CHA Consulting, Inc. | November 18, 2022
CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA), an innovative engineering design, consulting and construction management firm, announced today it has continued its expansion in Florida with the acquisition of Eckler Engineering, Inc. (Eckler), a specialized civil engineering firm focused on water and wastewater services. Based in the Fort Lauderdale area, Eckler provides engineering services to commercial, industrial and municipal clients. Their services include water supply, treatment and distribution, as well as wastewater collection and treatment and water reclamation.
"Having Eckler join CHA adds technical breadth and geographic reach to our growing water resources team to address the complex challenges of resiliency and water/wastewater management facing our clients in Florida and across our national footprint, Maintaining clean drinking water systems and designing infrastructure for water treatment and stormwater management is a priority for many municipalities and industrial clients that we are committed to helping solve."
-Jim Stephenson, CEO of CHA Holdings.
This is CHA's third acquisition in Florida in less than two years. The addition of Eckler Engineering brings CHA's water resources team staff count to over 160 and company-wide staff count to just over 1,500 across 45 offices. Eckler's office in Broward County is strategically located to serve clients in the Broward County area and support CHA's other south and central Florida locations.
"We are very happy to have this opportunity to join the CHA team. It is an exciting time for CHA with its growth in Florida and across the southeast in recent years. This collaboration will bring expanded technical capabilities and resources to our clients in Southeast Florida."
-Doug Hammann President Eckler Engineering.
About CHA Consulting, Inc:
CHA Consulting, Inc. is an innovative, full-service engineering design, consulting and construction management firm providing a wide range of technology-enhanced planning and design services to public, private and institutional clients. CHA was ranked the 61st largest engineering firm in the United States in 2022 by Engineering News-Record. With technical personnel and offices throughout the United States and Canada, CHA offers engineering, architecture, survey, asset management, construction, project management, and other services necessary to complete projects on time and within budget.
About Eckler Engineering, Inc:
Eckler Engineering, Inc. is based in Coral Springs, Florida. For nearly forty years, the firm has provided professional engineering services to municipal, commercial and industrial clients focused on water supply, treatment and distribution, reclaimed water, wastewater collection and disposal, and stormwater management.
Trimble | November 08, 2022
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Exyn Technologies, a pioneer in multi-platform robotic autonomy for complex, GPS-denied environments, announced today a strategic collaboration to explore the use of autonomous construction surveying technology. The solution will integrate Boston Dynamics' Spot® robot, the ExynPak™ powered by ExynAI™ and the Trimble® X7 total station. It will enable fully autonomous missions inside complex and dynamic construction environments, which can result in consistent and precise reality capture for production and quality control workflows.
"The integration of autonomous surveying technology into a construction workflow has groundbreaking potential, It can improve operational efficiency and transparency throughout the build lifecycle while also transforming worker safety for potentially hazardous data collection."
-Aviad Almagor, vice president of Technology Innovation, Trimble.
Autonomous robots powered by ExynAI, can sense and avoid obstacles, dynamically adapting to the ever-changing complexity of construction environments. To ensure the utmost safety and efficiency, the ExynPak mounts and integrates with a robot, supporting level 4 of autonomous exploration missions without requiring the robot to "learn" about its environment beforehand. A surveyor simply defines a 3D volume for a mission and the integrated robotic solution handles the complexities of self-navigation without needing a map, GPS or wireless infrastructure.
The integration of the Trimble X7 provides high-speed, high-accuracy 3D laser scanning to capture the state of the environment. The captured data can be uploaded to the Trimble Connect® collaboration platform and shared with project stakeholders for further analysis, including a comparison to Building Information Models (BIM) and previous scans to monitor quality and progress. The end result is a map of unprecedented detail and accuracy collected with minimal human intervention and risk.
"Industry has been waiting for reliable and robust autonomous technology to transform difficult and dangerous activities. Exyn's technology is helping to enable a new front in human-robot collaboration. By working with preeminent leaders such as Trimble, we aim to create adaptable, state-of-the-art systems to tackle the complexities across construction and industrial environments."
-Nader Elm, CEO of Exyn Technologies.
About Exyn Technologies:
Exyn Technologies is pioneering multi-platform robotic autonomy for complex, GPS-denied environments. The company's full-stack solution enables flexible deployment of single or multi-robots that can intelligently navigate and dynamically adapt to complex environments in real-time. For the first time, industries like mining, logistics, and construction can benefit from a single, integrated solution to capture critical and time-sensitive data in a safer, more affordable, and more efficient way. Exyn is powered by a team of experts in autonomous systems, robotics, and industrial engineering, and is a spin-out of the University of Pennsylvania's world-renowned GRASP Laboratory. The company is VC-backed and privately held, with headquarters in Philadelphia.
Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.
Colliers Engineering & Design | November 16, 2022
Agile Frameworks®, a leader in integrated field and lab management software for the engineering services industry, today announced Colliers Engineering & Design has selected MetaField® cloud-based software to streamline and standardize operations through automation.
Headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey, Colliers Engineering & Design, an affiliate of Colliers International, is a national multi-discipline engineering, architectural, design and consulting firm serving public and private sectors. Following two large commercial laboratory acquisitions, they now have one of the largest construction materials lab testing operations in the country.
As they acquired new firms, Colliers Engineering & Design needed to unify their people and techniques. They experienced issues maintaining consistency and scheduling people across disparate groups; thus, they sought a way to streamline and standardize operations using a digital solution.
Colliers Engineering & Design selected Agile Framework’s MetaField solution, a field and lab data collection and reporting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, to improve their operational efficiency. After implementing MetaField, they realized an immediate tangible benefit in completing reports in real time and an increase in profitability on projects.
“What attracted us to MetaField was that it’s an engineering software solution designed by engineers, Once we realized the issues we had to resolve and what we would gain from implementing a robust cloud-based solution, the cost of the software was insignificant. I had to warn our clients and the contractors: ‘be careful, you’re going to actually get data in real-time now! The whole thing has been eye-opening for all of us. It is so much simpler to do it this way.”
-Philip Gauffreau, Discipline Leader for Geotechnical Services at Colliers Engineering & Design.
Prior to implementing MetaField, Colliers Engineering & Design had been utilizing a homegrown scheduling system and Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database which were unwieldy and hard to maintain. It had previously taken weeks to get reports turned around to clients, and since using MetaField they are experiencing remarkable turnaround time and more confidence in their data accuracy.
“The concept of online scheduling has been a game-changer for our customers, It saves a lot of effort on the managers’ part to understand who is available, who is going where, what credentials do they have, etc., and it’s helpful to schedule everything across departments in the same place. Colliers Engineering & Design embraces leading edge technologies, and we are proud to be their technology partner to help them achieve strategic and sustainable growth.”
-Adam Jones, Chief Customer Officer at Agile Frameworks.
“The technology adoption is happening faster than I thought, We are already seeing the benefits of automated scheduling and field reporting. Our field professionals have told me: ‘Wow, this really makes my life a lot easier.’ We are eager to recognize the full value of the platform and increase our organization’s capacity once the system is rolled out to other departments yet this calendar year.”
About Agile Frameworks:
Agile Frameworks® provides comprehensive software-as-a-service solutions that integrate corporate, field, and lab data for business process automation across architecture and engineering disciplines. We transform workflows, create high-value data, and deliver outputs you can trust, resulting in industry-leading productivity and profitability. MetaField® — our field and lab data collection and reporting platform — offers a cloud-based digital workflow to automate and connect the process from project set up and scheduling, to mobile data collection and report submission. Companies that use MetaField experience a dramatic cost benefit with a distinct competitive advantage.