Biomimetic mechanosensors could keep drones on course

The Engineer | May 21, 2019

Purdue University researchers have looked to nature to develop sensors that could help drones navigate dangerous environments and cars to avoid accidents caused by human error. The sensors have been inspired by spiders, bats, birds and other animals whose senses are nerve endings linked to mechanoreceptors, which respond to mechanical stimuli. The nerve endings – so-called mechanosensors – detect and process information essential to an animal’s survival and are comprised of hair, cilia or feathers.
There is already an explosion of data that intelligent systems can collect – and this rate is increasing faster than what conventional computing would be able to process, said Andres Arrieta, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, whose lab applies principles of nature to the design of structures. Nature doesn’t have to collect every piece of data; it filters out what it needs.

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The UK construction economy is prone to repeated 8-10 years cycles of boom and bust. After a faltering recovery from the Great Recession (2008-2012), industry forecasts from Glenigan and the Construction Products Association suggest little growth in 2019 and 2020, with some sectors and regions badly affected by Brexit uncertainty.

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The UK construction economy is prone to repeated 8-10 years cycles of boom and bust. After a faltering recovery from the Great Recession (2008-2012), industry forecasts from Glenigan and the Construction Products Association suggest little growth in 2019 and 2020, with some sectors and regions badly affected by Brexit uncertainty.

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Oceaneering to Team with Collins Aerospace, ILC Dover on NASA’s Next-Generation Spacesuit Program

Oceaneering Space Systems | June 13, 2022

Oceaneering International announces that Oceaneering Space Systems (OSS), a division of the Aerospace and Defense Technologies segment, will serve on a team led by Collins Aerospace (Collins), a Raytheon Technologies business selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop next-generation extravehicular spacesuits. NASA is enlisting commercial partners to develop, build, and maintain new spacesuit technology. The Collins team, which also includes ILC Dover, has decades of experience supplying spacesuits to NASA. Collins is one of two companies that received access to a NASA contract for Extravehicular Activity Services (“xEVAS”) worth up to $3.5 billion over 12 years to supply spacesuits for future missions. Next-generation spacesuits require new technologies for missions targeted to begin as early as 2025 through 2034. These new suits are expected to allow astronauts to work outside the International Space Station, explore the lunar surface on Artemis missions, and prepare for human missions to Mars. Additionally, the suits are expected to accommodate nearly every astronaut body type, provide added flexibility to allow for increased mission times, and be adaptable to evolving technology enhancements as required. “These suits will provide a better fit and comfort for the astronauts, increasing their mobility to safely operate on the surface of the moon,” said Carl Walz, former NASA astronaut and longtime Director of Business Development for OSS. We are thrilled to work alongside teammates Collins and ILC Dover on this xEVAS contract to deliver the most capable spacesuit systems possible to get NASA astronauts to the moon and beyond. This award builds upon Oceaneering’s longstanding relationships with Collins, ILC Dover and NASA and its experience in prior spacesuit programs. Oceaneering has proudly enabled successful space missions for NASA alongside our industry partners for over 40 years, delivering thousands of products and mission support for the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and its international partners’ extravehicular activity.” Rod Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer About Oceaneering Space Systems Oceaneering Space Systems is a leader in specialized engineering for harsh environments from sea to space. We complete turnkey design, development, manufacturing, certification, maintenance, testing and sustaining engineering for space-based robotics and automation, satellite servicing tools and equipment, human space flight systems and thermal protection systems. Our diverse engineering experience and precision manufacturing capabilities enable us to deliver product quality and mission assurance while maintaining an uncompromised focus on safety. Oceaneering is a global technology company delivering engineered services and products and robotic solutions to the offshore energy, defense, aerospace, manufacturing and entertainment industries.

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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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Aktion Acquires Central Consulting Group

Aktion,Central Consulting Group | June 02, 2021

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