Archeological treasures found during metro construction in Greece

Telegraph | April 21, 2019

The construction of a metro network beneath the Greek city of Thessaloniki has unearthed an extraordinary treasure trove of ancient artefacts, from gold wreaths and rings to statues of the goddess Aphrodite. The progress of the metro system has been delayed because of the sheer number of items that have been found beneath the streets of Greece’s second city.
Archeologists have dug up more than 300,000 artefacts, from coins and jewellery to marble statues, amphorae, oil lamps and perfume vases. They were found in what would have been the thriving commercial centre of the ancient city, which was the second most important conurbation in the Byzantine Empire after Constantinople.

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Zuken | November 10, 2022

nVent Electric plc (NYSE:NVT) (“nVent”), a global leader in electrical connection and protection solutions, today announced it will preview its upcoming digital manufacturing software portfolio at Rockwell Automation Fair in Chicago. The Design to Manufacturing Software, powered by Zuken’s E3.series, is a proven and fast engineering system for designers and manufacturing personnel to: Plan and design the electrical engineering for machines and factory systems Automate panel building through 2D/3D design and assembly of industrial and commercial control panels nVent is a global leader in providing industrial enclosures and advanced cooling solutions, and has a comprehensive machine portfolio to automate panel building. The nVent HOFFMAN Design to Manufacturing Software, powered by Zuken, helps us to create time and labor savings, which enables us to build a more sustainable and electrified world. “By adding the Design to Manufacturing Software, powered by Zuken, we have significantly enhanced our value proposition by optimizing the entire panel design and fabrication process, Companies are prudently finding ways to maximize the skills of their workforce, especially in such a competitive landscape and tight job market. This will make it easier for our customers to deliver high-quality solutions faster, with fewer resources and time-consuming steps.” -Alexander van der Weide, general manager and vice president for nVent. We simplify design. We connect engineering to manufacturing. We simplify design We connect engineering to manufacturing We capture and deploy knowledge We solve the shortage of engineers and skilled labor We accelerate profitable growth The Design to Manufacturing Software provides design automation to help electrical engineers to simplify processes, and ultimately increase overall productivity. With its easy-to-use intelligent central parts library, designers can now efficiently work on a single project while the software automatically ensures the data is continually up to date, making the design and planning process easy. The optimized engineering process drives the creation of the digital twin with all the necessary manufacturing details. We automate the panel building process by connecting machines and workers, accelerating the transition to smart manufacturing. Workers can now easily visualize the design and immediately access digital documentation. This automated workflow detects critical errors, significantly improves the time taken to build a panel, and maintains the overall process. The advanced software portfolio will be released in 2023 as part of a collaboration with Zuken, a leading global software company specializing in optimizing electrical and electronic engineering design processes. The Design to Manufacturing software portfolio will include specially designed software packages for engineering and manufacturing processes, connecting workers to the manufacturing floor, and adding optional add-on functionalities. About nVent: nVent is a leading global provider of electrical connection and protection solutions. We believe our inventive electrical solutions enable safer systems and ensure a more secure world. We design, manufacture, market, install and service high performance products and solutions that connect and protect some of the world's most sensitive equipment, buildings and critical processes. We offer a comprehensive range of enclosures, electrical connections and fastening and thermal management solutions across industry-leading brands that are recognized globally for quality, reliability and innovation. Our principal office is in London and our management office in the United States is in Minneapolis. Our robust portfolio of leading electrical product brands dates back more than 100 years and includes nVent CADDY, ERICO, HOFFMAN, RAYCHEM, SCHROFF and TRACER. About Zuken: Zuken is a global software company providing industry leading electrical and electronic design solutions. Founded in 1976, Zuken has a long track record of technology innovation and financial stability in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. With a product portfolio of world-class design solutions spanning MBSE-based product definition and services to electrical and electronic design solutions to address the needs of a broad range of industries across the globe. These design solutions provide our customers with improved productivity and efficiencies in this highly competitive landscape.

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Bentley Systems | November 14, 2022

Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced advancements to its construction management solution with enhancements to SYNCHRO 4D and the addition of SYNCHRO Cost and SYNCHRO Perform applications. The new advancements and portfolio expansion enable construction firms to transform how they plan, manage, and execute their projects. “SYNCHRO helps The Lane Construction Corporation have access to all our project-level data. Our field and corporate managers, along with the executives who lead them, now have timely access to critical business information through SYNCHRO, It is access to this information that helps improve forward-looking decision-making. Our industry has been far too reliant on backward-looking reports and analysis. It is time to start looking ahead and planning for success. 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RedTeam adds powerful new collaboration features to its flagship software solution, now renamed RedTeam Flex

RedTeam | October 19, 2022

RedTeam Software, a leading construction management software platform provider, has added a powerful PDF markup function and Indicated Outcome Report as enhanced features to its flagship software solution, which it has renamed, RedTeam Flex. The RedTeam Flex solution is designed to help mid- to enterprise-level contractors maximize communication, performance and productivity in the field. RedTeam Flex integrates with existing software platforms to offer users a convenient, accessible on-ramp to industry-leading jobsite management. The RedTeam Flex PDF markup feature allows teams to annotate, publish and share drawing files on the web platform, as well as drawings and photos from the mobile application. With RedTeam Flex Indicated Outcome Report (IOR), contractors can aggregate data from construction management at risk (CMAR) projects. The feature enables the contractor to share the financial status of the project with clients in an easy, understandable format, offering full transparency throughout the life of the project. "RedTeam Software continues to provide contractors with solutions that help them communicate changes, so they can minimize disruptions and keep their projects on track, We realize the value of helping teams stay connected, and that's why we are adding enhanced markup capability and the Indicated Outcome Report to the RedTeam Flex platform. We are committed to building great software so construction professionals can build great things." -Betsie Hoyt, VP of Product of RedTeam Software. In August, the company announced a similar PDF markup enhancement to Fieldlens by RedTeam, a dynamic, intuitive jobsite management software solution that keeps issues organized, documented, and appropriately escalated, and empowers effective collaboration among field, office, and trade workers. These updates followed RedTeam Software's recent recapitalization and the acquisition of Paskr, now rebranded RedTeam Go, a commercial construction management solution for small to midsize contractors. About RedTeam Software: RedTeam Software is a growing construction management software company built by contractors who understand construction. The cloud-based software solutions are designed to help contractors face the day-to-day challenges of commercial construction. The company's suite of construction solutions features products ranging from field-management software to enterprise-level workflow, collaboration and construction management solutions. The solutions include: RedTeam Go: Formerly named Paskr, software designed to help simplify, automate and standardize workflow for small to mid-size contractors Fieldlens by RedTeam: Dynamic jobsite collaboration software that facilitates effective, real-time collaboration among field, office, and trade workers, at any time from any location. RedTeam Flex: Highly customizable construction management software that can also be integrated into popular business platforms for optimal, overarching project management.

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