ENGINEERING TECH

Agreement for a New Renewable Diesel Biorefinery in South America between Maire Tecnimont Group and Essential Energy USA Corp

prnewswire | February 15, 2021

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., through its auxiliary NextChem and Essential Energy USA Corp. today have executed a Front-End Engineering Design contract just as a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of another biorefinery in South America for the creation of Renewable Diesel. Fundamental Energy USA Corp is one of the main biofuels makers in South America.

Subject to the customer's Final Investment Decision, the biorefinery will deliver 200,000 tpy (tons each time) of High-Quality Renewable Diesel from cutting edge bio-feedstocks non in rivalry with food. NextChem will be the elite EPC worker for hire. The undertaking is relied upon to be operational in 2023.

The biorefinery will change common oil, squander vegetables oils and fat into HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils) additionally referred to in the market as Renewable Diesel. The Renewable Diesel is a fuel which is synthetically indistinguishable from petrol based diesel with the benefit of improved execution. It is utilized worldwide as a drop-in biofuel in diesel vehicles with no motor alterations. Besides, the Renewable Diesel permits a Carbon Intensity decrease, for ozone harming substance discharges, over 80% contrasted and oil based diesel.

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MAPEI Innovation Meets 3D Technology to Build Homes

MAPEI | May 05, 2022

MAPEI Corporation, a leading manufacturer of construction materials for the building industry, and Black Buffalo 3D Corporation, a leading provider of large-scale 3D construction printers, have announced a strategic, research, development, and manufacturing partnership for the 3D construction-printing industry. The first collaboration from this partnership, Planitop 3D, is designed to work with Black Buffalo 3D’s NEXCON printers to provide enhanced performance at a fraction of the cost of existing building materials. Held to the strictest quality standards, each layer of Planitop 3D is designed to quickly set up and support every layer that is printed above it saving time, reducing materials and increasing jobsite efficiency. The official launch of Planitop 3D occurred at the site of a housing project in Virginia, in which 3D contracting group Alquist 3D will use NEXCON printers and the innovative new mortar to 3D-print 200 new homes. Alquist 3D is an innovative builder that is committed to helping rural communities through the use of leading-edge technologies. “MAPEI has always been known for innovation and for helping communities around the nation, These 3D-printed homes and other structures printed with Planitop 3D and Black Buffalo 3D’s NEXCON printers represent technology at its most compassionate and at its highest level of innovation.” Luigi Di Geso, MAPEI Corporation’s President and CEO Michael Woods, COO/CEO of Big Sun Holdings, Black Buffalo 3D’s parent corporation, remarked, “The Black Buffalo 3D team recognized the need for standardization in materials to drive the next phase of growth in the 3D construction industry. MAPEI was able to enhance the formula that our team developed and take it to the next level, outclassing every product on the market – at a cost that makes 3D-printing homes, buildings and infrastructure feasible on nearly every level.” Planitop 3D is now available across North America through MAPEI. The cement-based construction ink/mortar has been developed through years of research, testing and evaluation by independent and in-house material scientists at MAPEI, Black Buffalo 3D and various third-party labs, including Intertek, which is based in York, PA. Kevin Smith, MAPEI Corporation’s National Sales Director – Concrete Restoration Systems, stated, “We were very confident that we could partner with Black Buffalo and their full range of 3D printers to provide an exceptional solution, as this technology is well within our wheelhouse. Black Buffalo 3D met with our R&D team and we quickly developed the correct solution for this project – it’s called Planitop 3D.” Planitop 3D is currently in the verification process for meeting the ICC-ES AC509 standard for 3D-printed walls. Black Buffalo 3D is the first company in the world to submit material for proving its ability to meet this globally recognized criteria. Milestones that have already been achieved include several 13-hour+ printing sessions on NEXCON printers by the Black Buffalo 3D team in Elizabeth, NJ, and a multitude of successful tests for strength, usability, resilience and longevity. The verification process follows the stringent testing requirements of the ICC-ES AC509 guideline for 3D-printed walls. More than 50 countries recognize this guideline for 3D-printed walls. The official results and reporting are expected to be released in the near future. About MAPEI Founded in 1937 in Milan, MAPEI is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemical products for the building industry and has contributed to the construction of some of the most important architectural and infrastructural works worldwide. With 91 subsidiaries operating in 57 countries and 84 manufacturing plants in 35 different nations, the Group employs about 11,000 staff worldwide. The foundations for the success of the company are specialization, internationalization, research & development, and sustainability. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach (Florida), MAPEI in North America consists of the subsidiaries MAPEI Corporation (for the USA), MAPEI Inc. (for Canada) and MAPEI Caribe (for Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands), whose 18 facilities collectively have a workforce of more than 1,600 employees. MAPEI facilities have been certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standards. An environmentally conscious manufacturer that reinvests 5% of its revenue into R&D, MAPEI offers training for architects, contractors, installers and distributors through the MAPEI Technical Institute. About Black Buffalo 3D Corporation Black Buffalo 3D Corporation is the NY-based U.S. affiliate of HN Inc. co. Ltd. formerly Hyundai BS&C Co. Ltd. and subsidiary of Big Sun Holdings Group, Inc. Black Buffalo 3D is poised to revolutionize construction and become the leading global provider of smart 3D construction printers (3DCP), proprietary construction “ink” (Planitop 3D) and 3D-print construction consulting services. Print smart and sustainable infrastructure on demand with Black Buffalo 3D NEXCON printers available now. Stay tuned for updates on our clients’ projects and the development of groundbreaking 3D construction-ink materials.

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MetroNet Launches Virginia Construction in Norfolk, VA

MetroNet | January 11, 2022

MetroNet announced that construction has begun on its fiber optic infrastructure in Norfolk, Virginia. MetroNet will fully fund the $90 million construction project that will provide Norfolk residents and businesses with access to 100 percent fiber optic internet. The City of Norfolk marks the first city in Virginia that will have access to MetroNet’s services. Upon completion, the City of Norfolk will be named a Gigabit City with MetroNet’s future-proof fiber optic network.Construction has begun near the Five Points Neighborhood Spot and will expand rapidly over the next two years with the first customers online in the fall of 2022. Residents and businesses may visit construction.metronetinc.com to receive updates on construction in their area. “As we welcome MetroNet as a member of our community, Norfolk is proud to be the first Virginia community that will have access to this modern technology, We understand the tremendous impact that MetroNet’s services have on the communities they serve, and we look forward to providing our residents with those same services that will improve the quality of life and work here in Norfolk.” -Mayor Kenny Alexander MetroNet brings 100 percent fiber optic internet and local and long-distance phone service directly to homes and businesses in underserved communities in America with affordable, symmetrical speeds up to 10 Gigabits with no long-term contracts. The company expects its network to be available to more than one million residential households and business locations in the near term, providing more service options to hundreds of communities. “We’ve experienced a warm welcome from Mayor Alexander and the City of Norfolk since we began discussing this project, It’s clear that this city is rich in diversity and opportunity, and we’re excited to be a part of that as we move forward together. We can’t thank the Mayor and the Council enough for the invitation and we look forward to servicing Norfolk.” -John Cinelli, MetroNet CEO. Residents in construction areas will receive communication by mail about construction activity in their neighborhood 30 days prior to beginning and the company provides additional messaging, such as yard signs, to let residents know when the temporary construction process is beginning in their neighborhood. MetroNet crews are marked by ID tags and branded vehicles. MetroNet is one of the fastest-growing providers of fiber optic high-speed services in the nation and is known for its outstanding customer service provided by a strong local presence. MetroNet will establish a retail storefront located in the Norfolk area for customers to have direct access to customer care associates, sign-up for services and schedule installation. About MetroNet: MetroNet is the nation’s largest independently owned, 100 percent fiber optic company headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. The customer-focused company provides cutting-edge fiber optic communication services, including high-speed Fiber Internet and full-featured Fiber Phone. MetroNet started in 2005 with one fiber optic network in Greencastle, Indiana, and has since grown to serving and constructing networks in more than 120 communities across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, and Missouri. MetroNet is committed to bringing state-of-the-art telecommunication services to communities — services that are comparable or superior to those offered in large metropolitan areas. MetroNet has been recognized by PC Mag as one of the Top 10 Fastest ISPs in North Central United States in 2020 and Top 10 ISPs with Best Gaming Quality Index in 2021. Broadband Now has recognized MetroNet as the Top 3 Fastest Internet Providers and Fastest Fiber Providers in the Nation in 2020, and #1 Fastest Mid-Sized Internet Provider in two states in 2020. In 2020, MetroNet was awarded the Vectren Energy Safe Digging Partner Award from Vectren. For more information, visit www.MetroNetinc.com.

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BuildOps Delivers Advanced End-to-End Service and Project Management Solution for Joint Sage Intacct Customers

BuildOps | May 04, 2022

BuildOps announced a vital new partnership with Sage, the leader in accounting, financial, HR, and payroll technology for small and mid-sized businesses. As part of this new relationship, BuildOps has integrated with Sage Intacct and Sage Intacct Construction, Sage's cloud financial management solutions designed to meet the unique needs of many firms, including construction companies. Used together, BuildOps and Sage Intacct will streamline and integrate Service Management, Project Management, Dispatching, Time Capture, and core financial management activities – from initial quote to final closeout. "Connected cloud solutions are the future of construction-, service-, and project-based technology, By ensuring a seamless transition of service and project data from BuildOps to any one of the Sage Intacct versions, firms can expect significant improvements in workflow efficiency, information accuracy, and cost savings." BuildOps' Head of Growth, Glen West Both BuildOps and Sage Intacct are designed to eliminate the need for paper-based processes, improve data access, and enable collaboration among teams; a hallmark of cloud-based software solutions. "In many ways, BuildOps and Sage share the same vision for technology and meeting the needs of our customers," said Melody Williams, Head of Business Development for Sage Intacct. "As technology providers, we have both seen the positive impacts of our cloud platforms, and we look forward to the many benefits this new integration will deliver for our joint customers." About BuildOps BuildOps is an all-in-one cloud-based software solution that empowers commercial HVAC, plumbing, electrical and mechanical contractors to efficiently and effectively manage operations and field service on a single platform while maximizing efficiency and driving profitability. Founded in 2018, BuildOps has gone on to transform the lives of commercial contractors across the industry.

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H3 Dynamics & ELID Partner on Fully Autonomous Building Facade Maintenance, Link-up AXIOBOT Robotic Gondolas to H3 Zoom Façade Inspection Software

H3 Dynamics | April 11, 2022

Singapore industrial AI & robotics companies, H3 Dynamics and ELID Technology, have entered a commercial and technical partnership that ties H3 Dynamics’ AI-enabled façade assessments to ELID’s robotic façade repair gondolas. The combined technologies create the first end to end automation solution covering both inspection and remediation activities on tall buildings. This increases worker safety, while scaling up much needed maintenance in large-scale cities with aging populations and thousands of aging structures. Launched 3 years ago, H3 Dynamics’ H3 Zoom platform applies AI and workflow automation to help digitize health assessments of various structures and sites, with a first solution aimed at modernizing dangerous façade inspection work. This year Singapore enacted the Periodic Façade Inspection regime, making it compulsory to inspect buildings over 13 meters high and over 20 years of age every 7 years. Anticipating this development, Singapore’s JTC Corporation partnered with H3 Dynamics to develop an all-digital façade inspection solution as part of a national innovation initiative, now seen as the most advanced solution of its kind. The AI-enabled solution has been applied to over 900 buildings so far in Singapore alone. So far H3 Dynamics relied mainly on drone cameras to feed its cloud-based report generation system with HD and thermal images. 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This will make smart cities even smarter - bringing building automation to the next level,” stated Taras Wankewycz, CEO of H3 Dynamics. “We are proud to have H3 Dynamics’ market leading 'Facade Inspector' solution tied to AXIOBOTS facade robots. This provides clients with an easy all-in-one-solution for their façade maintenance needs,” Kenneth Wong, CEO of ELID Technology International H3 Dynamics and ELID are expected to begin trials of the combined solution in Singapore with JTC Corporation and Frasers Property Singapore, as a springboard to other megacities and countries with dense urban city-centers. About H3 Zoom by H3 Dynamics: Seeing digitization as the main driver for autonomous robotics and drone operations, H3 Dynamics created the H3 Zoom platform in 2015. H3 Zoom is a cloud-based and sensor agnostic autonomous analytics services platform that aggregates and transforms raw image and video files into cloud-based analytical insights. H3 Zoom’s broad array of expert services help accelerate maintenance and compliance decision-making for site or structure owners, facilities managers, and construction companies. The platform was launched commercially in 2019 and has since become a market leader for remote analytics as a service in Southeast Asia, with expansion now taking place globally through several partnerships including SAP, Oracle, and HP Enterprise. About ELID Technology: ELID Technology has been a renowned manufacturer of Access Control solutions since 1993 and started the development of AXIOBOTS in 2015. AXIOBOTS ’ autonomous painting system was completed in 2017 while its cleaning, visual inspection, and water-tightness testing capability was launched in 2019—making AXIOBOTS the world’s 1st automated 4-in-1 robotic façade solution, and a market leader in its field. AXIOBOTS has patents granted in 7 countries including Singapore and United States while 6 other countries pending grant. 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