As commute times grow, engineers are turning to technology to keep traffic moving efficiently

Omaha.com | January 28, 2020

Traffic signals that adapt when the roadways they monitor are more congested - or are about to become more congested - to move motorists more efficiently, with fewer red lights. And this: Vehicles with the ability to sync their travel speeds and the distances between each other to make them less likely to crash or cause delays. And even this: Vehicles that can sense when a pedestrian is about to step into traffic - and adjust accordingly - to potentially save a life. Such advances might come sooner than you may think, said four experts who work to make travel on streets and highways in the Omaha metro area more efficient. The goal, they said, is to move more people in a more efficient manner while reducing crashes and decreasing injuries.

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Engineering and construction companies that don’t embrace the new norm of data-driven operations are likely to lose traction in the market and could become obsolete in the coming years. Is your organization ready to raise the bar and leverage big data and analytics in the future?

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Engineering and construction companies that don’t embrace the new norm of data-driven operations are likely to lose traction in the market and could become obsolete in the coming years. Is your organization ready to raise the bar and leverage big data and analytics in the future?

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Lennar To Build World's Largest Neighborhood Of 3D-Printed Homes With ICON

Lennar | October 26, 2021

Lennar, one of the nation's leading homebuilders, and ICON, a construction technologies company pioneering large-scale 3D printing, announced a commitment to build the largest community of 3D-printed homes to date using ICON's innovative robotics, software and advanced materials. Breaking ground in 2022, the 100-home community will be codesigned by the acclaimed architecture firm, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. The announcement deepens a relationship that began with Lennar's investment in Austin-based ICON's recent $207-million financing round and offers a promising path toward delivering affordable, technology-driven homes that meet rising demand. "Labor and material shortages are two of the biggest factors pushing the dream of home ownership out of reach for many American families,Lennar has always expanded the boundaries of technological innovation to keep quality homes affordable and 3D printing is an immensely encouraging approach. We are excited to collaborate with ICON to develop solutions to emerging challenges in the coming years." -Eric Feder, President of LENX ICON's 3D printing technology produces resilient, energy-efficient homes faster than conventional construction methods with less waste and more design freedom – keeping construction projects on schedule and on budget. Designed and engineered from the ground up for volume 3D printing of homes with precision and speed, ICON's Vulcan construction system can deliver homes and structures up to 3,000 square feet that are built to the International Building Code (IBC) structural code standard and expected to last as long or longer than standard Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) built homes. ICON's proprietary wall system and advanced materials are stronger and longer-lasting than traditional building materials and provide safer, more resilient homes that are designed to withstand extreme weather, greatly reduce the impact of natural disasters, and be printed at high speeds and at scale. "ICON exists as a response to the global housing crisis and to put our technology in service to the world,Construction-scale 3D printing not only delivers higher-quality homes faster and more affordably, but fleets of printers can change the way that entire communities are built for the better. The United States faces a deficit of approximately 5 million new homes, so there is a profound need to swiftly increase supply without compromising quality, beauty, or sustainability and that is exactly the strength of our technology. It is an honor and a huge milestone for ICON to partner with Lennar, an elite top-tier homebuilder with a commitment to innovation. We believe this will be a watershed moment in the history of community-scale development and the future breaking into the present." -ICON co-founder and CEO Jason Ballard. Additive manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize the built environment as it gets adopted by the industry at scale," said Martin Voelkle, Partner, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. "By partnering with ICON and Lennar, we are able to see this new technology roll out to the widest possible audience. The 3D-printed architecture and the photovoltaic roofs are innovations that are significant steps towards reducing waste in the construction process, as well as towards making our homes more resilient, sustainable, and energy self-sufficient. Lennar's investment in ICON's Series B financing round in August was facilitated by LENX, which drives a focused strategy within Lennar to integrate technology solutions across the homebuilding industry. With a clearly defined strategy of investing in technology companies directly adjacent to Lennar's core homebuilding operations and a disciplined investment process, LENX provides hands-on mentorship and guidance from senior leaders of Lennar's management team and a marquee opportunity to provide products and technology to Lennar customers, allowing portfolio companies to scale at an unprecedented pace. About Lennar Corporation Lennar Corporation, founded in 1954, is one of the nation's leading builders of quality homes for all generations. Lennar builds affordable, move-up and active adult homes primarily under the Lennar brand name. Lennar's Financial Services segment provides mortgage financing, title and closing services primarily for buyers of Lennar's homes and, through LMF Commercial, originates mortgage loans secured primarily by commercial real estate properties throughout the United States. Lennar's Multifamily segment is a nationwide developer of high-quality multifamily rental properties. LENX drives Lennar's technology, innovation and strategic investments. For more information about Lennar, please visit www.lennar.com. About ICON ICON develops advanced construction technologies that advance humanity. Using proprietary 3D printing robotics, software and advanced materials, ICON is shifting the paradigm of homebuilding on Earth and beyond. For more information visit www.iconbuild.com or follow the conversation on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube (@ICON3DTech). About BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is a Copenhagen, New York, London and Barcelona based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG's architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. By hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, we architects once again find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms.

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Aramco and American have announced the establishment of a new nonmetallics centre of excellence in the building and construction industry.

American Concrete Institute | March 31, 2021

Aramco and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) report the dispatch of NEx: A Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials to create and advance the utilization of nonmetallic materials in the development area. Based at ACI World Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, NEx will zero in on speeding up the utilization of nonmetallic materials and items in development, utilizing ACI's job as a world-driving power and asset for the turn of events, dispersal and appropriation of agreement based norms for solid plan, development and materials. "The Center's main goal will be to work together universally on utilizing nonmetallic materials in the assembled climate by driving exploration, schooling, mindfulness and innovation reception," said Jeffrey W. Coleman, ACI President. "Extending joining of nonmetallic materials and items in the fabricated climate will improve maintainability, add to a lower carbon impression, and upgrade the sturdiness and life span of constructions."

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Cummins Uses Ansys' Digital Transformation Technologies in Research and Development of Diesel and Dlternative Fuel Engines

Ansys | October 06, 2020

New multi-year agreement aids Cummins in efforts to create more sustainable engines, drives enterprise-wide collaboration and supports initiatives related to PLANET 2050. Cummins engineers are using Ansys' SPDM platform and physics-based digital twins to speed digital transformation. Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is using Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS) in its research related to improving emissions profiles, performance and other attributes of diesel and alternative fuel engines. Through a new multi-year agreement, Ansys will aid Cummins engineers in their development of new engine designs, empower enterprise-wide collaboration and support initiatives related to PLANET 2050 — Cummins ambitious environmental sustainability strategy that aims to reduce greenhouse gas and air emissions. Through the collaboration, Cummins leverages Ansys' tools and next-generation simulation process and data management (SPDM) platform to expedite the development of innovative, sustainable engines — significantly maximizing torque and horsepower, enhancing thermal efficiency and improving fuel economy, resulting in significant customer savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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