Curiosity Cube brings STEM fun to Washington schools using VR and model robots

The Curiosity Cube | October 15, 2019

When a teacher tells the class, We're going out to the Curiosity Cube to learn about science, there are understandably a few groans among the students. Some aren't comfortable in science lessons, some feel anxious about what they struggle in, and some may just feel the proposed curiosity excursion sounds boring. But rarely do they come out of the Cube without at least a slight smile on their face, Curiosity Cube Coordinator Natalie Randolph said. The kids who went in without a lot of expression on their faces are always the first ones to answer my questions and off their excitement afterward, Randolph said. The Curiosity Cube is a traveling cargo container fitted with labs, virtual reality technology and other opportunities to give students a hands-on experience when learning about science.

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As automated vehicles and their technology become more advanced and technically sophisticated, evaluation procedures that can measure the safety and reliability of these new driverless cars must develop far beyond existing safety tests. To get an accurate assessment in field tests, such cars would have to be driven millions or even billions of miles to arrive at an acceptable level of certainty – a time-consuming process that would cost tens of millions of dollars.

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As automated vehicles and their technology become more advanced and technically sophisticated, evaluation procedures that can measure the safety and reliability of these new driverless cars must develop far beyond existing safety tests. To get an accurate assessment in field tests, such cars would have to be driven millions or even billions of miles to arrive at an acceptable level of certainty – a time-consuming process that would cost tens of millions of dollars.

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CSL Acquires Minority Stake in Canadian Engineering Firm EMS-Tech

CSL Group Inc & EMS-Tech Inc | December 10, 2021

We are pleased to announce that The CSL Group ("CSL") has acquired a strategic minority stake in Canadian engineering firm EMS-Tech Inc., an industry leader in the design and supply of bulk material handling systems. "We are excited to be working with CSL to advance integrated marine and land-based material handling systems,We believe that project partnerships with CSL will take our industry-leading expertise and know-how to new markets and geographies." -EMS-Tech President and Owner, Peter Sorensen. The investment will build on the synergies developed between CSL and EMS-Tech over 25 years and will leverage the companies' respective strengths in delivering advanced cargo handling solutions.For over three decades, EMS-Tech has provided innovative solutions to the bulk material handling industry, many of which can be found on self-unloading ships and transhipment assets owned and operated by CSL worldwide. "Since CSL began working with EMS-Tech in 1996, the alignment of our complimentary capabilities has produced state-of-the-art cargo handling solutions for our customers," -Louis Martel, CSL President and CEO. This investment is an extension of our confidence in EMS-Tech's capabilities and growth potential, and a continuation of our commitment to provide our global customers with a full range of safe, sustainable and high-performance services. EMS-Tech will continue to be independently managed by its current team of professionals and serve its current and future customers with the same world-class engineering expertise and standards demonstrated over the past 30 years. About EMS-Tech Inc. EMS-Tech Inc. is the world leader in the design and supply of self-unloading and transhipment systems. With a multi-discipline team of engineers, designers, project managers and field service technicians, EMS-Tech delivers turnkey dry bulk material handling solutions. EMS-Tech's world-class resume includes tailored designed, high-capacity stacker reclaimers, shiploaders and conveyors to deliver product from mine to the end user. About The CSL Group Inc. The CSL Group is the largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships in the world. Headquartered in Montreal with divisions operating throughout the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia, CSL delivers more than 70 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors.

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Restoration Builders Adds Hubert Bourque to its ESG and Technology Group

Restoration Builders | August 30, 2021

Restoration Builders, Inc. announced today that it has added Hubert Bourque to its ESG and Technology Group. He will guide the design, operations, and environmental performance of technologies that align with the company's sustainability and environmental policies. Hubert Bourque is the Founder of XWM Services, Inc., a Montreal, Canada-based waste management, environmental compliance, and renewable energy consulting firm. The company provides advisory services on waste processing and disposal facility planning, development, and control, focusing on integrating recycling principles and energy recovery from organic materials. He is a recognized expert in the field, with a record of building solid relationships with government agencies and environmental groups. Mr. Bourque brings over 40 years of experience in waste management, environmental compliance, and renewable energy industries. He served as Vice President, Quebec Operations at Waste Management, administering the $125 Million operational entity encompassing three transfer stations, two recycling operations, three major landfills, one dry waste disposal site, and a 450-truck fleet. He represented the company at Parliamentary commissions, public hearings, and consultations. In addition, he served as the liaison to local and provincial elected officials. A strong advocate of sustainable and renewable technologies, he has led several major renewable energy projects. This includes a 1 billion cubic feet per year landfill methane project for an international paper products manufacturer with approximately $4 billion in annual revenue. In addition, he served as Chief Compliance Officer at USA Waste Services in Dallas, TX, before its merger with Waste Management. He developed and implemented environmental compliance programs for seven landfills in multiple states. He oversaw the preparation of environmental due diligence assessments to acquire landfills, transfer stations, and recycling facilities. Mr. Bourque also served as the Founding President of the Canada Landfill Gas Industry Alliance and was the past Chairman of the Board for ECO Canada (Environmental Careers Organization of Canada). He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Civil Engineering and completed Environmental Engineering post-graduate coursework at the University of Alberta. "I am deeply honored to extend a warm welcome to Hubert on behalf of the ESG and Technology Group," said John Lorenz, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. "I have the highest regard and respect for him since our days together at Waste Management. His core competency is evaluating systems that convert wastes into renewable and sustainable energies, which fits perfectly with Restoration Builder's initiatives on ESG. His knowledge and experience will help accelerate our efforts to deliver the Smart Healthy to our customers." AboutRestoration Builders It was formed in 2017 and is now the premier exterior building material services company providing roofing, siding, windows, and gutters to residential and commercial customers in 32 states. Restoration Builders has and continues to disrupt, innovate and transform the sector. Restoration Builders is bringing to you and your family "The Smart Healthy Home."

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Procore Announces New Innovation Connecting Construction with Mobile Personalization, Messaging and Investments in AI

Procore | September 27, 2021

Procore Technologies, Inc, a leading provider of construction management software, today announced the next wave of enhancements for a smarter and more connected platform. “For almost 20 years, Procore has been working to connect everyone in construction on a global platform, providing a single source of truth for customers around the world,We’re consistently innovating by connecting all of your people, workflows, data and tools, with a single user experience on mobile and web, from preconstruction to close out.” Tooey Courtemanche, Procore founder and CEO Procore Quick Capture Highlights Investment in Mobile, AI and ML Procore is bringing innovations to mobile that connect the field and office. With acquisitions of INDUS.AI and Avata Intelligence, Procore has invested in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology across its platform to help unlock the value of project data and drive efficiencies. Procore Quick Capture is voice-enabled input technology that will launch in 2022, automating and simplifying data entry in the field by “telling” Procore what it should enter. With Procore Quick Capture on the Punch tool, users will be able capture a video of punch items and simply talk to Procore. Through AI and ML, Procore will create the punch item, attach a photo, and even assign it to the appropriate trade. Early testing has shown that this new voice-enabled punch can cut down the time required to capture and log information in the field for reporting by at least 50%. Procore Conversations is Contextual Messaging for Construction Collaboration on projects starts with communication. Today, that communication is rigid and is fragmented across multiple channels, such as email, text, and third-party messaging solutions. Procore Conversations, available in pilot in the fourth quarter of 2021, brings intuitive, contextual messaging to Procore, saving time and integrating communication across channels. Conversations are organized, prioritized, and easily accessible on mobile and web. Critical updates, questions, and discussions will happen seamlessly across the office and field, and are contextual to the item being discussed, such as an RFI, Change Order, or Observation. “For the last 18 months, we met with customers and challenged ourselves to rethink how we innovate and improve the lives of everyone in construction,” said Wyatt Jenkins, SVP of product at Procore. “We are building solutions that connect the field and the office across mobile, leveraging AI, voice commands and messaging with Procore Conversations. On top of that, we are introducing the world’s largest online network of construction companies. It really feels like the beginning of the next chapter of construction technology.” New Mobile Home Experience Personalizes and Prioritizes Daily Work Procore is focused on creating unique experiences for every stakeholder in construction. That experience starts with mobile, where customers will have unique experiences based on who they are and their role in the construction project. The new mobile home experience, available in the fourth quarter of 2021, prioritizes daily work, with quick access to check in on progress, change status or create a new item - RFI, Observations, or Punch. It ensures when customers are in the field they have a complete view, so projects stay on schedule. Connecting Everyone in Construction with The Procore Construction Network Procore’s mission is to connect everyone in construction on a global platform. Currently in pilot, the Procore Construction Network is a free online business directory connecting general contractors, specialty contractors, owners, architects, engineers, suppliers, and vendors. With location-based search and advanced filters, customers will be able to use the Procore Construction Network to quickly find and connect with new construction partners. This will make it easier for construction professionals to expand their online presence, promote their businesses, and grow their networks. 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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