Engineering and science focus of Girl Guide Badge Day

Windsor Star | March 18, 2019

Close to 80 Windsor and Essex County girl guides closed out their March break by building bridges, circuits, and water filters. The full day of hands-on activities at UWindsor’s fourth annual Girl Guide Badge Day landed the girls engineering, science, and water badges. The event was organized by the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science and sponsored in part by the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering and Let’s Talk Science

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The wind energy industry is a serious up-and-coming sector that engineers can specialize in now and get in early to reap the benefits of later on by securing leadership positions. This industry is seeing a 39% per year growth and with engineering workers more confident and in demand as ever, it's a promising specialization with many new developments happening right now.

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The wind energy industry is a serious up-and-coming sector that engineers can specialize in now and get in early to reap the benefits of later on by securing leadership positions. This industry is seeing a 39% per year growth and with engineering workers more confident and in demand as ever, it's a promising specialization with many new developments happening right now.

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Trimble Acquires B2W Software to Expand its Civil Construction Portfolio

Trimble | September 15, 2022

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today it has acquired privately-held B2W Software, a leading provider of estimating and operations solutions for the heavy civil construction industry. Financial terms were not disclosed. With the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and other infrastructure legislation across the globe, construction organizations are fast tracking the digitization of their processes and operations. As infrastructure projects become increasingly complex, data-driven insights and analytics will be imperative to improve productivity, increase efficiency and drive sustainability. "Seamlessly connected workflows are key to unlocking the true potential of an organization's data, With the acquisition of B2W, Trimble will be able to provide an unparalleled end-to-end digital experience—connecting the digital to the physical—for heavy civil and infrastructure contractors." -Elwyn McLachlan, vice president of Trimble's Civil Solutions Division. The addition of B2W's comprehensive suite of pre-construction and operations capabilities will expand Trimble's already extensive civil infrastructure portfolio and Trimble Construction One, a purpose-built connected construction management platform. B2W's integrated suite of applications includes estimating, scheduling, field tracking, equipment maintenance, data capture and business intelligence. By combining these capabilities with Trimble's rich field data, project management, finance and human capital management solutions, civil contractors will be able to bridge the gap between office and field in new ways, promoting transparency, efficiency and ultimately profitability. "B2W has helped thousands of heavy civil contractors increase their bid accuracy and operational efficiency, And now with Trimble, we can realize the next chapter of our story. By linking the planned with the executed, we will provide civil contractors with a truly connected construction experience, unlocking valuable new insights for our customers across their entire operation." -Paul McKeon, founder and CEOB2W. B2W will be reported as part of the Buildings and Infrastructure segment. Perkins Coie LLP acted as legal advisor to Trimble. Piper Sandler & Co. acted as a financial advisor and Foley Hoag LLP acted as legal advisor to B2W Software. About B2W: Headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and founded in 1993, B2W (formerly known as Bid2Win) provides specialized software for heavy civil construction management. Companies throughout North America and several other countries use B2W Software to bid on large-scale infrastructure and commercial projects, plan and manage operations, maintain large fleets of equipment and leverage business intelligence. About Trimble: Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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CONSTRUCTION

Disperse Launches Impulse to Augment Project Team Performance

Disperse | November 24, 2022

Disperse, a leading provider of building productivity systems in the construction industry, today announced the launch of its new product, Impulse. The innovative product enhances processes commonly used in construction with performance insights that project teams can utilize to inform critical day-to-day decisions. In addition to quantifying work-in-place of over 480 task components, Impulse highlights issues that do not conform to design or that may require rework so that project teams can systematically address them. This requires minimal manual inputs from project teams and is instead derived from 360º image scans captured by Disperse operatives that are accessible to customers through a class-leading visual interface of interactive building schematics. Impulse replaces the previous product for all new engagements and has been well received by Disperse's customers, with 35% having already migrated to the new solution. Impulse visually integrates performance insights into building elevations and surfaces issues that even the most experienced team may not have the bandwidth to identify. Early customers use the work-in-place information displayed over building elevations during coordination meetings to drive more informed discussions with their trades. They also manage issues as broad as ensuring that a ceiling is closed after the rerouting of a pipe, all the way to quantifying outstanding scope to source a new contractor after a particular trade abandoned work on site. Impulse automatically tracks and, when relevant, resolves these issues using photographic documentation obtained through regular site scans, so that project teams can focus on driving productivity. “What makes us stand out in the market is our ability to reliably and consistently extract data from the site images we capture, We have now built on this capability and our new product, Impulse, gives our customers objective data in an intuitive format for use in everyday decisions. With Impulse, we are serving actionable insights to project teams so that they can make better decisions and drive on-site performance.” -Felix Neufeld founder and CEO Disperse. While most construction technology companies rely on project teams to provide status and progress information as well as visuals from their site, Disperse automates this process for project teams by integrating the image scans with project drawings, schedule and, when available, updated BIM model. In essence, Impulse relies on the strengths of artificial intelligence and industry experts working together to extract data from these inputs and generates performance insights that projects can readily use to drive decisions. Disperse customers continue to have access to the comprehensive as-built reports that they lean on for stakeholder communications. Key Features Track what matters with work-in-place insight of over 480 task components across Superstructure, Envelope / Façade, MEP, and Fit-Out. Quickly visualize and validate any work-in-place with new interactive building elevations that filter by trade, task activity, object / component, and location. Identify installations that do not conform to design drawings, that may require rework, or that may cause schedule delays with Spotlights, the early issue detection system, now actionable from within the platform. Spotlights also ensure no unexpected regressions occur by monitoring completed work. Keep project teams focused on driving progress while ensuring stakeholders stay informed with automated executive summary, progress, cost, and earned value reports, as well as with schedule integrations (P6, ASTA, MSP). Automated reports and insights are based on data that Disperse captures through our turn-key solution that integrates the image scans with project drawings, schedule, and when available, BIM model. This ensures project teams have consistent, quality scans that generate comprehensive as-built records once a project is complete. About Disperse.io: Disperse captures the state of construction projects and provides actionable insights in a way that is scalable, accurate, and reliable so that project teams can focus on getting things done. Disperse products combine artificial intelligence and human expertise to empower project teams with insights from data that allows them to make better decisions with an objective project status, minimize risk with reliable as-built records, and improve stakeholder communication.

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nVent HOFFMAN Software Will Simplify Engineering Processes and Connect Fabrication and Workers to Drive Productivity

Zuken | November 10, 2022

nVent Electric plc (NYSE:NVT) (“nVent”), a global leader in electrical connection and protection solutions, today announced it will preview its upcoming digital manufacturing software portfolio at Rockwell Automation Fair in Chicago. The Design to Manufacturing Software, powered by Zuken’s E3.series, is a proven and fast engineering system for designers and manufacturing personnel to: Plan and design the electrical engineering for machines and factory systems Automate panel building through 2D/3D design and assembly of industrial and commercial control panels nVent is a global leader in providing industrial enclosures and advanced cooling solutions, and has a comprehensive machine portfolio to automate panel building. The nVent HOFFMAN Design to Manufacturing Software, powered by Zuken, helps us to create time and labor savings, which enables us to build a more sustainable and electrified world. “By adding the Design to Manufacturing Software, powered by Zuken, we have significantly enhanced our value proposition by optimizing the entire panel design and fabrication process, Companies are prudently finding ways to maximize the skills of their workforce, especially in such a competitive landscape and tight job market. This will make it easier for our customers to deliver high-quality solutions faster, with fewer resources and time-consuming steps.” -Alexander van der Weide, general manager and vice president for nVent. We simplify design. We connect engineering to manufacturing. We simplify design We connect engineering to manufacturing We capture and deploy knowledge We solve the shortage of engineers and skilled labor We accelerate profitable growth The Design to Manufacturing Software provides design automation to help electrical engineers to simplify processes, and ultimately increase overall productivity. With its easy-to-use intelligent central parts library, designers can now efficiently work on a single project while the software automatically ensures the data is continually up to date, making the design and planning process easy. The optimized engineering process drives the creation of the digital twin with all the necessary manufacturing details. We automate the panel building process by connecting machines and workers, accelerating the transition to smart manufacturing. Workers can now easily visualize the design and immediately access digital documentation. This automated workflow detects critical errors, significantly improves the time taken to build a panel, and maintains the overall process. The advanced software portfolio will be released in 2023 as part of a collaboration with Zuken, a leading global software company specializing in optimizing electrical and electronic engineering design processes. The Design to Manufacturing software portfolio will include specially designed software packages for engineering and manufacturing processes, connecting workers to the manufacturing floor, and adding optional add-on functionalities. About nVent: nVent is a leading global provider of electrical connection and protection solutions. We believe our inventive electrical solutions enable safer systems and ensure a more secure world. We design, manufacture, market, install and service high performance products and solutions that connect and protect some of the world's most sensitive equipment, buildings and critical processes. We offer a comprehensive range of enclosures, electrical connections and fastening and thermal management solutions across industry-leading brands that are recognized globally for quality, reliability and innovation. Our principal office is in London and our management office in the United States is in Minneapolis. Our robust portfolio of leading electrical product brands dates back more than 100 years and includes nVent CADDY, ERICO, HOFFMAN, RAYCHEM, SCHROFF and TRACER. About Zuken: Zuken is a global software company providing industry leading electrical and electronic design solutions. Founded in 1976, Zuken has a long track record of technology innovation and financial stability in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. With a product portfolio of world-class design solutions spanning MBSE-based product definition and services to electrical and electronic design solutions to address the needs of a broad range of industries across the globe. These design solutions provide our customers with improved productivity and efficiencies in this highly competitive landscape.

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