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Aktion Acquires Corum Client Central Consulting Group

Aktion | July 26, 2021

Corum announced today that Aktion Associates has acquired its client, Minnesota-based Central Consulting Group (CCG), Deltek's biggest Vision/Vantagepoint partner. The acquisition expands Aktion's product offerings and customer base in the AEC sector in North America.

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About Central Consulting Group
Since 2002, Central Consulting Group (CCG), Deltek's largest Vision/Vantagepoint partner, has assisted thousands of architectural, engineering, construction, and professional services companies across the globe in getting more out of their software investment. CCG has assisted clients with their move to Deltek Vantagepoint, the next generation of Deltek, Vision/Vantagepoint cloud migrations, and installing, training, tailoring, modifying, and integrating Deltek ERP Software. In addition, CCG experts address business problems and provide ongoing support throughout the project and software lifecycle.

About Aktion
Aktion Associates Inc. is a nationwide ERP software reseller and IT infrastructure provider specializing in the Architectural Engineering and Construction, Distribution, and Manufacturing sectors. More than 5,500 clients have selected Aktion as their technology advisor since 1979. These teams, which have a staff of 200 professionals in application consulting, network, and software engineering, use proprietary lean implementation methods to help clients realize the value of their IT investment. In addition, secure cloud hosting, disaster recovery, and backup services are provided by company-owned data centers. The Network Operations Center (NOC) monitors and supports managed services clients in real-time.

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Picketing of jobsites is a frequent occurrence in the Construction Industry. Each year unions set up hundreds of pickets designed to exert pressure on one or more employers. Most picketing situations in the Construction Industry result from mixing union and non-union subcontractors on the same worksite. Picketing of jobsites often involves a chess game between the general contractor and/or subcontractor and the union.

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French Railway Authority SNCF Réseau Bases Enterprise Common Data Environment on Trimble Collaboration Software

Trimble Construction | December 22, 2021

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced that SNCF Réseau, the French railway authority, has selected an integrated solution of Trimble® Quadri and Trimble Connect® software to serve as the central system within its Enterprise Common Data Environment (CDE) for Building Information Modeling (BIM) models for the next three years. The integration of the Quadri BIM collaboration software and Trimble Connect collaboration software will enable planners, designers, construction teams and project owners to share information and streamline data workflows.Trimble Quadri and Trimble Connect are ideal solutions to address the data requirements of railway construction and building construction and to prepare for the maintenance and operation phases. The combined solutions address building construction and infrastructure projects and are designed to facilitate teamwork between key stakeholders and allow teams to share project information continuously as it federates all company data into one consolidated and integrated system (the CDE). This increases productivity and quality and facilitates project information access from anywhere and at any time. SNCF manages the largest high-speed rail in Europe of over 30,000 kilometers and manages a large portfolio of greenfield (network extension) and brownfield (network modernization) projects. The corporate CDE will provide digital continuity across all design and construction phases, and prepare BIM data models for operation & maintenance phases and is expected to enhance the overall company performance. Under the new three-year contract, SNCF Réseau will be using the Trimble solutions in a broad range of use cases covering the entire project lifecycle—from design and construction to operations and maintenance—within its IT environment. Sharing project data across teams helps reduce the risk of data loss and closes the gap between engineering design tools and systems for managing the organization's transportation networks. The SNCF Réseau contract is managed by Trimble Consulting, covering services from a strategic advisory function to setup, implementation and deployment of the Trimble CDE solution across the project's portfolio and across the divisions of the SNCF Group. As part of the agreement, Trimble Consulting will integrate the Trimble software solutions with SNCF Réseau's core information systems and provide training, coaching and support. Trimble Consulting is a global consultancy advisor on advanced technology and integrated project delivery strategy within Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Owner-operated (AECO) industries with a goal to leverage digital construction and complex project delivery to manage risk and ensure quality, schedule and budget. Teamed with some of the most recognized companies across the globe, Trimble Consulting has delivered over 500 projects with technical, logistical or organizational complexity in a wide range of markets. "A global player like SNCF Réseau is constantly expanding and updating its infrastructure. Railway systems are composed of multiple subsystems with heterogeneous data created using many processes and tools. Having a common data environment that supports collaborative model development for all of our digital assets—from design through project completion and ongoing operation and maintenance, is instrumental in digitizing the railway network efficiently and effectively, The combination of Trimble Quadri and Trimble Connect provides an open common data environment for us to review and manage all assets of a project. It has proven to provide great value both during and after completion of projects, as the model and data collected in project designs and throughout construction play an increasing role in the long-term investment planning for lifecycle costs for the railway." -Judicaël Dehotin, deputy director of SNCF Réseau BIM Program and responsible for operational deployment of BIM on railway projects An open common data environment is instrumental in our strategic roadmap as we aim to establish collaboration between all project actors at the planning, design and construction phases and pave the way towards a digital twin of our infrastructure,said Pierre-Etienne Gautier, director of SNCF Réseau BIM and Digital Continuity Program. "Creating digital models and enriching these consistently through a secure open CDE will also enable us to operate and maintain our infrastructure to the highest standards during its entire lifecycle. "SNCF has chosen Trimble solutions as the cornerstone of their strategy to enhance their infrastructure projects' efficiency. The Quadri and Trimble Connect technologies' ability to enable owners, planners, designers, engineers and contractors to all safely share their discipline-specific models in a single platform, facilitates close-knit and concurrent teamwork between all project stakeholders. All the while using their existing tools, -Nassim Saoud, EMEA director, Trimble Consulting. About SNCF Group SNCF is a global leader in passenger and freight transport services, including management of the French rail network, with revenue of €35.1 billion in 2019. The Group does business in 120 countries and has 275,000 employees, with over half in its core rail business and 60,000 working outside France. SNCF Group works closely with its customers—passengers, local authorities, shippers and railway operators using SNCF Réseau services—and with regional communities, building on its expertise in all aspects of rail and all types of transport to deliver simple, seamless, sustainable solutions for every mobility need. Learn more at: sncf.com. About Trimble Construction Trimble is developing technology, software and services that drive the digital transformation of construction with solutions that span the entire architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. Empowering teams across the construction lifecycle, Trimble's innovative approach improves coordination and collaboration between stakeholders, teams, phases and processes. Trimble's Connected Construction strategy gives users control of their operations with best-in-class solutions and a common data environment. By automating work and transforming workflows, Trimble is enabling construction professionals to improve productivity, quality, transparency, safety sustainability and deliver each project with confidence. Construction.trimble.com and Trimbleconsulting.com. 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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TotalEnergies and Clean Energy Launch the Construction of their First Biogas Unit

TotalEnergies & Clean Energy | November 30, 2021

Through their joint venture, TotalEnergies (Paris:TTE) (LSE:TTE) (NYSE:TTE) and its U.S. partner Clean Energy are launching the construction of their first biomethane production unit, in Friona, Texas. The biomethane will be used as an alternative fuel for mobility, thus contributing to decarbonize road transportation. Located on the Del Rio Dairy farm, the facility will be fueled by the onsite supply of livestock manure to produce more than 40 GWh of biomethane per year. The biomethane will be distributed in the United States by Clean Energy through its network of fueling stations, enabling the supply of renewable gas to between 200 and 300 trucks per year. By processing cow manure, a significant source of methane emissions, and substituting fossil fuels with renewable energies, the project will avoid some 45,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions per year1. We are pleased to consolidate our entry into the U.S. biomethane market by jointly developing this first production unit on the Del Rio Dairy farm, through our joint venture with Clean Energy,This project marks another step in TotalEnergies' transformation into a multi-energy company, and in the implementation of its ambition to be a major player in renewables.Laurent Wolffsheim, Senior Vice President Green Gases & Growth at TotalEnergies. “This project at Del Rio Dairy helps to address the increasing demand for RNG by fleets and is a great example of our partnership with TotalEnergies, one of the world’s leading and most sustainably-minded energy companies,RNG, one of the cleanest fuels on the planet, manages greenhouse gas emissions and tackles global warming. The added RNG production from Del Rio will help us meet our target to provide this 100% negative carbon emissions fuel at all of our North American stations by 2025.” -Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO, Clean Energy Through the acquisition of an interest in Clean Energy in May 2018, TotalEnergies became the largest shareholder of the U.S. leader in natural gas vehicle fuels, with a stake of some 19% today. In March 2021, the two partners set up a 50/50 joint venture to speed up the development of biomethane production in the United States. TotalEnergies and Biomethane Biomethane is a renewable gas that has a key role to play in the energy transition. TotalEnergies is the segment leader in France, with close to 500 GWh of production capacity, and aims to become a major player in biomethane internationally by partnering with market leaders in other geographies, such as Clean Energy in the United States and Adani in India. The Company is active across the entire biomethane value chain, from project development to marketing of biomethane and its by-products (biofertilizers, bioCO2). It aims to produce 2 TWh of biomethane per year by 2025 – equivalent to the average annual consumption of 670,000 U.S. consumers, and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 400,000 tonnes. About Clean Energy Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is the north American largest provider of the cleanest fuel for the transportation market. Our mission is to decarbonize transportation through the development and delivery of renewable natural gas (RNG), a sustainable fuel derived from organic waste. Clean Energy allows thousands of vehicles, from airport shuttles to city buses to waste and heavy-duty trucks, to reduce their amount of climate-harming greenhouse gas. We operate a vast network of fueling stations across the U.S. and Canada. Visit www.cleanenergyfuels.com and follow @ce_renewables on Twitter. About TotalEnergies TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.

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Audubon Engineering Company Awarded LNG Interconnect Contract in Louisiana

Audubon Engineering Company LP | February 24, 2022

Audubon Engineering Company LP has been awarded a contract to provide engineering and construction management services for a major greenfield liquefied natural gas (LNG) interconnect on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), this pipeline project will move between 1.5 and 2.0 Bcf/d of gas to serve as the main supply of an LNG export facility.udubon, a global leader in the design, construction, and delivery of LNG production solutions, successfully completed the front-end engineering in 2021. Under this new contract, Audubon will provide detailed engineering and design of a transmission pipeline and associated infrastructure to provide gas for a major LNG facility. Backed by our integrated offshore and pipeline teams, Audubon is leading the project from our Louisiana and Texas offices in collaboration with FERC, a major LNG export company, and a major interstate gas transmission company. “We look forward to bringing our project execution capabilities and extensive LNG track record to this project. LNG is an important component of our energy transition strategy, and we are proud to leverage our expertise to support the operation.” -Dave Beck, managing partner at Audubon Engineering Company LLC Increasing demand for LNG According to American Press, LNG demand is expected to rise by up to 50% by 2030, and Southwest Louisiana is positioned to be a major supplier of this resource.* As the world accelerates low- and zero-carbon energy resources, Louisiana is seeing increased investment in LNG infrastructure to capitalize on its abundant natural gas supply. For more than two decades, Audubon has worked alongside our customers to make LNG production even more efficient and reliable. The Louisiana LNG project adds to our growing experience list for clients who are interested in maximizing ROI of this high-demand, low-carbon energy resource. Continuing our legacy in Louisiana This project builds on our deep roots in Louisiana. Our operational bases in Metairie, Mandeville, and Lafayette have provided customers with local support and global LNG expertise for years. Some of our past LNG projects in the state include engineering services for an LNG facility, a transmission compressor station project in South Louisiana, and a greenfield LNG production facility in Port Allen. We’re also is pleased to have made Louisiana State University’s ROARING 10 list in 2021 and for ranking #11 in the ENR Texas & Louisiana Top Design Firms list in 2020, which demonstrate our integral work in the Louisiana community. Looking to the future With the increase in infrastructure capabilities this project provides, in addition to the state’s strategic location on the Gulf Coast, Louisiana can expand its potential for additional investment. This project highlights the strength of LNG as a global resource for clean, efficient energy and will help increase Louisiana’s presence on the world stage. Audubon is honored to support this initiative, the state of Louisiana, and its role in helping to meet society’s long-term energy demands. * Source: American Press, “LNG export heavyweights: Cameron Parish has become a major world player,” 2021. About Audubon Engineering Company LLC Founded in 1997, Audubon Engineering Company LLC is a global provider of engineering, consulting, construction, fabrication, and technical services delivering sustainable solutions to the energy, power, infrastructure, and industrial markets. Together with our family of companies (Audubon Engineering Company LP, Audubon Field Solutions LLC, Audubon Industrial Solutions LLC, Audubon Inspection Solutions, Audubon Carbon, Audubon Construction, Opero Energy, Affinity Management Group LLC, and Armexa LLC), we deliver repeatable project success—safely, on schedule, and within budget. For more information, please visit auduboncompanies.com.

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