Engineering from Home, According to the Ford Mustang Mach-E Team

Ford Motor Company | April 28, 2020

Ford’s crucial Mustang Mach-E EV program is sprinting to the finish line as it undergoes final calibration and testing just as the engineering team tasked with that work are locked down at home. Fortunately for Ford, and for would-be Mach-E drivers, the engineers are still on the job and getting the work done. Indeed, they are finding the lesson learned by many home workers over the years: Working from home doesn’t mean you’re never at work; it means you’re always at work.

After discovering that working straight through from early-morning phone calls with Europe to late-evening calls with Asia can lead to burn out, Mustang Mach-E Vehicle Engineering Manager Rob Iorio says he is learning the importance of pacing and getting breaks. “It is continuing to evolve,” he observed. “We are finding the right pace now. Early on was a little hectic.”

While we might not miss slogging through traffic to and from the office, driving does provide a mental break from the work at hand, and engineers working from their home offices need to recognize that, Iorio advises.

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eLearning has been adopted at a rapidly increasing rate in recent years with the development of high-speed internet access. According to the eLearning Guild, worldwide revenue from eLearning products and services exceeded $50 billion in 2010, and growth rates are projected at between 15-30% over the next four years.

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eLearning has been adopted at a rapidly increasing rate in recent years with the development of high-speed internet access. According to the eLearning Guild, worldwide revenue from eLearning products and services exceeded $50 billion in 2010, and growth rates are projected at between 15-30% over the next four years.

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Alpine Launches Engineering Services Platform—Trilon Group—Through Partnership With Waggoner Engineering

Alpine | February 02, 2022

Alpine Investors, a people-driven private equity firm committed to building enduring businesses, has announced the launch of Trilon Group, its newly formed engineering services platform. Waggoner Engineering, a Mississippi-based engineering services firm, is Trilon’s first platform partnership and will continue to operate independently under the Waggoner brand. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. Trilon was formed with the vision of building the next Top 20 design firm in North America by partnering with a comprehensive family of engineering services businesses focused on delivering practical and sustainable infrastructure solutions. Trilon will partner with like-minded engineering firms across the nation and aims to accelerate their growth through investment in talent, technology, and targeted M&A. Trilon’s key markets include Transportation, Water, Energy, Environment, and Community Infrastructure. Alpine plans to invest up to $200 million of equity capital to fund the organic and inorganic growth of Trilon. In partnership with Alpine’s in-house talent program, Trilon will focus on cultivating a culture that provides opportunities for its employees to quickly expand their purposeful careers. Trilon will invest heavily in developing and elevating talent across its family of companies with multiple career paths spanning technical, project management, business management, business development, and operations. Michael (Mick) Renshaw, an Alpine CEO-in-residence, will lead Trilon as its founder and CEO. With 30 years of senior management experience, Mick possesses a strong understanding of international markets, strategic management, M&A, and profitable growth in engineering services. Prior to joining Alpine, Mick was the Chief Growth Officer at AECOM, the world’s largest integrated design and construction firm with annual revenue of US$20 billion and a workforce of 56,000. Mick also previously served as the CEO and Managing Director of Cardno, an AU$1.3 billion engineering, environmental, and management services company. While at Cardno, Mick grew the US operations staff from four to more than 4,500. “At Trilon, we believe infrastructure is the backbone of the communities we serve, Done well, infrastructure can improve lives by promoting opportunity, equity, sustainability, and safety. I am excited to partner with Alpine as we share common views on the importance of investing in talent and technology. We invest to both help leading firms like Waggoner thrive and give their team members new opportunities for career growth within the Trilon group. We know this type of platform can be the perfect future home for other like-minded businesses.” -Trilon CEO Mick Renshaw Trilon’s and Mick’s focus on scaling and elevating talent to in-turn build enduring communities fits right in line with Alpine’s people-first culture, values, and goal of being a Force For Good in the world,” said Alpine Partner Dan Sanner. “We are ecstatic to welcome them to the family and to lend them our expertise in building enduring software and services businesses. Trilon is actively seeking partnerships with infrastructure services businesses in any of its key markets, including transportation, water, utilities, environment, and community infrastructure. Business owners interested in learning more about Trilon should contact Tyler Frances at tfrances@alpineinvestors.com. About Alpine Investors Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm that is committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. Alpine specializes in investments in companies in the software and services industries. Its PeopleFirst strategy includes a CEO program which allows Alpine to bring leadership to situations where additional or new management is needed post-transaction. Alpine is currently investing out of its $2.25 billion eighth fund. For more information, visit http://www.alpineinvestors.com. About Trilon Group Trilon group was formed with a vision to build the next Top 20 design firm in North America by bringing together some of the nation’s best infrastructure consulting firms. Key focus areas include Transportation, Water, Utilities, Environment, and Community Infrastructure. For more information, visit www.trilongroup.com. About Waggoner Engineering Waggoner Engineering, founded in 1976, is a civil engineering firm with a passion for helping communities realize their full potential. Today, Waggoner has expanded to 12 offices in five states and is recognized for its innovative, multi-disciplinary services that make it much more than a traditional engineering firm. For more information, visit www.waggonereng.com.

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Asite’s CDE to Streamline Collaboration Across Ogilvie Construction’s Current and Upcoming Construction Projects

Asite | September 24, 2020

Asite’s Common Data Environment (CDE) solution will be used on all of Ogilvie Construction’s current and upcoming construction projects. Ogilvie Construction has chosen to use Asite’s Common Data Environment (CDE) on all their upcoming projects, including various initiatives across Scotland. Asite’s cloud-based platform will streamline Ogilvie’s document management and increase collaboration across their projects. Rob Clifton, Asite SVP for UK & Europe said: “The work Ogilvie Construction is undertaking across Scotland is improving the quality of life for many different communities, from helping to deliver affordable housing to transforming derelict buildings into new hubs for both the public and private sectors. “Asite is excited to be able to support their exciting portfolio of projects and work with such a renowned family-owned business.” Spanning a range of different sectors, Ogilvie Construction works across education, health, industrial, hotels, residential, retail and industrial projects in the UK. One project in Ogilvie Construction wide-ranging portfolio which will implement the Asite CDE is the construction of the 245-bed Marriott hotel in Glasgow.

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Drones to Transform the Construction Industry

PBC Today | August 28, 2020

Drones are helping construction firms tackle Britain’s housing crisis head-on, according to Robert Garbett, founder of the UK Drone Delivery Group and Drone Major Group Limited. The use of drones presents an increasingly attractive opportunity within the housebuilding and construction industries to reduce costs, mitigate safety risks, increase accuracy and improve decision-making. From social housing to the private rental sector, finding somewhere to live is too often marred by long waiting lists and endless red tape. Developers and the public sector are gradually waking up to this crisis, however, until recently the pace of construction remained one of the key barriers to change. Huge benefits are also being realised by those responsible for the development and maintenance of the nation’s infrastructure. West Sussex County Council, surveying the county’s bridges in partnership with a leading international infrastructure group, is just one example of how drones are improving efficiently, speed of delivery and also reducing costs. Robert Garbett, founder and CEO of Drone Major Group, said: “Drone technology is being used to dramatically reduce planning cycles and save millions on large scale infrastructure and highway projects.

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