Autonomous security bot monitors construction jobsites with facial recognition technology

Casta Spes Technologies | January 08, 2020

British company Casta Spes Technologies has developed a robot designed for security surveillance and documentation of construction jobsites that drives autonomously through sites. Ziva is a two-wheeled, image-capturing robot that Casta describes as a temporary closed-circuit TV for jobsites. The robot, which can travel up to 11 mph and has a 12-hour battery life, utilizes cameras and facial recognition software to identify people and vehicles present and if they’re allowed to be in the area. The robot is only available in Europe, but Casta co-founder and CEO Selby Cary told Construction Dive there are plans to roll out Ziva in the U.S. in 2021, or earlier if the right partner comes along to expedite the process.

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Bob thinks that automation is going to leave everyone broke and unemployed. But people have been saying that throughout the entire history of human development, and yet the opposite has always been true. While automation can be disruptive, it also frees people to spend their time doing even more productive things and continually makes all of society wealthier in the process.

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Godspeed Capital-backed Huckabee Architects Acquires Image Engineering Group

Huckabee Architects | August 16, 2022

Godspeed Capital Management LP (“Godspeed Capital”), a lower middle-market Defense & Government services, solutions, and technology focused private equity firm, today announced the successful acquisition of Image Engineering Group (“IEG” or the “Company”), a Texas-based Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (“MEP”) design firm focused on sustainability in the education, commercial, and retail markets. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1991 in Westlake, Texas, IEG is a leading provider of innovative MEP design and engineering solutions. Driven by a mission to deliver sustainable, cost-effective buildings and deep expertise operating within the education, commercial, and retail architecture markets, IEG’s seasoned management team boasts a more than 30-year track record of providing environmentally friendly and cost-effective MEP solutions to education, commercial, and retail facilities across Texas and nationally. IEG will join Rachlin Partners and TSK Architects as part of Huckabee Architects, Inc. (“Huckabee”), Godspeed Capital’s Architectural, Engineering, and Consulting (“AEC”) services and solutions growth platform focused on education and government markets. Continuing Godspeed’s ongoing strategy to further grow and diversify Huckabee’s capabilities, IEG will add technology solutions, geographic and market reach, and customer relationships to the platform. Under the Huckabee umbrella, IEG will integrate its MEP engineering capabilities to enhance the platform’s design innovation and expand the continuum of capabilities offered to Huckabee’s growing customer base. “We are thrilled to announce the addition of IEG to our platform, whose highly technical MEP engineering capabilities are a key area of expertise for Huckabee as we work to become a diversified, leading national AEC services platform. IEG is a recognized leader within the industry and has gained a tremendous amount of respect for their innovative engineering solutions and the premier client service that IEG’s team brings to each of its projects. We look forward to leveraging the firm’s capabilities to provide Huckabee’s clients a fully comprehensive offering of AEC services and solutions.” -Chris Huckabee, Chief Executive Officer of Huckabee. Don Penn, Founder of Image Engineering Group, said, We are excited to join forces with Huckabee and add new design and engineering innovations, scale, and diversity to the platform. Not only will Huckabee’s expansive AEC offerings enable us to expand our network into the growing K-12 and Higher Education sectors across the Southwestern US; the platform will also provide us with a substantial inflow of work to backfill our business development pipeline. About Image Engineering Group: Image Engineering Group is a Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing design firm located in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area founded by Don Penn in 1991. IEG has dedicated its efforts to educating school districts and other specialty clients in ways to become more environmentally friendly and cost effective in their Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing design. IEG’s over 30 engineers and designers, by merging geothermal HVAC with solar and wind solutions, have created some of the most energy efficient facilities in the country. About Huckabee Architects: Huckabee Architects is the platform brand of Godspeed Capital’s new architecture, engineering, and consulting services and solutions growth strategy focused on providing cutting edge, technology-driven education design and engineering solutions in attractive, high-growth U.S. markets. Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Huckabee is the largest education architecture and design services firm in the state of Texas and consistently ranks among the top educational architecture firms in the nation. The firm’s expertise ranges from early learning to higher education, the arts, athletics and spaces where learners of all ages can expand their knowledge. The firm’s education-focused services complement a holistic, human-centric and evidence-based approach to design. About Godspeed Capital: Godspeed Capital is a lower middle-market Defense & Government services, solutions, and technology focused private equity firm investing alongside forward-thinking management teams that seek an experienced and innovative investment partner with unique sector expertise, operational insight, and flexible capital for growth. While a typical investment will involve companies generating approximately $3 million to $30 million of EBITDA, Godspeed Capital has significant support to complete larger transactions through strategic co-invest relationships. The firm focuses on control buyouts, buy-and-builds, corporate carve-outs, and special situations.

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Day & Zimmermann Maintenance and Construction Extends 42 Year Old Partnership with Dominion Energy

DAY & ZIMMERMANN | July 12, 2022

Day & Zimmermann (D&Z), the century-old, family-owned provider of construction, engineering, maintenance, staffing, and defense solutions for leading corporations and governments around the world, announced today that Dominion Energy (Dominion) has selected its Maintenance and Construction business unit as its open shop maintenance and modifications provider at North Anna, Surry, and V.C. Summer power stations. The agreement extends a 42-year-old alliance with Dominion through 2025 with the option to renew for another two years. As part of this agreement, D&Z will continue providing its industry-leading maintenance services, including outage and on-line electrical, welding and piping, scaffolding, insulation, and painting scopes. "It's both exciting and humbling to extend our long-term alliance with Dominion Energy, For the past 42 years, we've been able to apply our maintenance and construction expertise in ways that have helped multiple Dominion power stations achieve and sustain excellence in safety, quality, and plant performance. This extended partnership validates our company's commitment to finding innovative solutions for our clients' evolving needs, and we're excited to continue working together now and in the future." -Ross McConnell, President of D&Z's Maintenance and Construction open shop operations. Day & Zimmermann Maintenance and Construction helps plant owners in the nuclear power, chemical, and industrial markets lower their total cost of ownership by delivering innovative maintenance and construction services and solutions. The business unit did not experience a single OSHA recordable injury in 2020 or 2021. "For decades, Day & Zimmermann has helped our plants perform to exemplary standards of safety and reliability. As a result, we've been able to consistently provide reliable, affordable, clean energy to our customers, who count on us every day for their energy needs, We'd like to thank Day & Zimmermann for their continued support and are excited to extend this partnership." -Dan Stoddard, Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Dominion Energy. ABOUT DAY & ZIMMERMANN- When you've been around for more than a century, you know a thing or two. At Day & Zimmermann, we take our lifetime of experience and make things better. Our 51,000+ employees help bring big ideas to life every day. We're pushing the boundaries of innovation in construction & engineering, operations & maintenance, staffing, and security & defense. And that's not all. Did we mention that we have 150+ worldwide locations with $2.7 billion USD in annual revenue? We put people to work, we protect American freedoms, and we help our customers power and improve the world. We do what we say®.

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Owens Corning Completes Acquisition of Natural Polymers

Owens Corning | August 02, 2022

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