Data Engineering and Privacy in a Smart World

Dataquest | May 24, 2019

Whether you like it or not, developments in AI, ML, and Big Data are making it easier than ever before to capture and analyze personal data, and what’s more, the trend will continue! AI, ML and Big Data are the hot tech buzzwords today, thanks to all hype created around them because of their usage by leading companies like Google, Facebook, etc. As a result, they’re now being adopted or tested by just about every organization to explore how they could improve operations, sales and of course, cut costs while achieving growth. While these technologies can help organizations achieve better insights into customer behavior and predict their next move, it also raises some security and privacy concerns. The days are done when you needed a statistical masters or PhD and had to spend years learning sophisticated tools like SAS in order to get the hang of data science. You don’t need that anymore to run your models and make something out it.

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Longtime construction software expert, Tom Cofer, shares his experience with construction software implementations. He covers discusses the areas that often cause implementations to fail, and also how to avoid those pitfalls so that your implementation will be a success!

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Longtime construction software expert, Tom Cofer, shares his experience with construction software implementations. He covers discusses the areas that often cause implementations to fail, and also how to avoid those pitfalls so that your implementation will be a success!

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BDT Capital Partners | July 30, 2021

Universal Engineering Sciences® (UES), a national leading engineering and consulting firm specialising in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections, and environmental consulting, has recently revealed that BDT Capital Partners, LLC ("BDT") has agreed to create a meaningful strategic investment in the company through an affiliate agreement. BDT, which is linked with BDT & Co., LLC, a merchant bank that provides long-term specialised capital to family- and founder-led firms, will become the majority stakeholder of UES, combining existing shareholders Palm Beach Capital, company founders, and the management group. Michael Burke, former AECOM Chairman and CEO and current UES Chairman, will remain in his current position. "UES is an industry leading geotechnical engineering, building materials testing, and environmental consulting services firm with an expanding national footprint," stated Ben Sher, Partner at BDT Capital Partners. "BDT's long-term commitment to the UES and Palm Beach Finance is consistent with our merchant banking approach of providing patient capital to founder and family-led firms, comparable to the enterprises that have formed the backbone of the UES platform." Nate Ward, co-founder of Palm Beach Capital, and industry veteran Gary H. Elzweig, PE, F.ASCE founded the UES family of firms. Elzweig will continue to serve as Vice-Chairman of the firm. Nate Ward and Palm Beach Capital will continue to be significant investors and will have board involvement. "We are delighted to work with BDT because of their experience investing in and coaching founder-led enterprises with transformative growth possibilities," Ward added. "We would like to thank our partners, as well as every member of the UES team, for their contributions that contributed to this critical milestone. UES will realise its aim of being the nation's most sought after, respected, and successful geotechnical, building materials testing, inspections, and environmental consulting firm with BDT as the principal investor." "The geotechnical engineering, construction materials, and environmental services industries are very fragmented," Burke said. "I see a tremendous deal of opportunity to identify and partner with strong, well-run businesses that will increase our portfolio and geographic reach." "As the country focuses on repairing and improving existing infrastructure, we play an important role in servicing engineering firms, developers, contractors, and architects in all of our locations. I am excited to work with this outstanding leadership team as they guide UES through our next chapter of tremendous growth and development." Founded in 1964 by Sy Israel, UES has over six decades of expertise and recognition as the best engineering and consulting firm in the geotechnical engineering area, and is well-positioned to serve the demands of commercial, residential, and civic customers nationwide. UES has recently merged with GFA International, Inc., NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services, Contour Engineering, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, Construction Testing & Engineering, SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, P.C., GEOServices, LLC, McGinley & Associates, and Geotechnology Inc., making it one of the largest and most resource-rich organisations of its kind in the country. UES, a privately held corporation, has made a commitment to organic expansion as well as strategic acquisition. UES has locations in high-growth regions throughout the South, Midwest, and West, including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Washington, D.C., California, Utah, Nevada, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. The investment is scheduled to close in the third quarter of 2021, subject to customary restrictions. About Universal Engineering Sciences Universal Engineering Sciences, based in Orlando, is a fast-growing engineering and consulting firm with nearly six decades of experience in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections, and environmental consulting. UES is regarded as an industry pioneer, at the forefront of evolving technology, best practises, and relevant legislation. Public and private clientele are represented in projects ranging from transportation and healthcare to commercial and education. UES engineers, geologists, certified inspectors, and scientists are uncompromising in their commitment to excellence, treating each project as an opportunity to create long-term client relationships. UES recently ranked first on the Zweig Group Hot Firm List, which recognises the fastest-growing firms in the architectural, engineering, planning, environmental, and construction (AEC) industry. UES consults on projects of all kinds, with 2,500 professionals spread over 60 branches in 17 states, to assist deliver critical infrastructure and develop safe and successful communities. About BDT Capital Partners BDT Capital Partners provides long-term, distinctive capital to family and founder-led enterprises. Over the course of its investment funds, the firm has raised more than $18 billion, and its worldwide investor base has invested an additional $10 billion in debt and stock in the funds' portfolio firms. 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Nexteer Automotive Raises the Bar for Software Engineering Organization

Nexteer | April 30, 2021

As cars becoming more software-enabled, cloud-connected devices, global OEMs' demand for software-enabled steering features and other software-centric motion control applications grows exponentially. As a result, Nexteer Automotive is extending its global Software Engineering organization to satisfy the ever-increasing software requirements of its global OEM customers. Software Organizational Enhancement Nexteer's latest operational enhancement establishes a single strategic software team spanning four national Nexteer sites, including the Global Technical Center in Saginaw, MI, Regional Technical Centers in Tychy, Poland and Suzhou, China, and a Software Center in Bengaluru, India. Previously, software engineering knowledge was spread throughout the Company and recorded independently across product lines and R&D. The recently created team reports directly to the chief technology officer of the company. Nexteer's unified software team will support Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems and the advancement of specialized steering features. Furthermore, the new structure would facilitate software-related projects, such as software solutions that may be cloud-based or exist within a centralized chassis domain controller. Software R&D Collaborations Nexteer's latest software engineering structure aligns with R&D partnerships with CNXMotion and Tactile Mobility on two fronts. Nexteer is working on motion control systems with CNXMotion, a joint partnership with Continental. In addition, Nexteer is collaborating with Tactile Mobility, a leading tactile virtual sensing, and data firm headquartered in Israel, to examine advanced steering safety features such as real-time road surface detection. About Nexteer Nexteer Automotive (HK 1316), a world leader in intuitive motion control, is a multibillion-dollar global steering and driveline company that provides electric and hydraulic power steering systems, steering columns, driveline systems, as well as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and automated driving enabling technologies to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company operates 27 assembly facilities, four technical and software centers, and 13 customer support centers throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. BMW, Ford, GM, Stellantis, Toyota, and VW, as well as automakers in India and China, are among the company's more than 60 customers in every major region of the world.

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United Engineers & Constructors and Imperia Engineering Partners Join Forces to Expand Service Offering to the Energy Generation and Delivery Markets

United Engineers & Constructors | September 21, 2021

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