Autonomous technology lab opens at MIT Research And Engineering

MIT School of Engineering | January 22, 2020

Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Research And Engineering has created the Mobile Autonomous Systems Experimentation Laboratory to provide consultancy and research on autonomous vehicle technology. The lab’s centerpiece is the MASE Jeep – a modified Grand Cherokee outfitted by MITRE engineers with sensors, analytic and data recorders, and powerful processors –  which is being used to examine autonomous technologies and algorithms. Zachary LaCelle, a senior autonomous systems engineer at MITRE, said, “We have human interaction researchers who are experts at cognitive loading and how to effectively communicate between computers and people. We have cyber experts and autonomy experts working on ground transportation, urban air mobility, and defense applications.

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Civil engineering is the application of physical and scientific principles for solving the problems of society, and its history is intricately linked to advances in understanding of physics and mathematics throughout history. Because civil engineering is a wide ranging profession, including several separate specialized sub-disciplines, its history is linked to knowledge of structures, materials science, geography, geology, soils, hydrology, environment, mechanics and other fields.

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Civil engineering is the application of physical and scientific principles for solving the problems of society, and its history is intricately linked to advances in understanding of physics and mathematics throughout history. Because civil engineering is a wide ranging profession, including several separate specialized sub-disciplines, its history is linked to knowledge of structures, materials science, geography, geology, soils, hydrology, environment, mechanics and other fields.

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Atwell Group and Waldrop Engineering Join Forces

Atwell Group | September 06, 2021

Atwell Group, a national consulting, design, engineering and construction services firm compromised of a family of brands including RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture and Strategic Construction Solutions, recently announced the completion of a merger with Florida-based Waldrop Engineering (“Waldrop”), an established planning, landscape architecture and civil engineering company, providing professional design and entitlement services throughout Florida and the Southeast. Founded in 2000, Waldrop is a land development consulting company specializing in planning, landscape architecture, and civil engineering services. Based in Bonita Springs with additional offices in Fort Myers, Sarasota, Tampa and Orlando, Florida along with the newest location in Asheville, North Carolina, the Waldrop team offers interdisciplinary expertise founded on exceptional customer service, quality design, and an unwavering commitment to their clients’ success. They have delivered hundreds of successful projects across the Southeast in such areas as master planned residential communities, golf course and destination resort communities, parks and open space, commercial and industrial developments, and master drainage and infrastructure systems. “We are very excited to join forces with a team that shares the same cultural values, team collaboration and dedication to client service,” said Ron Waldrop, Founder & CEO of Waldrop. “After 21 years of significant growth and success, this opportunity provides our over 100 team members with expanded career opportunities and a platform to better serve our growing client base. I'm excited to be a part of Atwell’s employee-centric culture and contribute to their leadership, technical expertise and industry diversification." Ron Waldrop, along with members of his leadership team, will be central to leading Atwell’s growing presence in Florida while being actively involved in expanding the business throughout the Southeast. Waldrop clients will have access to Atwell’s national platform of offices and an expanded portfolio of additional services and capabilities, allowing for the full-service delivery of turnkey solutions. Waldrop’s experience and talent will enhance Atwell’s land development experience and better serve clients in Florida and the greater regional area. “Ron and his talented team have built a best-in-class organization with a strong culture, excellent corporate reputation and solid technical expertise, based on the total commitment to their team members’ and clients’ success,” said Atwell President & CEO Brian R. Wenzel. “I have tremendous respect for what they have accomplished and I am excited about the opportunity to work with them as we leverage our collective strengths to better serve our clients in the rapidly growing Florida market and beyond.” About Atwell Group It is a national consulting, design, engineering, and construction services firm with over 950 professionals across the country, compromised of a family of brands including RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture and Strategic Construction Solutions. It has been named Best Companies to Work For by multiple industry journals and is ranked among the top 200 design firms in the nation by Engineering News-Record. They deliver a broad range of creative solutions to clients in a variety of markets including real estate and land development, power and energy, and oil and gas. Their comprehensive turnkey services including land and ROW support, planning, engineering, surveying, landscape architecture, environmental science, program management and construction services.

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AECOM secures positions on Transport for London engineering consultancy framework

AECOM | November 25, 2021

AECOM (NYSE: ACM), the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, announced it has won places on over 30 Lots of the Transport for London (TfL) Engineering Consultancy Framework (ECF), including places on the strategic Multidisciplinary Engineering Services and Multidisciplinary Rail Engineering Services Lots. The four-year framework will be the primary means of accessing engineering consultancy services for TfL, the Greater London Authority, all 32 London borough councils and the City of London. “This important framework builds on our long-term relationship with TfL, expanding our scope of services and technical disciplines available to them,The framework enables us to bring our full breadth of diverse services to every project, supporting TfL as it continues to improve every journey for people who live and travel in London.” -Lara Poloni, AECOM’s president The new framework replaces the TfL Rail Engineering and Multidisciplinary Services frameworks and is expected to support the delivery of a range of projects and programs across all TfL infrastructure, including major station upgrades, surface works, oversite developments and line extensions. The framework Lots cover multidisciplinary engineering services, specialist engineering services, engineering architectural services, highways engineering and rail engineering. AECOM has worked with TfL since its inception across all transport modes and has supported the delivery of transformative programs such as Crossrail, Cycle Superhighways and Healthy Streets. Other current projects with TfL include DLR Thamesmead and Bakerloo Line Extension. About AECOM AECOM (NYSE: ACM) is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.3 billion in fiscal year 2021. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at aecom.com and @AECOM.

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Kidd & Company Acquires BRH Garver Construction

BRH Garver | January 21, 2022

Kidd & Company, LLC ("KCO"), a leading family office investment firm focused on the middle market, announced it has acquired BRH Garver Construction, LP ("BRH Garver"). Founded in 1971 and headquartered in Houston, TX, BRH Garver is a specialty construction services firm focused on micro-tunneling with extensive public work experience as well as experience with private contracts and aligned competencies in other areas of site/civil construction. The company's primary focus is the construction of pipelines for water, sewage, and drainage systems for public municipalities. BRH Garver's deep experience and culture of service excellence have been critical to the company's track record of growth and outstanding reputation with leading municipalities and private sector clients. "We are delighted to be partnering with Alan Pate, David Ellett, and Todd Hendricks to build on the terrific foundation they have created, and together we plan to continue to grow BRH Garver by expanding its capabilities to serve the increasing demands of the market, BRH Garver's capabilities in micro-tunneling are without equal, and the level of management depth extends deep into the organization. This investment fits perfectly with KCO's investment strategy of partnering with the owners of great companies to leverage their strengths and experience and fundamentally enhance the value of their businesses." -James Benedict, a Principal at KCO and Board Director. In conjunction with the acquisition, BRH Garver expanded its management team with the appointment of industry veterans Gene Kemp as CEO and Leslie Hess as CFO. Gene and Leslie have more than 65 years of combined experience having worked in virtually every segment of the construction industry across multiple end markets in the United States and abroad. Alan Pate, President of BRH Garver, said, I am looking forward to working with Gene, Leslie and KCO. There are many growth opportunities for BRH Garver and we are confident in our ability to capitalize on them with the help of our expanded management team and the additional resources that come from the KCO team. Gene Kemp stated, I am excited to be joining an organization that is recognized for its excellent reputation and track record. BRH Garver is extremely well-positioned with its current customers and is poised to continue growing by expanding its capabilities and adding new customers. Leslie Hess commented I am thrilled to join BRH Garver which has a wonderful company foundation and significant opportunities for the future growth supported by the strong market tailwinds, great customer relationships, solid reputation and depth of talent. Matthew Cook, a KCO Principal and Board Director, added, We are extremely impressed with the franchise that BRH Garver has built with its strong customer relationships and outstanding reputation. We are thrilled by the opportunity to take the company to the next level. Alan Pate, David Ellett and Todd Hendricks made significant co-investments alongside KCO in the transaction. Community Bank of Texas provided additional financing. About BRH Garver Founded in 1971 in the Houston-area, BRH Garver provides specialized micro-tunneling services to public and private projects as well as related service competencies to other areas of site/civil construction. The Company owns and operates a large fleet of equipment and has an in-house fabrication facility that manufactures tools and equipment for specialty projects. The company's highly trained project managers, superintendents, equipment operators, qualified welders, and skilled craftsmen allow projects to be performed safely and on-time. For more information, visit www.brhgarver.com. About KCO KCO is a family office investor focused on control equity investments. KCO traces its roots to 1976 when the firm's founding partner, Bill Kidd, made his first private equity investment. Since KCO is not a fund, the firm is more creative and flexible with the types of transactions that are evaluated and manner in which investments are structured than a typical private equity fund. For more information, visit www.kiddcompany.com.

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