Cleaning up the Plastics Mess. What Role Do Engineers Play?

ENGINEERING.com | October 15, 2019

The 2016 Project Mainstream report The New Plastics Economy makes our future look grim. One of the main goals of the report was to provide a comprehensive global perspective of the broader plastic packaging economy along with a discussion about how much plastic we create and where that plastic has been landing over time. One particularly concerning part of the report is a section about ocean plastics-at least eight million tons of plastics leak into the ocean every year. The report uses the analogy of one garbage truck full of plastics emptying into the ocean each minute, with that number doubling by 2030 and quadrupling by 2050. In 2025 oceans could contain one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish, and by 2050 the plastic could outnumber the fish.

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The global construction industry needs to build 13,000 buildings each day between now and 2050 to support an expected population of 7 billion people living in cities 10 billion worldwide. But while the need for new housing, schools, and hospitals is paramount, buildings are only half of the story.

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The global construction industry needs to build 13,000 buildings each day between now and 2050 to support an expected population of 7 billion people living in cities 10 billion worldwide. But while the need for new housing, schools, and hospitals is paramount, buildings are only half of the story.

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McKim & Creed Acquires Texas Engineering And Mapping Company (T.E.A.M.)

McKim & Creed | September 02, 2021

McKim & Creed, one of the largest engineering and surveying firms in the US, announced today that it has acquired Texas Engineering And Mapping Company (T.E.A.M.), a Houston-based firm that specializes in land surveying, site development engineering and subdivision platting. T.E.A.M. was established in 1995 by Greg Schmidt, PE, RPLS and Carlos Barillas, PE, and has grown to 25 employees and 1,500 clients. T.E.A.M.'s work centers around development/redevelopment of schools, churches, libraries, retail facilities, multi-family complexes, commercial facilities, industrial parks, public roadway extensions and airports.McKim & Creed has offices throughout the US and provides surveying and mapping services in Texas via offices in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Acquiring T.E.A.M. enables the company to expand its presence in the Lone Star State and provide site development engineering services in the Houston area. "We have searched for a long time for just the right partner to continue our growth in Texas, and we have found that partner in T.E.A.M.," said John Lucey, PE, CEO of McKim & Creed. "T.E.A.M. shares our culture, our commitment to safety, and our dedication to providing responsive and dependable service to our clients." T.E.A.M. has provided services for such projects as: Front Street extension in Houston, Outdoor Learning Center at Katy Independent School District, Valley Ranch Parkway and Valley Ranch Bend in Montgomery County, and Belknap Acres subdivision in Houston. "With McKim & Creed, we can offer our clients the technologies and resources of a large firm. Our employees have the opportunity to become employee-owners of McKim & Creed, and our younger staff members will be able to develop and grow into leadership positions," said Mr. Schmidt, former T.E.A.M. CEO and now McKim & Creed regional manager.Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. In the future, T.E.A.M. will provide services as McKim & Creed, Inc. About McKim & Creed McKim & Creed is an employee-owned ENR top 148 engineering and survyeing firm with 600 staff members operating throughout the US. www.mckimcreed.com. About T.E.A.M. Texas Engineering And Mapping Company is a 25-person site development engineering, land surveying and subdivision platting firm in Houston.

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CONSTRUCTION

LandSouth Standardizes on Procore for Construction Management

LandSouth & Procore | November 11, 2021

Procore Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PCOR), a leading provider of construction management software, announced that LandSouth Construction, a best-in-class builder of innovative multifamily and senior living facilities in the United States, has chosen Procore as its only construction management platform. Procore’s single platform is replacing more than five current software packages, streamlining LandSouth customers’ access to information and improving consistency, and resulting in fewer financial risks.By leveraging the Procore platform, LandSouth will be able to increase its safety, productivity and efficiency, while providing its teams with a single, trustworthy source of information. Specific benefits of Procore include: Enhanced usability in the field Better collaboration with architects Sophisticated job comparison reporting Ability to have project data available to all departments. "The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated digitization in the construction industry, and the value of having a single construction management platform became clear — and its potential to drive greater profitability,LandSouth will stay at the forefront of the industry, with Procore’s platform taking us to the next level of project management, documentation and financial performance.” -Jamie DeWispelare, CFO of LandSouth. LandSouth has a passion for perfection and has established a new standard of excellence in construction, focused on providing the highest level of service to customers, employees, subcontractors and suppliers. The company has earned a reputation for employing the latest, most relevant technologies and programs to optimize project management, performance and delivery. Staying current, pushing the envelope and fine-tuning its systems are the leading contributors to its high level of client satisfaction, with over 80% of the business coming from repeat clients. “The industry is setting ever-higher bars across the board, from customer satisfaction to greater efficiency and productivity. LandSouth is a great example of how a company finds success,They achieve this by adopting the latest technologies designed to help them meet their goals across all their projects. We are honored that LandSouth has chosen Procore to take them to the next level.” -Tooey Courtemanche, Procore Founder and CEO About LandSouth LandSouth Construction, the Southeast’s premier general contractor, specializing in multifamily, senior living, and mixed–use development, was named one of Engineering News Record’s Top 400. Since 1998 LandSouth has transformed ideas into best–in–class communities. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. LandSouth has completed more than 25,000 multifamily units. Learn more at LandSouth.com. About Procore Procore is a leading provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore's platform. Our platform connects every project stakeholder to solutions we've built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore's App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with our platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore has offices around the globe.Procore is a solution purpose-built for construction by construction experts, with a deep understanding of its end users. To learn more about Procore, please visit Procore.com.

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ABC and Procore Announce Partnership to Provide Construction Management Solutions for ABC Members

ABC | September 13, 2021

Associated Builders and Contractors and Procore Technologies, Inc, a leading provider of construction management software, announced a partnership that provides ABC chapters and members exclusive discounted pricing on their new purchases of Procore products and services“Many of our members are eager to boost their technology portfolio to enhance profitability, safety and efficiency, and this partnership can help our members achieve their goals,” said Matt Abeles, ABC vice president of construction technology and innovation. “Procore is already a valued ABC Tech Alliance member and part of our Tech Marketplace, and I believe that they will be a constructive business partner for our 21,000-member companies because of their many industry-leading project management solutions.” “Procore’s vision is to improve the lives of everyone in construction, and we are honored to partner with ABC to expand access to our platform and services to all their members,” said Kristopher Lengieza, vice president of global partnerships & alliances at Procore. “We are committed to providing the construction industry with technology and partnership to build smarter.” Procore’s platform connects entire project teams from the office to the field and across companies, providing one place to work together to do what they do best—build. Procore helps increase productivity and efficiency, reduce rework and costly delays and improve safety, compliance, financial transparency and accountability. Procore has been involved with ABC in a number of strategic initiatives since 2016, and is a member of the ABC Tech Alliance and ABC Tech Marketplace. About ABC Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. About Procore Procore is a leading provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore's platform. Procore’s platform connects key project stakeholders to solutions Procore has built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore's App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with Procore’s platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore has offices around the globe.

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