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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Crazy Engineering explores a technology demonstration riding aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 rover that's straight out of science fiction novels like The Martian. It's an oxygen generator called MOXIE, designed to convert carbon dioxide - which constitutes about 96% of the Martian atmosphere - into breathable oxygen.

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Crazy Engineering explores a technology demonstration riding aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 rover that's straight out of science fiction novels like The Martian. It's an oxygen generator called MOXIE, designed to convert carbon dioxide - which constitutes about 96% of the Martian atmosphere - into breathable oxygen.

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Baker-Stanley-Cardno Joint Venture has been Awarded Seat on the Air Force Civil Engineer Center's AE Next Contract

Michael Baker International | May 10, 2021

The Baker-Stanley-Cardno Joint Venture (JV), founded by Michael Baker International, Stanley Consultants, and Cardno, announced today that it will support worldwide the United States Air Force and the United States Space Force facility and infrastructure requirements under the "AE Next – Pool 4" Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC). The AE Next IDIQ, worth $2 billion, will last for up to ten years. The Baker-Stanley-Cardno JV, led by Michael Baker International, will provide the Air Force, Space Force, and other federal agencies with access to the power of three leading architecture and engineering (AE) firms and the full range of their world-class planning, design, and consulting capabilities. "Michael Baker has a legacy of service to the United States federal government stretching back to 1940, and our team's work under this contract will continue to help essential United States military and national security missions around the globe," said Brian May, Michael Baker International's National Market Lead – Air Force. "The long-standing relationship between Michael Baker, Stanley Consultants, and Cardno blends our firms' unique strengths and provides a strong, full-service architecture and engineering team dedicated to providing superior engineering design and creative solutions for complex projects." The Baker-Stanley-Cardno joint venture was a key service provider on AFCEC's AE13 contract, which expired in September 2020. The new AE Next Pool 4 contract will begin in the second quarter of 2021. Pool 4 is available to support Military Construction (MILCON) and Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization (SRM) projects focused on facility construction and renovation, as well as general infrastructure needs. About Michael Baker International Michael Baker International is a well-known engineering and consultancy firm. Design, civil engineering, planning, architecture, environmental, construction, and program management are also part of the firm's Practices. For more than 80 years, the firm has become a dependable partner, offering comprehensive services and solutions to private customers, all branches of the military, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Michael Baker is an industry leader who provides experience and efficiency by embracing new technologies and the newest developments, such as intelligent transportation and design-build project delivery. With a culture of innovation, collaboration, and technological advancement, the firm's more than 3,000 staff in over 100 cities are committed to Making a Difference for clients and communities.

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VTG Wins Navy Hypersonics Engineering Prime Contract

VTG | September 16, 2021

VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced today that it has won a prime contract from the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs to provide engineering services for the Navy's hypersonic strike capability, a top Defense Department priority. Under the single-award contract, VTG will support the Conventional Prompt Strike Program Office, a division of SSP, with research and development expertise, systems engineering, test planning and test engineering, logistics, and a wide range of programmatic and technical services. "VTG is honored to partner with Navy SSP and the CPS Program Office in developing and fielding a hypersonic weapon," said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. "We recognize the importance of hypersonic technologies as a deterrent to near-peer competitors, and we are proud to be a key member of the growing hypersonic industrial base." CPS will provide the Navy with a hypersonic conventional weapon capable of precise, timely, long-range strike against deep-inland, time-critical, soft- and medium-hardened targets in contested environments. The missile, which is comprised of a hypersonic glide body and a two-stage booster, will fly at speeds exceeding Mach 5 and be launched from both surface ships and submarines. The Navy is the lead designer for the common hypersonic missile that will be fielded by both the Navy and the Army. The Navy plans to deploy the first CPS weapon system aboard the Zumwalt-class destroyers in FY2025 followed by the Virginia-class attack submarines in FY2028. Navy SSP's selection of VTG to support the CPS program follows a string of other recently announced awards that have positioned VTG as a critical partner to the Navy in delivering the diverse array of offensive, defensive, and digital capabilities needed for Distributed Maritime Operations. In July, VTG announced its selection to integrate the ODIN directed energy laser weapon system aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Earlier this year, VTG announced that it had started work on a prime contract to support the Naval Digital Integration Support Cell in accelerating naval digital transformation. "VTG is excited to add hypersonics to our growing portfolio of engineering expertise," said Sunil Ramchand, VTG chief growth officer. "We're looking forward to supporting the CPS program and doing what we do best: leveraging top engineering and technical talent to rapidly deliver transformative capabilities and technologies to the Fleet." About VTG VTG delivers force modernization and digital transformation solutions that expand America's competitive advantage in the modern battlespace. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, VTG provides full lifecycle engineering for naval, aerospace, network, and digital requirements. Whether at sea, in the air, on land, or in cyberspace, VTG delivers Tomorrow's Transformation Today.

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Isola Communities Launches Partnership With HercuTech

HercuTech | August 18, 2021

Isola Communities, a premier Seattle-based, multi-family property developer, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Tempe-based HercuTech, which will ensure that HercuTech's innovative HercuWall system is utilized in Isola's upcoming Arizona build-to-rent communities. "HercuTech is excited to be partnering with Isola Communities on their build-to-rent product. We believe HercuWall absolutely provides Isola an opportunity to differentiate themselves in a very competitive market, as it improves the building process and provides tenants a superior living experience," said HercuTech CEO, Jason Rhees. Prior to its planned expansion into Arizona, Isola Communities began its search for development partners that exemplified Isola's commitment to sustainable design and environmental stewardship. "We were immediately impressed with HercuWall's capabilities and the positive impact that it would have on our communities," noted Isola Communities Partner, Harry Nayyar. "HercuWall is a sustainably manufactured, R31 insulated wall system that allows for significant energy savings, sound reduction, and airtightness. This offers a healthier, more cost-effective, and highly comfortable lifestyle," added Rhees. One of Isola's main goals for their Arizona communities has been to develop quality housing solutions that benefit each neighborhood. "With the inclusion of HercuWall in our communities, it's even easier for us to ensure that our future residents will have quiet, durable, and energy-efficient homes. We're looking forward to a long and beneficial partnership with HercuTech," said Isola Communities Partner, Jeff LePage. HercuTech HercuTech is an innovative building technology company that manufactures HercuWall— an ICC-certified panelized exterior and demising wall system. These prefabricated wall panels are made of EPS foam, reinforced with a patented steel ShearStrip, and laminated with a weather-resistant barrier, resulting in a stronger, more energy-efficient, and sustainable building solution. Isola Communities Established in 2008, Isola Homes and its affiliated companies have focused on providing beneficial housing solutions to the communities in which they build. Its homes are designed to enhance each neighborhood's livability and accessibility. After the company's expansion into apartment building in 2015 under Isola Communities, it successfully completed four apartment projects. Presently, Isola Communities has 10 multi-family buildings coming soon to 8 different Seattle neighborhoods as well as one near the University of Washington Tacoma.

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