Engineering manifesto outlines steps to secure UK’s future prosperity

The Manufacturer | August 27, 2019

The National Engineering Policy Centre, which represents nearly half a million UK engineers, has put forward proposals for a more prosperous and secure economy and society, calling on government to work with them to invest in skills, innovation, clean energy technologies, and digital and traditional infrastructure. Engineering priorities for our future economy and society highlights critical policy recommendations to enhance the UK’s status as a world-leading innovation and engineering hub, ahead of the forthcoming spending review, the UK’s exit from the EU and a possible general election. This is the first joint publication by the National Engineering Policy Centre, an ambitious new partnership between almost 40 of the UK’s leading engineering organisations, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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When it comes to earthquakes, an engineer will tell you better safe than sorry. Earthquakes can be incredibly devastating, and throughout history, there have been countless examples of entire cities being brought low, with damage even causing fires and flooding afterwards. Less than a century ago, a strong earthquake could sometimes result in the deaths of many thousands of people. Thanks to advances in civil engineering, the construction of buildings, bridges, roads and highways has progressed resulting in safer structures for our society.

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When it comes to earthquakes, an engineer will tell you better safe than sorry. Earthquakes can be incredibly devastating, and throughout history, there have been countless examples of entire cities being brought low, with damage even causing fires and flooding afterwards. Less than a century ago, a strong earthquake could sometimes result in the deaths of many thousands of people. Thanks to advances in civil engineering, the construction of buildings, bridges, roads and highways has progressed resulting in safer structures for our society.

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Edge Impulse Raises $15 Million in Series A to Enable a Data-Driven Engineering Revolution with Machine Learning

Edge Impulse, | May 19, 2021

Edge Impulse, the world's leading development platform for machine learning (ML) on edge devices, announced today the completion of a $15 million Series A investment round led by Canaan Partners, with participation from Acrew Capital, Fika Ventures, Momenta Ventures, and Knollwood Investment Advisory. This funding will help the company achieve its goal of democratizing machine learning for millions of developers and engineers working on billions of edge devices. Due to power, bandwidth, and cost constraints, 99% of sensor data is currently unused. Edge Impulse allows this data to be analyzed effectively using edge-optimized machine learning, resulting in smarter products and enhanced privacy. Developers and engineers will use the Edge Impulse framework to build useful datasets, then quickly develop and deploy custom machine learning models to any edge system, from battery-powered sensors to Linux-based GPUs capable of operating actuating pneumatics and robotic arms. With a growing list of silicon partners including Arm, Nordic Semiconductor, NVIDIA, Silicon Labs, STMicroelectronics, Microchip, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Himax, and Eta Compute, the company's platform is trusted by thousands of developers and businesses looking to utilize sensor data to bring intelligence to the next generation of smart devices. To date, the platform has produced over 23,000 projects and 26 million branded data samples across a variety of verticals, including industrial, infrastructure, wearables, and wildlife conservation, with a global developer group on track to hit 100,000 by 2022. Machine learning allows for a data-driven engineering approach to solving problems that can have an impact in all industries. Using machine learning for data-driven engineering in the Internet of Things will not only create better systems but will also give life to a whole new class of experiences. Surprisingly, thanks to platforms like Edge Impulse, it would become a lot easier to modify, upgrade, and handle. IoT will eventually live up to its original goals and turn consumer products, automotive, agriculture, and engineering from the ground up, thanks to smarter brains and learning capabilities on devices. About Edge Impulse Edge Impulse is the leading embedded machine learning software platform, with over 23,000 ML projects in use around the world. We're on a journey to have the best machine learning development experience on edge devices for sensors, audio, and computer vision at scale. We make highly optimized ML deployable to a wide range of hardware from MCUs to CPUs, from getting started in under five minutes to MLOps in production.

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Big Sun Modular Announces Partnership and Licensing Agreement with Kodasema and Hiring of Brian Dawson as President

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 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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AECOM secures positions on Transport for London engineering consultancy framework

AECOM | November 25, 2021

AECOM (NYSE: ACM), the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, announced it has won places on over 30 Lots of the Transport for London (TfL) Engineering Consultancy Framework (ECF), including places on the strategic Multidisciplinary Engineering Services and Multidisciplinary Rail Engineering Services Lots. The four-year framework will be the primary means of accessing engineering consultancy services for TfL, the Greater London Authority, all 32 London borough councils and the City of London. “This important framework builds on our long-term relationship with TfL, expanding our scope of services and technical disciplines available to them,The framework enables us to bring our full breadth of diverse services to every project, supporting TfL as it continues to improve every journey for people who live and travel in London.” -Lara Poloni, AECOM’s president The new framework replaces the TfL Rail Engineering and Multidisciplinary Services frameworks and is expected to support the delivery of a range of projects and programs across all TfL infrastructure, including major station upgrades, surface works, oversite developments and line extensions. The framework Lots cover multidisciplinary engineering services, specialist engineering services, engineering architectural services, highways engineering and rail engineering. AECOM has worked with TfL since its inception across all transport modes and has supported the delivery of transformative programs such as Crossrail, Cycle Superhighways and Healthy Streets. Other current projects with TfL include DLR Thamesmead and Bakerloo Line Extension. About AECOM AECOM (NYSE: ACM) is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.3 billion in fiscal year 2021. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at aecom.com and @AECOM.

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