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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Raukawa wants to encourage more women to work in construction. In her experience, women often pay close attention to detail and usually take extra care with their work. Masterlink and Master Plumbers Association chief executive officer Greg Wallace agrees. He wants more females to consider industry apprenticeships.

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Raukawa wants to encourage more women to work in construction. In her experience, women often pay close attention to detail and usually take extra care with their work. Masterlink and Master Plumbers Association chief executive officer Greg Wallace agrees. He wants more females to consider industry apprenticeships.

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Clark Construction Delivers Snapdragon Stadium on Schedule

Clark Construction | August 23, 2022

Clark Construction Group joined San Diego State University (SDSU) leaders, city officials, and distinguished guests to cut the ribbon on the state-of-the-art Snapdragon Stadium. Designed as a hub for sports and entertainment, the new 35,000-capacity venue provides a home field for SDSU Aztec Football, as well as for professional and collegiate soccer, NCAA championship games, concerts, and other cultural events. As the design-builder in charge of design and construction efforts on the multi-purpose venue, Clark Construction led a high-performing team of more than 250 firms, including engineers, and trade contractors. Gensler Sports was the lead designer. The stadium's signature design elements, including concourse level "neighborhoods," and standing-room-only "piers" that jut out over stadium seating to conjure a coastal vibe are designed to reflect the city's diverse communities and combine to create a venue that is authentically San Diego. The stadium is a part of the first phase of development at SDSU Mission Valley, a mixed-use, medium-density, transit-oriented development that will expand the university's educational, research, entrepreneurial, and technology programs. An Innovation District is projected to provide educational opportunities for up to 15,000 additional students and, once complete, SDSU Mission Valley will also include retail, housing, and the development of community parks and open space. It is expected to bolster the university's local economic impact by an estimated $3 billion per year. Snapdragon Stadium's construction has served as a boon to the San Diego economy. Local firms were awarded $250 million in construction contracts on the project. Throughout construction, Clark also helped lead training programs to ensure a local and diverse workforce had the opportunity to work on the project. In aggregate, a combined 4,000 workers logged 1.2 million hours to successfully deliver Snapdragon Stadium. "This project is a testament that construction is a team sport, With everyone working toward the goal of winning together, we were able to deliver a high-quality venue on time, on budget for SDSU and the greater San Diego community." -Albert Valdivia, Clark's vice president in charge of construction operations for the project. San Diego's newest landmark is a product of a two-year intensive construction effort. To make way for the new venue, Clark demolished Qualcomm Stadium, the former home of the San Diego Chargers. Crews erected the structure using a combination of cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete, and steel. To shape the stadium, crews raised the site nearly 30 feet and erected 2,500 steel beams. "We appreciate all the hard work to get Snapdragon Stadium complete in time for our first game against Arizona, We are looking forward to fans coming to a stadium that they can be proud of – a stadium that is authentic to San Diego. We feel we've created an unmatched experience in collegiate athletics, and in all events that come to the stadium." -J.D. Wicker, director of intercollegiate athletics at SDSU. Snapdragon Stadium will make its official debut during the Aztec Football season opener against the University of Arizona Wildcats on September 3. Famed musicians Jimmy Buffett and Jason Mraz will perform the first concert at the arena on October 22. More information about Snapdragon Stadium is available online: https://snapdragonstadium.com/ About Clark Construction Group: For more than a century, Clark Construction Group has been transforming the ideas and visions of its clients into world-class projects that make the United States a stronger, safer place. As one of the nation's largest asset creators, Clark has offices strategically located across the country to serve the needs of its clients.

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AMP Robotics and Waste Connections Reach Recycling Technology Milestone

AMP Robotics® Corp. | July 05, 2022

AMP Robotics Corp. (“AMP”), a pioneer in AI, robotics, and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, has expanded its partnership with Waste Connections, Inc. (TSX/NYSE: WCN), its largest customer. Since late 2020, Waste Connections has booked or deployed 50 of AMP’s high-speed robotics systems on plastic, fiber, and residue lines, becoming the largest operator of AI-guided robotics in the industry. “It’s gratifying to reach this milestone with a leader in resource recovery like Waste Connections. We’ve worked tirelessly to deliver AI and robotics systems that modernize today’s recycling operations by increasing productivity, stabilizing costs, and improving the quality and value of recycled commodities, We remain committed to the continuous enhancement of our AI and automation solutions to stay ahead of industry challenges, exceed customer expectations, and support the industry’s sustainability and climate goals.” -Matanya Horowitz, founder and CEO of AMP Robotics. AMP’s technology identifies and recovers plastics, cardboard, paper, cans, cartons, and many other containers and packaging types reclaimed for raw material processing. For example, AMP recovers a portfolio of #1-#7 plastics in a variety of different form factors, colors, and opacities with high precision and purity. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) together account for a majority of recycled plastic demand, with growing interest in polypropylene (PP)—a highly recyclable polymer with high demand in food-safe applications and flexibility to accommodate packaging in a variety of shapes and sizes. The ability to precisely separate different plastics and other recyclables with AI-driven sorting is helping recyclers meet the soaring need for sufficient quantities of high-quality recycled content from brands and packaging producers. “We’re excited to expand our relationship with AMP, We’re impressed by the reliability of the robotics systems and the quality of the end product. We look forward to our continued partnership with AMP as we advance our sustainability initiatives.” -Dan Kurtz, director of recycling for Waste Connections. About AMP Robotics® Corp- AMP Robotics is modernizing the world’s recycling infrastructure by applying AI and automation to increase recycling rates and economically recover recyclables reclaimed as raw materials for the global supply chain. The AMP Cortex™ high-speed robotics system automates the identification and sorting of recyclables from mixed material streams. The AMP Neuron™ AI platform continuously trains itself by recognizing different colors, textures, shapes, sizes, patterns, and even brand labels to identify materials and their recyclability. Neuron then guides robots to pick and place the material to be recycled. Designed to run 24/7, all of this happens at superhuman speed with extremely high accuracy. AMP Clarity™ provides data and material characterization on what recyclables are captured and missed, helping recycling businesses and producers maximize recovery. With deployments across North America, Asia, and Europe, AMP’s technology recovers recyclables from municipal collection, precious commodities from electronic scrap, high-value materials from construction and demolition debris, and valuable feedstocks from organic material. About Waste Connections- Waste Connections is an integrated solid waste services company that provides non-hazardous waste collection, transfer and disposal services, along with resource recovery primarily through recycling and renewable fuels generation. Waste Connections serves more than eight million residential, commercial, and industrial customers in mostly exclusive and secondary markets across 44 states in the U.S. and six provinces in Canada. Waste Connections also provides non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment, recovery, and disposal services in several basins across the U.S., as well as intermodal services for the movement of cargo and solid waste containers in the Pacific Northwest. Waste Connections views its Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) efforts as integral to its business, with initiatives consistent with its objective of long-term value creation. The company’s long-term, aspirational ESG targets include the expansion of resource recovery through recyclable commodities.

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Saulsbury Industries Expands, Opening an Engineering and Operations Hub in Houston, Texas

Saulsbury Industries | August 05, 2022

Saulsbury Industries, a full-service engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company, recently opened an engineering and operations hub in Houston, Texas. This location will support multiple Saulsbury business lines, including oil and gas, tanks/terminals, hydrocarbon processing, refining, renewables, and chemicals. Saulsbury, with over 55 years of experience, is a trusted provider of full EPC and construction-only solutions, as well as service offerings for stand-alone E&I and field services work. "We are very excited to be opening our Houston office, This decision reflects our commitment to both the city and the broader Gulf Coast region. Our Houston office will enhance our ability to reach new clients as well as employees as Saulsbury continues to expand our engineering and operations across a broad spectrum of industries." -Chat York, Saulsbury's President and Chief Executive Officer. Saulsbury will also offer supporting services for front-end engineering, AFE estimating and scoping support, as well as general maintenance and facility upgrade services. The company will use this location to expand its repeat-business model with clients through hands-on leadership, successful project results, and an industry-leading safety program. "This is the next step in our build-out plan for the Gulf Coast region, Our client base has significantly expanded in the area, and we are looking forward to continued growth as we expand the Saulsbury footprint. Houston has long been a tremendous recruiting ground, with a deep base of skilled engineers, technical experts, and experienced construction talent. Saulsbury is looking forward to establishing an even stronger presence in the Houston area, working with our clients to execute projects safely and at the highest level." -Jimmy Matthews, Saulsbury's Chief Operating Officer. About Saulsbury Industries: Saulsbury Industries is a full-service engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction company that specializes in building the infrastructure necessary to fuel the future. Saulsbury serves its clients in heavy industrial and renewables markets by designing and building safe, well executed, capital-efficient projects nationwide. Headquartered in Odessa, Texas, the company's national office footprint includes Houston, Port Arthur, Henderson, Abilene, Pecos, and Corpus Christi, TX; Carlsbad, NM; Tulsa, OK; and Bismarck, ND.

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