5G is a technology ready to revolutionize construction industry

Constructconnect | September 14, 2020

As a crane operator, Frank needs to keep an eye on a long list of things on the ground and in the air around the business end of his rig as it trembles in the winds and groans under the load of a new bucket of concrete coming up. His ground spotter’s voice crackles in his ear reassuringly and his high-resolution video screens give him a clear view of everything around that bucket as he swings around to deliver the pour. A light touch on the joystick and he’s in perfect position, the laser guides confirming he’s good to go as the load dumps into the forms and the project under construction inches up another notch. Except, Frank isn’t on the site. He’s in an office miles away, in a temperature controlled cockpit with an array of video screens. There was no climb up in freezing rain into a cramped cabin. Welcome to construction in 2030 where 5G technology has revolutionized how things are done. It’s not science fiction and it’s only a slight step up from remote miners who similarly sit in cockpits and remotely operate machines in mines miles away. The difference is that 5G wireless technology is changing the way we harness digital controls and devices in all sectors with construction about to see some major changes.

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Social engineering is essentially the art of gaining access to buildings, systems or data by exploiting human psychology, rather than by breaking in or using technical hacking techniques. For example, instead of trying to find a software vulnerability, a social engineer might call an employee and pose as an IT support person, trying to trick the employee into divulging his password.

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Social engineering is essentially the art of gaining access to buildings, systems or data by exploiting human psychology, rather than by breaking in or using technical hacking techniques. For example, instead of trying to find a software vulnerability, a social engineer might call an employee and pose as an IT support person, trying to trick the employee into divulging his password.

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The Timken Company | September 07, 2022

The Timken Company, a global leader in engineered bearings and industrial motion products, has reached an agreement to acquire GGB Bearing Technology (GGB), a division of Enpro, Industries (including exclusive negotiations with respect to the French operations of GGB). Founded in 1899, GGB serves a variety of diverse customers, markets, geographies and applications with a product portfolio that complements existing Timken industry-leading engineered bearing solutions. GGB revenue is expected to be around $200 million in fiscal year 2022. "GGB has a strong heritage of delivering high-performance products to well-established customers who are leaders in their respective industries, This acquisition provides strong synergies and meaningfully expands our business by adding complementary products with a solid growth outlook. GGB's leading portfolio of metal-polymer bearings will further Timken's ability to deliver the best solution to our customers' most challenging friction management applications. GGB also presents an excellent cultural fit for Timken, including a commitment to corporate social responsibility with a portfolio of environmentally sustainable solutions." -Richard G. Kyle, Timken president and chief executive officer. GGB is a global technology and market leader of premium engineered metal-polymer plain bearings with expertise in material science, surface engineering and tribology. With manufacturing facilities across the United States, Europe and China, GGB employs approximately 900 people and has a global engineering, distribution and sales footprint. The company's tribology solutions in plain bearing coatings complements Timken's leading positions in roller and ball bearings. GGB's products are used mainly in industrial applications, including pumps and compressors, HVAC, off-highway, energy, material handling and aerospace. Timken will fund the transaction with cash on hand and its existing revolving credit facility. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Timken anticipates the acquisition will be accretive to earnings in the first full quarter after closing. About The Timken Company: The Timken Company designs a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and industrial motion products. With more than a century of knowledge and innovation, we continuously improve the reliability and efficiency of global machinery and equipment to move the world forward. Timken posted $4.1 billion in sales in 2021 and employs more than 18,000 people globally, operating from 43 countries. Timken has been recognized among America's Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek, the World's Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere, and America's Best Employers, Best Employers for New Graduates and Best Employers for Women by Forbes.

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Clark Construction Delivers Snapdragon Stadium on Schedule

Clark Construction | August 23, 2022

Clark Construction Group joined San Diego State University (SDSU) leaders, city officials, and distinguished guests to cut the ribbon on the state-of-the-art Snapdragon Stadium. Designed as a hub for sports and entertainment, the new 35,000-capacity venue provides a home field for SDSU Aztec Football, as well as for professional and collegiate soccer, NCAA championship games, concerts, and other cultural events. As the design-builder in charge of design and construction efforts on the multi-purpose venue, Clark Construction led a high-performing team of more than 250 firms, including engineers, and trade contractors. Gensler Sports was the lead designer. The stadium's signature design elements, including concourse level "neighborhoods," and standing-room-only "piers" that jut out over stadium seating to conjure a coastal vibe are designed to reflect the city's diverse communities and combine to create a venue that is authentically San Diego. The stadium is a part of the first phase of development at SDSU Mission Valley, a mixed-use, medium-density, transit-oriented development that will expand the university's educational, research, entrepreneurial, and technology programs. An Innovation District is projected to provide educational opportunities for up to 15,000 additional students and, once complete, SDSU Mission Valley will also include retail, housing, and the development of community parks and open space. It is expected to bolster the university's local economic impact by an estimated $3 billion per year. Snapdragon Stadium's construction has served as a boon to the San Diego economy. Local firms were awarded $250 million in construction contracts on the project. Throughout construction, Clark also helped lead training programs to ensure a local and diverse workforce had the opportunity to work on the project. In aggregate, a combined 4,000 workers logged 1.2 million hours to successfully deliver Snapdragon Stadium. "This project is a testament that construction is a team sport, With everyone working toward the goal of winning together, we were able to deliver a high-quality venue on time, on budget for SDSU and the greater San Diego community." -Albert Valdivia, Clark's vice president in charge of construction operations for the project. San Diego's newest landmark is a product of a two-year intensive construction effort. To make way for the new venue, Clark demolished Qualcomm Stadium, the former home of the San Diego Chargers. Crews erected the structure using a combination of cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete, and steel. To shape the stadium, crews raised the site nearly 30 feet and erected 2,500 steel beams. "We appreciate all the hard work to get Snapdragon Stadium complete in time for our first game against Arizona, We are looking forward to fans coming to a stadium that they can be proud of – a stadium that is authentic to San Diego. We feel we've created an unmatched experience in collegiate athletics, and in all events that come to the stadium." -J.D. Wicker, director of intercollegiate athletics at SDSU. Snapdragon Stadium will make its official debut during the Aztec Football season opener against the University of Arizona Wildcats on September 3. Famed musicians Jimmy Buffett and Jason Mraz will perform the first concert at the arena on October 22. More information about Snapdragon Stadium is available online: https://snapdragonstadium.com/ About Clark Construction Group: For more than a century, Clark Construction Group has been transforming the ideas and visions of its clients into world-class projects that make the United States a stronger, safer place. As one of the nation's largest asset creators, Clark has offices strategically located across the country to serve the needs of its clients.

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