NJ Institute of Tech Hosts Young Scientists in STEM Competition

New Jersey Institute of Technology | January 14, 2020

A college has once again hosted a science competition for middle and high school students. The New Jersey Institute of Technology, which opened its first computer lab some 65 years ago, welcomed 700 students to participate in its annual New Jersey Science Olympiad. Participants competed in teams on 19 activities designed to test their STEM skills. Among the contests for this year's games were: Boomilever, in which teams designed and built a device to support minimum load with the highest structural efficiency; Disease detective, where students used their investigative skills to study disease, injury, health and disability in groups of people; Machines, in which participants tackled a written test on simple and compound machine concepts and constructed a lever-based measuring device for determining the ratio between two masses; and Ornithology, to test students' knowledge of North American birds.

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SOCOTEC GROUP FURTHER EXPANDS ITS PRESENCE IN THE NETHERLANDS

SOCOTEC GROUP | January 18, 2022

After its first acquisition in 2021 in the Dutch market, the SOCOTEC Group, a trusted third party and a leading company in building and infrastructure risk management, announces the acquisition of Inpijn Blokpoel, a major player in the Dutch ground investigation and geotechnical market. With the acquisition of Inpijn Blokpoel Engineers, SOCOTEC is strengthening its position as a key player in the Dutch construction and infrastructure TIC market and is expanding its service portfolio to better serve its customers. The ambition of the group is to become the leading company in testing, inspection and certification services in the construction and infrastructure sectors, alongside the lifecycle of any built environment. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Son, close to Eindhoven, Inpijn Blokpoel Engineers, employs more than 100 people and has a turnover of over 12 million euros. With three main locations around the country (Son, Waddinxveen and Groningen), it is a key player in geotechnics, geophysics and environmental services, some of the core services of the SOCOTEC Group whose global ambition is to meet the growing challenges of environmental, energy, regulatory and digital transitions in the construction and infrastructure sectors. Inpijn Blokpoel Engineers is a specialist in the field of geotechnical and environmental consultancy services using the most modern ground investigation equipment and a cutting-edge laboratory. Consultancy services are provided in the areas of building foundations, construction pits, drainage, wind turbines, logistics centers, structural damage analysis, geophysics, dykes etc. During construction phase, full geotechnical supervision and monitoring can be supplied. Inpijn Blokpoel's clients are contractors, property developers, structural engineers, large engineering companies but also private individuals and of course most Dutch water boards, given its specific know-how in the field of dykes. Inpijn Blokpoel Engineers' core expertise in geotechnics is highly complementary to Hanselman Group acquired by the SOCOTEC Group last August 2021, as the company offers technical expertise for claim management, construction site nuisances management and monitoring services as well as technical inspection in the real estate market. "We are thrilled to have Inpijn Blokpoel as part of our group. Inpijn Blokpoel's brand reputation in the Netherlands and entrepreneurial culture fit extremely well with our organisation and internationalisation strategy. Also, Inpijn Blokpoel broadens our service offering following the acquisition of Hanselman Group. Even if they will remain independent, both companies will be much stronger together and will support the development of the SOCOTEC brand in Europe. With a €25.0m of combined turnover in the Netherlands, SOCOTEC is now a key player in the country and the only one able to offer such a range of services to the Dutch construction and infrastructure markets. Finally, Inpijn Blokpoel complements our existing network of pan-European experts in geotechnics and monitoring across France, the UK, Germany and Italy, from which I expect great technical synergies as well as commercial benefits." -Hervé Montjotin, CEO of the SOCOTEC Group Erik Geurtjens, Managing Director of Inpijn Blokpoel Engineers added: "Joining the SOCOTEC Group is a great opportunity for our organisation, our people and our customers. With the support of SOCOTEC and its technical expertise, we will be in an even better position to accomplish what we have been striving for as a team, over the last 45 years: to minimise the geotechnical and environmental risks for our clients when developing projects in the construction and infrastructure sectors, always looking for the most economical and sustainable options. In the near future, we will be able to expand our market further, serving our customers throughout the entire life cycle of a project." ABOUT THE SOCOTEC GROUP At the service of companies for almost 70 years, the SOCOTEC Group, chaired by Hervé Montjotin, has built its reputation as a trusted third party in the fields of risk management, compliance, safety, health and environment in the Construction, Infrastructure and Industry sectors.As a guarantor of the integrity and performance of assets as well as the safety of people, SOCOTEC develops a range of services in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) for companies in the public and private sectors for their buildings, equipment, infrastructures or constructions. SOCOTEC contributes to the optimisation of their performance by controlling the risks inherent to their activity. Its expertise enables SOCOTEC to support its clients throughout the life cycle of their projects and assets, resulting in a long-term partner position.N°1 in construction inspection in France, and a major player in TIC services in the Construction and Infrastructure sectors in Europe and the United States, the SOCOTEC group will achieve a consolidated turnover of €1bn in 2021 (50% of which was generated outside France) with 200,000 clients. With a presence in 23 countries and 9,700 employees, it has more than 250 external accreditations, enabling SOCOTEC to act as a trusted third party in many projects. In France, it has more than 150 locations throughout the country, including 32 training centers.

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Beam, Longest & Neff, LLC Merges with McIntosh Perry

McIntosh Perry | August 19, 2021

McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd. (McIntosh Perry), an award-winning consulting engineering company, is pleased to announce a merger with Beam, Longest & Neff, LLC (BLN), a leading infrastructure engineering firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The partnership provides clients with a team of more than 800 engineers, project managers and technical experts focused on delivering high-quality projects from 21 offices across North America. "We are excited to be combining forces with McIntosh Perry as we create a large, dynamic North American engineering consulting firm that brings together the best people, industry leading knowledge and decades of experience so that we can continue to serve the growing needs of our clients and put forward the best solutions possible," said Tom Longest, CEO of BLN. A third-generation company founded in 1945, BLN has provided services to hundreds of clients on thousand of projects, including the two signature bridges forming the US$2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Projects and most recently the US$4.4 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge. BLN's team of talented and dedicated professionals will form the foundation for the company's expansion into the USA. "We are energized by this partnership for two important reasons. One, it creates professional development and career path opportunities for our employees and two, it ensures a deep bench of technical and professional talent for our clients," said Jim Longest, President of BLN. "One of the key factors in forming this relationship is our similar core purpose, core values and strategic ambition." Jim and Tom Longest, the third generation to lead the consulting firm, will continue to manage operations and support client relations at BLN, and will also serve on the Board of Directors at McIntosh Perry. "It is very exciting to see our company fulfill our strategic vision and evolve into a full-service North American engineering consulting company," said Gus Sarrouh, CEO of McIntosh Perry." As the COVID restrictions are lifted across North America, we are ideally positioned to take advantage of opportunities on both sides of the border, including the $1.2 trillion stimulus that the United States plans to spend on rebuilding aging infrastructure. We are very fortunate to have found a firm with the history, reputation, and capability that BLN has, and we look forward to working with their people to build a unified firm that provides rewarding career opportunities and delivers high-quality projects." About Beam, Longest and Neff, LLC Founded in 1945, Beam, Longest and Neff (BLN), is a third-generation firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is one of the largest full-service engineering firms in the region. BLN delivers comprehensive solutions for all facets of infrastructure projects and has offices in Indiana, Michigan, Colorado, West Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico. BLN is listed in ENR Midwest as one of the top Midwest design firms and in ENR’s top 500 design firms in the U.S. About McIntosh Perry McIntosh Perry offers a full range of consulting engineering services and technical solutions for public and private sector clients that encompasses every stage of a project, including Building Science, Contract Administration, Energy, Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering, Land Development Engineering and Planning, Municipal Engineering, Project Management, Transportation, Transportation Structures and Surveying. McIntosh Perry has more than 600+ engineers, project managers and technical experts operating out of 14 offices. As we've grown, we remain focused on one goal – helping our clients turn possibilities into reality.

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Hexagon announces strategic partnership with H2U to digitalise green hydrogen plant construction

Hexagon | February 22, 2022

Hexagon AB, a global leader in digital reality solutions combining sensor, software and autonomous technologies, announced a strategic partnership agreement with The Hydrogen Utility Pty Ltd (H2U), a leading Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer, to deliver best-in-class digital asset management solutions in support of the global green hydrogen revolution. The partnership brings together Hexagon's deep expertise in integrating industrial facility digital ecosystems with H2U's green hydrogen and green ammonia proprietary plant designs. The ability to create engineering and operational digital twins, aligned to emerging global standards for information management, is critical to supporting the rapid deployment scenarios required for green hydrogen to deliver deep decarbonisation in the industrial and energy sectors. Hexagon's PPM division will support H2U with an integrated digital twin platform, which will manage every stage of the asset lifecycle—from engineering and design through finance, construction and operation—to improve efficiency and reduce risk. Hexagon's solutions will be implemented across H2U's planned pipeline of high-quality industrial green hydrogen infrastructure initiatives in Australia and New Zealand, leading to new industrial energy assets that drive economic growth and long-term sustainable impact. The pipeline includes first of their kind projects already underway in Australia—the Eyre Peninsula Gateway project in South Australia and the H2-Hub Gladstone project in Queensland, leading to new industrial energy assets that drive economic growth and long-term sustainable impact. "We're proud to partner with H2U to create meaningful impact in the world's energy transformation with the move to cost-effective green hydrogen production. Our solutions will provide a common environment to manage seamless and effective collaboration across H2U's technology partner ecosystem, The partnership also provides a strategic collaboration opportunity for R-evolution, our business venture focused on running profit-driven green-tech projects where Hexagon's technology can be applied. The collaboration with H2U will help accelerate global proliferation of the full breadth of our hydrogen offerings." -Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén For further information, please contact: Maria Luthström, Head of Sustainability and Investor Relations, Hexagon AB, +46 8 601 26 27, ir@hexagon.com Kristin Christensen, Chief Marketing Officer, Hexagon AB, +1 404 554 0972, media@hexagon.com This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com https://news.cision.com/hexagon/r/hexagon-announces-strategic-partnership-with-h2u-to-digit

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