Algorithm helps autonomous vehicles to avoid pedestrians

The Engineer | October 10, 2019

Engineers in Canada have developed decision-making and motion-planning technology to limit injuries and damage when autonomous vehicles are involved in accidents with pedestrians. After recognising that a collision is inevitable, the model predictive control algorithm is said to analyse all available options and chooses the course of action with the least serious outcome. What can we do in order to minimise the consequences? said Amir Khajepour, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering at the University of Waterloo. That is our focus.

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Direct Torque and Flux Control - What Is It? The Direct Torque and Flux Control (DTFC) is a control technique developed for three-phase AC permanent magnet synchronous motors. DTFC uses a model of the electric motor flux and torque equations. Theta Power Systems International (TPSI) built an implementation allowing high-efficien

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Direct Torque and Flux Control - What Is It? The Direct Torque and Flux Control (DTFC) is a control technique developed for three-phase AC permanent magnet synchronous motors. DTFC uses a model of the electric motor flux and torque equations. Theta Power Systems International (TPSI) built an implementation allowing high-efficien

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Atwell expands into Mid-Atlantic with acquisition of Ben Dyer Associates, Inc.

Atwell | December 05, 2022

In its second transaction this quarter, Atwell has acquired Ben Dyer Associates, Inc., a 60-person engineering firm based in Maryland. Ben Dyer Associates specializes in civil engineering, land planning, and surveying services for land development and redevelopment projects throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This acquisition expands Atwell’s reach into the US Mid-Atlantic region and will strengthen Atwell’s ability to support a variety of land development projects, including single and multi-family residential, commercial, and industrial. Ben Dyer is also experienced in the power and energy market, enhancing Atwell’s ability to support solar projects on the east coast. “Atwell and Ben Dyer share a similar business strategy – we guide and advise our clients through every stage of a project from concept to completion, This acquisition supports an expansion into a new region for Atwell and is another meaningful advancement of our long-term strategic growth.” -Brian Wenzel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atwell. Alignment of culture and values is incredibly important for us, said Steve Mauersberg, President of Ben Dyer Associates. Ben Dyer and Atwell share a joint vision of improving our communities, helping our clients achieve success, and providing opportunities for our employees. The company founder, Ben Dyer, entered private practice as a registered professional engineer and land surveyor in 1935. In 1952, the company was incorporated as Ben Dyer Associates, Inc. Mauersberg began his career with Ben Dyer Associates in 1986. Every president’s career has spanned more than three decades with the company. “We’re excited to welcome the members of Ben Dyer to the team, We believe that Ben Dyer is the right firm for expanding our geographic footprint while continuing to provide expert service to our land development clients.” -Bill Anderson, Vice President of Land Development in the US East at Atwell. Atwell continues to expand its geographic footprint, service offerin-gs, and capabilities through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Last month, Atwell financed the acquisition of Cross Surveying, a 28-person land surveying firm based in Florida. About Atwell, LLC: It is a national consulting, engineering, and construction services firm with technical professionals located across the country totaling more than 1,400 team members. Creating innovative solutions for clients in industries such as real estate and land development, power and energy, and oil and gas, Atwell provides comprehensive turnkey services including land and right-of-way support, planning, landscape architecture, engineering, land surveying, environmental compliance and permitting, and project and program management.

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Construction Safety Solution, eMOD, Integrated with Procore’s Platform

Procore | January 19, 2023

eMOD, a leading construction safety software platform, recently announced its integration with Procore Technologies, Inc., a prominent global provider of construction management software. This integration will enable Procore users to have access and streamline processes with one of the market's leading construction safety management solutions. The integration allows data migration between Procore and eMOD apps, which helps reduce the amount of time spent filling out daily documentation manually. This makes it easier for users to setup, coordinate, and manage safety responsibilities collectively. CEO of eMOD, Kaitlin Frank stated, "Our mission is to increase field engagement around safety and help significantly reduce construction site injuries." He further added, "After a successful beta integration, over 2 million Procore users can now migrate data between both platforms to better manage safety on every project quickly and easily as long as they have an eMOD account." (Source – Business Wire) Users can now utilize the integration to import newly developed Procore projects into eMOD with the few clicks, and without the need to recreate the project. Users can also submit a PTP in eMOD, and the data will automatically generate a Procore Daily Log in the same project. In addition, customers can monitor compliance and analyze documents, through eMOD's online interface or the Procore Platform to accurately know the situation at the project site. About Procore Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore is a global construction management software provider. The construction platform connects people, applications, and gadgets in one centralized hub. Procore's platform has supported over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion in construction volume. With an open and extendable platform, it facilitates connection to hundreds of popular construction apps to streamline and complete of projects. . The new features, like customizable workflows and embedded applications, create a customized experience for its clients.

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nVent HOFFMAN Software Will Simplify Engineering Processes and Connect Fabrication and Workers to Drive Productivity

Zuken | November 10, 2022

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