New study predicts huge growth in permanent modular construction

PBC Today | January 31, 2020

Most design and construction professionals using permanent modular construction experience improved productivity and project quality, according to new research. Findings show that most design and construction professionals using permanent modular construction experience improved productivity and project quality, while the use of relocatable buildings is also expected to rise. Dodge Data & Analytics – with the support of the Modular Building Institute – has released the findings of a landmark new study that provides a comprehensive examination of the current state and future expectations for prefabrication and modular construction. The Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report takes a close look at critical drivers, obstacles and benefits of using these methods, based on insight from architects, engineers and contractors already leveraging them.

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Automotive manufacturers and transportation technology vendors are rapidly progressing us towards fully autonomous vehicles. But not all autonomous vehicles are the same and right now we’re nowhere near full autonomy. The Society for Automotive Engineers has defined six levels of autonomy from Level 0 to Level 5.

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Automotive manufacturers and transportation technology vendors are rapidly progressing us towards fully autonomous vehicles. But not all autonomous vehicles are the same and right now we’re nowhere near full autonomy. The Society for Automotive Engineers has defined six levels of autonomy from Level 0 to Level 5.

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Ansys and Rockwell Automation Optimize Industrial Operations with Expanded Digital Twin Connectivity

Ansys | September 15, 2021

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Eco Wave Power Announces Strategic Partnership with Painhas Engineering and Construction Company for Technical Support of Its' Portugal Project

Painhas SA | October 21, 2020

Publicly traded wave energy developer, Eco Wave Power (EWPG Holding AB, Stock Symbol: ECOWVE), announces today the strategic collaboration with Painhas for the technical support for the licensing of its' Portugal project. Painhas, which was founded in 1980, has more than 40 years of experience in providing engineering and construction, operation and maintenance services for the energy sector in Portugal and other countries (including Production, Distribution and Power Transmission sectors) Painhas will take an integral part in the technical support needed for the official licensing procedures for the Eco Wave Power planned 20MW wave energy project in Portugal, as part of the company's newly signed Concession Agreement with the Port Authority of Leixões, APDL. Once licensing is obtained, the parties will work towards a continued collaboration for the execution of the project.

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TCS Introduces Composite Quality Engineering Service for Blockchain Applications

TCS | October 23, 2020

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has introduced a composite quality engineering (QE) service for blockchain applications called TCS Blockchain QE Services that combines smart contract auditing with cloud deployment design, API audits, and usability testing to help enterprises safeguard against security, privacy, and reliability threats. Leveraging the experience and capabilities of TCS' Quality Engineering and Transformation Platform Services, the new services cater to applications over a wide range of blockchain platforms. The offering reimagines testing by leveraging innovative methods from the proven Quality Engineering Platform ecosystem. TCS provides smart contract testing services as part of this offering to thwart vulnerabilities in the business logic codified in smart contracts. It can also ring fence the entire blockchain solution at protocol and ecosystem level to ensure safety and security of enterprise applications.

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