AI could transform how we monitor the structural health of civil infrastructure

Tech Xplore | November 18, 2019

The University of Surrey and King's College London have developed a new machine learning algorithm (AI) that could transform the way we monitor major infrastructure—such as dams and bridges. In a paper published by the journal Structural Health Monitoring, researchers from Surrey and Kings detail how they created an AI system named SHMnet to analyze and assess the damage of bolt connections used in metallic structures. Built on the foundations of a modified Alex-Net neural network, the research team set up an impact hammer test under lab conditions and tasked SHMnet with accurately identifying the subtle condition changes of connection bolts on a steel frame under 10 damage scenarios.

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Cement rendering is the application of a premixed layer of sand and cement to brick, concrete, stone, or mud brick. It is often textured, colored, or painted after application. It is generally used on exterior walls but can be used to feature an interior wall. Depending on the look required, rendering can be fine or coarse, textured or smooth, natural or colored, pigmented or painted.

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DREAMTNS Announces the Launch of 'PointShape Design', a New Reverse Engineering Software

DREAMTNS | April 19, 2022

DREAMTNS Co. Ltd. announced the release of PointShapeTM Design software, which enables the creation of parametric CAD models of real-world items using Scan/Mesh data. In addition, the software's intuitive design process and user interface would allow users to quickly complete reverse engineering jobs. Convergence Geometric Modeler, the world's first powerful modeling kernel, is used by PointShape Design. In addition, DREAMTNS has been upgraded to include the best-in-class graphics engine 'HOOPS Visualize' to fulfill users' visualization needs. Through scan data acquired with various measuring equipment such as a 3D scanner, a CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine), and vision systems, PointShape Design can easily create parametric CAD models of practical, real-world products and provides users with a familiar design process and user interface. It includes extensive and sophisticated CAD design tools that enable engineers and operators to communicate ideas from concept through manufacture and production, enabling more rapid, accurate, and reliable reverse engineering than is feasible with other approaches. "Through this solution, we will solve various reverse engineering and design challenges across various industries, including automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, research & development, heritage preservation, and industrial machinery and engineering services." DREAMTNS The PointShape team is committed to consistently improving PointShape Design's features and capabilities to increase users' work productivity. In addition, the team can tailor the program to meet each customer's unique specifications and demands. Apart from PointShape Design, PointShape's portfolio includes a validated Inspection module and a Mesh Processing module.

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Fero to Acquire AVL Manufacturing, A Leading Canadian Engineering, Manufacturing and Assembly Facilities Provider

Fero | October 18, 2021

Fero International Inc. ("Fero" or the "Company"), a provider of innovative modular solutions across multiple sectors including healthcare, disaster relief, housing, aid and defence, has signed a non-binding letter of intent ("LOI") to acquire AVL Manufacturing Inc. ("AVL"), a turnkey manufacturer, and Fero's current Canadian manufacturer, with expertise in engineering, design, development and assembly of modular enclosures across multiple sectors, based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The closing of the strategic acquisition will permit Fero to rapidly scale by leveraging AVL's existing skilled labour and intellectual property and by securing control of facilities that manufacture Fero's products. The acquisition also provides Fero with an immediate source of revenue through the continuing sale of AVL's existing suite of products. The Company will also bolster its operational team by acquiring over 70 employees, including 15 engineers, enabling Fero to fulfill product orders faster. "We are thrilled to welcome the talented team at AVL to Fero. With AVL's bench strength and manufacturing facility, Fero is positioning itself to accelerate its ambitious global growth strategy,Combining the capabilities of Fero and AVL, including AVL's engineering expertise and a 30-year track record of executing large scale projects, we move forward with a strengthened platform to meet the demand for specialized solutions in the global modular health care and infrastructure market." -Sabrina Fiorellino, Fero's Chief Executive Officer The world needs innovative, cost-effective, practical solutions to quickly address major challenges and constraints in healthcare, indigenous and remote communities and areas hit hard by natural disasters. This is where Fero, leveraging the additional experience of the AVL team, can lead the way," said Vince DiCristofaro, Chief Executive Officer of AVL. About AVL A Well Established Engineering, Manufacturing Platform and Patent Portfolio Serving a Diversified Customer Base Across North America , AVL brings diversified intellectual property, including a patent portfolio, complementing Fero's intellectual property assets, and a strong base of existing customer contracts expected to add to Fero revenues in fiscal 2022. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, AVL has a 30-year track record of designing, manufacturing, and integrating various types of power generation, energy storage, cogeneration enclosures, custom modular and complex fabrications. Since 1998, AVL has established a diverse customer base across multiple industries including oil and gas, mining, power generation, automotive, automation, construction, emergency management and energy storage. AVL works collaboratively with customers providing a full slate of services, including assembly, engineering, project management and single-source supply chain services. About Fero International Inc. Founded in 2020, Fero aims to improve lives through innovation in the development and deployment of rapid deployment modular infrastructure, medical technology solutions and disaster relief products. Its products are primarily intended to address circumstances of human crises, such as: health care capacity crises, through the offering of rapid deployment intensive care units, ward rooms, surgical operating theatres, long-term care homes, and portable diagnostic laboratories; national defence programs and disaster event crises, through the offering of safe shelters, electricity and HVAC failure solutions, portable clean water solutions, unmanned mobile modular fire detection and suppression devices and other rapid infrastructure expansion solutions to support the aid efforts government and non-governmental organizations; access to affordable and safe housing crises, through offerings of affordable modular housing for the homeless and displaced; and school capacity and air quality crises, through the offerings of portable classrooms and lavatories with integrated HVAC. Fero prioritizes the adoption of good corporate governance practices to support sustainable building and manufacturing methods for Fero designed products. Fero aims to further improve lives by structuring its operations to address relevant environmental, social and economic improvement considerations.

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Dunwoody College of Technology Announces the Establishment of a Program in Power and Construction Engineering Technology

Dunwoody | March 10, 2022

Dunwoody College of Technology, a private, non-profit university and pioneer in technical education announced its Power & Construction Engineering Technology program. The program offers an online bachelor's degree completion option for electrical graduates interested in advancing their careers as electrical construction engineers, electrical design engineers, senior project managers, estimators, drafters, or solar energy systems engineers. Prospective students may enroll now for classes beginning in the fall of 2022. Electrical Engineering Technology is a specialized field of electrical engineering that focuses on the built environment, from vertical and horizontal structures to infrastructure, including utilities. Transfer students with a two-year degree in electrical construction or electrical design are eligible for the online program, which offers part-time and full-time alternatives. Students will participate in synchronous or asynchronous classes via the Canvas Learning Management System and Microsoft Teams. "At Dunwoody, we work closely alongside partners to understand the skills and training needed to fulfill the hiring pipeline ensuring that our students are the strongest candidates for the job, Through extensive industry research, we identified a need for electrical and solar system engineers and are proud to offer the Power & Construction Engineering Technology program to current and future students. Innovative pilot programs like this one help transform our learners into leaders and students into collaborators and creative problem solvers." Polly Friendshuh, Dean of Construction Sciences & Building Technology Dunwoody's new curriculum focuses on advanced control system design, building and energy codes, and advanced project management training. Students enrolled in the B.S. program in Power & Construction Engineering Technology will acquire and practice skills using industry-standard software such as AutoCAD, Revit, Microstation, Accubid, and Navisworks. Additionally, the program covers construction legislation, construction accounting, integrated field technologies, sustainable energy design, and the Internet of Things (Internet of Things). Enrolled students receive a laptop computer from Dunwoody with all the required software to complete the program. Additionally, the program's final semester includes a senior capstone project that allows students to exhibit industry-relevant experience, emphasizing commercial building, utilities, or both.

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