A primer on technology adoption in construction

Construction Dive | September 16, 2019

Why Consider Technology Adoption in Construction? The answer at the highest level is to increase competitiveness, profits, and safety. Underneath these metrics are of course improving construction costs, build quality, speed, design innovation, energy efficiency, scale and other measures that all impact overall competitiveness and profits. Safety plays a special role since in addition to impacting a firm’s profitability and competitiveness, there is a moral dimension as well. Experience across many industries has provided compelling evidence that exploiting new technologies has proven a reliable way to increase competitiveness and profits. While this may answer the question of “whether” Construction firms should adopt new technology, it leaves open the question of “how” and “when”. In this article we outline the landscape of technology adoption to help gain an understanding of how and when construction firms should adopt new technologies and innovations.

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Sciens Building Solutions Finalizes San Antonio Acquisition

Sciens Building Solutions | August 12, 2022

Sciens Building Solutions ("Sciens") today announced it has acquired San Antonio, Texas-based Fire Alarm Control Systems, Inc. ("FACS"). In a string of successful acquisitions, this is another that Sciens has made since being established in 2016 to pursue an invest-and-grow strategy in the fire detection and integrated solutions sector. As Sciens continues on its rapid growth trajectory, the company plans to establish an expanded presence in the state of Texas, starting with FACS in the south-central region. "The approach Sciens has taken, and the great companies it has chosen to partner with, is a true testament to the infinite potential of this platform and what it brings to the important fire-life safety industry, We are proud to be part of the ongoing growth Sciens has experienced – and will continue to experience – as it will bring an even higher level of customer service, cross-collaboration, and employee opportunities for the FACS family." -Duane Hannasch, president of FACS, who will remain in his current role. Fire Alarm Control Systems, Inc. was founded in 1995 as a small business, with operations in the San Antonio and South Texas areas, with a primary focus on the provision of fire alarm and voice communication systems for commercial, educational, and federal government facilities. FACS has since expanded its expertise to include intercom, public address, and mass notification systems. Duane Hannasch and Joe Ebrom run the company. Duane has over 35 years of experience in the life safety industry and has been involved with many projects providing solutions for high-profile facilities at the area's military bases. Joe joined the FACS team in 1997 as Vice President and Partner and brought an expanded customer base to the company. Prior, Joe held positions as branch manager and regional manager of major manufacturing companies in the life safety industries. "Our entry into Texas kicks off with the phenomenal team at FACS in San Antonio and its tremendous leaders in Duane and Joe, The addition of this first-class company allows us to make our mark in a new region, where we will continue to expand our statewide and national presence whilst on this exciting, growth-focused journey." -Terry Heath, Chief Executive Officer Sciens. About Sciens Building Solutions: Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and backed by The Carlyle Group, Sciens Building Solutions is a holding company focused on the fire detection and security services sector. This includes the design, installation, and provision of maintenance services for fire detection and clean agent fire suppression systems in a variety of commercial, institutional, and government facilities. About Fire Alarm Control Systems: Fire Alarm Control Systems, Inc. was founded in 1995 as a small business and operates in the San Antonio and South Texas areas. With its primary focus on providing fire alarm and voice communication systems for commercial, educational, and federal government facilities, FACS has expanded its expertise in intercom, public address, and mass notification systems. The company has on staff two state-licensed planners – one NICET Level IV-certified and one NICET Level III-certified – with over 60 combined years of experience. Every fire technician at FACS is state-licensed and factory-trained with several also being NICET II-certified.

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Arcline Investment Management Completes Acquisition of Omega Engineering Inc.

Dwyer Group of Companies | July 06, 2022

Arcline Investment Management (Arcline), today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Omega Engineering Inc. (Omega or the Company) from Spectris plc (LSE: SXS). Omega is a leading provider of sensing, control, and monitoring technologies and has joined the Dwyer Group of companies (Dwyer), an Arcline portfolio company. Founded in 1962, Omega is an established global leader in the technical marketplace, offering more than 100,000 state-of-the-art products for measurement and control of temperature, humidity, pressure, strain, force, flow, level, pH, and conductivity. Omega also offers a complete line of data acquisition, heating, and custom-engineered products. Omega's business is fully integrated, with in-house design and engineering, manufacturing, and distribution capabilities facilitating made-to-order products at attractive lead times, positioning the Company as a technology partner of choice to process engineers worldwide. As a global leader in sensing and instrumentation technologies, Omega is a logical, complementary addition to the Dwyer Group of companies, Arcline commented. Omega brings temperature sensing technology leadership as well as an innovative set of IIOT solutions, which have wide-ranging applications for Dwyer Group's existing sensing and instrumentation portfolio. Together, the combined businesses offer customers the broadest portfolio of highly configurable temperature, pressure, flow, and level solutions for critical environment and automation applications. EC M&A served as financial advisor to Arcline. About the Dwyer Group of Companies- The Dwyer Group of companies consists of a series of companies and brands including Dwyer Instruments, Love Controls, Mercoid, WE Anderson, Proximity and UFM. Dwyer is a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative sensors and instrumentation solutions for the IEQ, building automation, process and environmental markets. Founded in 1931, Dwyer is headquartered in Michigan City, Indiana, and has additional offices in Asia, Europe and Australia. To learn more about Dwyer Instruments, visit www.dwyer-inst.com. About Arcline Investment Management- Arcline Investment Management is a growth-oriented private equity firm with $4.4 billion in cumulative capital commitments. Arcline seeks to invest in technology-driven, meaningful to the world industrial businesses that enable a better future.

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ERI GROUP and LINK PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCE MERGER

LINK | July 27, 2022

ERI Group, formerly Evergreen Research, a leader in end-to-end medical product design and development, quality assurance, regulatory affairs and contract manufacturing services, and LINK Product Development (LINK) an industrial design, engineering, and product design firm, announce that they have merged to strengthen their full-service product design and development offerings. The merger will create one of the most comprehensive medical, healthcare and wellness product development companies in the region, with an end-to-end suite of services from initial concept through moderate volume manufacturing that are unparalleled and genuinely provide a differentiated level of support for our clients. "This is an extremely exciting opportunity for ERI Group and LINK, and we are thrilled to extend our current working relationship with LINK and to bring their team's excellence and experience into the ERI Group, The merger of our two organizations and our investment in talent and technology will help us to better meet the growing needs of our clients, allowing us to add early development and industrial design capabilities to our existing depth of capability in mechanical, electrical, software and system engineering, quality, regulatory and manufacturing services. We are confident our newly formed partnership will have a positive impact on our clients, our teams and the delivery of innovative medical devices and health and wellness products to the marketplace." -Natasha Bond, president of ERI Group. As part of the merger, LINK founder, Marc Hanchak, and his team will become part of ERI Group. Marc will serve as Vice President of Product Development at ERI Group and continue to oversee industrial design, engineering, project management, and product design. The partnership between ERI Group and LINK will allow us to create a full-service company that is focused on innovation and is committed to delivering forward-thinking concepts to market, says Hanchak. LINK's mission to create products that improve people's lives matches the ERI philosophy of empowering visions for life-changing products. Our shared mission, parallel cultures, and commitment to our clients created the perfect opportunity to join our organizations into a stronger, integrated, and multidisciplinary firm focused on exciting advancements. About ERI Group- ERI Group provides development engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance and regulatory affairs services, spanning mechanical, electrical and software skill sets, for the next generation of health care, medical, laboratory and consumer wellness products and technologies. Focused on the advancement of health care at hospitals, acute care facilities, emergency rooms, first responder organizations, blood banks and in-home care since 1988, the company has empowered its customers to bring life-changing products to market. Clients of all sizes, from established corporations to early-stage companies, rely on ERI Group's expertise in all classes of medical devices and diagnostic instruments. Areas of specialty include fluidics and blood handling, embedded software and controls, advanced electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and design-for-manufacture, systems engineering and usability by design, integration of critical consensus standards for streamlined design approval and safety certifications, global regulatory approvals and more. ERI Group is situated west of Denver, Colorado, in Golden. About LINK- LINK is a Denver-based product development, industrial design, and engineering firm. LINK collaborates with entrepreneurs and businesses to bring new concepts to life through design, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing and to create products that improve people's lives.

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