Against brick walls: Metal-faced composite panels for construction

PBC Today | January 29, 2020

Modern Methods of Construction are a new broom sweeping through the UK building sector, with traditional brick walls starting to get brushed aside, according to a growing number of industry players. At a time when the majority in the sector are exploring alternative methods and materials, some companies are already experienced at using metal-faced composite panels for construction across a growing number of industry sectors. Phil Montgomery, account manager at Hemsec, a leading manufacturer of such panels, says: If the masses could see the ease of build and associated benefits when using composite panels then a growing number of builders would question the use of traditional building materials such as brick and block.

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In the male-dominated STEM disciplines, the influence of women has largely gone unacknowledged. But the facts suggest that the lack of female participation may be influenced by lack of visibility.

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In the male-dominated STEM disciplines, the influence of women has largely gone unacknowledged. But the facts suggest that the lack of female participation may be influenced by lack of visibility.

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DESIGN,ENGINEERING TECH,CONSTRUCTION

Norwegian Public Roads Administration Chooses Trimble to Manage Asset Lifecycle

Statens vegvesen - Norwegian Public Roads Administration | January 17, 2023

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) recently selected Trimble's AgileAssets, an infrastructure enterprise asset management software to maintain, manage, and operate the country's 10,600-kilometer road network and related transportation infrastructure. The software complements Trimble's Quadri®, a building information modeling (BIM) collaboration solution, which utilizes cloud technology that the NPRA already employs for construction projects. As Norway's road network becomes more complex, the combination of Trimble's Quadri and AgileAssets, will empower NPRA to meet the increasing demands by leveraging connected data to improve asset lifecycle performance, from conception and building to operations and maintenance. Bjørn Laksforsmo, division director at NPRA, states, "Trimble has been heavily involved in the road design and construction process in Norway for years and is a trusted partner in our digital transformation." He added, "Efficiently maintaining our road network and related assets is critical for keeping our citizens safe, maximizing the benefits from our infrastructure investments and meeting the country's evolving mobility needs. With a holistic, lifecycle view of assets and as-built data, we can more efficiently perform preventive maintenance and make better-informed decisions for all of our assets as we plan for the future." (Source – PR Newswire) NPRA’s asset lifecycle management requirement is based on the necessity that all new projects utilize constructible models and a shared data environment. To improve the flow of real-time data across project stakeholders, NPRA started using Trimble's Quadri, which offered constructible models as well as object-based common data environment. Using Trimble's AgileAssets to extend that data to the maintenance and operations phases will provide NPRA with a holistic view of assets, offering a better picture of road objects and conditions for more precise diagnosis and faster maintenance. Integrating Trimble's common data environment and asset management software will also increase the usefulness and accuracy of data throughout the asset's lifecycle, resulting in greater predictability, sustainability, and lower lifetime costs and informing future expansion and improvement decisions. About Statens vegvesen - Norwegian Public Roads Administration Founded in 1864, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration oversees the planning, construction, and operation of the county and national road networks, as well as vehicle inspection, driver training, and licensing. The Public Roads Administration is led by the Directorate of Public Roads, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Transport and Communication.

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CONSTRUCTION

TPM Achieves Autodesk Elite Construction Partner Status

Autodesk | December 09, 2022

TPM, a Southeast-based digital technology organization, has achieved Autodesk Construction Cloud Elite partner status that enables TPM to provide the complete portfolio of Autodesk Construction products and services to further support the Construction industry. This achievement bolsters TPM's ability to enhance the entire Project lifecycle from Design to pre-construction, Construction, and Facility Management, connecting and enhancing all members of a Project. This new partnership level supports TPM's Vivid Vision of becoming one of the leading Digital Transformation consulting firms serving Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Manufacturing. To support this dedicated focus on Construction technology, TPM has promoted new leadership, including Jon Deming to Associate Director of Technical Solutions and Joel Hanneman to Director of Technical Solutions. In addition, TPM has added Scott Anderson as Technical Manager for Construction Technology. These changes come as TPM continues its investment in software and hardware resources to provide construction industry professionals with the best possible products and services. TPM is an Autodesk Construction Cloud Elite Partner with a portfolio that includes Autodesk's Build, Assemble, Building Connected, and more. In addition to its Construction portfolio, TPM also leverages TrebleHook, an AEC-focused CRM solution, and Leica Geosystems laser scanning hardware and reality capture services. With these industry-leading products and personnel changes, TPM is well-positioned to provide construction industry professionals with the support and services they need from concept through project closeout. "TPM has the vision to become a leading consultant in the AEC and Manufacturing space. Enhancing our 30+ year relationship with Autodesk to now be the highest level of Construction Certified partner only supports our vision. We are extremely excited about this achievement and the associated team members at TPM who will lead this charge." -Chris Fay, President of TPM. We are excited to have TPM join us as an Elite partner for the Autodesk Construction Cloud portfolio. Our focus is on building the right tools to maximize efficiency on every construction site to minimize errors, said Angi Izzi, Senior Director of Partnerships and Digital Sales, Autodesk Construction Solutions. It's imperative to provide scale to our construction customers with a well-enabled channel to help drive significant adoption. This significant investment in technology & partners maximizes our customer's ability to deliver high-quality projects within budgets, timelines, and with success. Partners within the Elite Construction Partner program are uniquely positioned to provide customers with clarity on their current tech stack, a deep understanding of how the continuation of technology adoption can increase their current capabilities and processes, and first-class implementation services to ensure all desired outcomes. TPM remains dedicated to helping construction industry professionals win more business, improve their designs, and deliver more work. With its team of construction experts, the addition of new products, and personnel changes, TPM is well-positioned to do just that. About TPM: TPM is a Southeast-based digital technology organization with a portfolio of industry-leading software, hardware, and services that helps Architects, Engineers, Contractors, and Manufacturers win more business, improve their designs, and deliver more work. About Autodesk: Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made. Our technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small. From greener buildings to smarter products to more mesmerizing blockbusters, Autodesk software helps our customers to design and make a better world for all.

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Verkada Opens Engineering Hub in Poland

Verkada | December 14, 2022

Verkada, a leader in cloud-managed enterprise building security and management, today announced the opening of its new engineering hub in Krakow, Poland - the eighth new office Verkada has opened over the last two years. "This new hub is a critical extension of our global team as we build cutting-edge hardware and software products that protect organizations' people and property, As our Poland-based team scales up, they will work on end-to-end systems, fully owning products from ideation and design to prototyping and iteration to mass production." -Martin Hunt, CTO of Verkada. Designed with simplicity in mind, Verkada's product offerings span video security cameras, door-based access control, environmental sensors, alarms, guest, and mailroom management, providing unparalleled visibility through a single cloud-based software platform. Today, the platform is trusted by more than 14,000 organizations worldwide, including more than 100 companies in the Fortune 500. In September, Verkada announced the close of its $205 million Series D funding at a $3.2 billion valuation, doubling its valuation from its Series C fundraise in January 2019. Verkada pledged to use the latest infusion of capital to hire across all functions and continue its geographic expansion - the Engineering Hub in Poland is evidence of this in action. About Verkada: Verkada is the leading physical security platform to protect people and properties in a privacy-respecting manner. Designed with simplicity in mind, Verkada's six product lines - video security cameras, access control, environmental sensors, alarms, visitor management and mailroom management - provide unparalleled building security through an integrated, secure cloud-based software platform. Over 14,000 organizations across 63 countries worldwide trust Verkada as their physical security layer for easier management, intelligent control, and scalable deployments.

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