7 Engineering Trends to Watch in 2020

Interesting Engineering | December 19, 2019

2020 is shaping up to be an interesting year for innovation in engineering. Here are 7 trends that should be exciting to keep an eye on next year. 2020 should be an interesting year for technological innovation. According to Forbes, here are some of the most important ones: AI-as-a-service, 5G data networks, Autonomous Driving, Personalized and predictive medicine, Computer Vision, Extended Reality, Blockchain Technology. Whether you are just starting out in life or are a seasoned veteran in your field, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on future trends in the job market. According to sites like edeureka, here are some tech trends to check-in on: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, Cloud Computing, Angular and React, DevOps, Internet of Things, Intelligent Apps.

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The thrill of flying a quadcopter is certainly exciting. However, it will be even more fun to fly a quadcopter that you’ve made on your own. By making your own DIY quadcopter, you will not only have something to fly in the air but also a model that is truly unique since the model is totally your own.

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Vita Inclinata Announces Distribution Partnership with Trident Construction

Trident Construction | August 27, 2021

Vita Inclinata (Vita), developer and producer of helicopter and crane load stabilization and precision hardware, today announced Trident Construction (Trident) will be an exclusive reseller of the Vita Load Navigator — included in the Vita Lifting System family. Trident will represent New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Like the Vita Load Pilot, the Vita Load Navigator attaches under the crane and uses the Load Stability System technology to provide heavy duty control and precision to place loads up to 40 tons on construction sites. Even in adverse weather conditions — like high winds from Manhattan's wind tunnels — the system automatically adjusts to keep the load stable and in a precise orientation. The technology operates to keep workers safe while simultaneously increasing efficiency on job sites; it's a safer alternative to using taglines. "When it comes to crane safety, there are no second chances. Those are the things that keep me up at night," said Trident CEO, Patrick Murphy. Trident, a high-rise and super-structure contractor in the city, owns and operates their own fleet of cranes; thus, sees a huge opportunity for the Vita Load Navigator to keep the project safer and increase efficiency on the job. "Having an automatic system on there that will hold that setting even if winds are acting on it, and a pendant that lets you change the orientation of the load quickly, it doesn't exist right now. It's a piece of rope [tagline] hanging off a load." "This relationship with Trident is exciting for Vita, and to me on a personal level. Patrick and I share a connection as Naval Aviators, where safety and precision are mission requirements. That connection brought us together for a technology demonstration on one of Trident's high rise construction projects in Manhattan. Seeing the innovation and precision that Vita's products bring to high risk construction sites launched this relationship. We can't wait to get Vita's Load Systems onsite and make a difference with Trident," said Chief Commercial Officer, Shelby Mounts. About Trident Construction Trident General Contracting, founded in December 2017 is an Open-Shop Concrete Foundation and Concrete Super-Structure contractor based in Bronx, New York. Trident was formed through the purchase of Advanced Contracting Solutions' assets, contracts, and operates with many of the professionals that gave ACS a stellar reputation. With more than 50 years of combined industry experience and a team of professionals with over $600 million in completed construction work, Trident strives to be on-time and on-budget, high-quality performance.Trident uses leading-edge construction technology combined with good old-fashioned hard work to realize clients' goals and expectations. About Vita Inclinata A friend's death during a rescue operation—with a helicopter close but unable to stabilize due to weather and terrain—was the genesis of Vita Inclinata. Founded in 2015 as a way to solve a real problem, Vita today controls chaotic swinging and spin, and adds safety and precision for rotor wing and fixed wing aircraft and cranes. With the mission of "Bring them home, every time," Vita's technology changes the narrative while saving lives, time and money across industries, including search and rescue, military, firefighting, public safety, construction, wind energy, and oil and gas. The company is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, with offices in Washington, DC and Huntsville, Alabama.

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Pearce Renewables, a Division of Pearce Services, Acquires Mountain Renewables

Pearce Renewables | September 20, 2021

Pearce Renewables, a leader in engineering, operations, and maintenance for renewable energy infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of Mountain Renewables, LLC, a national provider of technical field services for wind energy and utility-scale solar. The acquisition expands Pearce’s capabilities as a leading independent service provider to the renewable energy industry. Mountain Renewables has developed an outstanding reputation as a provider of comprehensive solutions for the entire life cycle of renewable energy infrastructure, ranging from installation and commissioning to corrective and planned maintenance, major component exchange, repowering, site operational support, and decommissioning. “The addition of Mountain Renewables adds to Pearce’s deep expertise and provides an outstanding complement to our end-to-end technical services, operations, and maintenance capabilities,” said Zack Dorfman, Pearce Renewables’ Senior Vice President of Wind. “We are extremely impressed with their innovative approach to customer solutions and the high degree of cultural alignment with Pearce. We look forward to working together with the entire Mountain Renewables team.” Pearce Renewables has assembled best-in-class operations and maintenance companies and leaders serving utility-scale wind, solar, electric vehicle (EV) charging, and battery energy storage system infrastructure. Mountain Renewables is Pearce Renewables’ third acquisition this year, following transactions with Mortenson Energy Services in June 2021 and A & A Wind Pros in March 2021 to expand its wind major component exchange, blade repair, cleaning, and technical services. Pearce entered renewable energy at the beginning of 2020 with acquisitions of World Wind & Solar and MaxGen Energy Services. Soon after, the services team from Suzlon North America joined to bring unique capabilities in engineering, spare parts, and technical wind services. Zack Dorfman, former leader of GE’s North American Wind Services team, joined to lead the Pearce Renewables Wind business. Kyle Williams, a former leader of Tesla’s energy services team, joined to lead the Pearce Renewables EV business. Today, with the addition of Mountain Renewables, Pearce Renewables has over 850 technicians throughout the country and is adding weekly to meet growing demand. About Pearce Renewables, a Division of Pearce Services Pearce Services is a leading national provider of operations, maintenance, and engineering services for mission-critical infrastructure. Pearce offers innovative, tech-enabled services for telecom, renewable energy, electric vehicle (EV), and energy storage system infrastructure customers safely around-the-clock. With nationwide coverage, we can deploy our highly trained technicians quickly and efficiently to provide unmatched response times, quality, and consistent service for distributed mission-critical assets. Pearce’s engineering and support teams use sophisticated software, analytics, and detailed safety plans to support our technical experts in the field. Constant innovation and close collaboration with our customers are a hallmark of our service. About Mountain Renewables Mountain Renewables is an innovative field services company focused on utility-scale wind and solar power plants across the United States, providing repair and maintenance services including corrective and planned maintenance, as well as troubleshooting, commissioning, site support, and other technical operations. Mountain Renewables utilizes data-driven insights throughout the project lifecycle to deliver optimal outage management. Structured around the core values of safety, quality, integrity, and reliability, Mountain Renewables has a proven track record of increasing production, performance, and profitability for multi-megawatt renewable energy power plants.m/.

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Republic Urban Properties and Blach/Cahill JV Partner with Prescient Co. to Employ Innovative Metal Framing System

Republic Urban Properties & Blach/Cahill JV | October 14, 2021

Building partners at Gateway at Millbrae Station – Republic Urban Properties and Blach Construction/Cahill Contractors Joint Venture (Blach/Cahill) – have teamed up with Prescient Co., a construction technology company that aims to revolutionize the industry by speeding up construction time, substantially lowering project costs, and reducing waste.Gateway at Millbrae Station is one of the largest transit-oriented developments in the Western United States. The mixed-use complex, set to be completed by Blach/Cahill in summer 2022, will assist in addressing Bay Area housing needs, as well as bolster office, hospitality and other urban amenities. Poised to create 1,100 new jobs, the project also provides access to sustainable transportation through BART, CalTrain, and SamTrans, with close proximity to San Francisco International Airport. It will include 320 market-rate apartments, 80 Veteran-preferred affordable units, a 164-room Marriott Residence Inn, 150,000 sq. ft. of Class-A office space, 44,000 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail and restaurant space, and establish new public open spaces, plazas, pedestrian/bike paths and dog parks. Republic Urban Properties and Blach, two agile companies with deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area are driving innovative solutions that address perennial industry challenges, including schedules and budgets, which are often adversely affected when unexpected problems arise. In sourcing materials for Gateway at Millbrae Station, the partners weren’t looking for small ways to cut costs and timelines. Instead, they were looking for greater efficiencies, enhanced quality and improved worker safety to significantly impact the overall building process and value of the finished product. Where they landed can be considered a paradigm shift. Enter Prescient Co., a pre-engineered, prefabricated light gauge metal frame building system that utilizes design integration, advanced manufacturing, and rapid assembly to cut overall project costs and reduce project schedules throughout the construction process. To Republic Urban Properties and Blach/Cahill, the Prescient system has been a game-changer for this large-scale project. “When you think of a typical industrial company, two to five percent of revenue is invested every year in research and development while in IT, it is up to twelve percent; you don't see those percentages within the construction industry,” explains. “There are many people who are taking different parts of that value chain to innovate in, but at the end of the day, there is really no platform like Prescient that marries the hardware piece of construction with the digital and software suite of applications to produce and execute projects in one seamless process with a continuous digital thread.” -Magued Eldaief, CEO of Prescient Co In fact, Prescient’s system played a key role in the completion of the mixed-use complex’s light-gauge steel framing structure earlier this summer. “Starting a project in March 2021 and topping out that project in July 2021 is absolutely unheard of in recent times for an apartment construction type,” says Michael Van Every, CEO of Republic Urban Properties. The building team’s investment in efficient construction practices at Gateway at Millbrae Station has enabled a myriad of benefits, in addition to reducing project timelines. The Prescient metal framing system produces less waste on-site than other materials, reduces the amount of on-site staging area needed, provides substantial safety and accuracy benefits, decreases insurance costs, and streamlines the project’s labor requirements. Blach/Cahill introduced Prescient to Republic Urban Properties as a solution for the massive housing project’s unique timeline challenges and the desire to employ an efficient metal-frame construction methodology. “Construction is an inherently complex and dangerous undertaking, particularly when dealing with a project of this scale,When we discovered Prescient’s platform, we knew it would be a perfect fit for Gateway at Millbrae Station, not only allowing us to gain incredible cost and time efficiencies on this massive project, but one that would greatly improve worker safety. Ultimately, the Prescient solution has allowed us to prefabricate 80 percent of the building structures offsite in a controlled environment.” -Blach Vice President James Woodbury As the Bay Area community awaits the unveiling of Gateway at Millbrae Station, the building team will continue to break barriers and deliver innovative solutions that result in dramatic efficiency gains. “Our industry may be struggling, trying to maintain costs and schedules, but we are experiencing success,” said Reyad Katwan, COO of Republic Urban Properties. “We’re building on our experiences, and continually improving. We believe so much in this partnership among the three companies that we’re already envisioning future projects with the same team going forward.” About Republic Urban Properties Republic Urban Properties is the West Coast Division of the Republic Family of Companies, known for developing quality real estate throughout the United States, from land development and historic adaptive reuse to shopping malls. Republic specializes in transit-oriented and mixed-use projects, is involved many projects in the public and private sector areas for acquisition and/or land joint venture partnerships and builds landmarks. This innovative, lean team has a magnitude of experience working closely with state, county, and city governments to successfully navigate the intricacies of California’s regulatory environment. Republic Urban Properties is developing over 5.7 million square feet of multifamily, office, retail and hospitality, with an estimated market value among projects slated for completion within the next five years totaling approximately $1.79 billion. Ranked in the Top 50 Bay Area Developers by the San Francisco Business Journal, Republic plays an integral role in making San Jose and the Peninsula one of the top three multifamily markets in the country. Learn more at republicfamilyofcompanies.com/about/republic-urban-properties/ or via LinkedIn. About Blach Construction Founded in 1970, Blach Construction builds structures of enduring quality and value throughout California. The company’s experience encompasses a broad cross section of education, housing, institutional, mixed-use and workplace building types, including technology, life sciences, professional services, health care, K-12 and higher education, and civic/community facilities. A leading innovator, Blach is dedicated to incorporating advanced construction techniques, leveraging its prefabrication, self-perform and virtual design and construction expertise where and when possible. With a solid understanding of traditional and collaborative delivery methods, Blach is dedicated to offering greater efficiencies and increased value to clients. The firm consistently wins awards across the construction industry and general business community for its projects, innovation, employee engagement and community service. Quality and safety are at its core. As a result, Blach is continually ranked as a “Top Contractor in California” by Engineering News-Record and has received multiple “Construction Safety Excellence Awards” from the Associated General Contractors of California, earning 1st Place in 2020 (Building Division – under 400,000 worker hours). Additionally, and as a testament to its company culture, Blach has been recognized repeatedly since 2009 as a “Best Place to Work” in the Bay Area by the Silicon Valley Business Journal/San Francisco Business Times. Blach is headquartered in San Jose with branch offices in Monterey and Orange County. To learn more, visit blach.com and engage with us on LinkedIn. About Prescient Co. Prescient’s integrated architectural and engineering digital software platform leverages precision off-site manufacturing to enable construction and efficient project delivery. Designed for advanced professionals who plan, design, and build multi-unit housing and hospitality structures, the Company’s digital design-build system harnesses the power of technology to revolutionize the building environment. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Prescient holds over 100 patents across 30 countries for its hardware system and digital thread technology platform. To date, Prescient has completed 57 buildings and 9.1 million square feet through its software and IP, which enables architects and building owners to drive down construction costs, increase ROI and improve efficiency across the entire development, construction, and operating value chain.

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