Academy plays central role in developing tomorrow’s STEM leaders

AF.mil | August 01, 2019

A recent article in Forbes noted the highest percentage of people in leadership positions with science, technology, engineering and math degrees and control huge organization aren’t CEOs, which might be who the reader might expect - it’s four-star generals in the military. Devin Cate, the director of the Air Force’s Test and Evaluation directorate, said that trend is likely to continue as leaders at all levels of the military prepare for a complex 21st century battlespace. We need to create a community of young engineers and scientists focused on cybersecurity, energy delivery and electronic communications, Cate said. Airmen will have to be comfortable operating advanced weapon systems or working in a command and control center, and they will need that strong technical background.

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Enterprises in the services industry are now widely cognisant of the applicability of robotic process automation (RPA) techniques to achieve significant productivity gains while being cost conscious. RPA’s ability to reduce processing time and errors, enhance scalability and compliance, and enable staff to focus on value-adding activities rather than repetitive tasks has been vindicated across industries and is now widely accepted.

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Enterprises in the services industry are now widely cognisant of the applicability of robotic process automation (RPA) techniques to achieve significant productivity gains while being cost conscious. RPA’s ability to reduce processing time and errors, enhance scalability and compliance, and enable staff to focus on value-adding activities rather than repetitive tasks has been vindicated across industries and is now widely accepted.

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Trimble and Microsoft Partner to Drive Digital Transformation Across Industries

Trimble & Microsoft | October 27, 2021

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership to advance technology adoption and accelerate the digital transformation of the construction, agriculture and transportation industries. By leveraging the Microsoft cloud, Trimble and Microsoft will collaborate to develop, build and deliver industry cloud platforms and solutions that connect people, technology, tasks, data, processes and industry lifecycles. This collaboration represents a significant milestone to advance Trimble's Connect and Scale 2025 strategy, which centers on building industry-leading cloud platforms.Initially, Trimble and Microsoft will focus on building the Trimble Construction Cloud powered by Microsoft Azure. The construction process is fragmented, which can result in lost productivity, rework and a lack of transparency. According to a McKinsey & Company article, The next normal in construction: How disruption is reshaping the world's largest ecosystem,* the construction industry is lagging with only 1 percent productivity growth over the last 20 years. This is significantly lower than the 2.8 percent experienced for the total economy. In addition, one of the significant emerging disruptions that will drive change in construction is the digitization of products and processes. The ability to link technologies, tasks, processes and multiple stakeholders—such as general contractors, subcontractors, designers, engineers and owners—across the construction project workflow can transform and significantly improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. This partnership expands Trimble and Microsoft's existing relationship to combine the Microsoft cloud with Trimble's construction solutions and industry domain knowledge. Trimble's construction solutions include on-machine and field technology, modeling and collaboration software, project and resource management, and all underlying analytics. The companies will deliver the Trimble Construction Cloud, an innovative connected platform powered by Microsoft Azure, which is fully enabled for 3D constructible models that will reduce risks, drive speed, and increase efficiency and accuracy across the entire construction project lifecycle, in 2022. In addition to cloud engineering development, Microsoft and Trimble will partner on joint go-to-market strategies and deliver innovative solutions to multinational and regional enterprises. The first solutions will enable continued support of infrastructure investment cycles, and be used for large-scale projects, on which multiple stakeholders work in parallel to deliver connected construction projects. "Trimble and Microsoft will create a powerful partnership to advance technology adoption in the construction industry. Using Microsoft technologies, Trimble will be able to more rapidly develop a construction cloud to connect stakeholders and workflows throughout the industry, We are building on our combined success to help construction companies use digital data to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase collaboration and create agility. By leveraging the Microsoft cloud, Trimble technology and our combined engineering capabilities, we will empower construction businesses to realize the benefits of the cloud and accelerate digital transformation throughout the construction lifecycle." -Bryn Fosburgh, senior vice president, Trimble Industry customers are accelerating deployment of cloud-based services and solutions to facilitate better decision making based on data-driven insights, gain efficiencies, reduce costs and engage customers in new ways," said Casey McGee, vice president Global ISV partners, Microsoft. "We are excited about our enhanced collaboration with Trimble as it will help customers, across industries, evolve their cloud strategies and realize business transformation. About Trimble 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. For more information about Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB), visit: www.trimble.com.

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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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DPIS Builder Services Rebranding as ARCXIS™

ARCXIS | February 10, 2022

It is announced that DPIS Builder Services (DPIS) and its subsidiary companies – Ei Companies (Energy Inspectors, LLC, Ei Engineering, LLC and Ei Risk Management, LLC), Post-Tension Solutions of Texas, Inc., Ensign Building Solutions Home Energy Division, and Building Energy – are rebranding as ARCXIS. This final step in the combination of these leading construction industry professional services firms recognizes ARCXIS' position as the largest provider of HERS inspections, Energy Star ratings, engineering and design, construction quality assurance and other builder services to the U.S. residential construction market. Established in 1988 as Dale Phillips Inspection Services, DPIS Builder Services was founded to help residential builders build better homes, more quickly, at lower cost and with less risk; a mission that still drives its focus today. In 1995, the company expanded its services to include structural engineering, changing the company name to DPIS Engineering, LLC. DPIS continued to grow and expand its services adding energy inspection services in 2001 and HVAC design in 2016. In the years that followed, DPIS began a significant growth trajectory with the acquisition of Infrared Solutions in Waco, Texas in 2016, Simple Energy Testing (SET) in Minneapolis, Minnesota in January of 2018 and The Home Energy Group (HEG) in the Carolinas in May of 2018. This led to changing the company name to DPIS Builder Services, illustrating the company's true nature of providing a full suite of builder services.In November 2020, DPIS acquired Ei Companies (Ei). Founded as Energy Inspectors in 1996, Ei focused on the emergent field of energy efficiency and sustainability in residential and commercial construction in the Nevada, Arizona, and California markets. Through the years, Ei continued to expand its footprint and portfolio of services adding HVAC design, MEP engineering, and construction quality assurance inspections. Like DPIS, with its code compliance and quality assurance services, Ei was present during the entire construction process to meet clients' sustainability and efficiency goals. This created a perfect synergy between the two companies to combine forces to create the first truly national engineering, design, and inspection services platform. The acquisition of Ei included ABCO Construction Services, LLC, a leading risk management firm servicing the multi-family construction insurance sector which was purchased by Ei in the months prior to the DPIS acquisition. In February of 2021, DPIS acquired Post-Tension Solutions of Texas (PTS) and United Structural Consultants (USC), leading providers of structural engineering and inspection services for both single and multi-family builders. The addition of PTS and USC to the company further enhanced the company's market presence in Texas and further solidified DPIS Builder Services as the single source solution for builders nationwide. In April of 2021, DPIS acquired the Home Energy Division of Cumming, Georgia based Ensign Building Solutions. The acquisition solidified DPIS as the largest HERS rater in Georgia and strengthened the company's eastern region. In July of 2021 DPIS acquired Building Energy, Idaho's leading provider of independent ratings and certification of single-family and multi-family residential homes for above-code energy efficiency programs. As of the end of 2021 DPIS and its subsidiaries touched one of every 9 new homes built in the United States. "The creation of a single brand uniting DPIS, Ei, and the rest of our companies serving the residential construction market is the recognition of our over 100 combined years of partnering with our clients, including nearly all our nation's top 20 residential builders, to build better homes. As the leading provider of HERS and Energy Star inspections, design, engineering, and quality assurance inspection services for residential homebuilders,We partner with our clients throughout the construction process. Our scale allows us to leverage the strength and expertise gained in dozens of local construction markets across over half of the states in the U.S. to provide consistency and efficiency at scale in the services we provide.We want to thank our builder partners for making our growth possible and look forward to many more years of successful collaboration ahead." -Jonathan Risch, CEO of ARCXIS. To experience what ARCXIS can do for you, contact our Houston (TX) headquarters at (855) 500-3747, or one of our regional offices located in Atlanta (GA), Minneapolis (MN), Phoenix (AZ), Las Vegas (NV), San Diego (CA) or Pleasant Hill (CA). Interested parties can find full information by visiting our new website at www.arcxis.com. About ARCXIS ARCXIS (Houston, Texas), is the largest provider of inspection, design, engineering, and quality assurance services for the U.S. residential construction industry. Formerly known as DPIS Builder Services, Ei Companies, Post-Tension Solutions, Ensign Building Solutions Home Energy Division, and Building Energy, ARCXIS brings together hundreds of years of expertise and experience under a single brand serving builders in over half of the states spanning the continental United States. The ARCXIS group of companies also includes ABCO Construction Services, LLC (Centennial, Colorado) and structural engineering firm United Structural Consultants (Houston, Texas). Both ABCO and USC service the multi-family, multi-use, and commercial sectors of the construction industry. ARCXIS is majority owned by Saw Mill Capital, LLC (Briarcliff Manor, New York). Visit us online at www.arcxis.com.

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