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University of Toronto | November 11, 2019

How do you teach advanced manufacturing to an audience of 10-year-olds? Reach for the art supplies. Today, we’re using Play-Doh and melted crayons to illustrate the manufacturing process known as sand casting, which is used to make everything from pipe fittings to auto parts, says Peter Serles MIE PhD candidate. The students will be making gears, which are a key concept in the elementary science curriculum. The colourful project was one of about a dozen hands-on learning activities developed for STEM Day, held for the first time at U of T Engineering on Nov. 6, 2019. The event brought together two groups: graduate students interested in pursuing a career as professors or instructors, and elementary school students who want to explore potential careers in science, technology, education or math.

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This white paper will walk you through the NX Nastran Buckling Analysis techniques and show you how to validate your linear buckling analysis with a non-liner static analysis. Additional examples are presented on flange crippling and then finally the application of these techniques to the buckling analysis of an eight-passenger, deep-diving luxury submarine.

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This white paper will walk you through the NX Nastran Buckling Analysis techniques and show you how to validate your linear buckling analysis with a non-liner static analysis. Additional examples are presented on flange crippling and then finally the application of these techniques to the buckling analysis of an eight-passenger, deep-diving luxury submarine.

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Procore Acquires LaborChart to Improve Construction Workforce Management

Procore & LaborChart | October 23, 2021

Procore Technologies, Inc., (NYSE: PCOR), a leading provider of construction management software, today announced it has acquired LaborChart, a leading provider of workforce management software for specialty contractors and self-performing general contractors. LaborChart deepens the office and field connection by empowering contractors to better schedule, manage, forecast, and communicate with their workforces, ultimately improving profit margins.Labor is typically the highest and most variable cost for contractors, yet many still rely on spreadsheets and analog options like whiteboards to manage their workforces. LaborChart’s software provides a modern solution to these legacy processes and complements Procore’s existing solutions. Procore’s Field Productivity product helps contractors track employee time and provides insights into team productivity. LaborChart gives contractors a real-time and forward-looking understanding of all workers, assignments and commitments, enabling them to accurately plan, schedule and forecast. Together, these integrated solutions will give contractors a holistic view of their workforce, ensuring they have the control they need to manage, schedule, and budget their labor. “Construction is facing a global labor shortage, with contractors struggling to find skilled workers. This makes it critical to efficiently manage existing workforces,With the addition of LaborChart, Procore will be able to provide a complete workforce management solution that helps contractors optimize their workforces, maximize productivity, and take on more projects. The days of relying on spreadsheets and whiteboards are over.” -Tooey Courtemanche, Procore Founder and CEO LaborChart Founder and CEO, Ben Schultz, said, “As a fourth-generation electrical contractor, I’ve seen every type of job site imaginable. For too long, the construction industry has lacked technology to effectively manage people — its most important asset. We built LaborChart to overcome outdated workforce management processes. By joining Procore, we’ll be able to further facilitate successful projects from start to finish, deepening the connection between the office and the field.” Today, nearly 300 specialty contractors and self-performing general contractors use LaborChart, which has been a Procore App Marketplace partner since November 2020. LaborChart’s 40+ employees have joined Procore. Over time, LaborChart will be fully integrated with Procore. Courtemanche added, “The acquisition of LaborChart, along with our recently announced agreement to acquire Levelset, adds complementary insights to Procore’s robust construction industry dataset. By combining project data, workforce data, and risk intelligence, customers can access a more complete view of the construction process that will help them build smarter.” 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 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. Learn more at Procore.com. About LaborChart LaborChart is a leading provider of workforce management software for the construction industry. LaborChart helps businesses manage employee scheduling, dispatching, forecasting, and communication. Built from a unique blend of construction and software expertise, LaborChart helps contractors of all trades organize their largest and most valuable company asset–their workforce–into one secure and easy-to-manage solution. LaborChart is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. For more information, visit laborchart.com.

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UK Construction Continues Recovery

PBC Today | September 11, 2020

Monthly construction output grew by 17.6% in July 2020, following the record monthly growth of 23.5% in June 2020, according to the latest ONS figures. The level of construction output in July 2020 was 11.6% below the February 2020 level. Construction output fell by 10.6% in the three months to July 2020, compared with the previous three-month period. This decrease was driven by falls in both new work (9.7%) and repair and maintenance (12.4%). The plummet in new work (9.7%) in the three months to July 2020 was due to falls in every new work sector, apart from infrastructure, which grew by 6.0%. The largest negative contributor for new work was private new housing, which fell by 17.0%. The repair and maintenance sector witnessed a 12.4% decrease in the three months to July 2020 – this was attributed to falls in all sectors which was largely impacted by a 17.9% drop in private housing repairs. Commenting on the new construction output figures, Clive Docwra, managing director of McBains, said: “Today’s figures will be welcomed by the construction sector as a sign of its continuing recovery, but in reality they need to be viewed in the context of an industry that experienced a record 40% drop in output at the height of the lockdown.

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INTERIOR DESIGN COMPANY HAVENLY ACQUIRES THE INSIDE

HAVENLY | February 19, 2022

Havenly, the largest online interior design service, announced it has acquired The Inside, a direct-to-consumer home furnishings brand that has grown nearly 600% in the past two years. The Inside unlocks access to made-to-order, customization options, historically only available at luxury prices. By combining two of the industry's fastest growing and beloved brands, the acquisition paves the way to create an innovative design ecosystem which will serve new and existing customers in exciting new ways. The marriage is a natural one: one of The Inside's top customer requests is for design services and Havenly designers have been some of The Inside's largest customers for years. Both brands share a similar mission to make home design an accessible and personalized experience for everyone. Under the terms of the deal, Havenly has acquired the key assets of The Inside, inclusive of its intellectual property and inventory. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Havenly helps customers bring their dream home to life with one-on-one design help and hand-picked products tailored to their unique style, space, and budget. Havenly's expert designers create hundreds of thousands of individualized designs each year and invite customers to shop from the company's robust e-commerce platform featuring the most popular names in home retail as well as designer-exclusive brands. Acquiring The Inside comes as a natural extension of Havenly's mission to make home design an accessible and personalized experience for everyone; bringing affordable custom furniture and home decor to their customers. This acquisition comes on the heels of Havenly's multi-year partnership with Reese's Book Club and the acquisition of a cross-platform room layout and 3D visualization technology from Occipital, a leader in spatial computing. Together, these acquisitions and partnerships fit with the company's larger strategy of leveraging technology and innovation to deliver a best-in-class product experience that makes bespoke, personalized interior design accessible to everyone. "Our acquisition of The Inside and 3D technology from Occipital is a significant step in our growth strategy to revolutionize, digitize, and personalize the at-home design experience, We're already a go-to destination for those looking for design, inspiration, and home product recommendations, but now we can also service custom made products to suit our customers' wants and needs for a more hands-on design experience." -Lee Mayer, Co-Founder and CEO of Havenly. For The Inside, Havenly's nationwide scale and expertise open significant scale to The Inside's customized fabrics, furniture, and decor. The Inside Co-Founder Danielle Walish will join Havenly to manage the transition, integrate The Inside assets into Havenly, and capitalize on the shift in consumer design trends favoring prints offered by The Inside. She will be joined by all other current employees of The Inside. To learn more about Havenly's design services and e-commerce platform, please visit: www.havenly.com. About Havenly Havenly is the largest online interior design service that makes expert design accessible to anyone, regardless of budget or location. Havenly, founded by Lee Mayer, is a network of professional, highly screened and trained interior designers who create custom visual designs based on the client's unique style choices. They create hundreds of thousands of designs per year, making them the go-to source for in-home design inspiration across the country. Havenly's e-commerce platform is connected to hundreds of retailers for clients to make direct purchases with the guaranteed best prices. Start designing your space at Havenly.com or on the Havenly App, available on Apple App Store.

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