Artificial intelligence meets downtime factoring in construction

PBC Today | November 26, 2019

Weather-related downtime is one of the most problematic and cost-escalating aspects of any construction process, severely impacting and involving all elements and parties involved. In the UK, approximately 20% of overall build budget is lost due to weather delay. Meanwhile, planning, building and construction are driving to integrate innovative digital technology. The aim is to integrate machine learning where updated data is continuously analysed, providing guidance to everyone involved in a development about what should be done at any given stage. With a platform utilising meteorology, mathematics and machine learning to instantly interrogate intelligent weather data, MetSwift’s award-winning AI developed for weather and natcat risk calculation – brings smart digital tech to counter downtime.

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There are lots of engineers in the world, but few have the depth and breadth of the so-called T-shaped engineer. The T represents both vertical depth of knowledge in scientific, technical areas, and horizontal breadth in literature, the arts, philosophy, etc, At Luther, we help you become a T- Shaped engineer who can draw on a breadth of knowledge to generate innovative solutions.

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Coastal Resilience Solutions by Taylor Engineering & Woolpert Under Mentor-Protégé Agreement

Woolpert | January 12, 2023

In yesterday’s announcement, U.S. Small Business Administration approved a six-year Mentor-Protégé agreement between Taylor Engineering and Woolpert. Under the agreement, Taylor Engineering, which provides coastal and water resources research and engineering services, and Woolpert a global architecture, geospatial, and engineering firm, will help Taylor expand its technical consulting capabilities, remote-sensing instrumentation and data collection capabilities to support domestic federal clients. In addition, Woolpert’s management and technical assistance will expand Taylor’s relationships with federal agencies, enabling it to compete successfully with other large Mentor-Protégé Programs teams and small businesses. Taylor’s end of the agreement will include delivering modeling expertise and coastal engineering experience to assist Woolpert’s consulting, geospatial and engineering capabilities. Broadly, the collaboration will be for online decision support tools, project design, data evaluation and continuous modeling for developing engineered solutions to persistent coastal issues. Tom Mochty, Senior Vice President at Woolpert, said “Taylor provides that next step in the flow of knowledge application to communities.” He further added, “We are known for our ability to acquire and integrate topographic, bathymetric, and hydrographic data along coastlines and in the near-shore environment to support dredging, stormwater management, floodplain mapping, etc. Taylor specializes in coastal engineering and coastal modeling, which complements our capabilities perfectly. We are excited to expand our relationship with this talented group.” (Source: CISION) Taylor Engineering offers cutting-edge solution for the water environment. For the public, corporate, and governmental clients, the company concentrates its efforts on water-related engineering, planning, management, and environmental concerns with a concentration on coastal regions. About Woolpert Founded in 1911 and headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, Woolpert is an architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategic consulting firm. It provides innovative services within and across markets to serve private, government and public clients worldwide. An ENR Top 150 Global Design Firm, Woolpert is an ENR Top 150 Global Design Firm, and was recently awarded its sixth-straight Great Place to Work certification. With more than 1,600 employees and 60 offices on 4 continents, Woolpert is the fastest growing AEG firm in America.

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ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION,ENGINEERING TECH

Hexagon and VI-Grade Tie-Up Accelerates Zero-Prototype Automotive Engineering

VI-Grade | December 28, 2022

Digital reality solutions leader, Hexagon’s partnership with professional driving simulator solutions provider, VI-grade to make way for high-fidelity vehicle simulators. Hexagon AB's Adams Real Time multibody dynamics simulation software is now validated for use on VI-grade Driving Simulators, as recently announced by the Manufacturing Intelligence division of Hexagon. This allows carmakers and tier-one automotive suppliers to develop safe and desirable driver experiences without physical prototyping efficiently. Automotive engineers use Adams to create virtual vehicle prototypes and to bridge the gap between physical tests. Adams Real Time Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) high-fidelity simulations are used to evaluate engineering decisions for the ride, handling, and durability targets to produce safe and comfortable vehicles. VI-grade, a leading provider of driving simulator technology, allows engineers to physically test Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) models without needing system or vehicle prototypes. Adams Real Time is now VI-Certified, which only includes third-party solutions that pass stringent real-time reliability and safety tests. In addition, Hexagon relied on its years of collaboration with VI-grade to bring high-fidelity physics to VI-grade's experiential driving platforms. This makes it easier to replicate on-road experiences in the manufacturer's test facilities, where engineers and focus groups can improve future vehicles. “The program will reduce the integration burden on our customers by ensuring that the best of our third-party partner software tools work seamlessly on our simulators. Through our partnership, Hexagon and VI-grade are providing a valuable, time-saving solution that makes it easier for our customers to use virtual prototyping with confidence to save cost and get safe, compelling products to market on time.” About Hexagon AB Hexagon is the world's leading provider of digital reality solutions. We use data to improve efficiency, productivity, quality, and safety in industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, public sector, and mobility applications. Our technologies make production and people-related ecosystems more connected and autonomous for a scalable, sustainable future. AboutVI-grade VI-grade is a leading provider of real-time simulation and professional driving simulator solutions that help the transportation industry accelerate product development. VI-grade provides turnkey simulator solutions that include proprietary software, hardware, services, and an open framework for customization through its global network of trusted partners.

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CHA Acquires Florida-Based Eckler Engineering

CHA Consulting, Inc. | November 18, 2022

CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA), an innovative engineering design, consulting and construction management firm, announced today it has continued its expansion in Florida with the acquisition of Eckler Engineering, Inc. (Eckler), a specialized civil engineering firm focused on water and wastewater services. Based in the Fort Lauderdale area, Eckler provides engineering services to commercial, industrial and municipal clients. Their services include water supply, treatment and distribution, as well as wastewater collection and treatment and water reclamation. "Having Eckler join CHA adds technical breadth and geographic reach to our growing water resources team to address the complex challenges of resiliency and water/wastewater management facing our clients in Florida and across our national footprint, Maintaining clean drinking water systems and designing infrastructure for water treatment and stormwater management is a priority for many municipalities and industrial clients that we are committed to helping solve." -Jim Stephenson, CEO of CHA Holdings. This is CHA's third acquisition in Florida in less than two years. The addition of Eckler Engineering brings CHA's water resources team staff count to over 160 and company-wide staff count to just over 1,500 across 45 offices. Eckler's office in Broward County is strategically located to serve clients in the Broward County area and support CHA's other south and central Florida locations. "We are very happy to have this opportunity to join the CHA team. It is an exciting time for CHA with its growth in Florida and across the southeast in recent years. This collaboration will bring expanded technical capabilities and resources to our clients in Southeast Florida." -Doug Hammann President Eckler Engineering. About CHA Consulting, Inc: CHA Consulting, Inc. is an innovative, full-service engineering design, consulting and construction management firm providing a wide range of technology-enhanced planning and design services to public, private and institutional clients. CHA was ranked the 61st largest engineering firm in the United States in 2022 by Engineering News-Record. With technical personnel and offices throughout the United States and Canada, CHA offers engineering, architecture, survey, asset management, construction, project management, and other services necessary to complete projects on time and within budget. About Eckler Engineering, Inc: Eckler Engineering, Inc. is based in Coral Springs, Florida. For nearly forty years, the firm has provided professional engineering services to municipal, commercial and industrial clients focused on water supply, treatment and distribution, reclaimed water, wastewater collection and disposal, and stormwater management.

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