CERN engineer prepares for simulated Mars mission

The Engineer | April 04, 2019

In around a month’s time, Zoe Townsend will join six other members of the LATAM-III crew to experience what life might be like on a future manned mission to Mars. Each of the team members will have specific tasks and challenges to carry out while at the MDRS, ranging from engineering and astrophysics to space farming and group problem-solving.  As crew journalist, one of Zoe’s responsibilities will be to document mission progress via video updates. She will also be providing an inside track on her experience for The Student Engineer via a series of blogs, alongside conducting research into mining Martian resources with the aid of a rover.

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Dr Steven Freear and students discuss what it is like to study a masters in Embedded Systems Engineering at the University of Leeds.

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Dr Steven Freear and students discuss what it is like to study a masters in Embedded Systems Engineering at the University of Leeds.

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ERI GROUP and LINK PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCE MERGER

LINK | July 27, 2022

ERI Group, formerly Evergreen Research, a leader in end-to-end medical product design and development, quality assurance, regulatory affairs and contract manufacturing services, and LINK Product Development (LINK) an industrial design, engineering, and product design firm, announce that they have merged to strengthen their full-service product design and development offerings. The merger will create one of the most comprehensive medical, healthcare and wellness product development companies in the region, with an end-to-end suite of services from initial concept through moderate volume manufacturing that are unparalleled and genuinely provide a differentiated level of support for our clients. "This is an extremely exciting opportunity for ERI Group and LINK, and we are thrilled to extend our current working relationship with LINK and to bring their team's excellence and experience into the ERI Group, The merger of our two organizations and our investment in talent and technology will help us to better meet the growing needs of our clients, allowing us to add early development and industrial design capabilities to our existing depth of capability in mechanical, electrical, software and system engineering, quality, regulatory and manufacturing services. We are confident our newly formed partnership will have a positive impact on our clients, our teams and the delivery of innovative medical devices and health and wellness products to the marketplace." -Natasha Bond, president of ERI Group. As part of the merger, LINK founder, Marc Hanchak, and his team will become part of ERI Group. Marc will serve as Vice President of Product Development at ERI Group and continue to oversee industrial design, engineering, project management, and product design. The partnership between ERI Group and LINK will allow us to create a full-service company that is focused on innovation and is committed to delivering forward-thinking concepts to market, says Hanchak. LINK's mission to create products that improve people's lives matches the ERI philosophy of empowering visions for life-changing products. Our shared mission, parallel cultures, and commitment to our clients created the perfect opportunity to join our organizations into a stronger, integrated, and multidisciplinary firm focused on exciting advancements. About ERI Group- ERI Group provides development engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance and regulatory affairs services, spanning mechanical, electrical and software skill sets, for the next generation of health care, medical, laboratory and consumer wellness products and technologies. Focused on the advancement of health care at hospitals, acute care facilities, emergency rooms, first responder organizations, blood banks and in-home care since 1988, the company has empowered its customers to bring life-changing products to market. Clients of all sizes, from established corporations to early-stage companies, rely on ERI Group's expertise in all classes of medical devices and diagnostic instruments. Areas of specialty include fluidics and blood handling, embedded software and controls, advanced electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and design-for-manufacture, systems engineering and usability by design, integration of critical consensus standards for streamlined design approval and safety certifications, global regulatory approvals and more. ERI Group is situated west of Denver, Colorado, in Golden. About LINK- LINK is a Denver-based product development, industrial design, and engineering firm. LINK collaborates with entrepreneurs and businesses to bring new concepts to life through design, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing and to create products that improve people's lives.

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Autodesk Expands Learning Resources to Boost Digital Skills of Construction Teams in the Office, Trailer and Field

Autodesk | July 21, 2022

As part of its strategy to provide customers with digital tools for a competitive advantage in the market, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today launched the next phase in its effort to upskill current construction workers and help the industry engage the next generation of prospective recruits. The company's latest initiatives, Construction Master Class and the Autodesk Construction Cloud Learning Center, allow construction industry professionals to learn new skills, advance their career and future-proof their businesses. The construction labor shortage and digital skills gap are global challenges. According to the latest annual survey by Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk, 89 percent of construction firms in America are having a difficult time filling hourly craft positions and 86 percent are struggling to fill salaried positions. Sixty-one percent of firms surveyed said their projects are being delayed because of workforce shortages. Globally, according to a recent Core Research survey commissioned by Autodesk of 300 construction professionals in Ireland, most professionals attributed their recruitment challenges to a lack of available skilled labor (59 percent) and a subset of this group (43 percent) believes labor is available, but company recruitment efforts are unable to attract the right talent. To help its customers and the construction industry more broadly address challenges around the digital skills gap, Autodesk has launched two new programs: Construction Master Class and the Autodesk Construction Cloud Learning Center. Construction Master Class provides online tutorials from industry leaders that are free to everyone. Hosted by top construction experts, the videos provide practical insights to empower participants with best practices on workflows and career advancement. Construction Master Class allows viewers to hear directly from industry leaders and Autodesk experts on how to deliver critical project outcomes like better cost control, improved quality management and standardized field collaboration workflows – all through a mix of personal stories, use cases and examples of "what not to do." Autodesk Construction Cloud Learning Center houses easy-to-follow courses free to everyone and translated into five languages on how to use Autodesk Construction Cloud products, including Autodesk Build, Autodesk Takeoff and Autodesk Docs. Learning paths include videos that provide specific and practical instructions on using Autodesk Construction Cloud solutions to excel with digital construction skills such as setting up project templates, tracking issues, managing RFI and submittal workflows and collaborating with project members. Since the launch of the Learning Center in the spring of 2021, there have been more than 42,000 course enrollments with registration from 134 countries. Autodesk has also established several other initiatives to help develop tech acumen in current construction workers and encourage a new and diverse set of workers to join the profession. These include: The Autodesk Membership Training Provider Program: More than 215 trade unions and industry associations are now enrolled in Autodesk's program that aims to increase the digital skills of members. Training centers in the MTP Program are provided with Autodesk software products, such as Autodesk Construction Cloud and Revit, for an annual subscription license fee. The program's benefits enhance BIM and CAD training efforts at current training sites and allow new sites to offer enhanced training initiatives with Autodesk technology. 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Black Buffalo 3D Announces Strategic Partnership with Presidio Advisors for 3D Construction Printing in the Middle East

Black Buffalo 3D Corporation | August 04, 2022

Black Buffalo 3D Corporation has announced a strategic partnership agreement with Presidio, granting Presidio Advisors distribution rights for Black Buffalo 3D's NEXCON 3D construction printers, structural inks and related equipment in the Middle East. This partnership strengthens the ability of Black Buffalo 3D to address growing global demand for its large-scale 3D construction equipment and materials. Black Buffalo 3D continues to establish itself as a leader in construction technology and materials science. Over the past few years, the company has developed large scale modular 3D construction printers and the world's first structural concrete "ink" designed to meet requirements for ICC-ES AC-509 testing. Black Buffalo 3D continues to innovate its equipment and materials to increase 3D printing adoption in the construction industry. The company's NEXCON printers are being sold currently, and partnerships such as this will accelerate adoption of this new technology globally. Presidio is focused on innovation in the real estate and construction sector, including leveraging technology, robotics and blockchain to modernize and scale the industry. Presidio supports rapid, lower cost construction and sustainable development. Their initial regional focus will be on the Saudi, Turkey, North Africa, UAE, and Egyptian markets. "Presidio brings with it a wealth of expertise in sales, distribution, and promotion of new technology in the Middle East. This agreement will allow us to better serve companies looking to move into 3D construction with local representation and support as we grow Black Buffalo 3D's global footprint." -Michael Woods, CEO/COO of Black Buffalo 3D. Presidio's Chief of Innovation Jourdan Younis states, The Middle East has a huge demand for efficient, low-cost sustainable housing development. Presidio's 15+ years of expertise in innovative sustainable construction and technical design in the region make Presidio and Black Buffalo ideal partners to further the global expansion of the company. We will meet this demand head-on with the rapid scaling and deployment of 3D construction printers and technology. About Black Buffalo 3D Corporation: Black Buffalo 3D Corporation is the PA based subsidiary of Big Sun Holdings Group, Inc.—with locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Black Buffalo 3D is poised to revolutionize construction and become the leading global provider of 3D construction printers (3DCP) from one to 3 stories, proprietary construction "ink" (Planitop 3D) and 3D print construction consulting services. NEXCON printers are now available for rent, lease, financing, and purchase globally. Print smart and sustainable infrastructure on-demand with Black Buffalo 3D NEXCON printers. About Presidio Advisors DWC, LLC: Presidio' Advisors' Venture Capital and Advisory teams give us the opportunity to work with people who mirror our commitment to transforming the Built Environment. Presidio is a leader in using and investing in companies that utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and robotics to help revolutionize the way we think about buildings and sustainability. We do this by consulting for and partnering with highly promising companies that are changing their industries in the EMEA region. Presidio specializes in the CleanTech, PropTech and renewable energy sectors, and has a wealth of experience in supporting early-stage existing businesses and in facilitating the growth of pioneering projects.

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