, AZ office, Mecanica emerged as a leading service provider in accident reconstruction, heavy truck event data recorder analysis in the Western and Southwest states. "We welcome the Collision Engineering Associates, Inc.'s illustrious team, including Wes Grimes, former President of CEA to serve as our Director of Forensics, and Jonathan Balasa, Charles Dickerson, Ann Grimes, and Tara Lee, to join Mecanica in continuing to deliver vanguard technical expertise and service to our clients, With this growth, we expect to provide our clients better service by being closer to where they need us." -states John C. Steiner, CEO of Mecanica. CEA clients will continue receiving superb care to which they have become accustomed, with seamless integration, as many of the same personnel are remaining in place. Also, the Mesa, AZ office will remain open to serve our longstanding clients assures Wes Grimes. With this acquisition, Mecanica now serves clients in 13 states, Canada and Mexico. "Our newly expanded team of highly trained scientists and engineers have worked in the law enforcement, private industry, and public sector, and bring a convergence of perspectives and values that inform the science and sensibilities of our work" observes John Grindey, COO of Mecanica. With its headquarters in Oxnard, CA and offices in Elk Grove, CA, San Diego, CA, McMinville, OR, as well as its subsidiary, Mecánica Científicos de México, S. de R.L. de C.V. with operations in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico, Mecanica has grown since its inception in 2014 from a staff of three to twenty-nine employees. Mecanica has expanded its client base to include public and private entities throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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M & E Engineering Consultants is Acquired by Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. M & E Engineering Consultants | May 20, 2021

M & E Engineering Consultants has been acquired by Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc., a global provider of forensic engineering and technical consulting services. The company is also strategically positioned to provide for its global customer base with increased capabilities in Mechanical, Electrical, and Life Safety areas, with more than 90 offices and 950 employees. “At Rimkus, we're on a journey to expand our practice areas and teams from inside while still taking advantage of acquisition opportunities. Our international client base requires experts who can combine technical expertise with excellent project management to help them achieve their goals. “The addition of M & E Engineering Consultants to our team will enhance our expertise in core service areas while maintaining the high standards that our clients have come to expect from Rimkus,” said Curtis Brown, Chairman and Executive Director of Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. “M & E Engineering Consultants brings to our firm a deep, 40-year history of engineering practice in Ontario, and we couldn't be more pleased to have them join the Rimkus family. Our growth policy is closely aligned with their market leadership and reputation for client success. Our teams are well-positioned for long-term success, with the potential to easily expand and fulfill our clients' mechanical, electrical, and life safety requirements,” said Robert Kocher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. “We're excited to be joining the Rimkus team, another industry pioneer with similar skills and a dedication to doing the same high-quality work we look for in a partner. M & E Engineering Consultants' Ed Porasz said, "We're excited to put our strategic insights, backed by Rimkus' resources and growing network, to offer even more industry-leading consulting services and options to our customer base." About Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. is a forensic consulting and technical services provider to insurance companies, law firms, corporations, and government entities around the world. Rimkus provides customers in claim and dispute resolution, restoration design services, property risk evaluations, and due diligence property condition assessments, among other things. The company's team of experienced engineers, architects, scientists, and technical experts has been recognized by the local, national, and international business community for its commitment to service excellence for more than 35 years. Rimkus has over 90 branches in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. About M & E Engineering Consultants M & E Engineering Ltd. is an employee-owned consulting engineering company with over 40 years of experience in Ontario. For commercial, hospitality, multi-residential, institutional, and industrial uses, M & E specializes in offering comprehensive Mechanical, Electrical, and Life Safety consulting services to architects, building owners, structural consultants, and tenants. Every year, our professional team at M & E delivers successful projects for our clients in Ontario, throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, ranging from detailed new construction and retrofit designs, problem investigation, energy audits, and building condition assessments on hundreds of buildings.

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