KCI | December 03, 2021
KCI Technologies Inc., a multi-disciplined engineering firm with offices throughout the United States, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Texas-based Civil Engineering Consultants (CEC). CEC’s wide-ranging civil engineering, construction management, and surveying expertise will complement KCI’s continued expansion throughout the state.
CEC was founded in 1983 as a three-person firm and has since grown to a comprehensive staff of more than 100 professionals specializing in transportation and traffic engineering, water and wastewater engineering, construction management, urban planning and design, residential and commercial site development, land surveying, and aerial and mobile LiDAR. Operating out of three offices in San Antonio, Laredo, and Bryan-College Station, Texas, CEC has long-held their reputation of providing excellent service to clients in both the private and public sectors, including local, state and federal entities. Over the years, their work has been honored with awards from numerous industry and local organizations including the American Public Works Association and the San Antonio Business Journal.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome CEC to our team. They are an admired and well-respected firm in the Texas market and adding them to KCI aligns well with our strategic growth. Through this acquisition, we can build upon our strong capabilities to better meet the needs of our clients and advance our future solutions and initiatives,”
-Mehmet Boz, PhD, PE, Vice President, Texas Market Leader
Bringing with him more than 37 years of experience in transportation engineering, Garland Galm, PE, has led CEC as president since 2015 when he succeeded the founder and owner of the firm. Galm joined the team in 1997 as a senior project manager and quickly took the lead as transportation division manager. By 2008, he had been promoted to chief operating officer, a role in which he held until his current appointment of president. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional engineer in the state. He remains active in furthering the industry both in his leadership and in his participation in industry organizations.
“Over the years, we have built a strong and diverse team,Bringing together CEC with KCI is an incredible opportunity for our clients, employees, and the industry, and combined, we can rely on each other’s strengths to deliver enhanced solutions to move the industry forward.”
-CEC President Garland Galm, PE
With the addition of CEC, KCI’s geographic footprint in Texas extends to 10 locations supporting a diverse team of more than 200 employees. KCI will leverage CEC’s multi-disciplined expertise to continue their growth in new service offerings and key markets throughout the state.
About KCI Technologies
With sales in excess of $343 million in 2020, KCI Technologies Inc. is ranked among the top 50 engineering firms in the country by Engineering News-Record. Roughly 1,750 employee owners support clients from more than 55+ offices throughout the U.S. KCI offers environmental, transportation, telecommunications, construction, facilities and land development services to government, institutional and private-sector clients. For more information, visit www.kci.com.
Big Sun Modular | December 29, 2021
Big Sun Modular- a subsidiary of Black Buffalo 3D and member of Big Sun Holdings Group, Inc.– announced that they will become the exclusive KODA by Kodasema® licensee in the Americas. The modular houses will be built in existing facilities in Brooklyn, NY, Portland, OR, Monterrey, Mexico and Calgary, Canada. KODA is made available in volumetric and prefab and soon to follow in 3D printed versions. The new offerings will expand upon Big Sun Modular's existing portfolio and allow its customers to select the footprint and style that best fits their needs.KODA prioritizes a minimalist nordic design approach without sacrificing functionality. The houses are designed in Estonia and have been adapted to exceed local building codes and energy requirements. All models can be configured as a residence, commercial space, café or pop-up and repurposed many times over. KODAs are turnkey and engineered for minimal environmental impact. They also qualify as ADUs (accessory dwelling units) in many jurisdictions.
"Kodasema's model of sustainable building practices fit in extremely well with Big Sun Modular and Black Buffalo 3D's vision to create a smarter and more sustainable society.We look forward to working directly with the team in Estonia to make these units available across the Americas and collaborate on future approaches to minimalist living."
-Michael Woods, CEO/COO of Big Sun Modular.
The opportunity for Kodasema to partner with Big Sun Modular and leverage their expertise in environmentally friendly construction technology is very exciting," remarked Birgit Linnamae, CEO of Kodasema. "The partnership plays well with our initiative to help solve the housing shortage in the Americas by allowing new sustainable and well designed housing solutions into urban planning scene and putting the best design and technology to good use – for the benefit of American people.
In addition to the partnership and expansion of Big Sun Modular's prefab offerings, the companies jointly announced that current CEO & co-founder of Kodasema LLC.,Brian Dawson, will become the President of Big Sun Modular. Brian has significant experience in startups focused on sustainability, ESG, and social corporate responsibility. He has been a member in the Kodasema group of companies since 2019.
Big Sun Modular
Big Sun Modular is a subsidiary of Black Buffalo 3D Corporation. Its mission is to provide attainable buildings that can be used as primary housing, retail, commercial spaces or accessory dwelling units. Our business works in partnership with leading providers of modular building design to select the best examples of functional modular units from around the world. KODA by Kodasema® designs will build on the portfolio of Big Sun Modular which currently includes the coodo moon by LTG Lofts to Go. For more information please subscribe to our updates on www.bigsunmodular.io.
Kodasema OÜ, a multi-disciplinary architecture, design and engineering firm from Estonia, a small Baltic state and the world leader in digitization, creates innovative living and housing solutions. Kodasema's mission is to make cities and communities livable and sustainable producing houses in an environmentally responsible way. Simplicity and freedom – are the values that KODA houses offer on a small footprint. For immediate information on pricing and availability in the Americas visit: http://kodasema.com.
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Aruba | January 12, 2022
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), announced that Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest privately-held construction firms based in Birmingham, Alabama, is standardizing on an end-to-end Aruba SD-Branch network. The firm is deploying Aruba to connect its 19 permanent locations and up to 200 temporary construction sites that it maintains at any given time. This provides its employees high-performance connectivity to critical applications while cutting circuit spending 50% by utilizing direct internet access (DIA) versus multiprotocol label switching (MPLS).At modern construction sites – where data, streaming, IoT, and mobility play vital roles –Brasfield & Gorrie is delivering next-generation services that improve building integrity, increase efficiency and improve worker safety, while reducing costs, by deploying Aruba’s wired, wireless, SD-WAN and AI-powered management solutions.
“Aruba enables us to continue providing our customers with the latest in construction innovation,Whether it’s virtual reality (VR) for an immersive project experience, drones for automating inspections or layout robots for precisely marking the placement of walls and mechanical systems, our network supplies high-performance connectivity to every site.”
-Brad Hamilton, director of IT operations and infrastructure for Brasfield & Gorrie.
Our new SD-Branch infrastructure supplies us with reliable, flexible and scalable connectivity at our branch offices and job sites, whether in a rural area, with little communications backbone, or a highly developed urban area with ample circuits, he added.
After decades using Cisco routing, wired and wireless infrastructure, Brasfield & Gorrie sought to simplify and streamline its networks to save on costs and reduce the complexity that causes burdensome IT overhead. After piloting Aruba at one of its permanent branch offices, Brasfield & Gorrie decided to conduct a complete network refresh.
For its SD-Branch solution, Brasfield & Gorrie has deployed wireless solutions including Aruba’s Wi-Fi 6 access points (APs) and high-performance branch gateways. On the wired side, the firm has implemented Aruba’s CX Series switches for the data center core along with access and aggregation switches.
For management, Brasfield & Gorrie is leveraging Aruba Central for unified and proactive cloud-based AIOps, managements of APs, gateways and switches as well as User Experience Insight (UXI) for hard-wired or Wi-Fi incident detection using AIOps to pinpoint issues that require immediate attention.
Aruba’s solution is more advanced in terms of improved throughputs and policy-based management innovations, which reduces costs for hardware and IT resources, Hamilton said. “Licensing is also significantly streamlined, adding considerable savings.
Beyond deployment and licensing, Brasfield & Gorrie’s network has also proven more efficient to manage. “With Central and AIOps, we’re able to troubleshoot faster,” said Alex Gonzalez, network engineer. “In most instances we’ve saved 75% on troubleshooting time.
Moving ahead, Brasfield & Gorrie looks forward to applying ongoing networking innovations that will help make construction processes more automated and intelligent. This includes considering Aruba’s NetEdit for streamlining switch management and Location Services for providing real-time analytics that enable data-driven initiatives.
We’re excited about our Aruba partnership and the possibilities for the future,” Hamilton said. “From product innovation to technical support, Aruba solutions are just plain better all around.
About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is the global leader in secure, intelligent edge-to-cloud networking solutions that use AI to automate the network, while harnessing data to drive powerful business outcomes. With Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) and as-a-service options, Aruba takes a cloud-native approach to helping customers meet their connectivity, security, and financial requirements across campus, branch, data center, and remote worker environments, covering all aspects of wired, wireless LAN, and wide area networking (WAN).To learn more, visit Aruba at www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates, follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products, visit the Airheads Community at community.arubanetworks.com.