Concorde engineers remember Paris crash and the end of an era

IMechE | February 28, 2019

When flight AF4590 crashed shortly after take-off from Charles de Gaulle Airport on 25 July 2000, killing all passengers and crew on-board and several people on the ground, the immediate thought was that it had been caused by a thrust reverser bucket accidentally deploying.
Schulkins says: BA and Air France were aware of the catastrophic consequences should one deploy during take-off and they had tried to simulate handling the event over the years. Up until the accident, the problem had only occurred in-flight once and during an engine, ground run on another occasion.
The reality, though, was that the accident had been caused by foreign object damage to a tyre, which then exploded, puncturing a wing fuel tank. However, Schulkins believes that the accident helped to shine the spotlight on his employer’s findings even more brightly.

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Systems engineering is becoming increasingly important in today's business world. Even in businesses and industries where the term "systems engineering" is unknown, the need for someone to guide the overall design and maintenance of business products and processes is becoming apparent. Business cannot afford to develop products that won't meet their customers' needs or implement processes that will not "plug into" their business needs.

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Systems engineering is becoming increasingly important in today's business world. Even in businesses and industries where the term "systems engineering" is unknown, the need for someone to guide the overall design and maintenance of business products and processes is becoming apparent. Business cannot afford to develop products that won't meet their customers' needs or implement processes that will not "plug into" their business needs.

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Transformation of AlUla gathers pace as RCU signs strategic partnerships with AECOM and Egis-led French consortium

AECOM & Egis | October 29, 2021

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has signed two landmark strategic partnerships that will further accelerate the regeneration of AlUla as it moves from the planning stage to implementation following the launch of its masterplan in April, 2021. The agreements with AECOM and an international French consortium comprising Egis, Assystem and Setec set out a comprehensive development timeline based around three phases that lead up to 2035.Phase 1 development amounts to SAR 57+ Bn / USD 15+ Bn invested in AlUla's core 20km historical area. This incorporates social, economic and sustainability projects in five unique hubs with a focus on infrastructure, hospitality, arts & culture, and social and community development. Signing the agreements at the fifth edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh, RCU CEO Amr AlMadani said: "These new long-term strategic partnerships are critical to realising our ambition of creating a global benchmark for sustainable tourism. Our new partners will be instrumental in helping us deliver a detailed and certified plan. While our focus is set on Phase 1, we will ramp up our integrated approach towards the development of Phases 2 and 3 to drive traffic and sustain a regular flow of tourists in the long run. As we develop infrastructure and other assets that will help to establish AlUla as an exciting business hub servicing the northwest Arabia region, we require world-class partners such as these who will be with us for the long haul and who share our desire to benefit the people of AlUla while creating unforgettable experiences for visitors. These partnerships will accelerate business and investment opportunities from 2022 onwards and demonstrate the pace of progress to revitalise AlUla as a responsible, sustainable and community-inclusive destination. "AlUla is one of the world's largest and most complex development projects, home to more than 30,000 sites of historical significance, and we are proud to help realize the city's vision for the future. In partnership with RCU, we look forward to leveraging our global program management and technical expertise to deliver a sustainable legacy that transforms AlUla for generations to come." -AECOM President Lara Poloni AECOM will provide a range of integrated services across the entire AlUla program. These include executive-level program management to integrate all workstreams and major initiatives across RCU to implement the AlUla vision and outcomes, as well as a project delivery office that will work with RCU to implement best practices and delivery from design to construction and operation. AECOM will also lead all design activities from setting standards, delivering the digital ecosystem, leading innovation, managing designers and delivering scopes. Further, asset and facilities management will be provided for the project lifecycle along with the benchmarking and development of smart city plans and projects. Creating opportunities for the local community is a core aspect of AlUla's development plan and AECOM's approach. AECOM has already invested in training 400 residents to achieve professional vocational qualifications and will provide additional professional skills development and knowledge transfer opportunities both for residents and those relocating to AlUla for work. "Our three highly regarded firms - Egis, Assystem and Setec - are unified, committed and eager to showcase our capabilities. As longstanding members of the Saudi business community, we are excited to be part of the development of AlUla." - Egis Group CEO Laurent Germain(on behalf of the French consortium) The French Agency for the Development of AlUla (Afalula) was instrumental in bringing together the French consortium. Afalula Executive Chairman Gérard Mestrallet said: "Today's agreement deepens the Saudi-Franco partnership at AlUla and across other projects in Saudi Arabia. It also attests to the depth and strength of French engineering and infrastructure expertise to confront the most challenging aspects of responsible and sustainable development." The Egis-led consortium brings infrastructure programme management and construction management capabilities to support on-time delivery of AlUla's most urgent projects and long-term development. As such, it offers a new perspective on infrastructure delivery defined by a coordinated approach. A core team will be based in AlUla including high-level specialists for engineering, construction and operations management and a range of international experts to bridge any knowledge gaps. AECOM and the French consortium share the values of AlUla's Sustainability Charter which, through its 12 principles of sustainability, will empower the realisation of a carbon-neutral strategy and circular economy. It will also establish robust and resilient policies for the development of AlUla's heritage and environmental targets fuelled by renewable energy with 500-plus megawatts of clean power capacity. By 2035 renewable energy will supply 50 percent of demand. Since unveiling its Journey through time masterplan in April 2021, the RCU has made significant progress on its journey to developing AlUla as a living museum while diversifying the economy and creating a vibrant community. USD 2 Bn has been invested in key development projects including expanding AlUla International Airport, completing the stunning and architecturally awarded Maraya multi-se venue, completing water and power-plant infrastructure in the Ashar Valley, and bolstering AlUla County's security infrastructure. Upon completion of the development strategy in 2035, RCU envisions the emerging city of AlUla defined by a thriving community and its ability to support residents' ambitions, where service excellence is the norm and creativity drives a culture of adaptability and flexibility. By 2035 RCU forecasts that the population will more than triple to 130,000 with 38,000 new jobs created and AlUla contributing SAR 120 Bn (USD 32 Bn) to Saudi Arabia's GDP. Additionally, 80 percent of AlUla County will be home to nature reserves, with key flora and fauna reintroduced. About the Royal Commission for AlUla The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) was established by royal decree in July 2017 to preserve and develop AlUla, a region of outstanding natural and cultural significance in north-west Saudi Arabia. RCU's long-term plan outlines a responsible, sustainable, and sensitive approach to urban and economic development, that preserves the area's natural and historic heritage, while establishing AlUla as a desirable location to live, work, and visit. This encompasses a broad range of initiatives across archaeology, tourism, culture, education, and the arts, reflecting a commitment to meeting the economic diversification, local community empowerment, and heritage preservation priorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 programme. About AECOM AECOM is the world's most 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, 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 unrivalled 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 $13.2 billion in fiscal year 2020. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at aecom.com and @AECOM. About EGIS A major international group in the construction engineering and mobility services sectors, Egis creates and operates intelligent infrastructure and buildings capable of responding to the climate emergency and addressing the major challenges of our time by helping to achieve more balanced, sustainable and resilient territorial development.A 75%-owned subsidiary of Causse des Dépôts, with the remaining 25% held by partner executives and employees, Egis places its multiple fields of expertise at the disposal of the community and makes cutting-edge innovation accessible to all projects throughout their lifecycle: consulting, engineering, operation.Through its wide-ranging fields of activity, Egis is a central player in the collective organisation of society and the living environment of its inhabitants all over the world. About SETEC Setec is ranked as a global engineering leader thanks to its technical excellence, which has driven its ambitions for more than 60 years.With 3,300 employees around the world working in numerous sectors, ranging from transportation, water and buildings to energy efficiency, digital infrastructure and industrial facilities, setec serves a growing base of customers.Setec is also an independent group owned by its engineers, with an energy and excellence fuelled by the passion of its employees. setec people continually enhance their expertise to design, model and implement sustainable solutions for a changing world. Their curiosity and appetite for challenge allows setec to invent new businesses and innovative approaches entirely focused on meeting the needs of its customers. About Assystem Assystem is an international engineering group. 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LJA Engineering Expands Services in Florida - Merges with Five Points Design Group

LJA Engineering | February 21, 2022

LJA Engineering, Inc. (LJA) is pleased to announce its further expansion in Florida with the addition of Five Points Design Group (FPDG) and Nancy Debs, PE. With offices in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tallahassee, and employee-owners throughout the state, LJA brings a local presence to transportation and CEI clients backed by a significant depth of talent from 1300 personnel, 9 sectors, and over 300 services. Nancy Debs, PE founded FPDG in 2009 with an emphasis on roadway, stormwater, and utility design in Northeast Florida. She has over 30 years of experience working in Florida, Georgia, and other areas throughout the Southeast with FDOT, GDOT, NAVFAC, USACE, NPS, and local cities and counties. Over the past decade, Nancy’s work has focused on stormwater feasibility studies, drainage improvements, highway widening, temporary traffic control, and utility coordination for the City of Jacksonville, JEA, and Putnam County. B.J. Doughty joined LJA Engineering in June 2021 after serving as Communications Director for the Tennessee Department of Transportation for 14 years. In her new role as Business Development Manager, she is focused on strengthening her relationships with clients and building industry partnerships across the southeast. Zak Vermillion, PE has 16 years of transportation engineering experience with over 10 years working in a Program Management/GEC environment. He has served as Deputy PM, Technical Lead, and Cost Estimating SME on projects worth $10 Billion in construction contracts. About LJA Engineering (LJA) Founded in 1972, LJA Engineering (LJA) is an employee-owned, full-service consulting engineering firm serving both public and private sectors. With 45 offices throughout the Southeastern United States, the staff of LJA includes over 1350 experienced civil, transportation, structural, midstream, rail, and coastal engineers, plus hydrologists, drone/aerial pilots, environmental specialists, land planners, landscape architects, construction managers, designers, GIS technicians, and surveyors. LJA has offices in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tallahassee, Florida with employee-owners also working individually across the state in Tampa, Safety Harbor/Clearwater, Apopka, and Minneola. LJA’s momentum in Florida will continue to connect the firm’s depth of resources to the right clients at the right time.

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INTERIOR LOGIC GROUP,RESIDENTIAL DESIGN SERVICES | July 01, 2021

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