Building Engineering Services Association Partners with TEMA to Accelerate Building Maintenance Technology

Building Engineering Services Association | July 07, 2020

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has teamed up with the Technology Enabled Maintenance Association (TEMA) to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies in the building maintenance sector. The Technology Enabled Maintenance Association will work closely with BESA’s specialist service & facilities group, which is responsible for the widely used industry best practice facilities management tool SFG20.

TEMA will provide a forum for the dissemination of knowledge and help to improve understanding of the latest technologies available to service and maintenance specialists across the building maintenance sector. The two bodies see particular opportunities to drive innovation in the growing areas of ventilation hygiene and indoor air quality (IAQ) both of which are seen as of significant strategic importance as buildings begin to re-open after the Covid-19 lockdown period.

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A new kind of robot, called a collaborative robot, has made its way into the industry changing our preconceived ideas about robots and humans sharing a workspace. Having a robot to work safely alongside humans can improve the production flow while allowing for the automation of new processes by using the best of robots and the best of humans.

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A new kind of robot, called a collaborative robot, has made its way into the industry changing our preconceived ideas about robots and humans sharing a workspace. Having a robot to work safely alongside humans can improve the production flow while allowing for the automation of new processes by using the best of robots and the best of humans.

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Hyperion Executes Option Agreement to Acquire Leading Metals Technology Company

Blacksand Technology, LLC | October 21, 2021

One year option to acquire Blacksand Technology, LLC (“Blacksand”), a leading advanced metals R&D company which has developed breakthrough patented technologies that can produce low carbon, low cost titanium metal and powdersThe combination of Hyperion and Blacksand is transformational – bringing together two highly complementary organizations to establish a world-class advanced materials and critical minerals market leaderBlacksand was spun-out of the University of Utah in 2013 and, led by founder Dr. Zak Fang, along with Dr. Kesh Keshavan and Dr. Pei Sun, has achieved major milestones including;Development of the HAMR process and other advanced metals technologies based on the scientific breakthrough by Dr. Fang linked to the hydrogen destabilization of metal oxides;Development of 5 core patent families (over 40 patents worldwide) covering the supply chain from primary titanium metal production to downstream titanium manufacturing, focused on these technologies that can produce low cost and low carbon titanium and other critical metals; Total investment of US$12m into the development of these patented technologies, including funding of over US$7 million from government agencies including ARPA-E/DOE, EERE/DOE, NSF, and NAVAIR/DOD;The development and commissioning of a titanium metal powder production facility in Salt Lake City, Utah currently producing titanium powder for commercial qualification with prospective customers; andThe establishment of strong relationships within industry, including with major aerospace anddefense companies and U.S. government agencies If Hyperion exercises its option to purchase Blacksand, Hyperion will have Established a world class advanced materials market leader with the potential to offer low cost, low carbon and sustainable all-American metal and critical mineral supply chain solutionsBest-in-class innovation capabilities with a leading U.S. based advanced materials R&D team supported by the world class University of Utah metallurgical engineering departmentThe potential to extend the research and development activities of the HAMR technology to rare earth metals, zirconium metals and other strategic metal powders. Ownership of an operational pilot titanium production facility in Utah, USA, that can upgrade titanium minerals, produce titanium metal and produce titanium spherical powdersSecurity and control over the patented Blacksand technologies, being the exclusive commercial licensing rights for more than 40 global patents focused on advanced metal production technologiesThe benefit of over 8 years of research and development, with approximately US$12m of funding invested to date, including over US$7m from U.S. government agencies including ARPA-E/DOE, EERE/DOE, NSF, and NAVAIR/DODLife of technology cost benefits through a significantly reduced royalty rate on titanium sales. Anastasios (Taso) Arima, CEO and Managing Director said:"The potential market size for a low carbon, lightweight, strong, heat resistant, corrosion free metal that can be 100% recycled is more than $270bn pa. That metal should be titanium. Titanium is a superior metal and has only been held back from widespread adoption by high cost.the patented technologies developed by Dr Fang and the Blacksand team can produce aerospace grade titanium metal and powders at significantly lower costs with minimal carbon emissions.The combination of Hyperion and Blacksand Technology is transformational, bringing together two highly complementary organizations, supported by the world class metallurgical engineering department at the University of Utah, to create a leader in sustainable low carbon titanium metal and powders. Hyperion’s Titan Project in Tennessee will supply low carbon titanium mineral feedstock to produce low carbon, low-cost titanium metal and powders using the HAMR and GSD technologies.We aim to build on Blacksand’s strengths in material science and innovation to scale and commercialize these breakthrough American technologies and make the US, once again, the leader in titanium metal. "Blacksand is excited about the prospects of commercializing its suite of titanium technologies through Hyperion Metals. Hyperion recognizes the potential of the breakthrough HAMR process based on a simple and elegant scientific principle to lead the titanium production industry away from the old, energy intensive, and environmentally challenging Kroll process. This is a historical opportunity to change how Titanium is made with an energy-efficient, potentially zero-emission, and low-cost technology." -Dr. Z. Zak Fang, Professor of the University of Utah and founder of Blacksand Technology LLC, Dr. Michael Simpson, Chair of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Utah said:”The Department of Materials Science & Engineering of the University of Utah is excited and honored to partner with Hyperion Metals on education of undergraduate and graduate students majoring in both metallurgical engineering and materials science and engineering to progress research and development of Hyperion’s metal technologies.Hyperion’s support in the form of scholarships, internships and an ESG legacy endowment will be of significant benefit to our current students as well as supporting future research. The research funding will enable the application of our world class metallurgical engineering resources to performing exciting research on high end metals production related to Hyperion’s patented technologies.We are very appreciative of Hyperion Metal’s generosity and trust in our department and are excited about the long-term partnership.

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Texas Central Signs Contract with Webuild to Serve as Design-build Lead for Historic Project

Texas Central, Webuild | June 16, 2021

Texas Central, the developers of the high-speed train between Dallas and Houston, has signed a $16 billion deal with Webuild, a joint venture between The Lane Construction Corporation and Webuild in the United States, to head the civil construction team for the Texas passenger line. Webuild is one of the world's largest civil engineering contractors. Texas Central's selection demonstrates the engagement of industry-leading organizations in the construction of the high-speed train. Webuild operates in over 50 countries across five continents and has built over 8,500 miles of railway and metro infrastructure in Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It has constructed several high-speed train projects in Europe and several famous, complex projects in the more significant transportation industry, including the Panama Canal extension, the Grand Paris Express, and the Anacostia River and Northeast Boundary tunnels in Washington D.C. The firm is working in the United States since the 1980s and increased its footprint in 2016 by combining with The Lane Construction Corporation, a U.S.-based company with almost 130 years of infrastructure experience. The announcement is the latest milestone for the investor-led project, which envisions a 200-mph train connecting the state's most populous and economically important districts in 90 minutes, with a midway stop in the Brazos Valley. The initiative will build a super-economy by linking individuals in the fourth and fifth major U.S. markets searching for safe, dependable, environmentally friendly, and productive transport choices. According to the deal, Webuild will handle all heavy construction for the project, planning and constructing all 236 miles of the alignment, roughly half of which will be on the viaduct. Much of the route is raised to minimize landowners and inhabitants in the counties it will pass through.Webuild will also construct all maintenance and industrial buildings, as well as train stations and facilities. Texas Central Railroad's proposed Texas high-speed rail line will be modeled after the successful Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen high-speed rail system, managed by the Central Japan Railway Company (JRC). Texas Central chose this system because it is one of the world's safest and most timely train systems. Throughout its 55-year history, it has transported over 10 billion people while maintaining a flawless safety record of zero operational passenger fatalities and zero accidents. Every day, this technology transports around 400,000 passengers. During the six-year construction period, the project is expected to generate 17,000 direct jobs, over 20,000 supply chain job opportunities, and more than 1,400 direct permanent jobs when the train is fully operating. The Texas Central project will require $7.3 billion of materials from 37 different U.S. states. This project will have a cumulative economic effect of $36 billion over the next 25 years. About Texas Central Texas Central has a Business and Workforce Opportunity Program, with the mission of promoting the value and development of small, rural, minority-, woman-, veteran-, and disabled individual-owned businesses by providing fair and competitive opportunities to bid on and participate in the construction and operation of the Texas high-speed train. About Webuild Texas Central, which includes its operating subsidiary Texas Central Railroad, is the company in charge of developing, designing, building, financing, and operating the innovative new high-speed passenger train line that will connect the country's fourth and fifth largest economies, North Texas and Greater Houston, in less than 90 minutes, with one stop in the Brazos Valley.

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden to Establish Trimble Technology Lab for Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Trimble ,KTH | June 04, 2021

Sweden'sKTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) has received a gift from Trimble to establish a state-of-the-art Technology Lab for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). The lab will expand the university's leadership in training and research in 3D building design, digital fabrication and the sustainable built environment. Trimble's broadConnected Constructionportfolio enables all professionals along the project lifecycle to accelerate project processes—improving productivity, quality, transparency, safety and sustainability, while reducing waste. The Trimble Technology Lab will provide students enrolled in KTH's School of Architecture and the Built Environment hands-on experience with Trimble solutions. Applications of these solutions range from scanning buildings or sites, design and 3D printing of architectural building models and digital fabrication to implementing construction cost estimating and scheduling to improve productivity and reduce costs. Partnering with Trimble allows KTH to more fully integrate across its curricula the technological tools that are rapidly transforming how buildings and living environments are designed and constructed. "The School of Architecture and the Built Environment is very happy to establish this exciting, innovative collaboration with Trimble," saidMuriel Beser Hugosson, head of the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH. "The new Trimble Technology Lab will support us in offering applied experience of cutting edge technologies to the next generation of civil engineers and architects during their studies. We look forward to many exciting developments in both education and research through our collaboration." "Sweden'sKTH Royal Institute of Technology is an outstanding addition to our network of labs around the world," saidTove Lindbland, business development manager, Trimble Sweden. "We believe the lab can play a significant role in providing students with greater opportunities to acquire hands-on knowledge and skills of advanced technologies that will allow them to make an impact in the future for construction in the region." About KTH Royal Institute of Technology KTH Royal Institute of Technology inStockholmhas grown to become one ofEurope'sleading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. AsSweden'slargest technical research and learning institution it is home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. KTH's research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy. About Trimble Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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