Are Government Robots Coming For Your Job?

Nextgov | April 03, 2019

A lot of very smart people, like Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking, believe that artificial intelligences and the robotic bodies that could house them will eventually lead to the end of the world, or at least the end of human civilization. That concept has also become a cliché in science-fiction. Personally, I don’t think robots and AI will ever eliminate humans, not so much because I don’t see their potential, but because I don’t think humans are talented enough to build something both powerful and malicious enough to destroy humanity, much less something that could really become sentient, which is obviously the first requirement.
In the short term though, there is a good chance that AI and robotics might advance automation to the point where quite a few people will be put out of work. Some researchers believe that about half of all job fields have vulnerable workers who could be replaced by AI or robotics by 2026.

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Robots are going mainstream. In the very near future robots will be everywhere, on military missions, performing surgery, building skyscrapers, assisting customers at stores, as healthcare attendants, as business assistants, and interacting closely with our families in a myriad of ways. Similar to other new technologies, we’ve found robot technology to be insecure in a variety of ways, and that insecurity could pose serious threats to the people, animals, and organizations they operate in and around.

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Robots are going mainstream. In the very near future robots will be everywhere, on military missions, performing surgery, building skyscrapers, assisting customers at stores, as healthcare attendants, as business assistants, and interacting closely with our families in a myriad of ways. Similar to other new technologies, we’ve found robot technology to be insecure in a variety of ways, and that insecurity could pose serious threats to the people, animals, and organizations they operate in and around.

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Habitat for Humanity, the University of Windsor, and nidus3D Partner on North America’s First Multi-Unit 3D Printed Homes

NIDUS3D | May 16, 2022

Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex, is partnering with the University of Windsor and nidus3D – Canada’s leaders in 3D construction printing, on the nation's first permitted 3D printed residential homes. This historic project – on the site of Leamington’s The Bridge Youth Resource Centre – is a key step in increasing access to affordable housing in Canada. “This will be a historic build, the first 3D printed homes for residential use in this country, and potentially a game-changing solution to the current housing crisis. Habitat Windsor-Essex is working with the University of Windsor to learn more about how this new technology can potentially shorten construction times, and, over time, reduce input costs. Habitat W-E will benefit from the learning here, and those learnings could have a far-reaching impact for Habitat, and for the construction industry more broadly,” said Fiona Coughlin, Executive Director & CEO Habitat for Humanity Windsor. This build is partially funded through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Innovation Fund. And thanks to the latest partnership with nidus3D, Habitat for Humanity is leaning on the company’s cutting-edge 3D construction technology to make home ownership more affordable in Canada. “In Windsor-Essex alone, there are currently 6,500 individuals that are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and the current solutions are simply not adequate in addressing this issue, nidus3D is driven by the mission for increasing access to housing, and we’re deeply honoured for building the first multi-unit 3D printed homes in North America. This historic build serves as proof-of-concept for future builds, and paves the path for quicker and more cost-effective homes for Canadian families.” Ian Arthur, President & Founder nidus3D During COVID, there was devastating impact of co-living on rooming houses and other communal living spaces. There was loss of life that could have been prevented. Krista Rempel, Executive Director for The Bridge Youth Resource Centre states, “We’re grateful for the opportunity to be part of this historic build. The Bridge is investing in housing through this collaborative opportunity to not only do their part in addressing this housing crisis but the initiative will also support on-going operating dollars to sustain the organization long-term.” This first-of-its-kind project will result in four units, in a self-contained home each unit measuring 560 square feet. “We are very proud to be an active partner and research collaborator in this landmark research project of 3D printed home construction,” said Dr. Sreekanta Das, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Windsor. This construction project will help forming the design codes and standards on 3D printed constructions. “We are excited about this innovative solution to addressing the national housing crisis,” said Hilda MacDonald, Mayor of the Municipality of Leamington. “We are very grateful the Municipality of Leamington was selected as the location of this first-of-its-kind fully accessible 3-D multi-unit residential build.” The 3D printed homes will be available by Summer 2022 for individuals and couples in need of attainable housing. For more information, visit: 3D Printed Homes Partnership. About Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex is a non-profit organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. You can support Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex by donating or shopping at the Restore located at 51 Edinborough St. in Windsor. Visit www.habitatwindsor.org for more information. About nidus3D nidus3D is a strategic partner and distributor of COBOD BOD2 printers based out of Kingston, Ontario. With experience in construction, lean manufacturing, and public affairs, the team at nidus3D is actively deploying 3DCP (3D Construction Printing) technology to lower building costs and increase access to housing that is resilient, efficient and sustainable, all while complying with Canadian building standards. Visit nidus3d.com for more information. About The Bridge Youth Resource Centre The Bridge is a non-profit organization focused on the vision to help every youth reach their potential. Individuals can learn more about The Bridge, including giving opportunities, by visiting www.thebridgeyouth.ca. About University of Windsor The University of Windsor is a leading research and teaching university located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is an academic department within the Faculty of Engineering that has been researching the development of environmentally-friendly, sustainable printing materials, as well as the applications of 3D printing in construction to resolve the ongoing domestic housing crisis.

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M & E Engineering Consultants is Acquired by Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. M & E Engineering Consultants | May 20, 2021

M & E Engineering Consultants has been acquired by Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc., a global provider of forensic engineering and technical consulting services. The company is also strategically positioned to provide for its global customer base with increased capabilities in Mechanical, Electrical, and Life Safety areas, with more than 90 offices and 950 employees. “At Rimkus, we're on a journey to expand our practice areas and teams from inside while still taking advantage of acquisition opportunities. Our international client base requires experts who can combine technical expertise with excellent project management to help them achieve their goals. “The addition of M & E Engineering Consultants to our team will enhance our expertise in core service areas while maintaining the high standards that our clients have come to expect from Rimkus,” said Curtis Brown, Chairman and Executive Director of Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. “M & E Engineering Consultants brings to our firm a deep, 40-year history of engineering practice in Ontario, and we couldn't be more pleased to have them join the Rimkus family. Our growth policy is closely aligned with their market leadership and reputation for client success. Our teams are well-positioned for long-term success, with the potential to easily expand and fulfill our clients' mechanical, electrical, and life safety requirements,” said Robert Kocher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. “We're excited to be joining the Rimkus team, another industry pioneer with similar skills and a dedication to doing the same high-quality work we look for in a partner. M & E Engineering Consultants' Ed Porasz said, "We're excited to put our strategic insights, backed by Rimkus' resources and growing network, to offer even more industry-leading consulting services and options to our customer base." About Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. is a forensic consulting and technical services provider to insurance companies, law firms, corporations, and government entities around the world. Rimkus provides customers in claim and dispute resolution, restoration design services, property risk evaluations, and due diligence property condition assessments, among other things. The company's team of experienced engineers, architects, scientists, and technical experts has been recognized by the local, national, and international business community for its commitment to service excellence for more than 35 years. Rimkus has over 90 branches in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. About M & E Engineering Consultants M & E Engineering Ltd. is an employee-owned consulting engineering company with over 40 years of experience in Ontario. For commercial, hospitality, multi-residential, institutional, and industrial uses, M & E specializes in offering comprehensive Mechanical, Electrical, and Life Safety consulting services to architects, building owners, structural consultants, and tenants. Every year, our professional team at M & E delivers successful projects for our clients in Ontario, throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, ranging from detailed new construction and retrofit designs, problem investigation, energy audits, and building condition assessments on hundreds of buildings.

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VOLKERT ACQUIRES ATLANTA’S KEA GROUP

VOLKERT | September 30, 2021

Volkert, Inc., recently acquired Kennedy Engineering & Associates Group, LLC (KEA Group), a transportation engineering firm focused on planning, design, environmental, and CEI services. These four groups work closely together in a collaborative environment, ultimately ensuring quality infrastructure projects. In addition to traditional infrastructure engineering services, KEA Group also provides dispatchers for the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP). “We are pleased to bring KEA Group on board,Its geographic footprint and unique service offerings will help us grow our presence in Georgia and Florida. -Volkert Chairman of the Board and CEO David Allsbrook. KEA Group was founded in 2003 and has established a reputation for understanding and meeting client needs and requests. The KEA Group team works together with government agencies, including federal, state, and municipal; planning agencies; and commercial developers. Lori Kennedy built KEA Group over 20 years and has had a long-term working relationship with Volkert,” explains Volkert East Division president David Webber. We are gaining 68 exceptional employees. We have worked with Volkert for years and are excited to join forces,” comments KEA Group’s founder and president Lori Kennedy. “Like KEA Group, Volkert is client focused and is committed to providing excellent service. By combining our resources, we can all continue to push our industry forward and improve our nation’s infrastructure. KEA Group’s headquarters—1720 Peachtree Street, Suite 405, Atlanta, GA 30309—and its Chipley, Florida, office are now operating as Volkert offices. About Volkert: Volkert is an award-winning professional services firm committed to expanding, enhancing, and protecting the built and natural environments. Planning, design, and engineering are at the heart of Volkert’s practice. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 100 engineering firms, Volkert is proud to serve its valued clients with innovative, multidisciplinary approaches to existing and emerging challenges in the transportation, nature-based and green infrastructure, energy, and program management sectors.

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