A very British solution for constructing better commercial buildings

PBC Today | June 25, 2020

Metal composite panels are becoming a commercial builder’s dream. Lightweight, structurally tough and watertight, they can be erected very quickly and provide the ultimate U value. The internals, such as flooring and fit-out, and external fixtures such as screening can be worked on simultaneously, saving a fortune in time and labour.

Add to this the fact that the panels’ lack of weight means further savings on the cost of designing and laying foundations, and it’s no wonder that the last few years have seen a rapid increase in their usage.

However, despite the gradual lifting of restrictions imposed due to Covid-19, some construction sites remain closed because of an inability to source materials from abroad. Which is where British manufacturers come in.

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Linesight: Thriving Global Construction Consultancy Announces Office Expansion in Taiwan

Linesight | June 20, 2022

Linesight announced the relocation and expansion of its Taiwan office which is indicative of local business growth in addition to further strategic expansion plans for Northeast Asia. The new office demonstrates Linesight’s long term investment and commitment to further advance its operations, as well as develop local talent, in the region. Centrally located on the main street of Taiwan boulevard (Taichung) the office provides enhanced accessibility and convenience for both clients and staff, while its modern, open floor plan enables engagement and collaborative working. We are excited to welcome clients, colleagues and friends to our new office. We continue to provide leading cost management consultancy and build trusted partnership relationships with a highly coveted set of clients in the data centre sector as well as in high tech, commercial real estate, life sciences and energy. We have ambitious plans for the region as a whole, are continuously hiring and nurturing great talent and we strive to create an inclusive culture for our teams.” Garvan Barry, Director for Northeast Asia at Linesight Since 2018 the global construction consultancy has been working with clients in Taipei, New Taipei city, Taoyuan, Changhua and Taichung on all aspects of project and cost management including, but not limited to, procurement, scheduling, contract review and administration, and health and safety consultancy. Linesight has successfully delivered over 71MW of critical IT load to Taiwan data centres with a further 125MW coming onstream shortly. Its ongoing projects, including five data centres, are estimated to be completed between mid-2023 and Q1 2024. Commenting on the significance of Linesight’s continued investment in Taiwan, John Butler, Regional Director, APAC said “Over the past 48+ years in business Linesight has gained deep multi-sectoral knowledge and extensive project experience which we bring to bear locally in each of our 24 offices globally. By understanding the local construction landscape, its contractors, vendors and suppliers, we can provide our clients with an extensive set of project controls services including granular cost and schedule data which helps them manage every element of a project throughout its lifecycle and ultimately gives them improved predictability of outcome.” About Linesight Linesight is a multinational construction consultancy firm with over 48 years’ experience, providing cost, schedule, program, and project management services to a multitude of sectors including Life Sciences, Data Centers, Commercial, High-Tech Industrial, Residential, Hospitality, Healthcare, and Retail. Linesight’s specialist project teams, each with specific skills and experience, provide better predictability of project outcomes, faster project delivery, greater cost efficiency, and maximum monetary value for its clients.

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Truelook releases new innovative jobsite surveillance technology

TrueLook | May 10, 2022

TrueLook, a market leader in construction camera technology trusted worldwide for construction visibility and security, has released an innovative Jobsite Surveillance feature designed to reduce theft at construction sites and minimize the risk for loss of time, money, and equipment. This type of technology is expected to be a complete game-changer when it comes to jobsite monitoring. "This technology is a natural next step for our company and a much needed resource for customers wanting improved security for their large job sites," said Roger Yarrow. "We are pleased and proud to be able to offer a product which solves problems for a wide range of construction companies across the country. We believe that this turnkey new offering will prove invaluable on jobsites, adding an extra layer of security when a job site manager can't be there 24/7." Over the past several years, there has been a rising climate of crime leading to a major influx of requests from customers looking for increased monitoring features (such as human verification and trained professional monitoring). With construction theft increasingly plaguing the industry, TrueLook decided to take their technology to a new level. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction projects were halted and crews were forced to take a leave for the recommended quarantine period provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), leaving job sites empty and making them a target for construction material theft. The National Equipment Register estimates that the cost to the insurance and construction industry each year, due to theft alone, could be upwards of $1 billion. The demand for surveillance on these sites is no longer a luxury - it has become a necessity. TrueLook is responding to that increased demand, which has remained prevalent. TrueLook's Jobsite Surveillance protects job sites by identifying perpetrators in real time, verifying threats, and contacting law enforcement to stop criminals in the act. The new feature works by following these steps: Utilizing TrueLook's Intelligent Motion Alerts, customers can select the areas and hours they want visibility on their jobsite. Typically, these hours are when no one should be on your job site. Customers can also choose to include or exclude certain areas of a job site. If activity is detected in the designated zones during monitored hours, a video-clip of the event will be sent to a trained monitoring representative. The representative will review the clip and determine if the threat is real. If the threat is verified, the representative will contact the customer to verify a legitimate security threat is occurring. The customer can then choose to request emergency services or dismiss the alert. If emergency services are requested, the representative will alert the nearest responders with a description and live video feed of the threat in progress. "The safety and security of job sites are of utmost importance to our customers, Our Jobsite Surveillance functionality provides complete, trusted protection, and ensures projects can be completed without unnecessary interruptions due to vandalism and theft. We are excited to be able to offer our customers that added level of comfort" Jaclyn Kramer, CMO ABOUT TRUELOOK: TrueLook is the only construction camera company to include live jobsite viewing, project time-lapsing, and HD security recording with every camera. TrueLook has pioneered new construction camera technologies for over 20 years, beginning with the world's first Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera in 1995. Their cameras capture over 50,000 construction time-lapse photos every day across the U.S. and Canada and have delivered more than two billion images to 100 million users.

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Verdantas Launches as an Opportunity for Engineers, Scientists & Technical Experts to Build a Better Tomorrow

Verdantas | January 05, 2022

Five leading professional service groups have come together to form a national company, which is launching under a new brand: Verdantas. Round Table Capital Partners (“RTC Partners”) launched this new venture with the acquisition of Hull & Associates, LLC (“Hull”) in July of 2020, and has since expanded the organization with the acquisitions of Duffield Associates, LLC (“Duffield”), HSW Consulting, LLC (“HSW”), GeoInsight, Inc. (“GeoInsight”) and Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.(“Alden”). Verdantas was started with a vision to build a consulting company focused on improving the world by addressing the toughest challenges facing our natural and built environments today. Over the past 18 months, Verdantas has brought together an outstanding group of consulting companies that share this common focus. The combined organization now offers a comprehensive suite of environmental, energy, water, civil infrastructure, and green and sustainable engineering services. RTC Partners brought together an experienced and accomplished executive team to support the Verdantas mission. “Nearly everything we offer as a company makes the world a better place – that’s what engineers, scientists and technical experts do – that’s how we are wired. We recognize we are contributing to a better, greener future, by collaborating with our clients and the communities where we work. We strive to do this in an atmosphere where our people can thrive and accomplish great things together, supported by a strong team culture.” -Industry veteran Gerry Salontai as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Salontai Andra Kidd, COO of Verdantas, added, “To accomplish these ambitious goals, we must look inward, and build a people-first culture that gives our employees opportunities to work on impactful projects that will make a difference for the generations-to-come. Verdantas believes in a brighter tomorrow, and we believe getting there will require a foundation of integrity, compassion, collaboration and advanced science and expertise.” Tony Brindisi, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at RTC Partners, commented on the formation of Verdantas: We have been selective and strategic in the formation of Verdantas. Each entity that joins integrates its engineering, planning, science, and technical expertise to solve complex problems as One Great Company. These companies bring legacies of excellence and are market-leading experts in the environment and its supporting infrastructure. RTC is excited about the enormous potential for positive impact Verdantas is pursuing. Verdantas currently employs over 450 people across 26 offices, and is home to many of the top scientists, engineers and technical experts in the industry. Verdantas operates a people-first culture, concentrating on the well-being of its employees, clients, and the communities where they live and work. The platform is actively hiring across all disciplines and seeking additional companies with a strategic and cultural fit. For more information, please visit the Verdantas website at verdantas.com, and address any inquiries to Terry Reynolds, VP/Corporate Marketing and Communication (treynolds@verdantas.com, 916-889-6681) About RTC Partners RTC Partners is a private equity firm that focuses on investing in and building strong businesses with committed management teams in the professional, business, and healthcare services industries. The firm’s dedicated emphasis on human capital, combined with its thoughtful approach to both organic and inorganic opportunities, allows organizations to unlock the next stage of growth while enabling sustainable and long-term value creation for all stakeholders. RTC is actively seeking additional platform and add-on acquisitions in its targeted markets. For more information, visit rtcpartners.com.

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EarthDaily Analytics Provides Strategic Update and Announces Initiation of EarthDaily Constellation Construction

EarthDaily Analytics Corp | January 13, 2022

EarthDaily Analytics Corp. ("EDA" or the "Company"), a vertically-integrated data processing and analytics company pairing cutting-edge Big Data tools with proven Space technologies, provided a strategic update on its progress, including the initiation of construction on its EarthDaily Constellation of super-spectral satellites. Subsequent to EDA's formation in February 2021, the Company has undertaken a series of steps to ensure its long-term success, including but not limited to the following: Completed detailed plan for development of the Company's integrated EarthDaily service offering, including the launch of the EarthDaily Constellation satellites throughout 2023 Completed acquisition of Geosys agricultural geoanalytics business Incorporated Short Wave Infrared ("SWIR") and Thermal cameras into the EarthDaily Constellation to further enhance service offering and breadth of addressable markets Completed extensive industry procurement survey, RFP process, and vendor due diligence Received commitment from Antarctica Capital, an international private equity firm with $2 billion of assets under management, to support the construction of the $150 million EarthDaily Constellation Initiated construction of the EarthDaily Constellation, which is currently four months into the build process, with payments made for long-lead components ordered from market-leading industrial partners, who will be announced shortly Ongoing recruitment of additional software engineering personnel to support the EarthPipeline Software-as-a-Service ("SaaS") Ground Segment Invested in marketing and sales organization to drive both near-term revenues from the existing agricultural geoanalytics offering and long-term commitments for the forthcoming EarthDaily service offering Received AWS certification for EarthPipeline SaaS offering "With Antarctica Capital's solid backing, we have been able to move expeditiously in progressing the development and commercialization of the fully integrated EarthDaily service offering, while also increasing near-term revenues and diversifying the customer base for our Geosys agricultural geoanalytics business. By pairing the fully automated, endlessly scalable, cloud-native SaaS EarthPipeline data processing system with the ultra-high quality, Analytics-Ready Data and daily global coverage provided by the EarthDaily Constellation, EDA is positioned to provide innovative Big Data solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our world today." -Don Osborne, Chief Executive Officer of EarthDaily Analytics Chandra Patel, Managing Director of Antarctica Capital, said, "EarthDaily represents an incredible opportunity to apply the tools of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to an ever-expanding and extremely rich, super-spectral dataset that captures the Earth's landmass every single day. As firm believers in the promise of EarthDaily Analytics, our ability to provide the Company with both strategic guidance and substantial growth capital allows EDA to position itself as a well-capitalized and largely de-risked innovator, supported by both growing near-term revenues and material momentum towards unlocking its full potential with the launch of the EarthDaily Constellation. Whether as a means of supporting ESG monitoring and assurance mandates, predicting and tracking wildfires, monitoring containership traffic off the coast of California, measuring water uptake and harvested acres to support crop insurance underwriting in Brazil, or informing trading strategies for carbon and other global commodity markets, we are thrilled to support EDA in providing truly differentiated and value-added solutions to the diverse challenges of today and tomorrow." Mr. Osborne concluded, "As a well-capitalized company with proven capabilities in Space technologies and ultra-high volume data analytics, a growing book of both near-term revenues and long-term committed business, and a substantially de-risked path to the launch of the EarthDaily Constellation in 2023, we are very optimistic about the prospects for our business and look forward to providing further updates during this exciting period for EDA." About EarthDaily Analytics EarthDaily Analytics (EDA), a Canadian company with headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, provides evidence-based, actionable insights for addressing some of the world's greatest challenges, from sustainable agriculture and disaster management to climate change monitoring and forestry protection, among many others. Its Geosys division, with operations in Minneapolis, USA, and Toulouse, France, has more than thirty years of AgTech experience analyzing weather and satellite data for agriculture, serving stakeholders across the agricultural value chain with proven solutions for monitoring and benchmarking crops throughout the growing season. EDA has developed EarthPipeline, the world's first Ground Segment as a Service, that uses proprietary algorithms combined with the latest advancements in computer vision and machine learning to produce scientific quality Analytics Ready Data in the cloud at massive scale for "big data" infrastructure and geoanalytics. This fully automated processing pipeline is used with data from a number of satellite sensors to power the geoanalytics services by its Geosys division and is now also being offered commercially. EDA is also developing the EarthDaily Satellite Constellation to image the Earth's landmass and large maritime areas every single day, with the data being processed by the EarthPipeline to produce scientific-quality superspectral imagery that will power groundbreaking innovations in a wide range of AI and machine learning applications. For more information, visit www.earthdaily.com. About Antarctica Capital Antarctica Capital is an international private equity firm headquartered in New York with assets under management in excess of $2 billion as of December 31, 2020. Antarctica Capital is a registered investment advisor and is dedicated to investments in private markets and real assets and the establishment of long-term capital vehicles to leverage this investment focus. Antarctica Capital's investment approach is active ownership with an inherent focus on sustainability and to provide more than capital to develop companies. The firm has an absolute return focus, which leads the firm to rigorously evaluate and build conviction around idiosyncratic investment opportunities and build value through the implementation of its investment strategies, such as SIGA®, SARO® and SEREY™.

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