AECOM generates cloud solutions for construction problems in 3-day hackathon

AECOM | September 18, 2019

During a typical hackathon, groups of software developers meet over several days to engage in intensive rounds of computer programming. Participants motivate each other to share ideas and collaborate on technology-focused problem solving. While this doesn’t sound like a gathering common to construction managers, one of the industry's largest firms recently tapped into the idea to address issues of importance to its employees and clients. Last month, AECOM and Google Cloud co-sponsored a three-day hackathon event at Google's Playa Vista, California, campus. Attendees were charged with using the Google Cloud platform to work out tech-based solutions relevant to AECOM's infrastructure division. Cloud computing involves delivering and storing computer services solely using the internet rather than local hardware.

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Despite advances in technology, insurers still rely on manual tasks for processing claims, underwriting applications, and other core business processes. Nearly half of U.S. insurers still rely on manual processes. The top or #1 efficiency challenge of CFOs is manual processes. 22% of an employee’s time is spent on repetitive tasks.

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Despite advances in technology, insurers still rely on manual tasks for processing claims, underwriting applications, and other core business processes. Nearly half of U.S. insurers still rely on manual processes. The top or #1 efficiency challenge of CFOs is manual processes. 22% of an employee’s time is spent on repetitive tasks.

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AECOM to provide architecture and engineering services for Kennedy Space Center and other NASA facilities

AECOM | September 24, 2021

AECOM , the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, today announced that it has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide architecture and engineering services as part of its Southeast Regional Architect and Engineering (SERAE) program. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ), multiple-award contract has a shared program ceiling of $300 million for its five-year term. Our relationship with NASA dates back over fifty years and we’re looking forward to building on that legacy through this integral work,As NASA has grown, evolved, and continued to push the boundaries of space exploration, AECOM has been there to support its globally impactful missions and cutting-edge operations. We’re immensely proud to be granted new opportunities with the administration that highlight our shared values of integrity, collaboration, and inclusion while maintaining a keen focus on the impacts we’re leaving on the world. -Karl Jensen, executive vice president AECOM’s National Governments business. AECOM’s work will focus on the rehabilitation, modernization, and development of new systems for facilities, utilities, and ground support at several prominent NASA locations across the United States. These include Kennedy Space Center in Florida; Johnson Space Center, Sonny Carter Training Facility, and Ellington Field in Texas; White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico; Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama; Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana; Stennis Space Center in Mississippi; other NASA assets; and additional launch or landing sites worldwide. “From the Mercury and Gemini programs through today, AECOM has been honored to work alongside NASA on all of its facilities spanning the country. This new contract allows us to continue our successful and longstanding partnership,” said Sean Chiao, Chief Executive of AECOM’s global Buildings + Places business. “We’re excited to leverage our intimate knowledge of the administration’s enterprises and best practices to deliver unmatched professional services that advance NASA’s goal of leading an innovative and sustainable program of space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research to the next frontier.” Under the contract, AECOM will provide a wide range of architecture, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical infrastructure services across all project phases, including planning and feasibility, permitting, preliminary engineering, final design, engineering services during construction, activation, and commissioning. These services include architectural design, field investigations and surveys, engineering and environmental reports, trade studies, design specifications, construction site inspections, and scheduling and cost estimating. About AECOM AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.2 billion in fiscal year 2020. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at aecom.com and

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Autodesk Construction Cloud Global Focus Expands with ISO 19650 Compliant Workflows

Autodesk | June 07, 2021

Autodesk, Inc. announced a new series of workflows for Autodesk Construction Cloud that can help customers comply with ISO 19650, a global design and construction information management standard. These new workflows offer a robust set of tools to define a structured and standardized process for publishing, sharing, and storing project information. Global customers using Autodesk Build, Autodesk BIM Collaborate and Collaborate Pro, Autodesk Takeoff, and Autodesk Docs can now also choose to primarily store their project data in Europe – a common customer request for projects in the region. Standardization across the construction industries allows teams to build more efficiently and create more vital collaboration among all project and company stakeholders. ISO 19650 was introduced to ensure firms meet specific requirements, including standard naming conventions often defined by each country, and calls for project data to be stored and managed in particular ways. The uniformity helps teams streamline processes, become more efficient, and create a safer, more secure, and more predictable approach to data governance. New workflows to support ISO 19650 Designed and developed in close collaboration with Autodesk customers, new workflows within Autodesk Construction Cloud empower teams to efficiently configure, organize and distribute documents across the project lifecycle to support ISO 19650 requirements. Specifically, customers can: •Preview and enforce naming standards: teams can now create, manage and implement naming standards across project files to ensure all file names align with standardizations set forth by the project team. Document controllers can quickly get started with a standard naming template to create and enforce the project naming standard. •Validate the naming standard: users can automate file uploads and ensure the files conform with a project’s naming standard to help teams comply with ISO 19650. •Identify non-conforming files and place them in a Holding Area: when a mix of files are uploaded to a destination folder, some files may not conform to the enforced naming standard. The Holding Area allows files with conforming names to be uploaded and automatically moves non-conforming files to a Holding Area to continue the validation and upload process. •Increase efficiency with integrations: users can also leverage native naming standard integrations across Revit, AutoCAD, and Desktop Connector to enforce standards across project phases. Regional project data storage in Europe Autodesk customers using Autodesk Build, Autodesk BIM Collaborate, BIM Collaborate Pro, Autodesk Takeoff, and Autodesk Docs can now choose to store their project data in Europe primarily. Customers often request both ISO 19650 compliance and data storage proximity on European projects. By providing customers with the option to primarily store project data in Europe and new workflows targeted at helping companies comply with ISO 19650 measures, Autodesk empowers construction teams throughout the world to stay competitive during the bidding process. Autodesk Docs will be available as a standalone subscription. Autodesk also announced today it would be releasing Autodesk Docs as a standalone purchase option within the next several weeks. Autodesk Docs is the centralized data management platform that underpins Autodesk Construction Cloud. Previously, Autodesk Docs was included with any subscription for Autodesk Construction Cloud and the AEC Collection. Teams will then be able to leverage the power of Autodesk’s common data environment with Autodesk Docs as a standalone solution to create a single source of truth across the project lifecycle. About Autodesk Autodesk makes software for people who make things. Suppose you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film. In that case, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything.

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Universal Engineering Sciences Signs Agreement To Acquire Alpha Testing, Inc., Establishing A Strong Footprint In Texas

Universal Engineering Sciences | November 10, 2021

Universal Engineering Sciences® (UES), a national leading engineering and consulting company specializing in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections and environmental consulting, has agreed to acquire Alpha Testing, a professional geotechnical engineering firm headquartered in Dallas, TX, with offices in Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Alpha Testing's 400-person team provides geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, environmental engineering and drilling services consulting to commercial, institutional, residential, and municipal market clients throughout Texas as well as Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Significant recent projects include Bois d'Arc Reservoir Dam, the Cypress Waters mixed-use development and the Clements Tower addition at UT Southwestern Medical Center. BofA Securities, Inc. advised Alpha Testing in this transaction. Alpha Testing President Brian Powell, PE, a 28-year veteran of the industry, will continue to serve in his current position as President, as well as serving as Texas Division President, UES. His existing leadership team will also continue in their roles.Joining the UES family of businesses is an exciting step and a significant milestone in our growth and development, said Brian Powell. This partnership enables us to serve more clients by increasing our reach, offering a broader range of services, and allowing us to capitalize on a diverse range of expertise. Not only will we be able to provide enhanced services to our clients, but this partnership provides greater opportunities for our team members as well. "Universal Engineering Sciences continues to grow at a rapid pace, both organically and through acquisition, Alpha Testing perfectly exemplifies our approach of partnering with best-in-class engineering firms in key markets, positioning us to grow the business nationally and capitalize on the current and anticipated infrastructure spend. Alpha Testing's top-notch leadership team, excellent client relationships and dedicated team members are a great fit for our culture and our vision moving forward." -UES Chairman Michael Burke With nearly six decades of experience and recognition as the premier engineering and consulting firm in the geotechnical engineering space, UES is well-positioned to serve the needs of commercial, residential and civic customers across the country. Mergers with GFA International, Inc., NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services, Contour Engineering, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, Construction Testing & Engineering, SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, P.C., GEOServices, LLC, McGinley & Associates, Geotechnology, Inc. and now Alpha Testing, have made the UES family of companies one of the largest, most resource-rich organizations of its kind nationwide. About Universal Engineering Sciences Universal Engineering Sciences, headquartered in Orlando, is a privately held, rapidly growing engineering and consulting firm with nearly six decades of experience in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections and environmental consulting. UES is considered a pioneer of the industry and stands at the forefront of emerging technology, best practices, and influential legislature. Projects include both public and private clients, ranging from transportation and healthcare to commercial and education. UES engineers, geologists, certified inspectors, and scientists offer an unwavering commitment to excellence, approaching each project as an opportunity to cultivate enduring relationships with clients. UES has made a commitment to growing through strategic acquisition and organic growth. With the addition of Alpha Testing to the portfolio, UES' presence includes locations throughout the high growth markets in the South, Midwest and West, including Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Metro DC, California, Utah, Nevada, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. UES was named number one on the Zweig Group Hot Firm List which honors the fastest-growing firms in the architecture, engineering, planning, environmental and construction (AEC) industry. With 3,000 professionals across 64 branches in nearly 20 states nationwide, UES consults on projects of all sizes to help deliver needed infrastructure and build safe and successful communities. For more information, please visit universalengineering.com or follow UES on Social Media. About Alpha Testing, Inc. Alpha Testing® was first established in 1983 as a professional geotechnical engineering firm headquartered in Dallas, TX, and provides geotechnical, construction materials, and environmental testing. Alpha Testing is a registered Texas Engineering Firm (#813) and Texas Geoscience Firm (#50341). Additional locations include Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas. The company serves clients in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas and is ranked #288 on the ENR's Top 500 Design Firms. Clients include owners of, and consultants to, the commercial, institutional, residential, and municipal market sectors. Alpha Testing works in both the public and private aspects of these end markets. For more information, please visit alphatesting.com.

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