Artificial Dumbness May Be a Solution for Engineering Smart Machines

Scientific American | February 12, 2019

The benefit of central command and control of complex systems is often obvious. Eyes and legs in communication with the brain allow us to walk in a straight line. But this type of human-made or natural system can at times suffer from acute vulnerabilities. The crippling of important areas of U.S. socioeconomic activity during the recent partial government shutdown gives a vivid example of what happens when a nation’s central control unit suddenly switches off. The dying of brain cells in neurodegenerative diseases, extinguishing the body’s controller, demonstrates the same weakness in biological systems.

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In the construction insurance industry, there is one topic which has dominated above all others in recent months; the turbulent state of the Professional Indemnity insurance market. It is an issue affecting all contractors to a greater or lesser extent. For many PI represents their largest insurance spend and, in addition to providing balance sheet protection, it also features as a standard requirement in most design and build contracts.

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In the construction insurance industry, there is one topic which has dominated above all others in recent months; the turbulent state of the Professional Indemnity insurance market. It is an issue affecting all contractors to a greater or lesser extent. For many PI represents their largest insurance spend and, in addition to providing balance sheet protection, it also features as a standard requirement in most design and build contracts.

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Southland Industries Merges Subsidiaries, Consolidates Brands

Southland | December 15, 2021

Southland Industries announced the upcoming merger of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Southland Engineering, Southland Energy, TCM Corp., Envise, and Burns Mechanical. Beginning January 1, 2022, the merger will be executed in phases with the consolidation of all brands completed by January 2023.As one of the nation’s largest MEP building systems firms, this unification aligns with Southland’s strategy to provide fully integrated building lifecycle offerings from a single brand. Following a phased completion, Southland will leverage their combined expertise and reputation to provide enhanced value and services to clients and partners. “This unification is an exciting time for our customers and employees,This consolidation of brands better represents the way we actually do work today. An increasing amount of our work is with clients that operate in multiple geographic regions, so this should remove any potential confusion for them and make it easier for them to engage us and access our vast companywide resources and capabilities. -Ted Lynch, Ph.D., CEO of Southland Industries For our people, the integration will help enhance collaboration across our organization,” said Lynch. “And, as we continue to expand our geographic reach and capabilities, our employees will have additional career growth opportunities. By unifying all divisions and subsidiaries, Southland will deliver its full range of services — engineering, construction, building automation, service, and energy — as one national brand. About Southland Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts that provides innovative yet practical solutions through a holistic approach to building performance. Advocating a design-build-maintain model, Southland specializes in the engineering, construction, and service of mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, process piping, and automation and controls systems as well as comprehensive energy services needs. Through innovation and collaboration, Southland paves the way as an industry leader in sustainability and energy efficiency by improving the way buildings are designed, built, and maintained. For information, please visit southlandind.com.

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Vitech and Intercax Form Integration Partnership

Vitech | March 09, 2022

Vitech, a Zuken Company and a market leader in Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) solutions, announced a partnership with Intercax. As a result of this partnership, Intercax will incorporate support for GENESYS, Vitech's flagship MBSE technology, into its Syndeia Digital Thread Platform. As a result, GENESYS users will be able to extend and integrate their GENESYS-created system models and architectures into various ecosystems, such as the PLM and ALM ecosystems. These ecosystems include CAD, requirements management, project management, simulation tools, and more. "Partnering with Intercax is a big step in delivering on our vision of a connected, integrated, and open MBSE. The large library of connectors to popular and varied engineering repositories will provide immediate value to our user community, " Enrique Krajmalnik, CEO of Vitech Intercax is an industry leader in developing the vision of an Open Digital Thread, linking system models with other advanced engineering tools. According to Dr. Dirk Zwemer, Intercax Co-Founder and President said, "As a critical enabler for digital transformation, enterprises are adopting open digital threads connecting data streams and models across disciplines and tools. Adding GENESYS to our catalog of supported system modeling and architecture tools will bring new solutions to industries where product complexity is a significant challenge."

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Spirit AeroSystems Welcomes Belcan to Aerospace Innovation Center, Enters Strategic Engineering Partnership

Spirit AeroSystems | September 09, 2020

Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] announced today that Belcan will be onsite as a Strategic Partner in Spirit's Aerospace Innovation Centre (AIC) in Prestwick, Scotland. Belcan will work directly alongside Spirit engineers when the facility opens. The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enter into a strategic partnership. Belcan, a global supplier of engineering, supply chain, technical recruiting and information technology services, will provide Spirit with broad-based engineering capabilities and specific skills, primarily focused on supporting Spirit's wing engineering activities in Prestwick. This includes multi-disciplinary engineering skills, program management and manufacturing engineering resources. "We are pleased to announce this partnership and MOU as key milestones in securing the high-level engineering talent required to support the design and build of Spirit's innovative aerostructures. This powerful collaboration further enhances Spirit's ability to continue to leverage our full suite of Distinctive Capabilities, particularly in developing advanced aircraft architectures, to define the aircraft of tomorrow," said Dr. Sean Black, Spirit Vice President and Chief Engineer of Programs. Black and Keith Matthews, President of Belcan International, signed the MOU earlier this year in Prestwick to formalize the agreement. Leaders from both companies were in attendance.

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